Homeport Blonde - Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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Homeport BlondeHomeport Blonde

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29 Reviews
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Reviews: 29
Hads: 69
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Scuttlebutt Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2003

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Reviews: 29 | Hads: 69
Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, nice to see another Washington state brewery represented up here in Alberta.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with one very anemic finger of mostly just wanly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some sparse and varied sub-atomic particle lace around the glass as it things quickly move southwards.

It smells of canned pear syrup, slightly overripe apples, bready and crackery pale malt, white breakfast biscuits, ephemeral yeast, weak white pepper spice, and even tamer earthy, leafy hop bitters. The taste is lightly toasted and grainy pale malt, white saltine crackers, zippy rainbow peppercorns, a none-too-subtle oily nuttiness, and some well-enhanced leafy, weedy, and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly low-fi and uneventful in its coddling frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and generally smooth, the overall maltiness doing well to protect the fort, as it were. It finishes off-dry, both the biscuity graininess and weirdly attendant hoppiness battling it out.

Wow, at first sniff, there wasn't much to really talk about here, but things slowly morphed into pseudo-ESB territory, as alluded to earlier. An agreeable, surprising, and overall easy to drink blonde ale, even if my reasons for liking it have nothing to do with that. (1,300 characters)

Photo of Rickus
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a cold 35cc bottle into a tulip glass.
L: A pale lemony blond. Delicate, persistent lacing. Head collapses rather quickly.
S: Iron on a background of yeast and sourness.
T: Fresh, irony, a bit of hoppy bitterness. Maybe a lingering sweetness?
F: Rather harsh, a dry aftertaste. Not unpleasant.
O: Weird! This beer might be classified as an ale, but it tastes and smells very much like a strongly carbonated Belgian lager. A bit surprised that other reviews are rather negative. Nothing extravagant, but a very pleasant and well-balanced beer, best drunk cold on a nice summer evening. (589 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
3.17/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Semi hazy yellow color, little head or lacing. Faint cracker aroma, and just a bit of flowery aroma. Light malt flavors dominate the taste, with very little bitterness, not much else. Rather thin and flat mouthfeel. Not much going for this beer, not overly impressed. (267 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer doesn't lack in carbonation. Perhaps that should be an indicator. It doesn't have much of a smell or a flavor that can be written about. It is also blonde in color with a huge white head that leaves volumes of sticky lacing. (234 characters)

Photo of WAbeerfiend
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 01.28.14.

A: Yellow with a 1/4 finger head.

S: Banana, bubblegum, citrus, orange. Smells like an otter pop.

T: Peanut butter dominates. Lemon, orange are there too.

M: Smooth.

O: I think that I got an old beer. There was sediment on the bottom. Maybe it was unfiltered, but it was so uninteresting, I don't care about checking. They don't date the bottle, so whatever. It had very strange flavors for a blonde. I would not recommend this one. (492 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Donkster46! Props.

Serving style : 12 oz bottle poured for appearance

Appearance : Pillowy four fingered head, recedes at a moderate pace, good retention. Leaves licks and flicks of lacing around the glass. Body is honey colored, about half and half opacity/transparency. Solid.

Smell : Holy pears. Wow! It's like I opened a can of pears. Some light wheat, granny smith apple, fruity spice. This is so aromatic and exciting.

Taste : Fruity apple and pear are there, with a slight sourness. I could do without the sour but the beer's taste overall is fantastic. It starts with the fruit, then a huge wrecking ball of sourness, and ends with a quasi-potpourri, air-dried apple...taste. As the beer warms it begins to take on a medicinal taste but it's a blonde - so drink it cold.

Out of the bottle it's a huge hit of carbonation with the pear and sour ale flavors.

Mouthfeel : Creamy, smooth, carbonated, ending slightly stiff. Shows character.

Overall : Again, I am impressed with Scuttlebutt's offering here. If I ever had a reason to go to Washington state, it would be to visit Seattle, and then buzz over to Everett and load up on Scuttlebutt. These guys know how to make a solid beer. (1,204 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance has a light gold yellow color supporting a fair head leaving nill lace. Smell is grainy, malty and hop. Taste of the grain, lightly sweet in the malt and mild hop flavor. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Overall a nice easy drinking session ale. (265 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Darkly translucent golden ale with copper undertones. Solid two-finger white head, with good retention and nice layered lacing.

