Thursday, April 29, 2010

Beer Review: Saugatuck Brewing Oval Beach Blonde Ale

"Oval Beach Blond Ale
Easy-drinking, approachable, malt-oriented American craft beer. A great everyday pint and our best seller. 5.3% ABV."

The description from the Saugatuck Brewing website really says it all.

I got a pint from my favorite pub, Crunchy's of East Lansing.
The beer is a bright golden yellow and came with very little head. The most striking thing off-the-bat was all of the bubbles floating to the top, it is very reminiscent of champagne in that way.
The smell was quite faint, not overwhelming at all. The description by the Saugatuck Brewing site is right on, that this beer is easy-drinking and approachable. For those of you who may not be familiar with the world of craft beers, or Michigan beers, this is a great first taste!
I disagree with the malt-orientation, I got a very hop-flavored finished, with only a mild malt flavor. This blonde ale is quite balanced and mild-flavored, quite refreshing and could pair with almost any food.
I agree this is a great everyday pint! And the cost is reasonable, Crunchy's had it for $4 for a pint, the same price as Bell's Oberon ale.


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