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Dirty Blonde - Great River Brewery

Dirty BlondeDirty Blonde

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BA SCORE
80
good

32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 19.43%


Brewed by:
Great River Brewery visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WYVYRN527 on 05-11-2013)
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I have been making a nearly annual trek to Madison, Wisconsin for almost a decade in order to attend The Great Taste of the Midwest (GTMW) and I make it a point to stop in at Riley's Wines of the World each time. The CANQuest's (TM) fame proceeds me and they are eager to steer me to every CAN in their inventory which is how I procured this naughty little number. Bad girl! Go to my room! Ahem. Let's see what she has to say for herself. BTW, photo credits should also go to The CANQuest (TM), along with fame, fortune, loose women, loose change, a moose in the caboose, Jolly Cabeza, Jolly Ranchers and a Holly Jolly Christmas.

From the CAN: "Fresh [-] Local [-] Small [-] Independent [-] Micro-craft [-] Chocolaticious [-] Session [-] Every Girl Has Her Secrets"; "Our dirty blonde is a golden ale brewed with dark bittersweet chocolate. She has a balanced malty sweetness blended with a decadent chocolate character."; "Session Series"; "Illustration (c) 2013 Larry McDonald".

The soundtrack to this beer is courtesy of Pink Floyd and "The Wall", specifically, "Young Lust" with the lyrics "Ooh I need a dirty woman/Ooh I need a dirty girl".

She was well-behaved on the Crack! although I was braced for a squirter. I turned her upside-down and began an inverted Glug in earnest. This was an interesting beer, to say the least! It was pouring a golden-yellow and yet it smelled heavily of chocolate. It mustered up only a brief finger of soapy, bone-white head with very limited retention. Color was a hazy golden-yellow (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose was more like sweet milk chocolate, but definitely chocolate. Adjuncts in an ABA! Whod'a ever imagined ... Mouthfeel was on the thin side, kind of watery, but some people like their Dirty Blondes thin and willowy so I will not dun them for it. I CAN taste nothing but chocolate! This is such a weird beer and yet I CAN imagine it might make a good panty peeler, especially if mixed with a raspberry or blueberry beer. Finish left me with the thought that a good bit of chocolate must have been harmed in the production of this beer. It is wildly out of spec for the style, but it is also an incredibly unique beer that might be just the thing in some circumstances. It was far too sweet for my refined (Ha!) taste, but as usual, YMMV.

Serving type: can

01-04-2014 10:37:52 | More by woodychandler
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured into a shaker pint.

Slightly hazy and golden body with a small white cap.

There is very little chocolate on the nose. It is definitely sweet, but more of a malty sweet. The grains are what mainly come through after a couple of passes over the beer.

After a few sips, I can really appreciate the chocolate flavor found in the beer. It errs more on the side of powdered cocoa, even a bit towards a Tootsie Roll at times. That is where the good things really stop for me. The base beer has a graininess that I found unpleasant and does not meld with the sweet chocolate. The grains are almost bitter and butt up against that pleasant chocolatey wave.

The feel is fine, does not really stand out in any way. If the carbonation were handled with any less care, this beer would be flat.

I really wanted to like Dirty Blonde, and the chocolatey currents found within are on the right track. I just do not dig what is happening with the rest of the flavors in here. It is not quite a novelty beer, but I cannot imagine returning to this as a session beer.

Serving type: can

11-11-2013 12:30:10 | More by Pintofbrown
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer from woodychandler, who came through with a huge hook up. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bright golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is kind of mild, some malts, very little chocolate. Taste is good and unique. The malts and grains come first, then the chocolate at the finish. Tasty and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Serving type: can

09-28-2013 15:33:17 | More by tone77
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RaulMondesi

California

2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Out of the can at Old Chicago, Omaha, NE.

Victim of circumstance on this one, my peeps. And it's kind of like a kids birthday party meets an ok, but below average blonde. A chocolate birthday cake partially blew up in a, I don't know, what's an average blonde ale?

This thang is a loud boom without the confetti. Raul does not recommend.

