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Motor City Brewing Ghettoblaster - Motor City Brewing Works

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 176
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 31.1%
Wants: 12
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Motor City Brewing Works visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Sixpack595 on 02-22-2003

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Photo of Jf2000
5/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Motor city brew works goes all the way in the perfection of this beer. All of the flavor of a good English ale but not too heavy. By far one of the best beers I've ever had. If you like new castle, you will love this beer. A must try when visiting midtown Detroit.

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Photo of deadchef
4.43/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a standard pint glass...

a: light amber, nice clarity. light foam.

s: fruity, biscuit, toast, light caramel, no hop aroma.

t: bread crust, light toast. medium bitter in english terms. very light alcohol.

m: light carbonation. bitter, dry finish.

o: this beer is a fantastic example of what an english mild should be. i think most of the low marks come from people expecting an american amber style. this beer nails the mild style, if anything might be a little too big. if you are expecting an american amber or an esb style beer then you will be highly disappointed. this historic style is what helped keep man alive when you couldn't drink the water. it brings a huge smile to my face when i see breweries give homage to such styles instead of trying to pack another 100 ibu's into the next hop bomb. well done!

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Photo of ypsifly
4.37/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Undated 12oz poured into a pint. The label makes it look like a 10% abv malt liquor rather than a mild.

Loud pop when the cap is pulled. Not a gusher, but my glass is almost filled with foam despite a careful pour. Once the bubbles settle, it has a light brown color that is slightly hazy. Abstract lacing is left.

The aroma is malted biscuits with some hop in the background that is almost piney. Earthy yeast aromas come out as it warms. Makes me think of an EB crossed with an APA.

Tastes malty upfront with the hops coming in for balance that is backed up with a good dose of carbonation followed by a touch of lemon grass and then its back to the lamost green hops. Very clean finish that is mostly dry but has some cracker flavor. A lot more going on here than I was expecting.

Light-medium mouth, this is the apotheosis of a session brew.

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Photo of cokes
4.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Open this beer, and you can hear the collective groan of every single malt liquor marketer as they try to rationalize how the absolute perfect name fell through their hands and in to the lap -of all things - an English-styled Mild Ale.

It pours amber, glinting slightly more orange. Mildly smogged. The head is compact- merely a skim of beige - but it endures the duration.
Nose of lemongrass, toffee, pears, and red grapes.
Begins full of a sweet graininess that touches upon caramel before fleeting to sharper fruit tones. Apple is suggested, red and slightly tart. Grape again, then pear. All carrying notions of underripe acidity. Mellows towards the middle with a trace of caramelized brown-sugar. Woody near the close, traced especially with oak and maple. Fruitiness lingers throughout and conjoins the muscular lemon-oil hop bitters.
Light bodied, firm in feel and structure. This has a good deal of sharpness, and is far more abrupt than most of its UK counterparts, with much more emphasis on the citric colors of hops. But this simply oozes substance and depth.
A great beer regardless of its misnomer.

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Photo of proc
4.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fellow Michigander/Michiganian, trbeer (Tim) mentioned I should re-review this one and based upon how much of this I have consumed during the summer of '04, he is right....

This one pours out to a satiny brown in the glass with a decent-sized head. The aroma is that of malt and biscuits and bread dough. The taste is a treat. The hops are present, but not overwhelming and have a distinct taste. I would suppose this being due to the "galena" hops as stated on the bottle label. This hop uniqueness gives way to a maltiness that isn't sweet, but rather enhances the hop character. This beer isn't an IPA or an "big" beer. Its a fairly low alcohol beer (the brewer mentioned its around 4% at the Michigan Beer Festival), that is meant to be drank in quantity, read: session.

Overall this is a style that isn't brewed enough by American micro-brewers. While they are all out there trying to top each other with big beers, this simple gem from Detroit's Cass Corridor area reminds one of why its fun to drink beer.

Original Review 4-26-02: A mild pale ale. Refreshing. You could put down quite a few of these during a session. A rather light Pale, but still heavier than a Bass Ale. I'd drink this again.

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Photo of rudzud
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear darker brown/copper hue with a thin one finger head that fades to leave a light quarter inch blanket along with light side lacing.

S - Aromas of darker malts, toast, biscuits, faint caramel, lightly fruity.

T - Taste is bready, light the crust of the bread. Faint caramel, lightly bitter. VERY english. Alcohol is nonexistent.

M - Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, which I guess is to be expected.

O - Overall, I was floored by this beer. I was expecting a drain pour due to the rAvg but yeah, this is a VERY good representation of what this style SHOULD be. Well done.

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Photo of gaugebozo
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not the best person to review this, not having had a mild before, but

A - Dark Brown. Light suds.

S - Grainy/malty.

T - Mild malt is pretty great. Not overpowering or acrid like roasted malt, not boring like base malt. Nice light graininess. Really it's own thing. Light flavor without going BMC. Not much bitterness, no hop flavor or aroma, but not much expected.

M - Nice medium body mouthfeel considering the lower level of grain used in milds. Light carb.

O - Pretty enjoyable. Great for summertime or winter, and with a nice twist to the standard grain type.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.17/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. The color is copper, with a bit of white head. The smell is a nice caramelish maltiness. The taste is very nicely caramel sweet, with a bitterness in the aftertaste (though not a lot of hop flavor, per se). Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, this is an awesome sessioner, and one that would be awesome to just sit back and enjoy for an afternoon.

Thanks to trbeer for the beer. My brother and I figured that the Great Lakes Invitational championship game (U of M vs. MSU) was the perfect chance to crack this one open, and we were right. Ironically, I have this one in the Levitation glass, and though it's not quite up to the Levitation standards, it's definitely a very solid session drinker, with a nice malt character (I love caramel malt!) and just the right touch of hops, and this is one I'd be glad to have again!!

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow...thanks to Proc for reccomending this brew. Pours out to a brown sugar color with the very slightest hint of cloudiness. Medium carbonation and a head that stood the test of time and was very well formed. Odors of nuts, barley and honey were detected, but the sweetness was not overpowering. Very refreshing mouthfeel, with overtones of malt and dough. Finishes well, with a smooth and creamy aftertaste. My buddy Proc summed it up well; this is a session beer. And a damned fine one, when a sixer is only about 7 dollars.Strongly Recommended when in the Detroit area.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- It poured with a very thin, off-white head that became a decent lace leaving nice sticky spots. The body was a slightly cloudy, brown with light carbonation. I'd call it pretty standard for the style.

S- It was slightly nutty. It was quite faint intially, but became stronger as it warmed producing some light chocolate tones in the background.

T- It was very subtle. It had some nice cracker-like, malt and slightly roasty/nutty characteristics.

M- The mouthfeel was pretty smooth with a dry finish.

D- It's definitely an easy drinker. I had it while helping to prep the Thanksgiving dinner. It'd be great for a backyard BBQ, tailgate, or holiday gathering.

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Photo of dorianmarley
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy off-yellow with off-white head and decent lacing.

Nose is mild hops, lemon candy, and light grain.

Taste is like a mild Scotch ale. It lacks the dully sour punch, but has the same essence. There is also some pleasant graininess.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and light; excellent drinkability.

Overall, this is a great brew to mindfully knock back at a bowling alley or somewhere else where you only want to minimally think about what you are drinking.

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Photo of hellcatsjg
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up in MI during wifes recent trip. I put this on the list of wants based on the name alone.

Appearance: Extra foamy head, even with my usual light pour. Coppery color brew with about 1 1/2 to 2 fingers of head once it settled down.

Smell: Light fruity and grainy to the nose

Taste: Grainy in front. Lightly fruity and even lighter caramel flavors as well.

Mouthfeel: About what you would expect. Not too light but not very substantial either.

Drinkability: Surprisingly light and inoffensive beer given the name. Doesn't jump out at you to have another, but is definitely not bad.

Final Thoughts: With a name like Ghettoblaster I expected more. Once I got over the initial disappointment and took the beer for what it was, it was a decent beer.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a nonic pint glass

This beer pours burnt orange with amber highlights. It is capped with two inches of beige head that leaves some decent lacing.

The smell is of toast, toffee, and caramel.

It starts out with toffee and caramel flavors. Then comes toasted malt with an almost but not quite burnt toast flavor.

