Powell Brewery Staycation DDH Blonde Ale


Powell Brewery Staycation DDH Blonde Ale Review

Powell Brewery has released another batch of the double dry hopped blonde ale called Staycation. Previously using Lemondrop hops and lupulin powder, this time around they have chosen to showcase Galaxy hops. Clocking in at 5.8% ABV, this isn’t your dad’s blonde ale, as the Galaxy hops take centre stage in this low bitterness brew. Tropical and citrus notes typical of Galaxy hops dominate with passion fruit, lemon, peach, and, to a lesser extent, pineapple, showing well.

Although not by the numbers stylistically, this blonde should be on any hophead’s hit list, looking for something a little less demanding than their last triple IPA.

Appearance: Less clarity than other blondes

Aroma: Tropical and citrus aroma indicative of Galaxy hops shine

Palate: Soft mouthfeel, easy going

Flavour: The fruity character of the hops dominate

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  • (3.75)
  • (3.75)
    Overall Enjoyment

About This Beverage

  • Colour: Pale Straw
  • Head Size & Retention: Medium-high with good retention
  • Clarity: Less clarity than other blondes
  • Balance: Very Hoppy
  • Drinkability: Easy Drinking
  • Enjoyment: Very for hop lovers. Traditional Blonde ale drinkers? Less so
  • Malt Characteristics: Light
  • Hop Characteristics: Citrusy, The fruity character of the hops dominate, Tropical and citrus fruit, with hints of stone fruit.
  • Other Flavours/Aroma: Stone Fruit: Apricot, Peach etc
  • Palate: Soft mouthfeel


A hoppy take on the style that showcases Galaxy hops, front and centre. Although traditional Blonde ale drinkers might be alienated by the hop forwardness, this beer might be a great way to start a hop-centric beer session.


  • Wonderfully profiles Galaxy hops.
  • Lots of hop flavor and aroma with the drinkability of a Blonde ale.


  • Some traditional blonde drinkers might be put off by the hoppyness.

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