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Trashy Blonde - BrewDog

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 140
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 9
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: charlatan on 02-06-2009

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Photo of tendermorsel
4.65/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on cask at the Horniman's pub in London.

This was a great cask beer. Quite hoppy. Heavy on the American hop varieties. Very floral hops. Foamy fluffy head. Quite easy drinking.

This was a very refreshing beer. I great lighter offering from Brewdog. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A hazy golden fluid, a nice pleasant color to watch. Op top floats a white head that turn to fluffy slowly.

S - Pine, fresh cut grass and citrus!! If this is a blond, it smell definitely like an IPA.

T - Not to sweet upfront, more dry tasting than expected. I would say this is a blond in taste, very surprising. A tasteful body, fresh and slightly piny.

M - A real bitter aftertaste that follows after the medium carbonation has died. I mis a creamy slight sticky touch, which I do tend to like in a beer.

O - I like this blond, or should I call this a failed IPA?? What does it matter, it tastes good.

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Photo of RuudJH
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've liked several beers from brewdog and i'm looking forward to this as well.

Great looking beer, quite dark, almost amber. Clear with great carbonation, good fluffy head. Smell is less dominant than expected: it's a bit of herbs, grass and some sort of red berries. Taste is not that sweet like it's suggested on the label.
It's light and crisp.

Very balanced with the malts are bitterness and fruityness from hops. Very pleasant.

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Photo of Long813
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Clear golden body boasting three fingers of white fluffy head. Retention is poor and leaves good lacing.

S: Loads of bready malts, citrus fruits and hops. Smells more like an American IPA.

T: Malt base with a fair amount of citrus and pine. Quite hoppy

M: Light bodied and high carbonation. Water like texture and leaves a bitter finish.

D: Great beer and I'm very impressed at the flavours produced with such a low ABV. First low alcohol beer I really enjoy.

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Photo of nickfl
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured (pumped really) with an insanely rocky, craggy head of white foam that rests on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. Thick lace and infinite retention as is expected from a good cask ale. This is possibly a visually perfect beer.

S - Mildly sweet bread crust malt with a little musty british hop character.

T - Biscuit malt flavors up front, balanced quickly by stiff, sharp bitterness. Some lemony hop flavor in the middle that swells to a somewhat malty finish with lots of dry, bready malt and ample, asprin-like bitterness.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very visually attractive. The aroma is nice, but mild while the flavor is intense. I can't call it balanced, though the hops are interesting and manage to remain drinkable despite the confrontational bitterness. This beer is undeniably Brewdog, and while their beers can be hit and miss, this is one that lands, at least as a cask ale, on the hit side.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2011. Features a cool purple label with the usual Brewdog blurb.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A hazy pale gold colour with light carbonation and indications of live yeast. Produces a huge head of white foam with remarkable stability; this eventually reduces to a thin surface layer. Lovely aroma; light malt with floral hops and notes of citrus and yeast.

The taste is nicely balanced between malt and hoppy bitterness - a well judged flavour. Slightly sweet, with plenty of floral and citrus notes from the hops. Mouthfeel is pleasingly smooth and tingly with a mildly astringent finish. Aftertaste of aromatic hoppy notes.

A very nice beer, and easy to drink. I was worried that it might be too weak or lacking in flavour compared to their other brews, but it achieves an excellent balance. Light and refreshing - well worth trying if you come across it.

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Photo of bobsy
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting to try a low ABV Brewdog beer at the James Watt hosted dinner at Beerbistro.

Slightly hazy golden pour with a finger of white head that left sheets of lacing. Very nice appearance. Balanced nose, with lychee, mango, biscuit and peppery hops - very clean and pleasing. Tropical fruit remain present, but are supplanted somewhat by citrus and peppery, grassy hops. Biscuit in the middle with a shot of caramel. Surprisingly bitter in the finale... and EPA with a bite. Medium-light body with medium carbonation.

A nice beer, and very flavourful for its weight. Its pleasing to see Brewdog can actually make the drinkable stuff as well as the novelty.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazy goldenrod with a rocky stiff white head that's solid after a vigorous pour, leaving big creamy sheets. Nose is sour toasty grain but plenty of citrus hops, too. Honey on granary toast malts with some mango pulp followed by grapefruit rind hops with some grassy bite. Clove finish and a long bitter (in a good way) linger. Light to medium, some chew, crisp.

English malts and American (OK, kiwi too) hops rings all the right bells for me. That's some assertive bitterness for only being 40 IBUs, making me wonder if that's Simcoe used early, especially since I catch the rest of the hop bill (Amarillo and Motueka) in the finish.

+.5 to drinkability for the very reasonable ABV.