Soft aroma, hints of some bright but not strong hops, and some biscuit and bread malts. Very light. Smells kind of like a Belgian IPA.

Slight undefined hops; dry, rye malt; slight banana and lemony sweetness; very light, mouth-forward grains. Straw, wheat, and a light sweetness reminiscent of Belgian yeasts; I don't know if they actually used Belgian yeast (only classified as an American Blonde Ale, with no bottle description).

Light mouthfeel with a cloying stickiness. No sting, slight foaming, no aftertaste, and a good balance among the earthy malts.

This is a surprisingly tasty beer from a brewery of which I have never heard. It's extremely drinkable, and at 4.6%, extremely sessionable. I feel like it's just on the verge of something even better, but not quite there yet.

No bottle date. (933 characters)

Photo of AEArider
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty straight forward blonde ale, but delicious and refreshing nonetheless. Glowed a deep gold after pouring into a pint glass, with a lasting head leaving a moderate amount of lacing. Smell is very fresh. . . "spring-like," appropriate for this May day. Taste is tangy and malty, well balanced with a crisp hop presence. The carbonation pairs well with the fresh demeanor this beer has. Enjoyed it. (403 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this average beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice normal beer color and poured a nice big head. The beer had a slightly hoppy smell. The beer was a little cloudy and don't know why. At first I thought I was going to like the beer. In fact i wrote "yes" on my notes which means I would buy it again. But by the time I finished the beer I changed it and wrote NO. It just started tasting bad. i will not buy again. (440 characters)

Photo of sam_bliss
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into plastic pint glass

This looks a little darker than the average American blonde. Not that much of a head topping the clear, light copper liquid. Smells hoppy and citric with crisp pale malts. The taste is of lemon and herbal hops. Some ripe cherry and green tea are present as well. It took me to the bottom of the glass to identify it, but the prevailing flavor in this one is raw wildflower honey. It does not add too much sweetness but the honey notes play very well with the fruitiness. Mouthfeel is thin, which is expected in a 4.6% ABV blonde ale. There's some carbonation but not as much as other light beers.

This is surprisingly flavorful and entirely sessionable. This is tastier than most ales of this alcohol content that I have tried before. Great for a porch sit. I'm sure a well-paced day of drinking this beer could be accomplished without complete inebriation. (896 characters)

Photo of SimpleM
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As a diabetic, I have to look for beers that are a little lower in calorie and carb if I want more than one. Blondes often fill this bill and this one is the best of the American blondes I have tried.

It poured to an fairly nice head that, while not creamy with a lot of staying power, was still much better than any of the macros.

Smell and taste were not overpowering and it seemed like a really balanced beer.

It was definitely sessionable, (which for me as a diabetic means 3 or 4 in 2 or 3 hours) and would make a great beer for a night of cards.

LOTS of carbonation. Better than ginger ale for burping off a heavy meal.

This will definitely be one of my future regulars. (681 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- From a gentle pour comes a towering 4 inches at least of white head. The beer itself is a crystal clear light gold. It takes four separate pours to get all the beer in the glass without making the head overflow. The head rises above the glass's edge with a jello-mold-like wiggle and shape. I see specks and wisps of sediment in the body now that the entire contents of the bottle are in the glass. Obviously bottle-conditioned.

S- Smells of green apple with a hint of hops. Also perhaps some spice?

T- Smooth yet tasty. Has that green apple flavor that's not very tart but has a snap of bitterness that works well with the heavy carbonation. Crisp, refreshing, easygoing. Everything you want in a blonde.

M- Spritzy and alive with bubbles due to the high carbonation. Quenching with a fullish body.

O- Although I'm not really a session beer kind of guy, I really enjoy this. Very well-balanced and fun to take big gulps. (996 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
2.97/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at their brewery

Review #500!

A decent blonde ale, which is not really my thing. Poured into a sampler glass, a clear golden yellow with a small white head that didn't stick around long. Sweet malts and grains in the aroma, mildly herbal. Pale malts in the taste, bready, lightly toasted, with grassy hops in the finish, for a slight drying effect. Light body and pretty well balanced. Again, not my style, but quite drinkable if it is your style. (467 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

565th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
22oz

Thanks to my father in law for the birthday present.
Purchased at Total Wine, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

App- Bright golden yellow with a two finger head and some nice cling. Lots of dancing bubbles from the bottom.

Smell- I get lots of lager yeast, some faint malts, zero hops. Not offensive just a little light and unassuming.

