Southern Star Bombshell Blonde

From Texas, this beer joins a group of blondes that I've had recently, and it will be hard pressed to measure up. The fact is, the ones I got from SPB were just about perfect, and I don't know how you get the style any better than those. The journey of trying, however, is why I started this blog in the first place.

The hazy, yellow-gold beer has a white head and smells faintly of grain and citrus. I don't expect the overwhelming hops of an IPA or the magnificent malt of a pilsner, but this seems so faint that - were it not for the color - it could easily be mistaken for an amber. But, this isn't an amber, and it's not just something to be looked at. It's something to be drunk.

First sip is lemon and straw. It's exceedingly mild, and I could see this as an all-day beer. It's a particularly warm and sunny day while I'm writing this, and I can tell you that this is about a perfect for this kind of beer. The smooth, well-mixed taste is not overpowering, and it's not watery. Instead, it is simple and effective. I really like a sip. I wonder how I'll like a swig.

Tip-in is straw, citrus, and carbonation tingle. It is pretty much exactly what you would expect from the sip. The middle opens things up quite a bit, and it presents a slight tart note while the carbonation turns things up a bit. The straw becomes more of a mixture of other grains while the citrus seems to die down quite a bit. The finish is a citrus shade coming from the top of the mouth to the bottom, but the grains seem to make a kind of flaky crust to form the trail-off.

Bottom Line: I think blondes may become my new favorite style. And this is one of the good examples of blondes.

3.75/5

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