For all their hype and experimentation, Brewdog seem to have their core bottle line (along with Punk, 77, and 5AM Saint) down cold. A winner.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden blonde colour with a substantial foamy white head that has pretty good retention, and lots of carbonation.

Aroma: Lots of grass hops, much like a good German pilsener. There is a fruit aroma, with oranges and lemons, supported by creamy sweet malt base.

Taste: There is a mild earthy bitterness from the hops at the front, with hints of grassy straw. Hints of citrus come through in the middle, offering a slightly sharp lemon, back-to-back with a biscuity maltiness. The finish is bitter and lingering.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, and carbonic.

Drinkability: A nice light, refreshing beer. Very drinkable, and enjoyable. The nose is very similar to a Pilesner but when you taste it you soon realise that it is a solid pale ale. Another great beer from the BrewDog stable.

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Photo of hotzenklotz
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Pale yellow color with white head.

S: Strong hop characteristics.Great smell!!!

T: Strong bitterness and high carbonation overwhelm most of the malt notes. Hardly any hop aroma apart from the strong bitterness, although there seems to be some citrus character. I couldn't detect any particular malt flavours.

M: A little too much carbonation for me, but good finish.

D: Overall an OK beer although the flavour is a little to bitter for hence eliminating all the more subtle flavours. I still love the over-the-top attitude of Brewdog.

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Photo of rarbring
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear light amber beer, a nearly white head, lot's of lacing.

A complex smell, sweet raisins, grape and sour milk, cheese, yeast and a bit of old closed closet.

The taste has much, maltiness, biscuits, some sour lemons and bitterness in abundance.

Rather high carbonation, a very dry feeling.

A good bitter beer, to enjoy slowly.

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Photo of Ochsenblut
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this beer out of the cask, in a Brewdog tumbler at Arrogant Pub, Scandiano.

This pale ale poured cloudy and dirty blonde. The head is extremely compact, a must when it comes to cask. Giant white gobs trailing down the side of my glass made for an impressive looking pint. The head remained at a finger and a half for the whole experience.

The smell is of apples, floral hops, and of course malty goodness.

Crackery malts give way to what seems like a moderate hop profile, but what seconds later comes in kicking. The bittering hops are sharp and devolve into a satisfyingly hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a bit slick, which might be due to the overall lack of suspended carbonation. Some call it flat and warm. I call it drinking a piece of history.

Drinkability is extremely high on this beer, due to its demure alcohol content and big taste. Then again, I'm in love with cask when it's done right!

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Photo of Brabander
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer a few weeks ago from my buddy Zimbo. Thanks a lot Craig because this is a good brew.

Poured the beer in a Dutch beerglass the beer looks ok. The beer is somewhat cloudy but not much. Firm white head with light to medium carbonation.

Good smell with the fruity hops very well noticable. The hops also give the beer a slight bitter taste. The beer made me think of the pliny and that is a great comparison. Good beer!

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Photo of Sigmund
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, bought at ICA Middelthon. ABV is 4.1%. Golden colour, moderate white head. Moderate hoppy aroma, notes of new-mown grass, a hint of honey. Soft mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. The flavour is distinctly hoppy throughout, with a resinous bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Can't detect the "passion fruit" though. OK beer.

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Photo of Zimbo
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another thickish creamy head from Brewdog topping the yellowy golden glass. Body is slightly skinny but firm supporting the taste of a big bitter juicy sweet grapefruit which ends rather deliciously chewy.

An impressive bitter attack from a beer of moderate alcohol. Like so many in the Brewdog range there is a one track mind here that is actually rather exciting. Yes, she is a bit of a dirty dog but everyone needs this sort of treatment once in a while. Giggity.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pale yellow with a slight haze & decent, average sized white head. Looks pretty good.

A kind of passion fruit smell. Fresh & generally rather pleasant.

Refreshing with a nice long bitter aftertaste. Hints of citrus & fruit.

Slight tingle of the carbonation. Pretty smooth & drinkable.

A very nice beer & goes down really well. No one taste is over powering & it is well balanced. One of the nicest beers I've tried in a while.

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Photo of peensteen
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the bottle Phyl21ca

Hazy pale blonde colour, one finger of white head, lots of lace left behind. Smell is of bready/biscuity malt, massive hop profile, tropical fruit, yeasty, floral with notes of pineapple and grapefruit. Taste is quite fruity and bitter, malt is secondary here, grassy and earthy with notes of lemon, dry in the finish. Mouthfeel is dry, medium body, med-high carbonation, prickly carbonation, quite smooth. Really liked this one, good low abv brew, quite drinkable.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright cloudy orange body under two fingers of white soapy head and then heavy lacing.

S - Hop forward, passionfruit and wheat.

T - Again, hoppy flavours with a moderate bitter bite, orange zest and passionfruit.

M - Medium in body and carbonation.