Taste- It's a grainy, lemony, honey, spritzy and herb taste. They don't all play well at the same time but try. It's a run of the mill blonde ale that will help some people drink craft but won't draw a ton of people in.

Mouth- Light bodied and highly carbonated. Leaves a bit of herbal, citrus zest not.

Drink- I applaud my father in law for trying and not just getting me a gift card for beer. This will appease some with some better this macro flavors but not by much. I probably won't come back to this one. (878 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a smallish-sized, white head.

Smell: Lightly sweet sniff of malted barley with very minor notes of lemon rind and dried herbs and, upon warming, some slight honey.

Taste: Mild maltiness, lightly sweet and with a forkful of biscuit innards and a hint of grain. Faint honey shows up as it takes on a bit of warmth. Flash of fruitiness, including some soft lemon. Low spiciness and bitterness from the hops. Squeezes a little more lemon out on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A fine, quaffable, no-frills-needed blonde. Scuttlebutt's simplest beer, for me, is their best. (725 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.19/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Has a nice, strong malty aroma with a firm overtone of orange and hints of yeast and hay. It pours a clear sunny yellow with a thick and fluffy white head that disappears rather quickly. Flavor is malty, crisp and a little fruity, with just a whisper of hop bitterness - not complex, but still refreshing. Texture is smooth and fairly fizzy, a teeny on the thin side. (367 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a clear golden yellow color with a fizzy white head that eventually fades away completely.

S- The aroma is grainy with biscuity malt and very little hops. 

T- The taste like the aroma is grain up front with a very moderate amount of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with some carbonation.

D- Overall, this beer is not going to knock your socks off in any way but it is a beer that would be very quaffable in the summer when you just want a light bodied and refreshing beer. (520 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass a slight chill hazed lighter golden with a pretty well formed white head that held pretty well,light toasted grain and a bit of sweet biscuit in the aromas,light bot pretty nice.Flavors again are of toast grain and mild caramel/biscuit sweetness,a smattering of leafy hops in the finish.The feel is a little grainy but not to light and it goes down real easy,not a bad quaffer after work. (423 characters)

Photo of richkrull
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a mixed 6-pack gift from my boss. She got it at Brennan's in Oconomowoc, WI.

A - Dark dark golden yellow color. TONS of thick creamy white head. Took me forever to just get this whole thing in a pint glass.

S - Not great, kind of skunky.

T - Pretty good. Smooth, little bit of citrus. Not too much aftertaste.

M - Good

D - This beer went down pretty easy. (366 characters)

Photo of appenzeller
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark gold, almost no head. Smell nutty caramel, fairly strong for a blonde ale. Taste is malts first, a bready taste with almonds, caramel, a substantial mouthfeel and drinkability is average, the taste is pleasant enough but a fairly flat sweet brew. Not my thing. (273 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up bottle from 99 Bottles Federal Way, WA

A: Poured a golden yellow with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Hops, soime citrus, maybe some honey

T: Citrus and floral notes, hardly any alcohol is detected on this brew. Perhaps some honey in there

M: Very light, easy to drink, drink fast too

D: Good to try bit not one I would reach for again (360 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a perfect pint with a full finger of thick, jolly lather, exuberant carbonation, and a body of pale yellow with filtered clarity. The aroma is vaguely doughy and the mouthfeel is pleasantly glossy and fat.

The simple, approachable taste shows integrated grains, a mild backdrop of herbal hops, and a bready, yeasted character throughout. An engaging example of an introductory ale style. Well suited to fish'n'chips on a summer's day. (447 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Mac's Smokehouse in sodo, Seattle.

Appearance: dark straw color with a lot of visible effervescence leading to a nice, foamy head.

Smell: light and rather grainy.

Taste: tastes quite good, but, like the aroma, the flavor profile is similarly light and grainy.

Mouthfeel: light-bodied but lots of carbonation so it was rather sudsy, which I personally quite like.

Drinkability: a very good session beer. Had a couple before a baseball game; good times. (475 characters)

Photo of tbeck
2.82/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a pale golden yellow, slight cloudiness. One-half finger that stayed around.

S - Mixture of hops and malt, slight hint of citrius.

T - Bitter flavor, acidic taste and aftertaste. Not much balance with the hops, slight metallic taste to it.

M - Decent mouthfeel, on the light side.

D - Once was enough. (316 characters)

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