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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 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 endovelico
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
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".

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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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 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 crowncapcollect
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a light golden colour. White head poured quite loose and frothy then faded to light covering... some light carbonation bubbles drift slowly to the surface... light lacing...

Aroma - Some juicy tart fruits with maybe some tropical hints (peaches, lemons and limes, pears,), quite grassy, floral honey, light sweet grainy malts, pine, talcum powder traces, herbal, peppery hops...

Taste... decent peppery hop bitterness, quite floral, metallic hints, light sweet biscuit malts, mouth watering fruits (lemons, apples, limes), some saltiness, faint floral honey sweetness...

M&D - Fairly sharp and dry... light bodied... pretty quaffable at 4.1% but a little dull...

Overall - A decent enough English pale ale... nothing groundbreaking but worth a try...

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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 Scriba
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Blonde! With a rich and white head that leaves a lot of lacing.

S: A flowery and citric smell from the hops. And a little pine tree and malt as well. A fresh and inviting smell.

T: The hops from the smell are there. There is also a nice sweetness from the malt in the background. The aftertaste got a nice and bitter bite.

M: The CO2 is moderate. The feel is quite thin (without being a problem).

D: Ok. It is warm outside. I have been working all day and there is a good football (soccer) game on tv right now. This beer worked just fine, and it could be a good session beer.

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Photo of Suds
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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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 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 charlatan
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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