Portsmouth Dirty Blonde Ale - Portsmouth Brewery

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.49%
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Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: lordofthewiens on 06-15-2008

Our most popular beer is a friendly, golden ale that pairs well with a wide range of foods and occasions.

13 IBU
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Ratings: 105 | Reviews: 55
Reviews by wedgie9:
Photo of wedgie9
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Tasted in August 2010 from bottle obtained in a trade. Pours a hazy light orange with a fluffy white head that recedes to a lacy collar. Nose is slightly dusty and tart with some good citrus notes and a bit of barnyard yeast. The palate is more of the same with Meyer lemon and tartness along with the dust and barnyard. The body is light with average carbonation and a medium dusty and slightly tart and bitter finish.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Replacing the Cream Ale. Never had the Cream Ale, so I won't get into an argument about which one is better. Brought home a couple of bombers for my wife. The beer is a bit hazy, yellow/orange color, with a small white head. Predominately a malt aroma. Taste mostly malt, a bit of a hops presence. I think this is a refreshing summer brew, and have enjoyed it on our recent warm, humid days.

Photo of tigg924
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery—served into a pint glass

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, golden in color, hazy, moderate carbonation

Smell: grass and grain

Taste: grass, grain, slight wheat and citrus hops at the end

Mouthfeel: moderate-high carbonation, light bodied, sweet with a bitter end

Overall: A light and sessionable ale. I could do a couple of these, but for all the Portsmouth beers this is one I am not likely to revisit, unless I really had a fix for a blonde ale.

Photo of degerbah
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pors a vloudy pale yellow with a ton of head. Tremendous amounts of carbonation. Extremely cloudy, there is still a ton of sediment left in the bottle of the bottle. The aroma is very peculiar with a huge amount of citrus. The beer is very fruity with a peaches taste that is followed by a citrusy bite. I feel that this would be an excellent sweet light beer for summer, but it's just not that great a beer.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Portsmouth Brewery- Dirty Blonde

On tap during the Kate the Great Day.

A- Golden yellow with a small filmy yet sticky head.
S- Earthy malt; wheat, hay, & starw with a touch of honey.
T- mossy honey touched malt with wheat, pepper, and a touch of dirty earthy hops.
M- Lightly sweet with good biscuity malt. Earthy hops leave your mouth dry.

Overall- This was my pre-gaming beer for Kate the Great and a good 1 at that.

Photo of jmz62565
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale clear golden yellow with a small white head that does leave good lacing.The smell is light with hop and floral aromas. The taste has a carbonation bite with a slight hop presence and sweet malt. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing well. A crisp and clean beer that could be a great summer drinker.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

So I am in New Hampshire for the Great Bay Half Marathon...its the night before a race and ....why not drink some....ok....alot of the local beer!!! The Dirty Blonde from Portsmouth is good. This beer has was a pale hazy yellow in color with thin white head and great lace. The smell has a subtle lemony/citrus. This beer was light and crisp in taste! The smell funnels into the taste of this beer. The light ABV leads to this beer being a Session...certainly worth a taste.

Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Portsmouth Brewery (Portsmouth, NH) on 3/13/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with a thin head of creamy bright-white foam. This retains with a lot of richness around the edges, leaving back thick foamy swathes of lacing. The aroma smells grassy, spicy, and a bit dank, with a good bit of fresh citrus character that mixes with the sweet toasted breadiness of the malts to impart a fruity tang in the back of the nostrils.

The taste is bitter with citrus peel and a biting spiciness that is set against a sweeter backbone of some softer fruity character and toasted grains. There is a DEEP dry finish on this that leaves lingering notes of spice and rind stuck to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamier up front but then gets much crisper towards the back and laying a steady prickle down on the tongue as you swallow. This is generally easy feeling and it's needed to help off-set the hops here.

I expect a bit of "attitude" in an American Blonde Ale but I think that the overly dry bitter spiciness held this back or at least kept this from being as refreshing as the body and lower ABV wanted to help make this. I'm glad that I finally gave this one a shot after several trips to the brewpub but I think I'm one and done after finally trying it.

Photo of KTCamm
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Take home 22oz bomber straight from the brewery. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy light copper bordering on yellow. Dirty blonde is a quite appropriate way to describe.