Medium mouthfeel

This is a flavorful mild. It is quaffable and doesn't bore the palate.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a bottle of Motor City Brewing's Ghettoblaster in their new variety pack for $20 at The Lager Mill. I've seen this beer around many times, but I don't think I've ever had it and it's been a little while since I've had an English Dark Mild Ale, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a new school tattoo look to it and I like the combination of an engine and a boombox and I think the combination of name and the label makes it fairly eye catching. It poured a nice clear amber color that took on a ruby copper color when held to the light with two fingers worth of off white head that died died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some pretty nice patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, It looks true to style and I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of malts being the first to show up and they impart a nice pale malt, biscuity, toasted malts and light caramel like aromas with a really slight nutty aroma. Up next comes a little bit of fruity yeast followed by some earthy, grassy, and slight herbal hop aromas. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, I have no complaints.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness followed by loads of malts that impart a very grainy, pale malt, toasted malt, light caramel and biscuit like flavors that are a pretty good combination and the nutty aspect seems to be a little stronger than it was in the aroma. Up next comes a very light amount of fruity yeast that is barely noticeable and there's also a doughy flavor in the background. On the finish there's a pretty light amount of hops that impart a pretty light earthy and herbal hop flavor with a pretty low amount of bitterness with a very grainy and toasted malt like aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer and I think it's fairly true to style.

M- Smooth, clean, a little crisp, slightly creamy, medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good example and a pretty true to style example of an English Dark Mild Ale, I don't have a ton of experience with this style, but this beer tastes pretty much just how I remember a good English Dark Mild Ale tasting and I think Motor City Brewing did a good job at representing the style. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, a little crisp, not filling and the taste did a good job of holding my attention, I could see myself drinking more than a few of these, I think it's pretty sessionable and I think this would make for a good beer to pair a meal with. What I like the most about this beer was how true to style it is, it's just a good example of the style and it's just what I look for in an English Dark Mild Ale and I don't see many of those. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there nothing that I dislike or would change, it's fine just the way it is. I would buy this beer again and I'll try and I remember to pick up a six pack next time I go on a beer run. I would recommend this beer to just about anyone, I think it's really accessible. All in all I was little impressed with this beer, I was a little let down with their Lager but this beer turned out to be pretty good and I'm starting to think that the English Ales are what this brewery specializes in. I think this beer is on the same level as their Nut Brown Ale. Good job guys, I enjoyed this one, keep up the good work.

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Photo of stoutman
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy copper color out of the bottle with a thin head and a vaguely toasty, mostly dusty nose. The flavor is all malt with only faint hints of any hop bitterness in the finish. I get the overwhelming sense of raw grain. Very simple beer, awesome name, better effort than most macros...

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a barely translucent honey-mahogany. Malty, woody, slightly sweet aroma is not strong but still appealing. Malty flavor has honey-sweet and woody undertones along with hints of hops and spice. Fairly smooth, tingly texture gives it a decent finish.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft, served in pint glass. Clear dark copper color, thin head that fades. Biscuit malty aroma, earthy. Similar taste. Thin to medium body, average carbonation

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottles on 9/11/2013. Gusher upon opening, very high carbonation. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a ton of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of toast, brown bread, light caramel, golden raisin, pear, apple, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with well balanced bready malt, earthy hop, and fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of toast, brown bread, light caramel, golden raisin, pear, apple, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, plum, pear, apple, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance of bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. I let the carbonation dissipate in the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a nice mild ale. Well balanced bready malt, earthy hop, and fruity yeast flavors with solid robustness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Slows BBQ in Detroit. I bought this based on the name, expecting something a little in-your-face like a strong IPA or stout. What came back was this English mild ale. Badly named this was.

It was medium copper in color, not too heavily carbonated, almost tasted like a cask pull. The flavor and aroma were caramel malts and very slight hops, just enough for a mildly bitter after-taste.

Pretty good, but not as aggressive as the name promised.

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Photo of ken3c
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Even dark brown color with small head that gets smaller. The small head stayed throughout the beer and created a nice lacing. Not much smell.

The taste was quite good with a medium coffee flavor with some spices. I think I detected clove and anise. The aftertaste diminished quickly but settled into a very subtle sense of spicyness.

Mouthfeel was smooth and a little creamy.

