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Dallas Blonde - Deep Ellum Brewing Company

Dallas BlondeDallas Blonde

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BA SCORE
79
okay

102 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 12.21%


Brewed by:
Deep Ellum Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mora2000 on 08-05-2012)
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jokelahoma

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a point glass.

Nice deep yellow, crystal clear. Decent amount of head, and it lasts a good long while, too. No pun intended, based on their, ahem, "controversial" slogan, either.

Smells earthy, a bit dusty from the hops. Slight grain sweetness, but mostly just the "dirt" hop aromas, which are quite nice.

Taste is mild, as one would expect from a blonde. Not bitter, with a hop presence mostly in the flavor rather than from bitterness. Slight almost citrus flavor peeks in, then goes away just as quickly. You're left with an earthy aftertaste, again mimicking the aroma, with the dusty flavor and just a hint of malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is quite light, as it should be. No complaints there.

The can is correct; this goes down easy. While it's difficult to drink while laughing at the overwrought hand wringing over the slogan without shooting beer out your nose, it can be done. And this is worth chasing down. It's nothing amazing, and won't change your life in any meaningful way, but it is a solid blonde ale, perfect for nights on the deck of afternoons by the grill, when you just want a beer without having to think hard about it.

Serving type: can

04-08-2014 02:18:59 | More by jokelahoma
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can pours a hazed gold color with a fluffy, rocky cap of off-white head. Nice retention and lace, very craggy as it descends slowly with connective lace patterns. Can is a bit creepy looking, not sure what to make of that!

Nose is grainy, light fruit and a touch of grass. Honestly, this is pretty spot on for a blonde ale...nothing fancy but something with a pleasurable sniff. Seems like it could be good for enjoying in a glass or straight from the can in hot Texas weather.

Light, grainy malt with a modest fruit and hop combo that keeps it from being too boring. Mouthfeel falls just short of medium for the style but makes up for it by being perfectly carbonated and mildly creamy. It reminds me a bit of Southern Star's bombshell with less sweetness and body. Both have nice grains and a subtle hop. I think this is pretty good. I have already bought two sixers on my various forays to the metroplex, and as it gets hotter, this beer will only become more appealing. This is a perfect choice to grab a sixer of before heading to a Rangers game in mid-June.

Serving type: can

03-21-2013 00:44:33 | More by twiggamortis420
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Premo88

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into craft beer glass (wide-mouthed stick)
"2/12/14" printed on bottom of can -- don't know if that's a canning or best-by date

L: a shade darker than blonde, closer to gold with a slight hint of amber; big 1-inch-plus head of fluffy, thick white foam that sticks and laces like crazy; it is mostly clear but a TON of debris in the column ... possibly this can is a month past it's best-by date (?)

S: grain and lots of it, but as it warms up, gives off a great bready malt sweetness ... very pilsener-like without the hops ... impressive

T: follows the nose on the grain side; it sweetens out a lot but the bready malt taste never fully materializes; next to no hop presence ... just a slight bit of back-bite from what tastes like English or German hops (earthy, spicy). as it warms more, the bread malt taste is showing up.

F: solid all around, plenty of carbonation ... very drinkable

O: I'm shocked. I fully expected this brew to suck -- "American blonde ale" seems like such a give-up category, like the "American amber ale." It could mean anything and usually means no taste (or worse). But this brew shows plenty of character, some nice barley malt sweetness, a great grain taste and the bread malt taste and smell is a nice surprise.

Again, the brew is super cloudy with debris, which makes me think the six-pack I picked up is old (the 2/12/14 printed on it might be a best-by date) ... BUT it's still really good. If it were closer to 4% ABV, I'd consider it a perfect session beer. At 5.2%, it's still a a good one and a beer I'll definitely be picking up again.

Serving type: can

03-26-2014 07:31:05 | More by Premo88
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Mora2000

Texas

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The first things to come through in the aroma are biscuit malt and a hint of grass. I also get a bit of orange citrus, but it is subtle. The flavor is a bit different. The toffee and biscuit malt notes add some nice sweet character, which is complimented by the orange and grass notes from the hops. There is also an earthy character in the flavor which is quite nice. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2012 02:16:11 | More by Mora2000
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Kearneytheking

Arkansas

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gave this Blonde a nice boost in appearance for her cans. No, really, the can is a cool indie art babydoll creation with an eye catching pink and yellow color scheme.

A- Read above + nice cloudy yellowgold color with an eggshell head

Smell- Nice hoppy front, some grapefruit and soft tropical fruit tones.

Taste- Hops weren't as prevalent as the nose would have you think, more bread, lemon/grapefruit with a nice slightly bitter hoppy finish.

I poorly poured this, so I made it a little flat -__-

Overall, great beer out of a can! Easy to drink. I'd pick this up over any mainstream domestic to stand out a little with friends who can't get away from the norm, and it won't overpower them.

Serving type: can

06-20-2013 02:16:35 | More by Kearneytheking
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Duff27

Illinois

3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Aggressive pour yields an inch tall white fizzy head. Body is a darker shade of yellow/lighter shade of orange. Cap and collar throughout, some splotchy lacing.

S- Aromas of pilsner malt, hay, grass, lemon.

T- Follows the nose. Not overdone with the sweetness as some of this style tend to be. Slight hop bitterness, well balanced overall. Dry and refreshing. Would guess 4.5-5%abv.

