Blonde Ale

Includes styles: Golden Ale

Recipes:
14,225
BJCP 2021:
18A
Era:
Craft
Origin:
North America
Fermentation:
Any
Color:
Pale
Strength:
Normal
Taste:
Balanced

Profile

Blonde Ale, sometimes referred to as "Golden Ale," is a contemporary, accessible beer style that stems from the American craft beer movement. It was developed as an easy-drinking ale that could compete with mass-market lagers in appeal. Blonde Ales are designed to be approachable, with a relatively mild flavor profile appealing to a broad audience and serving as an entry point for those transitioning from lighter lagers.

This style typically presents a clear, pale yellow to deep gold color and often features a good clarity, although some versions may be slightly hazy. The head is usually white, offering moderate retention. When it comes to flavor, these beers strike a balance between malt and hops. The malt character is light-to-moderate in sweetness featuring bready or grainy flavors without overpowering caramel components. Meanwhile, hop bitterness is medium-low to medium in strength, complementing the malt without dominating the taste profile. The finish tends toward dryness with a clean palate impression and balanced aftertaste. Fruitiness from yeast esters may be perceived but should not overpower the overall balance of flavors – the smooth mouthfeel and medium carbonation make this style very sessionable.

While sharing similarities with Pale Ales in terms of ingredients used, Blonde Ales are generally lighter in both color and flavor intensity with a more subdued hop character which distinguishes them clearly from their hoppier cousins. This places them stylistically between International Lagers and more robust pale ales – a mid-point offering both refreshment and gentle complexity without challenging the drinker's palate too strongly.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
3.8 – 5.5 %

In Database
3.7 < 4.9 < 5.9 %

Bitterness

Specification
15 – 28 IBU

In Database
11 < 22 < 33 IBU

Color

Specification
6 – 12 EBC
3 – 6 SRM

In Database
5 < 8 < 13 EBC
2 < 4 < 7 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
9.5 – 13.3 °P
1.038 – 1.054 OG

In Database
9.0 < 11.7 < 14.5 °P
1.036 < 1.047 < 1.059 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
2.1 – 3.3 °P
1.008 – 1.013 FG

In Database
1.4 < 2.7 < 4.2 °P
1.005 < 1.010 < 1.017 FG

Popularity Over Time

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Most Used Hops

Dosage of Hops

Hop Pairings

Brewing Recipes