Light beer smell - almost like a pilsener. Nothing much coming through.

Taste is very clean - opens watery. Light fruit with some mild hop finish. Very clean. Lightly carbonated, otherwise smooth and tap-like.

Very drinkable - solid brew.

Photo of DrewKid4
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served: Sampler from tap at New England Brewfest.

A: An unimpressive cloudy gold-yellow with average white head.

S: Could hardly smell anything. Barely a hint of citrus

T: Light malt and citrus initially, finished by a calm bitterness on the back of the tongue. Not an overwhelming taste at all. Not bad, but not great.

M: Pretty light bodied.

D: Very drinkable. Better than drinking Bud or Coors, although not readily available anywhere. Could easily drink a few of these in a session.

Photo of u2carew
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A) Pours with virtually no head. The lacing holds up the same. Hazy. Golden color. Visible carbonation.
S) Dry and grainy. Some citrus notes poke through. Maybe some banana.
T) Crisp nuttiness up front. Some citrus notes follow ending with a slight lemon, earthy sourness.
M) Crisp. Bubbly. Light bodied.
D) Just alright. Not a standout brew.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This straw-colored brew with a white, foamy head has a refreshing bitterness with no lingering aftertaste. The slight citrusy aroma brings you back to summertimes past. ABV: 4.2%

Yet another new one for me. This was a clean and crisp summer ale that I actually went back to a second time. Nice light golden color with a good clarity, seems really all their beers have this nice clean look to them with great carbonation. Aroma is light with hints of orange and light grains. But each sip so so clean and quick. It was one of the most refreshing beers I had today. Light hops, light grains, a touch of a sweet note in the finish it just went down so quick and clean. Very nicely done. Lots of carbonation and a very light body made for a super sessionable beer.

Photo of largadeer
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this one from wolfsblood. Thanks man.

Appearance: Dirty, hazy yellowish-orange. Lives up to its name. Very little head, a quarter inch at most, and even that recedes to a small ring almost immediately. Low carbonation.

Smell: Sweet and citrusy. Pale malt, peach, lemon, jasmine. Very nice, unusually complex and aromatic for the style.

Taste & mouthfeel: Not as fruity as I was expecting, though there's a touch of peach and lemon. Bready, semi-dry pale malts make up much of the flavor. Light hopping and fruity esters add depth but don't stand out much. As with the Oatmeal Stout, there's very little carbonation here. While that might've worked with that beer, it's not really suitable for this style and detracts quite a bit from the mouthfeel. The finish is dry, crisp and light, ideal for the style.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bought at the Portsmouth Brewery store.

Pours a clear golden color with very little head and no lacing.

Smell is more grassy than I would have thought, has a whiff of malt, yeast and citrus though.

Taste starts out with a light malt and caramel touch and melds into a grassy aftertaste, decent carbonation, a little light and crisp tasting, a rather uneventful beer from Portsmouth though.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

That the blonde is dirty makes it that much better. Clear gold with a thin white head. Lace algae ring mine glass.

Aroma is lemony light grain and Smuttynose earthiness. As it warms it smells like baking bread. I like that.

Taste is lemony light grain with a nice, clean hop bitter in back--I wasn't expecting that. But I like it. Smooth rather than crisp like many a blond. Little soapy here and there which is a bummer. It still went down quick though.

Not a style with much "wow" factor this is a pretty solid example. Get rid of the soapiness and it's a winner.

Photo of cleeze
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Now I went to get my growler refilled with my favorite cream ale which they didn't have and the bartender told me this was the next closest thing they had.

Appearance was a light golden with lots of foamy bubbles but very little lacing.

Now I thought this smelled really fruity overall. Also had some good hop aromas to it as well.

Taste was quite fruity as well. Thought it was going to be sweeter but hey what can ya do?
Nice bitter bite to it though.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 6/24/08 at the brewpub, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light malts and touches of fruit and hops.

T: The taste is well-balanced with flavors of citrus & caramel and a mild hops presence. The malt character is on the thin side which is expected from a blonde ale. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, overall it's a good beer to drink for a while if you're comparing it to other beer of it's kind, but in comparison to the other beers that Portsmouth offers, this wouldn't be my first choice.

