Friday, June 4, 2010

Mendocino Blonde Ale

Just a beer review tonight. Except that I can't resist saying GO FLYERS!

Tonight I'm drinking Mendocino Blonde Ale brewed by Mendocino Brewing Company in Saratoga Springs, New York. The label has perhaps the least amount of thought put into it that I have ever seen in my life. Yellow on brown drab colors with an eagle blended in. So the beer better rock the house!

Sweet grainy lemon aroma. Light fruity flavors start thing off, sweet apples mostly. Floral, malty, candy. This beer has decent flavors, but it's much too sweet. A little bitter would have gone a long way! Semi-refreshing, but not nearly as much as I'd have liked.

Mendocino ~ Sir The Douglas Quintet

The Beer Book ~ Sam Calagione

Blonde on Blonde ~ Bob Dylan

Here's Mr. Boring for you!


Royce said...

I'm intrigued because I didn't even know Medocino Brewing had a brewery in NY... I figured they were purely a NorCal play based in Mendocino.

I actually just had and posted to FIWK notes on Medocino's Eye of the Hawk Select Ale, which was a really hoppy american ale. Their Red Tail is also a bit on the hoppy side, so I'm surprised to see they went too sweet with the blond ale here.

Also I totally agree that this bottle art is awfully boring. In general I think they have some of the worst bottle art I can remember for a brewing company.

Beer Drinker said...

Someone told me several months ago that I was wrong when I said NY, so not positive, I went to the recycling bin and proved it to myself.

I've had a few of their beers, nothing memorable. And a freaking summer math intern could do a twenty-fold better job on the label.

Anonymous said...

Yep, I am a distributor rep in GA and this one of the many beers I sell. All the Mendocino beers are solid, but none stand out from the pack when it comes to flavor, but they are popular because of pricing. They are generally $2 cheaper for a 6 pack than a craft beer like Dogfish Head, for example.
I couldn't agree more when it comes to the label art. You can have a "fair" beer and people will buy it if the label catches the eye (look at Flying Dog). Mendocino would do well to update the art.

Beer Drinker said...

Hi GA Distributor Rep. Solid beers a step or two or five above the macro pack and $2 cheaper than really well-known awesome brews should have great potential.

I mean, some of the beers I really adore, it still hurts to pay $10 a six pack.

You mentioned Flying Dog, yes, they have terrific art and I guarantee that pays off for them with beer aisle browsers. If Mendocino would spend an afternoon they could come up with something 1000 times better than what they have now! BTW, I'm for hire if you speak to them, though I am NOT a graphic designer.