Dirty Blonde - Adirondack Pub & Brewery

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107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cosmicevan on 11-22-2010

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Ratings: 107 | Reviews: 21
Reviews by Kendo:
Photo of Kendo
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a Weizen glass. Body is clear golden-yellow with a 2-finger whitish head. Large bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass, painting a nice picture as the head settles slowly, leaving behind some decent rings of lacing.

S: Not a strong nose - some wheat, bready malt and a touch of citrusy (I'm getting orange peel) hops.

T: Some sweet malt undertones (a tad bit fruity), then it finishes up with a combination of wheat twanginess and lemony bitterness. Also a touch of grassy hops.

M: Light in heft, active carbonation provides a sharp experience.

O: Solid stuff - a good summer drinker.

More User Reviews:
Photo of SickGnar
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden with a bit of haze. Fluffy, big-bubbled, slightly rocky, white head. Not much for retention, but leaves a few splotches of lace.

S: Citrus hops – soft grapefruit & tangerine. Light crystal malt sweetness and some faint wheat. Not a huge variety going on, but very okay for strength.

T: Perhaps more pale ale than wheat. Solid malt backbone with pale perhaps just a step ahead of doughy, somewhat generic & clean wheat. Fair bit of bitterness with a Cascade & Centennial hop character of grapefruit and orange/tangerine. More fruit than rind. Underlying light malty sweetness enhances fruit perception. Not all that complex, but robust and tasty with loads of nice character.

M: Medium body with expansive & mouth-filling carbonation. Fairly quenching & refreshing. Good feel for its abv & style.

D: A nice hoppy pale wheat ale. A tad shy on the wheat part, but it makes up for it with the hops. Tasty and drinkable. A very stand up offering for the hotter summer months, but okay any time.

Photo of rlee1390
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear yellow-orange, not much carbonation, two finger head that tries to leave behind some lacing, but can not.

S-Some citrus and grapefruit. Some grass and wheat as well.

T-Nice blend of wheat with citrus and grassy hops. Mild bitterness. However as it warms the beer starts to go downhill.

M-Light in body and highly carbonated.

O-A good beer but as it warms the flavors do not mesh as well, which is the main fault I have with this beer.

Photo of papat444
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a couple of times on my camping trip to Lake George.

Straight from the bottle but also poured sometimes into a plastic cup (hey, it's camping!).

Appearance: An orange body with a thick and insistent head.

Smell: Citrus hops with some mild wheat.

Taste: The hops really hit me not in a bitter way (though there is some of that) but with a really good orange/tangerine flavor. Some good tasting here.

Mouthfeel: Active carbonation and a strong, balanced body.

Overall: Definitely worth checking out. This really surprised me and packs a good flavorful punch.

Photo of TangTKE402
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Adirondack just started bottling, and the label on my beer bottle labels this as and "Unfiltered American Wheat Ale," not an American Blonde. Read this keeping that label in mind.

A: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Hazy, yellow straw color with a 1-finger head and a decent amount of frothy lacing.

S: Hoppy. Centennial and Cascade hops keep this beer smelling more like an IPA than a wheat. Some grass notes with a touch of citrus, spice, and a fresh baked bread.

T: Pine hop character up-front with a mellower nut bread flavor on the swallow. This tastes like the bastard child of an IPA and a Wheat... not bad, just not what you'd expect. Pine Tar, allspice, cracked grains, and a walnut finish are what I taste.

M: A touch thin on the finish, but clean and crisp in the mouth.

O: This is a tasty, sessionable beer... but it's not really something that fits nicely into the "American Wheat Ale" variety. This is a wheat beer for hopheads.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a small fruit and a small malt balance. In the taste, dry earth, yet a nice sweetness with just a touch of yeast. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry yeast and note of fruit in the aftertaste. Kind of fruity, but still nice and refreshing.

Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold color. Actually, it's pretty clear for a wheat offering. Frothy white head that leaves some streaky lace.

More floral hop smell than I expected. The wheat takes a back seat to this.

This mildly wheaty. I'd describe it as being closer to a bitter APA. Pale malts begin the taste. The hop takes over quickly, leaving a bitter swallow and aftertaste. Spritzy with a thinner body. A little off style but it tastes great.

Photo of thedoubler55
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear yellow orange color, with almost no head at all at the top, and barely any lacing as well.

S: The citrus and wheat are present up front but nothing very potent, nice hop note as well on the tail end.

T: Nice mixture of wheat and citrus, hops are present, almost just like the nose.

M: Light - Medium bodied and a good amount of carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer, but I would be fine with not having another for a while.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see this brew not listed here. The wife and I hit up lake george every summer and I've seen this one for a few years. This review is from notes from this summer.

Poured a nice rich copper color. Nose is hopes. Very balanced hops flavor. Easy drinker, delicious and a go-to when in lake george.

Photo of CraigS119
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.75

Got in a beer of the month club thing.. pours a hazy golden yellow, thick white head. Candied orange in the nose. Tastes much dryer, with dry orange juice, citrus pith, some astringency and citric acid bite accompany the wheatiness at the end. Very prickly, spritzer-esque carbonation. Almost like a shandy, but more spritzery. Drinkable, not too sweet, which I like. I think it would be a lot better if it had less carbonation and more hop presence, but very good day-drink nonetheless. 7.6/10

Photo of Brad007
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange/blond with a huge head into my glass. Funny how they call a pale wheat ale a "pale ale".

