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Homeport Blonde - Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

Homeport BlondeHomeport Blonde

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.03%


Brewed by:
Scuttlebutt Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2003)
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Bookseeb

Washington

3.43/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 00:38:26 | More by Bookseeb
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Roguer

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 21:47:12 | More by Roguer
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AEArider

Arizona

3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 23:35:11 | More by AEArider
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Minkybut

Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 15:29:03 | More by Minkybut
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sam_bliss

Washington

3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 02:10:13 | More by sam_bliss
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SimpleM

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 15:45:38 | More by SimpleM
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +26.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 23:19:49 | More by Immortale25
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2011 22:21:03 | More by Rifugium
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FosterJM

California

3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 03:27:05 | More by FosterJM
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 20:15:59 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 00:53:53 | More by Cyberkedi
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cjgator3

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 03:38:26 | More by cjgator3
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oberon

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 22:48:19 | More by oberon
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 23:57:08 | More by richkrull
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appenzeller

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 07:44:21 | More by appenzeller
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.43/5  rDev 0%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 00:15:29 | More by barleywinefiend
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RedDiamond

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +19%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2009 05:00:05 | More by RedDiamond
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flagmantho

Washington

3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2009 00:15:12 | More by flagmantho
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tbeck

Washington

2.78/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 04:47:02 | More by tbeck
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RJLarse

Washington

3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bomber of Scuttlebutt Homeport Blonde Ale at a grocery store to taste and review. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold color and is slightly hazy. A fizzy white head forms and is gone in a flash, leaving a brew that looks like apple cider.

The smell is floral with a distinct yeast presence.

The taste is pretty good, a biscuit flavor up front with a little fruity tang, and then a mild bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good, crisp and clean, moderately carbonated.

Very drinkable. Not a real remarkable beer, certainly drinkable. Nice flavor, good crisp body and low ABV make it a nice sessionable beer, especially on a summer day. I wouldn't go out of my way form Homeport Blonde, but I wouldn't turn it down either.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 23:33:23 | More by RJLarse
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Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: yellow in color with a 1" head that lingers around a while. Nice carboantion bubbles. Light lace develops.

Smell: light grass is all that is detectable.

Taste: bready malt, grass, lemon zest, and very mild bitterness. Pretty flavorful for a blonde ale.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Clean aftertaste. Lighter in body.

Drinkability: a great summertime refreshing beer. This hits the mark on flavor and refreshment. Give it a try.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2006 00:29:43 | More by Gavage
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This Blonde Ale is gold in color and a bit hazy. The head is modest but retentive just like it’s supposed to be.

Smell – The malt aroma here is light and a bit grainy with maybe a wisp of bread or biscuit. The hops are lighter still and remind me of a mild green tea smell.

Taste – The grain really steps things up at the taste. There’s a mild sweetness in the middle that reminds me of cornbread. The hops are kind of European tasting. I wonder if they use those UK Goldings like they do with their IPA.

Mouthfeel – This is shy of medium-bodied and has a clean, crisp mouthfeel helped along by some light dryness and explosive carbonation.

Drinkability – I was parched when I opened this, so it went down quickly. It’s a solid summer ale that delivers on its modest expectations.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2005 01:08:59 | More by RoyalT
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GClarkage

California

3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

06/18/05- Had on an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Billings, MT.

Presentation- 22oz bottle poured into a 8 oz plastic cup. YEHAW! Didn't check the bottle for dates.

Appearance- Light golden in color, a small ultra white and creamy head. Light lacing.

Smell- A tad fruity scent, but overall nothing special.

Taste- Mild hops and grains. Maybe some citrus rind in the mix. Rather blah.

Mouthfeel- Slightly watery and thin. Medium to lower carbonation level.

Drinkability- Have had several better blondes than this...beers included :)

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2005 20:26:52 | More by GClarkage
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