This American blonde ale from the Kichesippi Beer Company in Ottawa, Ontario pours a deep and clear golden yellow colour with a small white collar of a head that gets retained well and leaves some spotty lacing. Freshly cut grains and toasted light malts dominate the aroma of Kichesippi Natural Blonde and are accented by a soft, honey-like sweetness as well as a subtle fruit character.
Kichesippi Natural Blonde has a surprisingly rich and balanced taste for its style. The toasted malts and honey sweetness are joined by notes of floral and soapy hops, a hint of berry juice and a good wallop of bitterness comes through in the finish. Also somewhat surprising is the hearty, bready mouthfeel; though a medium-heavy carbonation eases the beer over the tongue. The aftertaste has a certain syrupy sweetness to it, but then fades away crisply and cleanly.
The packaging of Kichesippi Natural Blonde uses two nice blue tones, gold and white, with the brewery’s distinctive “K” logo featured prominently on both the case and the painted bottles. The packaging contains descriptions of the family-owned and operated brewery and the beer, contact information, clearly-marked freshness dating and proudly declares to be “Craft Brewed in Ottawa, Ontario”
Kichesippi Natural Blonde would make an excellent “gateway” brew for people who may be intimidated by the world of craft beer thanks to a robust, but approachable taste coupled with an easy-drinking nature. This beer is a great match for activities like poker, barbecues and watching sports and for foods such as pizza, pulled pork sandwiches and wings.
You can get Kichesippi Natural Blonde in bottles, growlers and kegs at the brewery on Campbell Avenue here in Ottawa, as well as on tap at dozens of bars and restaurants throughout the National Capital Region. The beer is also distributed in six packs to select LCBO outlets in the Ottawa Valley.
Type: American Blonde Ale
Region: Ontario, Ottawa
Brewery: Kichesippi Beer Company
Format Purchased: 6 x 355 mL
Alcohol Content: 4.9%