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Beer – #932 – Blackman’s – Ernie Golden Ale

Blackman’s Ernie Golden Ale – this weeks BeerJerk beer of the week. A bit late but I held out to Sunday so I could have the music on just a bit louder and longer.

Light in body & colour

This 330ml can has an IBU of 28, something like 150 calories the serve size, and  as a 5% ABV beer this makes it about 1.3 standard drinks in NZ

Brewed by Blackman’s in the style that is a Golden Ale/Blond Ale and they are in Torquay, somewhere in Australia

Not the Milkman

Ernie is a golden all-rounder made with sessionability and Sinatra in mind.

Light in body & colour, he features Australian grown aroma hops in Ella & Galaxy.

This gives the beer a distinct floral – grapefruit aroma with medium bitterness.

So, What could possibly go wrong?

Dull hope aroma, like you’d expect from a pale ale when you crack that pop top can.

Aroma in the glass is much the same, with a slight metallic note about it, which of course could be citrus thing that I’ve got wrong.

That’s quite bitter, spikey bitter, with a flat dry finish that hustles up real quick.

I don’t get ‘tropical’ and I’d argue the ‘medium’ in the bitterness, it’s really sharp and really forward, perhaps it’s just a big spike which makes it a bit off balance..

I don’t think that this is too cold though, which can dull the tastes, I’m picking that it’s just not a beer that’s clicking with me.

The music was loud, I enjoyed that a lot 🙂

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 6 of its things from the thing. For me this is pretty average and a bit ‘meh’ I don’t think it’s polished, and I think it’s a bit light and missing in action. But that’s just me.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? BeerJerk beer club
  • Am I enjoying it? No
  • Would I have another? No
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? No, nothing to see her jog on.

Music for this:  ” Fat Freddy’s Drop” the album ” Based on a True Story”  on Spotify

This is a track called ” Ernie”  because sometimes you have to match to properly good music.


There are a few different types of blond ale. The first is the traditional “Canadian Ale”, an adjunct-laden, macrobrewed, top-fermented equivalent of the American Standard. The second is common in US brewpubs – a light starter ale, with marginally more hop and body than a macrobrew, fewer adjuncts, but still not a flavourful beer by any means. The British interpretation is easily the boldest, hoppiest blond ale rendition. Some of these can almost be considered American Pales they are so hopped up – very crisp, refreshing, with relatively low alcohol compared with their North American


4 comments on “Beer – #932 – Blackman’s – Ernie Golden Ale

  1. kingmidget
    May 21, 2017

    Your descriptions suggests one of two possibilities: (1) a beer gone bad; or (2) a beer that really isn’t brewed to the style its name suggests.


    • Philip Walter
      May 21, 2017

      I think it’s a combination of hops that I’m not familiar with, but you can’t like every beer, so I suck it up and soldier on. The one I just opened should see me right.

      Liked by 1 person

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