Trashy Blonde - BrewDog

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 139
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 7.28%
Wants: 8
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 kojevergas
2.3/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into an English style (real) pint glass, in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Three finger head retains well and moderately thick. A pale yellow-gold colour that looks a bit bland. Fairly clear: you can almost see through it. Not quite inviting, but not a turn-off.

Smell: A biscuity scent, not quite pine but with a reserved freshness. It's a clean scent, but I'm already concerned about the balance of flavor.

Taste: Bland notes of weak flavours, none of which dominate the beer, followed by a bitter finish akin to an IPA. It's a clean finish, and not to my tastes, but it suits the beer. I'm not left wanting another sip, but the wetness isn't necessarily refreshing. Overall it's built without much character; a bit boring.

Mouthfeel: Chewy but coarse, a body without too much weight but also without character. Too much carbonation.

I wouldn't buy it again, but fans of IPAs may enjoy what is has to offer if their expectations aren't too high. (986 characters)

Photo of juju7
2.71/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There are definitely a few chinks in the BrewDog armour and this is one of them. A totally underwhelming pale ale. Surprisingl, given that this is BrewDog, evrything about this beer is quite weak. The nose is faint tropical fruits with a strong hint diacetyl sadly. The flavours are also a bit muddled with nothing really making a statement. This leaves nothing but bitterness in the mouth and disappointment in my soul. (420 characters)

Photo of Mjoepp
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Deep golden. Big white head, creamy foam, last long, leaves huge amounts of lacings.

S: Hops, bitter fruits, flowers. The bitternes is quite sticky for my nose.

T:Very bitter, flowers, grape, lime peel, peppery. While having the beer in the mouth it almost "attacks" the tongue. Aftertaste is a looong bitter feeling. Destroys your taste bud.

O: Good but you will have the bitternes for a long time and will destroy your tasting experience for the evening. (462 characters)

Photo of Rossi
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer has quite a neutral taste, clean and clear. It's one of the more quaff-able Brewdog beers as it has a forgiving after taste and it reminds me of a good home brewed number. That said it is distinctly average across the board, the clean and clear taste ultimately lacks complexity and at the cost price it should offer more than just a slightly clearer generic taste. It also has a metallic taste which is not as strong as some other beers in their range, but it may put off some drinkers. I would say it is clinical in it's taste. (539 characters)

Photo of Suds
2.96/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this beer on a warm May evening, I thought something light would be enjoyable. The beer isn't bad, but it did seem a little flawed and didn't really live up to it's potential. It's a yellow-blonde color with a creamy white head. The smell first presents a solid hop flavor (ooo...American style), but very quickly the aroma of cooked vegetables (corn) comes forward. DMS wasn't front and center, but it was there enough to be really distracting. The flavor was of pale malt with a firm hop bitterness and lots of herbal and citrus hop flavor. Firm mouthfeel for the style. Reasonable, but the vegetable quality really took this one down a few notches. (657 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a nice pure white foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet cereal notes is quite refreshing. Taste is not very complex with light semi-sweet cereal notes with a light dry finish. Body is slightly fuller then average with good carbonation. Refreshing and easily drinkable with limited complexity. (369 characters)

Photo of charlatan
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm unsure about my categorisations here: it describes itself as a pale ale and a blonde on the bottle and online respectively; the beer is not presently available according to the website although I bought a bottle at the supermarket which does not expire for a further seven months; at some point Brew Dog brewed a 4% abv beer called Peroxide Punk which it described as a trashy blonde!

Anyway it is a blonde colour, slightly darker than euro pale straw. So far so tedious but the limited head does suggest a pleasant creaminess.

The nose? Not much to be honest. A hint of lemon, some dried fruit, but nothing bold here. I don't like the feel. It is rather flat, like a pale imitation of a cask ale from a bottle. The taste is pretty good though: a very clean hoppiness not masked by cloying sweetness or understated as with so many pales. This is followed by a creaminess reminisicent of a light cask ale. A citric (with an accent on lemon) flavour lingers on the tongue. (980 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big diacetyl aroma with notes of passionfruit hop. There really shouldn't be this diacetyl.

Hazy, pale gold colour with a small, short lasting white head.

Like the aroma I get plenty of soft malts with a hit of passionfruit. The diacetyl is toned down but still present. Nice solid but understated bitterness. It is decent but the diacetyl is an obvious fault.

Medium-low boy with moderate carbonation. Crisp, clean and refreshing.

It's a decent drop but it has a serious technical flaw which lowers its score. The diacetyl is too high in the aroma and flavour (even though it tastes okay). Easy enough to drink with a nice low ABV. (636 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I must admit im a big fan of this breweries labels and spiels on the labels and their innovations to try new things as i do like trying new beers thats for sure anyways the beer pours a pale amber hue with average carbonation that leaves a fast vanishing one finger head with sporadic lacing,the aroma is lots of hops mainly with a passionfruit hint to them,i must admit i thought the taste would be alot more complex after the smell but unfortunately i was wrong it has a pretty straightforward thin mouthfeel with a light subtle passionfruit hoppy taste that finishes very smooth but to be honest abit too smooth for my liking and i dont get too much malt taste at all just a thin hoppy taste i think if this beer was better balanced out i would like it more and have seen better examples of the style but in saying that its easy enough to drink just wouldnt hunt it down. (874 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB 0811 - drank 0611... :-( not fresh stock.