The citrus theme carries over, though not as strong as the Iroquois Pale Ale. Wheat adds a clove essence to the overall palate.

Plenty of Cascade and Centennial goodness here. Again, not as strong and the clove from the wheat clashes as well.

Mouthfeel isn't as great either. The clove overrides any benefit that you'd get from using citrusy hops.

Not bad overall. Just not that great. I'd stick with the Iroquois Pale Ale.

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

A: Pours a very nice hazy golden color with a slight amber hue and a nice frothy head that is slightly off white
S: nice hop scent, citrus notes
T: nice smooth taste, slight initial grapefruit hop note, which becomes subdued and finishes with slight earthy notes
M: medium carbonation tingle initially, smooth across the palate, leaves no lingering aftertaste
O: really love this brew, highly drinkable on a warm summer night

Photo of sierratwohearted
4.04/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

refreshing, clean...solid ale for summer. medium body, lacked aroma, big C west coast hop presence in taste profile.

Photo of nezelrac
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into shaker pint

A - lightly hazy pale amber; initial frothy white head subsides to a trace leaving no lacing

S - grapefruit pith/pine and lightly floral hop nose backed with wheat and grainy malt; hops are resinous and a little funky

T - a little lean on flavor besides the hops; lots of resinous hop notes dominate the palate; struggling to find the wheat a bit

M - firm (approaching tart) and a little lean; CO2 is mid-high and appropriate-seeming

O - a refreshing beer, but a little confusing/muddled stylistically; I guess I want it to be more one thing or another

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright fairly clear golden-orange color with a finger of crisp frothy white head atop. The head fades down to a ring leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of pine hops. There is also a touch of wheat and grass as well as some light citrus. Fairly assertive.

T - Starts off with some a hit of grassy hops and some nice bitterness. Some wheat flavors in the background along with some light orange. Through the middle some a bit more wheat flavor and a touch of almost nutty flavors come out. The finish is a blend of some hop bitterness and somewhat and nutty flavors, which linger nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Feels really crisp and finishes nice and dry. Does not feel watery, which is nice.

D - Very drinkable. The combination of the wheat with the strong hop flavor is very nice. The hop profile is solid and the balance here is fairly good.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

i didnt care for this one for a lot of reasons. it may have been a little past its seasonal charm, being december and all, but i thought it tasted metallic, overly bogged down by dead yeast, and concentrated orange flavoring. the pour was less cloudy than i expected after reading the label, its pure yellow, with a small but fading white head. there is a orangey lemony aroma over an extract wheat malt base, pale and boring. the flavor is a mess, citrus first, odd minerally vibes next, and leftover yeast is all i can taste at the end, sour or spoiled in some sense. maybe im making it sound worse than it really is, but to me the flavors are really off, and if this is the intended flavor profile, the brewers just need to revision this one all together. still the feel is okay, medium in body for the style, light overall. fine carbonation, but the aftertaste is offputting, especially when it warms up a little bit. i wont buy this again.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden body with a good size white head that disappates to a thin ring; good lacing.

S: The cascade and centennial hops gives this beer a nice grapefruit aroma with orange citrus and wheat-like notes.

T: Sweet grainy malts are the dominate flavor followed by bitter citrus hops. Although this beer as a standard pale wheat ale flavor, this hops give it a nice twist. Nice pleasant finish.

M: Light body; lively carbonation; crisp and refreshing mouthfeel.

O: To me, this is one of their better beers and fits the style very well. With an ABV of 4.6%, it's definitely one of those you can have a six pack of and still be okay. If you're gonna go there, this one is a good one to try by the lake.

Photo of drinkiusmaximus
4.12/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice hazy golden color with a three fingers width head.

S- I could smell this alll day long A slight straw note from the wheat besides that very hop forward with hints of grapefruit.

T- bitter citrus hops dazzle but do not linger and thats about it slight straw notes but nice and bitter for a wheat ale.

M- Clean crisp and has a nice drying effect which is nice. nice carbonation, it is unfiltered but remains light which is nice.

D- On a hot summers day these would be mighty refreshing and do not know if I could resist sessioning these for quite some time.

Prost!!!

Photo of JRed
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy deep orange in body with white frothy head. Smells of citrus, rind, grass, faint mint. Tastes of grass, citrus, citrus rind, some bitterness from a generous amount of hops and some off-flavors and vague strawberry are present as well. Light bodied with light carbonation. More a pale than a wheat and off-flavors run rampant.

Photo of jsisko01
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden-yellow color with an inch thick frothy white head. Leaves a decent lacing.

Smell - Citrus, wheat, lemon zest, and

Taste - This is a very bitter beer, almost like a pale ale. Orange, citrus, wheat, and allspice.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Foams up right as you sip it.

Overall -

Photo of ElijahRivera
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed based on tasting notes from a blind pale ale tasting.

12 oz. bottle inside a paper bag poured into a plastic tasting cup.

A- Slightly hazy light amber.

S- Similar to taste.

T- Tropical, juicy, fruit forward hops. Citrus notes as well. Malts add some balance, but dominated by hops bitterness.

M- Clean and crisp mouthfeel.

O- Great brew! Like the little pale ale brother to Sculpin. Not sure if the wheat played much of a role in the success of this beer, so it could be considered off style.

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Dirty Blonde from Adirondack Pub & Brewery
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