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Rules, schmules. Rather like a foreign stout without any roasted barley; or an overhopped albino Irish red; or an overgrown American wheat taking Celtic harp lessons; or a Kölsch gone rogue and on the run from the Reinheitsgebot ... pigeonhole it if you must, but this creamy-textured, straw-gold ale begs to be judged on its own merits. Capped with a dense meringue of nose-dotting foam, the pint offers up suggestions of buttered toast, warm cereal, and a trace of fruity, herbal hops. A full body with thick mouthfeel, more buttered toast and fruity hops give way to a finish evenly split between malty and bitter. Flaked barley and oat malt (wheat DME for the extract version) build density and a viscous texture with supporting grain flavors. Serve at cellar temperature any time of year; if you really want to go nuts, keg it and dispense with beer gas through a stout faucet!
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Irish Blonde Extract Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style British Original Gravity 1059 Total Time to Make 6 weeks
4.2 / 5.026 ReviewsVery popularI made this and an Irish Stout (same yeast) last year to bring to a friends St. Patrick's Day party. I thought it was pretty tasty, but in all honesty the rest of the guests couldn't get enough of it, including a guy that showed up and was initially upset there was homebrew there at all ("Homebrew? Oh, no, you're kidding"). Long story short - All the commercial beers the hosts purchased went virtually untouched, and while I brought about a gallon of the stout home the Blonde keg was empty well before the end of the party. For the record, I answered questions when asked but I don't hover over my kegs and wasn't encouraging anyone to try it - I was there to drink beer and socialize, after all. The "homebrew sucks" guy became a total convert, and I found out a few days later he actually asked the hosts who made it and if he could "order some" for an event he was hosting.Needless to say I'll be making it again this year - I don't think I have a choice!I'd give it 4-4.5 stars on my own, but everyone enjoyed it so much I can't give it less than 5 for this review.October 26, 2011Irish Blonde is "Goldilocks" to meLove this beer. Not to heavy, not to light, just right. I have brewed this a couple of times and it is my new go to brew. I was looking for a beer similar to the popular Irish lager, from Dublin, but this was so much better. It has a fuller body, not overly hoppy, and very smooth. This is on my permanent rotation.August 7, 2013She's long and tall and the queen of them all!2 weeks primary, 2 weeks secondary, 2 weeks bottle. Wow, what an amazing beer. I am very surprised! For being the highest alcohol content beer I've ever made, it is very mellow. I hit the OG 1059 right on and my FG was 1012. It must be just a great balance of the hops and malt. I will brew it again!!!!May 14, 2013Tatses Great!!I let sit 2 weeks primary and 1 week secondary started at 1.060 OG finished at 1.010, I had to try one after a week in the bottle. I needed to check the taste and color. I'm surprised this is the best tasting brew after 1 week in the bottle I have made. and check the picture, I will for sure make more of this.Irish Blonde AleMarch 11, 2017Purchased
2 months agogreat beerAnother great beer.Brewed per instructions.It has more of an amber color to it,but taste is more important than color and I think this is a great tasting beer.Pretty true to description.This might replace cream ale on my rotation.December 6, 2013Great aleEasy to session, this ale was a huge hit at our hash. Brewed this and the Irish Red and both kegs were emptied the same afternoon we tapped them. People loved both, but this was the favorite. I agree. Description is pretty spot on. This would be prefect on a hot summer day.March 7, 2012yeah!I brew "birthday beer" requests for my family and was not sure about this one until I sampled my first bottle. So far I think it is under rated. A nice crisp ale with just a slight fruity after taste. Very much enjoyed this batch and will definitely brew it again.November 30, 2010Great summer beerNice clean, refreshing summer ale. Distinct grapefruit and hopps flavor beginning to end. Not much head though. I see the ingredients list has been changed slightly. I will definitely make this one again!!!January 6, 2012Loved ItI loved it. It turned out great, especially with the extra lb of biscuit malt I added!April 12, 2012
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