Pours a one finger head, cloudy straw colour. Head does not last - some lacing.

Nose is very subdued. A little pineapple maybe?

Initial taste is citrus based but quite dull, and the after taste is the usual hop-driven taste you would expect for an IPA not EPA. Hmmm... A little bit metallic as well, not so good. I would have expected a little more malt for an EPA. However, strong flavour for low ABV.

Carbonation is there, right on the tongue, dancing away, quite prickly.

Not one of Brewdog's better efforts, however, I can agree with James, it is palate-cleansing....

EDIT - next of six-pack was a gusher - not good (670 characters)

Photo of bark
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the new, organic version of Trashy Blonde.

The colour is gold with a tint of orange. The three finger head is compact, off-white and rather firm. The liquid is a bit hazy.

The smell is hoppy with some lemon, bitter hints, some anonymous fruits and a mild sweetness. Notes of fresh bread, but also a chemical flavour of chloride.

The taste is sweet and bread-like. Rather mild, I think. Malt dominates the flavour. Some bitterness with citric hints, some exotic fruits and a hint of flowers. The aftertaste got a slowly growing bitterness, some frowsy sweetness and a touch of grape fruits and apricots.

The carbonation is mild, the mild bubbles are fresh. The liquid is mid-smooth.

Although a little mild and that frowsy hint, it is still a highly drinkable and very British beer with a gentle American twist. (826 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, almost insipid yellow colour, with steady bead feeding a modest but decent snowy head that retains at about half a cm, the sinking has left some whispers of lace around. Could be thought of as dull, but I think has a fair amount of character to it.

Nose is incredibly sweet, with a huge honey character and some bready and rice grain notes as well. Some buttery character suggests possible diacetyl, although there is vanilla as well, and together with the honey makes me think sweetness is mostly deliberate. Unfortunately it's overdone, and too sweet. Otherwise acceptable.

Taste is fairly simple, with a creamy/milky kind of character on the front which becomes a bit more rich with hints of honey and caramel on the mid. Bitterness emerges late, fairly distinctive with organic grassy notes, and some medicinal phenols late. Bitterness is not very strong, but lingers a little bit, providing some English-style hop flavours right on the back. Overall though, it's quite simple, lacking in nuance and doesn't have a great deal of complexity. Not unpleasant, but not enough where it counts.

A little bit of a tingle on the feel, mixing adequately with a fairly thick feel overall. Not bad.

An inoffensive drop, but I'm not hugely impressed. Definitely a sessionable beer. (1,291 characters)

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, pale gold color with two fingers of solid white head. Sporadic lacing left on the glass.

Scent consists of some hops and light citrus.

Lots of hop bitterness here. Some lemon/lime citrus flavor in the background. Bitterness keeps on kicking, lasting well beyond when you swallow, assaulting the tastebuds.

Not quite to style, but certainly a 'punk' pale. Lots of attitude. Wouldn't really recommend drinking a lot of it, unless you want to hop shock your tastebuds. (483 characters)

Photo of seanyfo
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle poured into my hofbrau pint glass.

A- A pale golden straw body with a 4 finger creamy pillowy head from aggressive pour. Lively beading with excellent lacing.

S- Citrus and floral hops, a faint biscuity malt in the background. I can get a herby scent too, almost like a faint basil touch.

T- Floral/ citrus notes in the beginning, that slight herby note is there too. A dry finish that is crisp but soons turns watery/thin. Hop notes linger.

M- Light, spritzy refreshing, a bit thin

D- A decent hoppy ale, certainly looks the part but for me the mouthfeel and finish let it down. Certainly drinkable but not memorable. (635 characters)

Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle 4,1% Abv.
BB 02/08/2012
Served cold in a Brewdog Teku glass.

Appearance: Good looking pale ale, deep golden body (a few small particles) topped by a good sized white head that lasts well and leaves some good lace.

Smell: Not the best nose around, one needs to strain to get anything. Biscuity malt, light grain, some fruit (tangerine and granadilla), lemon peel and some freshly cut grass.
Warming improves things quite a bit - just edging the grade up a level.

Taste: Quite a bit better than the smell. Initially sweet biscuity malt followed by some pleasant fruity notes (citrus, lemon peel and granadilla), rounded off with a very unexpected (but welcomed) bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body and slightly over carbonated.

Overall: A pleasant beer, a little low on flavour for me, but a good one for a hot day (837 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Second beer of my BrewDog evening, 330ml bottle, best before 15 Jan 2010, drank 26 Nov 2009, poured into my huge 'Judas' glass.

Looked OK, dull golden orange with a white foaming head that turned thin very quickly, good lacing on the glass though, so not too damning.

Aroma of orange peel and hops, nothing overly strong otherwise.

Refreshing and fairly well hopped, dry more than sweet with a hidden depth of maltiness.

