Motor City Brewing Ghettoblaster
Motor City Brewing Works

Motor City Brewing GhettoblasterMotor City Brewing Ghettoblaster
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Style:
English Dark Mild Ale
Ranked #110
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
78
Ranked #46,502
Avg:
3.39 | pDev: 17.11%
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
195
From:
Motor City Brewing Works
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  14
Gots
  35
SCORE
78
Okay
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Reviews by AlMarzo:
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft, served in pint glass. Clear dark copper color, thin head that fades. Biscuit malty aroma, earthy. Similar taste. Thin to medium body, average carbonation

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Photo of CHickman
2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear amber in color with bubbles racing up the brew to a big 2 finger foamy off white head that faded quickly and looked like soap after a bubble bath with a foamy layer on top, leaving decent lacing as it went down.

Smells very malty and grainy, with light caramel, husk, grass, light citrus hops, crackers and herbs or earthy tones; the aroma was sweet and like a summer afternoon after mowing the lawn - a very timid nose overall.

Tastes like sweet malt, roasted grains, light caramel, light citrus hops, cardboard or wet bread, grass, biscuit, fruit and/or honey, and some funky yeast. This flavor would make for a great session beer if this wasn't so unbalanced, malty and boring.

Mouthfeel is very light and crisp with mild carbonation, a very light body and a slightly bitter finish that is clean.

A light overall feel, this beer is easy to pound, just not very tasty. It was just too blah to me, so I would skip it in a bar, but I will pound the rest of the 6 pack in one sitting.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a nonic pint glass

This beer pours burnt orange with amber highlights. It is capped with two inches of beige head that leaves some decent lacing.

The smell is of toast, toffee, and caramel.

It starts out with toffee and caramel flavors. Then comes toasted malt with an almost but not quite burnt toast flavor.

Medium mouthfeel

This is a flavorful mild. It is quaffable and doesn't bore the palate.

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Photo of fcdepalm
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of deadchef
4.43/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a standard pint glass...

a: light amber, nice clarity. light foam.

s: fruity, biscuit, toast, light caramel, no hop aroma.

t: bread crust, light toast. medium bitter in english terms. very light alcohol.

m: light carbonation. bitter, dry finish.

o: this beer is a fantastic example of what an english mild should be. i think most of the low marks come from people expecting an american amber style. this beer nails the mild style, if anything might be a little too big. if you are expecting an american amber or an esb style beer then you will be highly disappointed. this historic style is what helped keep man alive when you couldn't drink the water. it brings a huge smile to my face when i see breweries give homage to such styles instead of trying to pack another 100 ibu's into the next hop bomb. well done!

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark amber color that is semi-transparent. Had a pretty small head.

Smell: Has a strong malty aroma that is very pleasant and inviting.

Taste: Kind of a sweet malty taste that is not very complex; but it is very smooth and very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin without being too much so. There's just enough body to keep me from thinking it feels like a Light Lager.

Drinkability: This is pretty good. I admit that I tried this beer just because I thought the name was ridiculous. I was pleasantly surprised, though, when I got a beer that is good and is something I could drink again.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an iced tea color with a 1/2 inch head that disappeared quickly. Smell is of malts, bready. Taste is malts, nutty, grains, a touch of caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Michigan Winter beer fest. I ticked this very early since I've been trying to tick this style forever. About 6oz served in a tasting glass.

A: Partly cloudy orange golden hue. Tiny bit of off white head. Some soapy lace left behind.

S: Grassy wet hops. Not a super strong hop profile. Mild pale malts and a touch of grainy/ corn.

T: Pale malts and a good amount of corn/grain. Again hops that have been dunked in in rain water. A bit of a metallic finish.

M: Medium to light body. Not thin but more towards light. Carbonation is very moderate.

D: Overall nothing offensive which I'm sure is what they are shooting for. I could sown a few of these on a hot day.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of divineaudio
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - pours a hazy reddish amber color. a thin, coarse head forms and calms quickly to a ring around the glass. little to no lacing present.

s - toasty malt and dark fruits.

t - follows smell, but adds a bit of complexity. tasting a bit of raisin or fig maybe? hop character is more tart than bitter, with a long finish.

m - on the lighter side with a decent amount of carbonation. nothing fancy here.

d - a session brew for sure. kegs of ghettoblaster seem to be the default choice for gallery openings and other art related activities in and around detroit.

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Photo of spamages
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of adamant1912
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of bierenutz
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear brownish-amber color without much head despite a hard pour and no lacing to speak of.
S- Malty aroma up front with smells of fig and raisin although the fragrance is not strong and crisp.
T- Roasted almost burnt malt flavors with a bit of bitterness and at the finish some of the sweetness of the dark fruits comes through albeit brief as the aftertaste is smokey malt.
M- Thin with minimal, almost no, carbonation. Comes across a little flat in the mouth.
D- Not the best representative for this style of beer as it just doesn't have enough going for it in all categories. It is what it is, an average beer.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Not exciting, but solid enough. No nose to speak of, very muddy-puddle appearance, but nice toasty-biscuit taste, little hay note, good balance of those elements with dry-leaning brown sugars, and overall within the boundaries of the style. It lacks depth, and hasn't much in the way of innovation or explosion; all the same, in no way could I call it bad.

