Brew Review: Hop Valley Double-D Blonde Ale

by Kelli H. on May 20, 2015

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Beer: Hop Valley Brewing Co. 
Date: 5-16-15
Location: Eugene, OR
Type: Blonde Ale
Alcohol: 5%
IBU: 20

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Appearance: Clear, golden colored, white head with little head retention. 

Aroma: Crisp, fresh, malt, not much aroma going on. 

Body & Texture: Very crisp, light bodied, good carbonation. 

Aftertaste: Very little bitterness, light malt, almost dry aftertaste. 

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Overall Impressions:

Last weekend David and I were working on sanding our back deck. I went grocery shopping earlier in the day and brought us home deli sandwiches to eat for lunch, since I knew we’d be too busy to stop and get something when lunch time rolled around. It was a sunny day in the high 70’s and we were both sweating from all the sanding in the direct sunlight. We ate lunch around 1:30 and opened up a beer. Our friend Kyle had given us two Double-D blonde ale’s to try by Hop Valley Brewing. I’m glad he did because normally I’m not a blonde fan. I would never buy a blonde ale for David and I to try. I even stopped ordering them for beer tastings at breweries I try because I tend to never like them. That’s why I was so surprised that I actually liked Double-D. 

This beer is super crisp, has a light golden straw color, good carbonation, and is overall very refreshing. This beer doesn’t have the best aroma. In fact the aroma is a little underwhelming, but it makes up for it by being a very crisp ale. This beer is perfect for a hot summer day or when you’re out working in the yard, like we were. This beer is perfect for bringing to the beach, especially since it comes in a can.

I have to say, I was very happy with Double D. I’m not sure I’d go out of my way to buy it since I still prefer a beer with more hops but I’d definitely recommend it to a novice craft beer drinker or for someone that isn’t a big bitter beer fan. This is a very easy drinking beer that anyone could enjoy on a hot day.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Diane @ Life of Di. May 22, 2015 at 7:02 am

I’m interested in trying this beer. Like you, I prefer hoppy beer; however, I think this sounds nice on a hot day. πŸ™‚

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jen @nutcaseinpoint May 22, 2015 at 1:33 pm

Oh I LOVE blonde ales. Especially when sitting on the patio!

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Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health May 26, 2015 at 9:02 pm

I love blonde ales too! I think they’re perfect for warmer weather. I can’t wait to see the after shots of your new place! Assuming you share, of course. πŸ™‚

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Kelli H. May 26, 2015 at 9:29 pm

I keep meaning to share tid bits of our new house/back yard but after working on it so much on the weekends the last thing I feel like doing is writing about it. haha. The blog has definitely taken a back seat these last few months.

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