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Motor City Brewing Ghettoblaster - Motor City Brewing Works

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78
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146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 18.34%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sixpack595 on 02-22-2003)
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Photo of Jf2000
5/5  rDev +47.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

Photo of deadchef
4.44/5  rDev +31.4%
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!

Photo of ypsifly
4.4/5  rDev +30.2%
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.

Photo of cokes
4.33/5  rDev +28.1%
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.

Photo of proc
4.33/5  rDev +28.1%
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.

Photo of Subliminal64
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of rudzud
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

Photo of zchops
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of gaugebozo
4.22/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

Photo of KatieS
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of beergeek279
4.18/5  rDev +23.7%
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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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of Frozensoul327
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of GRPunk
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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4/5  rDev +18.3%

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Motor City Brewing Ghettoblaster from Motor City Brewing Works
78 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.