Photo of schwaeh
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber shared by "-bal inebriatedjoker"

A: Light golden yellow. No head, very light white lacing with white wisps across the beer.

S: Real light aroma of spicy yeast, some earthiness, and citrus. Very light.

T: Reminds me of a slightly larger berliner weiss with the tartness being replaced with citrus. Fair amounts of yeast and good maltiness for this light color.

M: Light, smooth, and easy drinking. Carbonation is low.

O: Real light-drinker, great for summer. Nothing that is too memorable.

Photo of sethmeister
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Growler filled last night and poured this afternoon into my pint glass.

Appearance is a hazy darker gold. Thin white head drops to a film. Slight lace doesn't hold up and only visits briefly.

Scent is fruity - peach, pear, banana - and floral.

Flavor is floral and fruity as the nose dictates. Peach, pear, lemon and banana. Dry, not sweet. There's a sturdy hop bitterness in the finish and a mild astringency. Almost champagne like in its dryness.

Mouth is a crisp and refreshing clean medium light. Surprisingly low carbonation.

Drinkability is certainly good and at 4.5% ABV this is a suitable session ale.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap just before KTG 2010.

Pours a moderate golden yellow color with a white head. Slight amount of lacing. Nose is slight pale malt and some light floral character. The taste is slightly floral with a bit of grain. Light feel with good carbonation. Overall, drinks well and is really smooth. Nice to pretend I'm drinking a good summer beer in the middle of a cold-ass winter spent outside.

Photo of grub
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

MasterSki shared this one. thanks alex!

22oz bottle. sampled july 1/2010.

pours clear dark yellow with a big white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves no lace.

aroma is nice. caramel and buttery toffee. white bread. bit of cracker. fruity. light alcohol.

taste is nice. white bread and cracker. caramel and toffee. buttery. light alcohol. hint of citrus. herbal and lightly earthy.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. mostly balanced, but a touch on the sweet side. a nice blonde.

Photo of AgentZero
2.73/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pale, golden colored beer with a small head that doesn't stick around very long. Pretty thin, not much to this beer from the look.

S - Floral notes, some yeast and phenol. The yeast seems to have skunked it, and makes it unpleassant.

T - Taste is about like the nose, but with additional adjunct sweetness that unfortunately does not do enough to drown out the skunk taste. Phenol and chemical bite don't help this one at all.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Like most portsmouth stuff, not a fan of this one. Seems skunked and difficult to drink, would pass on it next time.

Photo of AleWatcher
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bomber into nonic.
Looks like a dark golden version of a BMC lager... White shiny head quickly disolves into a thin shimmering collar. Limited lacing.

Smells of grain and a little light green apple note. Really dry, cereal grain maltiness, no real hop notes and only the lightest hint of bitterness. Very dry finish.

Feels thin and watery, even for the style.

Overall-- a pretty mediocre attempt at the style. I hate to say this, but Portsmouth has really been disappointing me lately... Even the 2012 Kate was a letdown compared to 2011's batch, and many other of the beers I've had recently have been less than stellar... I have a few more bombers to review before I totally write them off...

Photo of davey101
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. Purchased on 7/28 with the new printed label. I miss the old paper labels...

A - As the name may suggest...a dirty blonde body. Nice and clear with a lot of rising carbonation. Small one finger high white head. A fair amount of lacing.

S - Quite inviting. Toasty malts, grains, light citrus and piney hops, and a bit of sweetness on the finish.

T - Starts off with some pine and fruitiness and finishes dry with toasted grains and a lingering sweetness similar to that found in a adjunct lager. Mouth feel is crisp and well carbonated, but a bit thin.

O - Nothing amazing or ground breaking, but a really easy drinking and palatable beer with flavor. The kind of beer you'd want in a cooler on a hot day.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the Portsmouth Brewery and served in a pint glass. The beer pours a hazy, vibrant, golden color with a ring of filmy head. The nose is rich in aromas of honey and toasted oats. The beer has flavors of toasted grain throughout, with a slight honey highlight. There is a sugary sweet aftertaste, with a smooth finish. A little touch of smokiness throughout the end of the palate. Decent brew.

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Portsmouth Dirty Blonde Ale from Portsmouth Brewery
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