This beer was very drinkable. I would definately have another. In fact, I did.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I wasn't expecting much of this beer, but I was really surprised. Its quite a tasty brew. Slightly hoppy and toasty aroma and tawny brown in color. Taste has a toasty malt backbone with just a bit flavor hops peeking through. Mouthfeel is appropriate to the style. Solid beer that won't overpower or bore.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

We pour a brew of rich amber honey coloring into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It holds a one and a half finger tall head of tan, soapy bubbles, showing okay retention. Spots of lacing are left as this goes, but these are minimal. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be moderately active. The aroma gives notes of rich roasted malts, light chocolate and hazelnut essence, mocha coffee bean fumes, raw honey, oat grit and dust, soft pseudo-woodiness, damp paper towels, tin foil, and chalky yeasted breadiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is quite simple, but nicely robust and inclusive roast and toast characteristic of the style. As we sip, the flavoring opens with wheat, roasty coffee and chocolate malts, dried dog food nibbles, carrot and celery vegetals, general yeastiness, tins and aluminums, lemony sours, and Tootsie pop sugars. The middle peaks with milk chocolate brownie sugars, lactic and vinegar sours, dirty English brown malts, distant grassy hops, oily caramel sugars, faint molasses bite, phenolic plastics, raw oat, and cereal grain. The end washes through with a definitive cleansing bowl of grassy hop bite, thin caramel and burnt coffee maltiness, basement mustiness, rich English brown malt sours, rubbers and unworked leathers, toffee sugars, and synthetic vanilla and hazelnut coffee extracts. The aftertaste breathes of cheap and stale chocolate cake icing, bittering roast of coffee malts, biting grassy and herbal hop rumbles, cheddar cheese mustiness, continued tin, brown bread grit, cold plum pudding, and beet vegetals. The body is lightly medium, and the carbonation is light to medium. Each sip gives thin cream, froth, slurp, smack, or glug, but coats the mouth fully, and gives it a bit of a wandering pucker. The palate is left lightly dried, with mild astringency to boot. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks decently enough.

Overall, the best thing about this beverage is its ease of drinkability, in line with its stylistic guidelines. It is certainly not the most exciting beer when it comes to flavor or aroma, as it has that dirty, dog food type of bite. Regardless, there is enough flavor and presentation to present the drinker with at least a unique style of beer. It goes down without complaint, and is nice for someone looking for an “in between” sipper that isn’t too dark, but isn’t too light. As always we’re excited to try a local brewery for the first time, and again, are super happy that this is a bizarre, underrepresented style. This won’t become a fridge favorite for us, but we will certainly look for other beers of this producer to see what they’ve got to round out their arsenal.

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Photo of biegaman
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ghettoblaster is unfiltered and comes with a good amount of sediment in the bottle and yet is relatively clear. Its sun-beaten amber colour is deep but glows to the light. Its head is fine but persistent and sits atop the liquid like a layer of white moss.

Ghettoblaster is "the beer you can hear" but you can definitely smell it too. Leaving the ale unpasteurized has allowed aromatic yeasty esters to thrive; the glass smells like a heaping pile of bruised fruits (banana, red apple, prune) thoroughly doused in anise spice and clove.

The beer is more mild in alcohol content than it is in flavour. As in the bouquet, fruity esters and spicy phenols of all kinds blossom in thanks to a healthy yeast. Granted, pleasant though the bruised banana-and-anise profile is, it's not typical of an English-style Mild Ale.

The beer's biscuity maltiness and subtle toffee backdrop is closer to what I was expecting to find. They're there, but they take backseat to the yeast. Hops aren't entirely out of the mix either; there is an underlying earthiness that lends a short-lived bitterness.

Ghettoblaster turns up the volume on a style that is typically anything but loud. Not surprising given it's made in Detroit Rock City. While I suspect some of this added personality comes accidentally by way of an overactive yeast, I found it an enjoyable lower-strength offering nonetheless. I'll look to try more from Motor City Brewing Works.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - pours a hazy reddish amber color. a thin, coarse head forms and calms quickly to a ring around the glass. little to no lacing present.

s - toasty malt and dark fruits.

t - follows smell, but adds a bit of complexity. tasting a bit of raisin or fig maybe? hop character is more tart than bitter, with a long finish.

m - on the lighter side with a decent amount of carbonation. nothing fancy here.

d - a session brew for sure. kegs of ghettoblaster seem to be the default choice for gallery openings and other art related activities in and around detroit.

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Photo of zodiacv1
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer was my beer of choice for the three years that I lived in the Cass corrider of Detroit. The Microbrew only being two blocks away made it easy to acquire and with a name like ghettoblaster it is hard to pass it up. The beer pours a dark with little head. The smells are subtle with a clean taste. While this is not an award winning beer it goes down very easy and does not take long to polish of a couple of pitchers with your freinds.

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Motor City Brewing Ghettoblaster from Motor City Brewing Works
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