Review: Daleside Blonde Lagered Ale

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All hail the ale!!  New contributor Tom here, this one was bought back by my parents from a recent trip to the Victorian spa town Harrowgate, in Yorkshire.  Tis from a local brewery in Yorkshire, Daleside, who have been brewing since the mid 1980’s and brew cask and premium bottled ales, one of which I’m reviewing for you today.

Vital Stats:

  • 4.3%
  • Brewed in UK, Harrowgate
  • Ale
  • Bottled Beer

Look:

Comes up a lovely clear gold colour with a nice frothy creamy white head.  The packaging of the bottle is a little understated and dull for my tastes, a bit plain Jane and they should repackage it if they are going to attract supermarket shoppers to give it a try.

6/10

Aroma:

The aroma is not particularly enticing to me but then again, I rarely enjoy the aroma of a blonde beer, much prefer the taste if I’m honest!  Has somewhat of a sickly smell to it and a hint of a beer stained pub carpet smell, not good!

2/10

Taste:

This is what you pay your ticket to the game for and the taste is certainly unusual to me. The idea is somewhat of a hybrid, traditional Blonde English ale but cold-conditioned as a lager, hey I’m all for brewers coming up with something a lil left field!  An intensely sweet blonde flavour hits you which leaves a somewhat bitter after-taste.  The taste is very light and refreshing with a very small amount of fizz as the lager element comes in, so not leaving you gassed up to high heaven like the average lager, a little reminiscent of Cobra beer.  A citrusy hop taste pervades, the strange blonde/lager mix makes it interesting but also a little bland as it excels in neither.

7/10

Value:

Can be picked up for as little as £1.75 in Asda so its your typically priced budget real ale supermarket choice, although I’m not sure it’s something I would go out of my way to pick up in bulk.

7/10

Session:

The lightness and refreshing aspect of this ale makes it a solid choice as a session beer, neither too gassy or strong in percentage wise to adversely affect health and sanity over a boozy afternoon.

8/10

Conclusion:

As someone who has a sweet tooth when it comes to lager/beer drinking in general this was one that slowly charmed me over time after initially being unimpressed at the lager/blonde real ale hybrid, though there is still a sense of it tasting a little like a gassed out lager… It is a bit of a strange mix of the two to be a real winner BUT its has many endearing qualities, such as its light, refreshing taste, lack of a normal lager gassy content and its suitability to eat with food and to drink the afternoon away to.  A perfect sunny afternoon beer in the back garden with smooth fm on in the background 🙂

68/100

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