M- Medium to medium-high carbonation point, fits well here. Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- Rated to style. Nothing off-putting about this beer but nothing that stands out either. A fine alternative to mainsteam lagers. Thanks for this one kojevergas!

Serving type: can

04-05-2014 22:43:54 | More by Duff27
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EagleTalon

Arkansas

3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours out to a nice frothy white head and dies down to a permanent thin layer of foam. Lacing is minimal but it tries. Color is a hazy yellow and tons of bubbles rising. Aroma is grainy, malty, crackery and a hint of hops. Flavor is a balance of malt sweetness and mild hop bitterness. Finishes crisp. Mouthfeel is big for the style. Overall, a good alternative to adjunct lagers.

Serving type: can

09-26-2013 01:52:18 | More by EagleTalon
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tubeyes

Texas

3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber yellow, creamy white head, nice lace in rings down side of glass, love that.
Smell: Faint sweetness.
Taste: Lots of sweet yummy estery bready goodness, some hops on end.
Mouth: Silky well carbonated, nice mf, sweet bready at.
Overall: Fantastic blonde very friendly and drinkable but still has flavorful elements that make it interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2013 04:22:17 | More by tubeyes
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stephens101

Oklahoma

3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A furious of bubbles results in a loosely packed but tall and fluffy white head that settles when she gets good and ready. Color is pale yellow with a "winking" clarity. Light fruits (pear, grapes, lemon), malt and even some pepper to the nose. This broad smells good. Light and fruity as expected on the tongue and "goes down easy" with that simplicity reserved for nights like this when it all just comes together.

Serving type: can

05-24-2013 22:48:07 | More by stephens101
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a nonic.

A: Light golden hue. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Dissipates fairly slowly. Persistent spiderweb lacing, and a light blanket of foam remains on the surface.

S: White bread, with a slight touch of honey, and lemon.

T: Sourdough bread, light hoppy pine, and a harsh bit of lemon pith.

M: Light body, really steely finish.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Golden hue, bubbly head, and some persistent lacing. Bread accentuated with honey and lemon. Pungent bread, with a crisp hop, and harsh lemon. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Serving type: can

12-01-2013 01:22:20 | More by bmwats
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Can given to me from a friend. Pours into my tulip glass all head and then some. Taking a while to get this into liquid form jeez. Once the head dissipates we have a hazy golden color with still lots of fluffy white head on top. Aroma of very light pale malts, some floral hops, dry, with little sweetness in the nose. Flavor is hay, a hint of floral hop, nearly no malt backbone, and a slightly dirty finish. Light bodied as would be expected from a session beer with lower carbonation than I expected. Overall a mediocre brew but inoffensive and seems like something that a larger group would enjoy at a cookout.

Serving type: can

01-28-2014 01:01:07 | More by BMMillsy
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FocusDave

California

3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a goblet.

A - Hazy and golden with about 1.5 fingers of white foamy head that quickly becomes about 1 finger. Soap bubble-like lacing down the glass.

S - Malty and slightly sweet smelling. I think I sense some citrus in there.

T - Less malt and more citrus. Very little bitter flavor.

M - Pretty thick and heavy for how light it looks. Sticks around on your tongue.

O - The look and smell had me optimistic, but the taste and mouthfeel didn't back them up. It's certainly not the worst beer I've ever poured out of a can, but it's also definitely not the best.

Serving type: can

03-12-2014 01:33:32 | More by FocusDave
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Uanof

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Passing over some old hand written reviews. I remember liking this one a little bit more than what the rating says. Guess i'm gonna have to drink it again! On to the notes: Orange body, hoppy aroma but not too overwhelming. Light body with a hoppy resinous presence, crisp and dry to the palate. In the end, easy comes easy goes!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 07:35:56 | More by Uanof
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kojevergas

Texas

3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz yellow aluminum can acquired at a local corner mart and served into a conical Pinthouse Pizza pint glass in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Reviewed as a blonde ale.

Served cold - at fridge temp. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 3.5 finger head of white colour. Okay thickness and creaminess. Decently frothy. Little lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes.

Body colour is a translucent transparent pale copper. Kind of dirty looking. It's hazy, with hanging particles clearly visible in the body. It's kind of off-putting.

Overall, it's an underwhelming appearance for a blonde ale. Far from unique or special.

Sm: Clean barley, grains, and blonde malts. Some floral hop character. That's about it. A simple but fairly pleasant aroma of mild strength.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

As it warms, I pick up on some light nectary character.

T: Blonde malts, clean barley, honey, grains, and floral hop character. On the sweeter side, but not cloying.

Has an okay balance and build. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. It's certainly a simple beer, and lacks subtlety or nuance.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Lightly refreshing. Somewhat soft. A biteen overcarbonated. Medium-bodied. Moderate weight on the palate. Has nice presence for what it is.

Not oily, gushed, hot, astringent, boozy, or chewy.

Overall, this texture suits the taste well in a general sense, but doesn't come off custom-tailored specifically to it.

Dr: Easy to drink and enjoyable. It's a decent blonde ale, but I doubt I'll ever intentionally buy it again. I do like it for what it is, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends. A basic blonde from Deep Ellum.

Low C+

Serving type: can

03-21-2014 06:01:32 | More by kojevergas
Dallas Blonde from Deep Ellum Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.