At 7:00am in DTW after a red-eye, "not bad" and mildly local equates to pretty good.

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Photo of
2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery.

Appearance - light brown, verging on amber, with a small white head.

Smell - very light grainy malt, a hint of floral hops.

Taste - Mildly malty, grain and a bit of hops, very mild bitterness.

Overall, this beer is very drinkable, but very mild. As I have never tasted a mild before, I am going to assume that's part of the style.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a bottle of Motor City Brewing's Ghettoblaster in their new variety pack for $20 at The Lager Mill. I've seen this beer around many times, but I don't think I've ever had it and it's been a little while since I've had an English Dark Mild Ale, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a new school tattoo look to it and I like the combination of an engine and a boombox and I think the combination of name and the label makes it fairly eye catching. It poured a nice clear amber color that took on a ruby copper color when held to the light with two fingers worth of off white head that died died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some pretty nice patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, It looks true to style and I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a good amount of malts being the first to show up and they impart a nice pale malt, biscuity, toasted malts and light caramel like aromas with a really slight nutty aroma. Up next comes a little bit of fruity yeast followed by some earthy, grassy, and slight herbal hop aromas. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, I have no complaints.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness followed by loads of malts that impart a very grainy, pale malt, toasted malt, light caramel and biscuit like flavors that are a pretty good combination and the nutty aspect seems to be a little stronger than it was in the aroma. Up next comes a very light amount of fruity yeast that is barely noticeable and there's also a doughy flavor in the background. On the finish there's a pretty light amount of hops that impart a pretty light earthy and herbal hop flavor with a pretty low amount of bitterness with a very grainy and toasted malt like aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer and I think it's fairly true to style.

M- Smooth, clean, a little crisp, slightly creamy, medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good example and a pretty true to style example of an English Dark Mild Ale, I don't have a ton of experience with this style, but this beer tastes pretty much just how I remember a good English Dark Mild Ale tasting and I think Motor City Brewing did a good job at representing the style. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, a little crisp, not filling and the taste did a good job of holding my attention, I could see myself drinking more than a few of these, I think it's pretty sessionable and I think this would make for a good beer to pair a meal with. What I like the most about this beer was how true to style it is, it's just a good example of the style and it's just what I look for in an English Dark Mild Ale and I don't see many of those. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there nothing that I dislike or would change, it's fine just the way it is. I would buy this beer again and I'll try and I remember to pick up a six pack next time I go on a beer run. I would recommend this beer to just about anyone, I think it's really accessible. All in all I was little impressed with this beer, I was a little let down with their Lager but this beer turned out to be pretty good and I'm starting to think that the English Ales are what this brewery specializes in. I think this beer is on the same level as their Nut Brown Ale. Good job guys, I enjoyed this one, keep up the good work.

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Photo of rudzud
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear darker brown/copper hue with a thin one finger head that fades to leave a light quarter inch blanket along with light side lacing.

S - Aromas of darker malts, toast, biscuits, faint caramel, lightly fruity.

T - Taste is bready, light the crust of the bread. Faint caramel, lightly bitter. VERY english. Alcohol is nonexistent.

M - Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, which I guess is to be expected.

O - Overall, I was floored by this beer. I was expecting a drain pour due to the rAvg but yeah, this is a VERY good representation of what this style SHOULD be. Well done.

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Photo of dcbeers
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottles on 9/11/2013. Gusher upon opening, very high carbonation. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a ton of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of toast, brown bread, light caramel, golden raisin, pear, apple, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with well balanced bready malt, earthy hop, and fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of toast, brown bread, light caramel, golden raisin, pear, apple, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, plum, pear, apple, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance of bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. I let the carbonation dissipate in the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a nice mild ale. Well balanced bready malt, earthy hop, and fruity yeast flavors with solid robustness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of salinasa
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of king75
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of EricCioe
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a medium brown with a one finger white head that fades quickly and leaves no lace. There is a definite color fade towards the edges, medium brown to maybe something like amber brown. On the nose there is wet grain sticking out up front with a deep pine buried underneath that comes out when agitated. The grain almost smells like oatmeal. Buried even further down are some prunes or dates or some other dark fruit that makes me wish the nose were more balanced. In the mouth the dark fruit comes out a whole lot, riding the grain underneath with some bitterness lingering later on in the medium finish. The body is quite light, almost watery. A mild can be made to be a bit fuller at a lower ABV, and I would have preferred that approach: say 4% alcohol but with more lingering flavors.

Overall this beer is alright, and with some tweaking I think it would be really good. As it stands, the nose is good but unbalanced and the whole affair is just a little too light, even considering the style.

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Motor City Brewing Ghettoblaster from Motor City Brewing Works
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 195 ratings