O - Another solid Brewdog product.

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Photo of wl0307
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle, filtered but unpasteurised; served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a deep, dark golden hue, faintly translucent; the carbonation is mild and quiet, while the head is soapy and thin - looking quite like the result of gravity pour straight from a fresh cask!
S: rather dense and sweet on the pale malt side, almost like malt syrup plus burned sugar, but the mixed tropical fruitiness (yellow peach, pomelo grapefruit, tangerine, and passion fruits abound) still manages to sneak through the thick malts, while a closer sniff reveals a touch of peat-iness or phenolic notes. On balance, the sweet side comes slightly too harsh - reminiscent of the same brewery's Hop Rocker.
T: much better on the palate - the delicious, liquidy biscuity malts comes in a moderate flavour but gets gradually and seamlessly transformed into a mineral kind of dryish-bitter aftertaste oiled by passion-fruits and sweet citric fruity undertones of hops. Intriguingly clean and dry in the finish, showing a fine tune of bitterness to go with a delicate malt aroma, lingering just perfectly and provoking more thirst at the end of each sip.
M&D: really refreshing (in the Real Ale's way) on the palate, benefiting from a very mild level of fizziness like a true cask ale, while the medium body (for 4.1%abv.) also contributes to the overall performance. A slightly more malty and less hoppy version of Punk IPA, yet equally bitter and enjoyable to me.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 2.5
A very firm pour struggled to make any head, a few bubbly millimetres disappeared almost instantly. The body is a hazy light amber colour.

Smell - 3.5
Biscuity malt, butterscotch and passionfruit whiffs are mostly pleasant.

Taste - 4.0
Very English taste, loads of biscuity malt, a hint of butterscotch (perhaps a touch more than is appropriate for the style), passionfruit, moderately bitter, very dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Low in carbonation, quite thick, almost syrupy in the mouth.

Drinkability - 4.0
I could drink this all night, a great session beer.

OVERALL - 3.55
Reminiscent of many an English brewed best bitter, I like it a lot, definitely my kind of beer. The lackluster appearance may just have been this particular bottle, although for an English style beer, a small head is not such a bad thing. Overall, Trashy Blonde is a just above average beer, but one that appeals to me greatly.

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Photo of DerBayer
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - amber, very pale light true to style

S - Hops hops hops very bitter not great but true to style

T - Monodimensional bitter hops and a lot of it but no complexity - slight fruity notes actually

M - Not bad for a single ale but a bit flat like so many of them, finish too dry

D - Too dry not agreat taste not iI am taking to this style actually

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Photo of NightINgale
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up in Barcelona. 330ml bottle.

A - Pours a cloudy yellow body, similar to a Belgian witbier. Pretty nice fluffy white head and decent retention.

S - Smells similar to their Punk IPA: grapefruit, orange, maybe a bit of pine. Some sweet caramel hints as well.

T - Starts out with a nice citrusy hop bite. A good amount of bitterness, followed by a very mild sweetness and some caramel and bread notes. The finish is dry and bitter, with hints of pine, similar to that of an American pale ale. Pretty good for what it is.

M - Fairly light body to it. Not too carbonated and a little dry. Drinks very well. No hint of alcohol.

O - Overall, this is not a special beer yet still an interesting one. It's not super tasty or complex, but it manages to pack a surprisingly strong hop kick while still being low on alcohol. Well, if it's not an experiment, it isn't BrewDog!

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both nice. The aroma is all tropical fruit and bready malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's some peppery spice flavor too. There's also a lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with good carbonation. Drinkability is decent, too. Not a bad brew overall.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fantastic liner notes, errr, label ramblings - I'm sure my gf would love these sensibilities...

This beer pours a hazy medium golden straw hue, with two fingers of rocky, chunky off-white head, which leaves some spattered, random lace around the glass.

It smells of crisp white cracker grain, and lemony Saaz hops. The taste pretty consistent with the bready malt, a bit more lemon rind, and zingy grassy hops.

The bubbles are moderate, if a bit preachy at times, the body a fairly light medium weight, and it finishes quite dry, the hops holding sway, though now tempered in their Bohemian qualities.

A very Continental version of an English Pale Ale, the hops betraying the actual style. A nice sessioner, I would imagine downing a few of these to be a good start to the night.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite a pretty beer, could sit alongside some of the best from Belgium in terms of golden clarity and solid white head retention. A deeply, surprisingly herbal and biscuity aroma; bay and celery come out on top, with a twang of lemon and thyme, and a malt background reminiscent of oatcakes. The flavor is similar but somewhat more subdued and malty, balanced, tasty, smooth, dry and drinkable, but not particularly interesting. I'll bet it would be good with chicken, though.

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Trashy Blonde from BrewDog
81 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.