I enjoyed this beer, not sure I'd want loads of it, but what I had was good. (501 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly cloudy copper with moderate carbonation of small and large bubbles. A finger of yellow tinged frothy head.


S: Hard water, iron, slight pomelo skin, pear, little orange, a little foot smell but all these really light, think like you’re using a nose microscope.


T: Really light, hard water, little fruitiness like mentioned above but subtle and subdued. Light crisp bitterness.


M: Light, crisp and dry.


O: My first traditional ale by Brewdog. Really well done, yet surprising from such a radical company. Got in Thailand, drank in Kunming Jan 18th, 2015. (578 characters)

Photo of AEK
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml poured from a brown bottle into a standard English pint pot.

A. A clear, sunny gold coloured beer topped by a finger thick white bubbly head.

S. Pungently hoppy. Hard to detect anything else apart from a slight sourness.

T. Quite a strong hop blast, some citrus notes and a dryish, long bitter finish.

M. Medium bodied.

D. Not a fan. Not enough complexity for my liking. Can Brewdog brew anything that doesn't smell and taste like their other beers? (460 characters)

Photo of jikvig
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Unclear, foamy light brown colour.

Some vanila (vanila icecream), cold fruitynes on the nose. Sitrus aswell.

High bitternes, hops dominating. Lemongras flavours in a nice body. It feels more like an AIPA than a blond (or EPA for that matter).

It´s not a bad beer, but to bitter for the rest of the flavours and becoming to dominant. (337 characters)

Photo of grapetonix
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy golden. Pours with minimal head. Not exactly beautiful, but it works.

S: Hops, dandelion, cabbages, honey. Pleasant, all in all a characteristic profile and very very good.

T: Slightly too bitter for my taste, but still oh so refreshing and tasteful. Half lager, half IPA mix.

M: Clear in the mouth, no chemical-esque off-tastes or even the least hint of alcohol (not surprising when it is so weak). Would have nothing to complain about if the aftertaste wasn't so bitter!!!

O: Definitely an above average beer, just keep in mind that it is really fully loaded with taste and smell - not easy to drink by any means.

Have bought it several times and will buy again. (686 characters)

Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A slightly hazy yellow... just a hint of orange / amber. The slightly lumpy head recedes pretty quickly, and laces as it goes.

The smell is interesting! Reminded me a bit of the Hop Stoopid I had a couple of days ago. A bit citrus-y, maybe some pine. It even smells a little bitter.

The taste is kind of weird... maybe surprising's a better word. It's got a peppery taste without the burn. Def. a bit of lemon grass like someone else mentioned. There's also, I think, that harsh bitterness you get from something like dandelion stems. Not so good there. Unfortunately, that's kind of the aftertaste, too. It does have a strong after-taste / feel... never had anything quite like it.

Smooth feel, carbonation is good. A bit too bitter for a blonde (or for me at all), I think. Well, the aftertaste is too long/bitter, anyway. Really leaves an airiness over the whole tongue and back of the throat.

It's drinkable, for sure, but not in great amounts. Good to try, but this'll probably be my first and last Trashy Blonde. (1,024 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: standard brown 355mL brown bottle, typically funky BrewDog label.

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy amber in colour with a reasonable off-white head that lasts. Decent lacing too.

Aroma: plenty of grapefruit and pine hops, tropical fruits and some bready malts.

Taste: the grapefruit and passionfruit from the aroma are definitely present, along with some pepper spice and grass.

Aftertaste: a good dose of hop bitterness comes through afterward with a touch of malt.

Mouth feel: a moderate mouth feel with a lower carbonation. Possibly could use a bit more bite.

Overall: a pretty decent pale ale per the BrewDog norm. A nice combination of hops and bread malts. The price of AU$78 a case of 24 x 330mL (2014) seems a bit steep, but maybe a 6-pack every now and then. (782 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden pour with a small head.
Fresh, crisp, hoppy aroma of passionfruit, grapefruit and lychee with sweet caramel malt and honey in the background.
Flavours are similar in the way of fruit and a strong sweet malty hit, but the a solid bitterness comes out of left field and blows you away. Powerful stuff.
Light carbonation (could have done with more for a more refreshing finish) and body. (391 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Thick head, dull yellow colour.

S: Nondescript. Faint citrus might lie atop a grain base.

T: Pretty good, I suppose. Bitter and light. The strong hops have a vaguely soapy quality. The main taste is palatable, but the aftertaste is unimpressive.

M: Carbonation has a nice tingle, but overall this feels mediocre.

D: Good blonde, great label. BrewDog succeeds in being different and a little bit pushy. (454 characters)

Photo of crowncapcollect
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

300 ml bottle

Okay, thanks to the kindness of those good people at Brewdog, I'm sampling this from my own fridge. It's still very good for a 4% pale ale, with a solid hoppy taste and aroma, just not quite as good as it was on draught in its homeland. Carbonation is just right and it slips down easily, a bit too easily. Well, the label stated it was "going to get me into a lot of trouble", and if I had more of them I've no reason to doubt this. Trouble can be fun. (468 characters)

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Trashy Blonde from BrewDog
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