6B. Blonde Ale
Examples: Shipyard Export Ale, Twilight ale,
Serving Temp: 40°- 45°
Glassware: Pint Glass, Mug
Aroma: Light hop and sweet aromas, fruity esters common.
Appearance: Pours a clear yellow to gold with a white head that has some staying power.
Flavor: Light sweet bread flavors balanced beer. Hop bitterness is pronounced but the malt is the dominant flavor.
Mouthfeel: A smooth, refreshing, medium bodied beer that finishes fairly dry.
Food Pairings: Italian cuisine, Middle Eastern cuisine, soft young cheeses with spicy hot peppers such as Monterey Jack. Meat: poultry or fish.
HopHeadSaid: These are great hot summer day beers. They are more flavorful than American lagers but comparable ABV’s so you can enjoy a few without much worry of overdoing it. Blonde ales also pair well with food because their sweet malt flavors help to cut the spicy foods and their light flavor intensity ensures they won’t overpower any entrée.