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Trashy Blonde - BrewDog

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | 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 AgentMunky
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of cratez
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle at the BrewDog Beer Dinner at Chancey Smith's in London, ON.

A: golden yellow in colour with an amber hue, thick off-white head, and sheets of lace on the pint glass.
S: toasty biscuit, cereal grains, faint corn, slightly metallic, Saaz-like hops, pineapple, and hard water.
T: pale malts upfront, grain, caramel, some citrus and lemon, touch of bubblegum, Euro hopping on the back end, bitter aftertaste with the IBUs very evident.
M: light side of medium bodied, crisp carbonation, a little watery, snappy bite mid-palate, astringently bitter and dry finish.
D: easy to drink, pleasant and enjoyable for the most part, but nothing mind-blowing. Still, a nice quaff overall.

Photo of kojevergas
2.3/5  rDev -34.5%
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.

Photo of Zimbo
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of soulgrowl
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.44/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of jikvig
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of Mjoepp
2.73/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Photo of Sigmund
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of Long813
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Photo of nickfl
4.06/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of juju7
2.71/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Photo of bark
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of rarbring
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 33 cl brown long-necked bottle with a label in purple and white writing. Looks kind of modern.

A: Slight hazy golden with an enormous white head that dissipates slowly into great lacings.

S: Floral hops, citric notes (surprisingly piney for beeing an Ale from the "Old world"). Faint malt, caramell.

T: American-styled floral hops, pine and citrus. Some bitter notes as well. Very faint malt.

M: Long aftertaste with nice bitterness. Body as well as carbonation is medium.

D: Goes down smoothly. Refreshing.

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fun mild. Obtained from the brewery itself. Pours blond with nice foamy white head. The aroma, I agree, was buttery. The taste contained a good hoppiness,and some fruitiness a bit below average mouthfeel. But very drinkable. A tad acidic in aftertaste. Nice one.

Photo of dgilks
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of seanyfo
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bright yellow colour, with a fine but thin head of white foam. Lacing is tight and fine, if not voluminous. Looks pretty decent.

Some sharply crisp, but somewhat fruity notes on the nose, a little resin and pine, with some citrus and a light skunkiness that actually sits alongside the other characters in a certain harmony. Quite sharp and clean, and rather pilsner-like.

Sharp on the palate too, again, the similarities to a big fruity pilsener are clear. The characters are sharp and direct, but quite fragrantly hoppy. Very nice, clean and extremely drinkable.

A really nice and drinkable pale ale, that's just crisp and clean enough to cut through the summer sun. Went down a treat.

Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of endovelico
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into stein. Served cold. Taken from notes and reviewed on 10-12-2009.

Appearance: Yellow hazy brew with sizeable white head that collapses quickly. Unperceived effervescence and showing mild head retention and lacing. Very average.

Aroma: Medium high to high strength. Very grassy, hoppy and "fresh" with notes of lemons, tropical fruits and grapefruit. The Kiwi hops aren't really coming through as much as i would have liked, instead we get Amarillo dominating the overall aroma profile.

Taste: High strength. The profile is hoppy, vegetal-like and citrusy with notes of peach, kiwi and grass. Balanced but not as complex as i would have liked. Decent.

Palate: Low carbonation, acidic, medium high to high bitterness, some astringency, medium body. I like it.

Drinkability: Enjoyable, pairs well with pasta dishes and has average price quality ratio. It is not unique or overly charismatic. Wouldn't really call it an EPA to be honest, it should read "American Pale Ale".

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Trashy Blonde from BrewDog
80 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.