Serving type: can

07-31-2013 04:46:35 | More by RaulMondesi
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Soft chocolate aroma, but also carrying a graham cracker malt character. Makes it like smore, in a good way. Nice aroma.
Cloudy and more towards yellow with a smallish mostly white head.
Nicely balanced flavor mimicking the aroma in the chocolate with graham like malt flavors, making me again think of smores.
LIghter body and a nice soft feel.
A good drink with enjoyable flavors and none to excess. Several may be an issue, in terms of too much, but I didn't get the opportunity to find out.

Serving type: can

07-13-2013 20:32:25 | More by garymuchow
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Yellow, ok head. Looks like any old lager/blonde ale.

Smell: Interesting mild chocolate aroma.

Taste: Nice creamy feel with sweet chocolate flavor. Not cloying, but all I can taste is the chocolate. Very easy to drink.

Overall: Picked up a sixer when in the Quad Cities. Pleasantly surprised, this had a nice chocolate flavor without being over the top. Very easy to drink, would be an interesting change of pace beer or one to give the non-beer drinker to try.

Serving type: can

07-07-2013 00:22:19 | More by Mdog
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can with no date, poured into new Belgium globe

gold color, unfiltered and cloudy, small white head. smell is pale malt, hops. taste is sublime for a blonde ale, with a malty sweetness that doesn't really register as chocolate at first. you can taste the nibs but they blend flawlessly with the malt and hops.

pleasantly surprised by this one. I never would have bought this myself, glad I got to try it.

Serving type: can

07-02-2013 19:44:25 | More by jimmah120
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iabeerbaron

Iowa

3.09/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

REVIEW

Style: Blonde ale

ABV: ?

Purchased at: Hy-Vee; Marion, IA

Pour: Light yellow pour, drank from the can or pour.

Aroma: Nice smell of chocolate initially.

Flavor: Chocolate flavor right away and then mellows into a nice blonde.

Ratebeer.com rating: 32

Beeradvocate.com rating: 85

Overall: C+

My recommendation: Very enjoyable and unique. If you want something easy drinking this is a great choice.

Serving type: can

06-25-2013 18:26:12 | More by iabeerbaron
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can at Old Chicago, Lincoln NE:

Into a pokal:

A: slightly hazy golden yellow ("dirty blonde" I guess, sure why not?) colored body, one finger foamy white head that dies and leaves some nice lookin' clingy lacing to the glass

S: chocolate toasty and roasty, slightly malty in the background

T: sweet all the way through, gets a bit stronger in the chocolate the more it goes down, strong sweet chocolate aftertaste and a dry finish

M: light to medium, somewhat sessionable, becomes slightly creamy, carbonation is spot on for the style and for me

O: this would be my first American Blonde Ale with chocolate in it, I once had DFH's Theobrama and thought this would be similar and in a way, I guess I could kinda say it is without the spicy ancho chile flavoring, I would probably have this again

Serving type: can

06-10-2013 00:52:14 | More by BeerKangaroo
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mdwalsh

Iowa

4.49/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love it, the chocolate is great, the mouthfeel is great. The refreshment level is high, but it is still a rich flavor and interesting. A really great job blending chocolate into a very non-traditionally chocolate style. The appearance isn't exactly blonde ale, but it makes it okay because I know the style is just a name in this case.

Serving type: can

05-15-2013 00:06:50 | More by mdwalsh
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4.11/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Teku from a 12-ounce can.

A: Pours a hazy "dirty blonde" hue with about an inch of creamy white head. Settles to a thin froth on the surface, and lacing coats the glass.

S: Lots of chocolate up front, with toasty, cracker-like malt character lingering in the background.

T: Some biscuity malt at first followed by some fierce chocolate on the mid-palate. Finishes clean, with some floral hop notes.

M: Light to moderate in body, with a creamy mouthfeel and a clean finish.

O: Unique and complex, but extremely easy to drink. At 4.8%, it's a dessert beer that doesn't put you over the top like so many others out there. Tasty, and definitely a beer that will find a home in my fridge from time to time.

Serving type: can

05-11-2013 06:36:44 | More by WYVYRN527
Dirty Blonde from Great River Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.