Palomino

Orange Blonde Ale

  • ABV: 5.2%   
  • IBU: 17   
  • SRM: 5


  • An easy-drinking approachable blonde ale
  • with interesting fruit, hop, and malt notes.
  • Well-balanced and clean, especially appropriate for spring and summer months.
  • A refreshing experience without aggressive flavors.
  • Made to compare with the pale lagers that dominate the world beer market.
  •  Our version with Orange added compares with Shocktop.


Recipe Goals:  To create a smooth-drinking session ale that rivals the top pale lagers that dominate the beer market. This recipe is hop-forward unlike traditional blonde ales and yet still displays a terrific combination of malts to provide for satisfying mouthfeel and wonderfully fruity, dry finish.

Background:   Blonde ales were designed to be the brewpub alternative to standard American lagers, typically offered as an entry-level craft beer. Dry, medium body with light malty sweetness. Medium hop bitterness with pleasant hop aroma. Slight fruit flavor. Light yellow color with no chill haze. High carbonation. A crisp beer approximating a lager in overall character. Like golden ales but lighter in color and lighter in feel.

Tasting Notes:   Light sweet malty aroma, possibly with a light bready or caramelly note. Moderate fruitiness. Medium hop aroma — citrusy, floral, fruity, and spicy notes are common. Light yellow. Clear with medium white head with good retention. Soft malty sweetness, Medium fruity esters, Moderate hop flavor and bitterness. Finishes medium-dry. Medium body. High carbonation. Smooth without being heavy.

History: An American craft beer style produced by many microbreweries and brewpubs, particularly those who cannot produce lagers. Regional variations exist but in most areas this beer is designed as the least challenging beer in their lineup. One of the most approachable styles, a golden or blonde ale is an easy-drinking beer that is visually appealing and has no particularly dominating malt or hop characteristics. Rounded and smooth, it is an American classic known for its simplicity. Sometimes referred to as “golden ale.” These beers can have honey, spices and fruit added, and may be fermented with lager or ale yeast.

Ingredients: An all malt recipe with a combination of US and UK 2-Row, and Vienna malt and Caramel Crystal malt (20L). Any hop variety can be used in this style, we are using Amarillo for aroma and Azacca for bittering. Clean American Ale yeast US-05 used for consistency. May also be made with lager yeast, or cold conditioned. Sweet orange peel is added to the boil and fermentation along with mango and blood orange extracts to provide a fuller, deeper orange experience.

Food Pair:  Blonde ales pair well with fried chicken, cobb salad, lobster, grilled seafood, steer clear spicy foods or the beer will be lost. Stick with Italian dishes, either red or white sauces would work well. Middle Eastern dishes like falafel and hummus are also great choices with a blonde ale. As for seafood, whitefish and lightly flavored sushi pair well.

Vital Statistics:           BJCP Pale American Ale (18): American Blonde Ale (18A)

For Style                      ABV: 3.8 – 5.5%           IBUs: 15 – 28               SRM: 3 – 6

Palomino                     ABV: 5.2%                    IBU: 17                         SRM: 5

ABV is Alcohol by Volume. Listed as a percentage volume. Average commercial beer ABV = 4.2%

IBU is International Bitterness Units. Measures bittering chemicals ranges from 0-120, but most beers are from 15-80.

SRM is Standard Reference Method. Measure of color. Scale of 0-40. From yellow, to amber/gold, to brown, to black.

Commercial Examples:    Shocktop, Kona Big Wave Golden Ale, Pelican Kiwanda Cream Ale, Russian River Aud Blonde, Victory, Summer Love, Widmer Citra Summer Blonde Brew, Walden, Eureka

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