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Dallas Blonde | Deep Ellum Brewing Company

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Dallas BlondeDallas Blonde

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

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mora2000 on 08-05-2012

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Photo of ZBowden
4.29/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours slight hazy golden orange with small white head, smells of toasty biscuity Malta with slight spicy earthy hop, tastes of bitter crackery malts with a floral herbal happiness on top and in the finish, moderate mouthfeel medium carbonation.

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Photo of Airtejas
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a very fresh and somewhat fruity flavor. It doesn't overpower and is a very nice every day choice. It has enough of a hoppy taste to be a good transitional beer from the tamer lagers and ales to stronger-hoppy IPAs. I absolutely love it for an early afternoon brew.

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Photo of ranger7
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A little dark for a blonde, but with more flavor. Some citrus notes. Almost like a light amber ale. Overall very drinkable and good. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a curved pint glass.

Thin head and a slightly amber golden color.

Lots of biscuit malt on the aroma little to no hop flavor.

Thin body with a light malt.

Decent session drinker.

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Photo of jokelahoma
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Golden amber in color and slightly hazy. Thin fizzy head produced and no lacing present.

Aroma- Bready malt most present with some small hop aromas as well.

Taste- First sip reveals some nice citrus hop flavor, which then subsides into a bready malt on the back end.

Mouthfeel- Clean and crisp. Medium bodied and slightly creamy feel on the tongue.

Overall- I like this alot and if I had more access to it I would put this in the rotation for summer and probably all year. Plenty of flavor and extremely drinkable, I would definitely recommend this one. (86/100)

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of Premo88
3.73/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a very hazy yellow-gold with a smallish head. The nose offers grainy-sweet malt notes, with medium-light hops that tend grassy, floral. On the taste, again, sweet malts are there, a little grainy, a little bready, but at least that is well-balanced by a nice amount of bitterness. Hop flavor is restrained, with just a little new-mown grass character. Yeast character is neutral. The finish pleasantly dry from the hops. Body is squarely medium, with a soft, creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkable enough beer, but not one of Deep Ellum's frontliners.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Hazy blonde with a half finger of white head. Lively carbonation.

Cracker, lemon, lemongrass, and honey.

Cracker and honey maltiness dominate. Equal amounts of lemon and lemongrass hoppiness.

Light bodied, crisp, clean, and refreshing.

Simple. Delicate. Quaffable.

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Photo of Kearneytheking
3.59/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Duff27
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

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Photo of Pegasus
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, dark golden body, crowned bu a somewhat coarse white head, with quite respectable retention. Thick, coarse-beaded forms an irregular and unbroken ring around the glass wall. Sparse bubbles drift lazily to the surface, perhaps a subtle appeal for a more relaxed pace of life.

Aroma: Lots of pale malt, with a little toast as well. A mild note of grassy and floral hops present, also.

Taste: The taste begins with a slight malt sweetness, with faint suggestions of honey. The sweetness backs off a bit, and solid pale malt and grains rise, giving the effect of bread, lightly sweetened with honey. Late in the taste, herbal and grassy hops really shine, offering a balancing counterpoint to the sweet malt. Finishes with a lingering, mild herbal hop flourish.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and very full, with delicate carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasant and drinkable, perhaps a reasonable way to introduce macro lager drinkers to craft beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

very cool spot these guys have for themselves, and they appropriately had on a whole bunch of pale and lighter beers for the warm dallas weather. this seems to be one of their staples in house, and its not a bad beer, just a bit generic for a flagship type brand. maybe the good people of texas arent all familiar with a craft blonde ale, i can see this being an excellent sort of gateway craft experience, but it doesnt do much for the certified craft nut, other than maybe wet the whistle and get the party started. definitely the least exciting of their lighter offerings. a little honey malt sweetness in the center, and an extremely mild noble type hop on the very back end of it, but other than that, its good because its wet and its cold and it has nice carbonation. probably a great compliment to a heavy meal like texas bbq, something spicy or asian in nature, but as a standalone beverage, it was a little short on the flavor for me. i like the body though, its not watery or too lean, i think that keeps it feeling like a craft beer and i appreciate it. for a lighter offering in here thats truly unique and memorable while still being insanely drinkable, give their rye pils a shot instead...

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Photo of stephens101
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Rootscipio
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I will admit up front I am not a huge fan of blond ales. Actually this one has slightly more going on in flavor than most but not a whole lot. It pours a golden clear and leave a slight bit of white soapy lacing in the glass. smells like yeast and slight grainy sweet malt. taste is of that typical blond ale grainybready beer taste, But this has just a slight bit of lemon bittering, It. has a very slick mouth feel which like the can says goes down easy enough.
I am still not a blond ale fan, but this one is one of the better ones I have had. I probably wouldn't get another one of these and I am glad It was a single. But, I don't have anything bad to say about it either. It might be a good intro to craft for a bmc drinker, but hell if I know.

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Photo of tubeyes
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of bmwats
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of zander4dawin
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Blonde colored beer, smell is sweet, cereal notes. Taste is a sweet beer, fat, with a yeasty start and a Corn Pops finish. Mouthfeel is really slick and buttery the really makes it drinkable. Hop presences is a non-factor think they were going for an easy drinking crowd pleasure and even though I might reach for a Bombshell Blonde first Dallas Blonde remains a solid Texas blonde option.

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Photo of brentk56
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: A slightly hazy honey colored liquid pours out from the can; the cap is modest and fades though it leaves some strands behind

Smell: Somewhat grainy with a bit of vanilla sweetness, as well

Taste: Bready and grainy, with just a hint of vanilla in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Certain to be a crowd pleaser among certain beer drinkers, there is not much to dislike about this beer nor is there much to say, either

Thanks, duff247, for the opportunity

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Photo of FocusDave
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.04/5  rDev -13.6%
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+

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Dallas Blonde from Deep Ellum Brewing Company
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