I had a chance to drink a Fulton Brewing Company Lonely Blonde American Blonde Ale (a GABF medal winner) at Half Barrel in Rochester, MN today. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer, as I wasn’t familiar with Fulton Brewing Company before tonight.
Lonely Blonde is appropriately named, as the beer is a bright golden hue. I’d categorize it as a medium-light body, as it’s cloudy enough that you can’t see through your glass, though it’s nowhere near as cloudy as a farmhouse ale. I caught a citrus and malty scent from the beer, which definitely manifested itself in a tart, crisp taste and a smooth, almost sweet, finish due to Lonely Blonde’s maltiness, which is apparent throughout but in no way overpowering.
Fulton Brewing Company is based in Minneapolis, MN by a couple friends in a garage in 2006. They went commercial in 2009, and since then have carved out quite a niche in the Minnesota market.
Fulton describes Lonely Blonde on it’s website as having “a delicate fragrance of German noble hops, and slips a touch of white wheat between American pale and crystal malts for a smooth, sensuous body, fair complexion, and a pleasantly lacy white head. Crisp carbonation slinks the Lonely Blonde quickly away, and you’re left with nothing but a slight lingering sweetness as you contemplate how The Lonely Blonde can be so beautiful on so many levels.”
Next time you’re in Minnesota, I’d recommend sampling a Lonely Blonde. Cheers!
Aroma – 9/10
Appearance – 8/10
Taste – 8/10
Palate – 8/10
Overall – 33/40
Beer Stats – 4.8% ABV, 29 IBU, 5.0 SRM, 11.8 PLATO