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Dirty Blonde - Great River Brewery

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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 20.69%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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1/5  rDev -71.3%

hopley, Aug 03, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -56.9%

Fluffmeister, Oct 30, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

richkrull, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of RaulMondesi
2.68/5  rDev -23%
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.

RaulMondesi, Jul 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

schoon, Jun 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

smartassboiler, Jul 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Troville1990, Oct 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

sirtommygunnah, Sep 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

egrace84, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of iabeerbaron
3.09/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3


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.

iabeerbaron, Jun 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

chip26, Jul 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Sep 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

bismarksays, Mar 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

aubzachsyd, May 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Duff27, Jun 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

mfl620ks, Apr 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

jzlyo, Jun 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Cronkite11, Oct 01, 2013
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3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Pintofbrown, Nov 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Cramerican, Jun 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Hanzo, Oct 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Herky21, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

tone77, Sep 28, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

woodychandler, Jan 04, 2014
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Dirty Blonde from Great River Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.