Homeport Blonde | Scuttlebutt Brewing Company - Restaurant and Pub

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Homeport BlondeHomeport Blonde

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Scuttlebutt Brewing Company - Restaurant and Pub
Washington, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by BCross:
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass a slight chill hazed lighter golden with a pretty well formed white head that held pretty well,light toasted grain and a bit of sweet biscuit in the aromas,light bot pretty nice.Flavors again are of toast grain and mild caramel/biscuit sweetness,a smattering of leafy hops in the finish.The feel is a little grainy but not to light and it goes down real easy,not a bad quaffer after work.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This Blonde Ale is gold in color and a bit hazy. The head is modest but retentive just like it’s supposed to be.

Smell – The malt aroma here is light and a bit grainy with maybe a wisp of bread or biscuit. The hops are lighter still and remind me of a mild green tea smell.

Taste – The grain really steps things up at the taste. There’s a mild sweetness in the middle that reminds me of cornbread. The hops are kind of European tasting. I wonder if they use those UK Goldings like they do with their IPA.

Mouthfeel – This is shy of medium-bodied and has a clean, crisp mouthfeel helped along by some light dryness and explosive carbonation.

Drinkability – I was parched when I opened this, so it went down quickly. It’s a solid summer ale that delivers on its modest expectations.

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Photo of Lazaro
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of Anspaugh
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of timontheroad
3.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Semi hazy yellow color, little head or lacing. Faint cracker aroma, and just a bit of flowery aroma. Light malt flavors dominate the taste, with very little bitterness, not much else. Rather thin and flat mouthfeel. Not much going for this beer, not overly impressed.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of richkrull
3.59/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a mixed 6-pack gift from my boss. She got it at Brennan's in Oconomowoc, WI.

A - Dark dark golden yellow color. TONS of thick creamy white head. Took me forever to just get this whole thing in a pint glass.

S - Not great, kind of skunky.

T - Pretty good. Smooth, little bit of citrus. Not too much aftertaste.

M - Good

D - This beer went down pretty easy.

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

22oz bottle, nice to see another Washington state brewery represented up here in Alberta.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with one very anemic finger of mostly just wanly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some sparse and varied sub-atomic particle lace around the glass as things quickly move southwards.

It smells of canned pear syrup, slightly overripe apples, bready and crackery pale malt, white breakfast biscuits, ephemeral yeast, weak white pepper spice, and even tamer earthy, leafy hop bitters. The taste is lightly toasted and grainy pale malt, white saltine crackers, zippy rainbow peppercorns, a none-too-subtle oily nuttiness, and some well-enhanced leafy, weedy, and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly low-fi and uneventful in its coddling frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, and generally smooth, the overall maltiness doing well to protect the fort, as it were. It finishes off-dry, both the biscuity graininess and weirdly attendant hoppiness battling it out.

Wow, at first sniff, there wasn't much to really talk about here, but things slowly morphed into pseudo-ESB territory, as alluded to earlier. An agreeable, surprising, and overall easy to drink blonde ale, even if my reasons for liking it have nothing to do with that.

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Photo of appenzeller
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark gold, almost no head. Smell nutty caramel, fairly strong for a blonde ale. Taste is malts first, a bready taste with almonds, caramel, a substantial mouthfeel and drinkability is average, the taste is pleasant enough but a fairly flat sweet brew. Not my thing.

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Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of tdm168
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of dertyd
2.25/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Scuttlebutt Brewing Company "Homeport Blonde"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle without production codes or freshness dating
$1.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: A nice head of fluffy white has risen over its clear golden body as I've poured it. It's at least two fingers thick but it didn't try to climb out of the glass. It's settling quickly though, and not leaving any lacing behind which is not good. I've definitely got a "beer clean" glass by the way, so it's not that. Slightly hazy. Nice deep golden color. On to the aroma... hmmm, not much there, some sweetish, almost perfumey malt & fruitiness. There's nothing off though, and it's fairly welcoming. The flavor backs that up, although there is a slight tartness to it. It's grainy, a touch floral and fruity, and gently sweet but then dry in the finish although the bitterness never stands out. This is a beer for the masses. It's not bland, but it's not exciting, and it's certainly accessible. Looking back there is some very nice lacing left behind - nice. As an American blonde ale I think it hits all the right notes, although that slight tartness is concerning to me. Ahh, I see there's some yeast in the bottom of the bottle, perhaps it's just from yeast, but as there's not dating on it I have no idea where it's really coming from. In the end it's OK anyway so who cares? In the mouth it's light bodied and gently crisp. It finishes dry and fruity with a light bit of acidity that helps to balance it in lieu of bitterness - although I'm still suspicious of that sourness, I'm not sure it's not intended to be there. Overall it's OK, I won't really knock it, but it's not great.

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Photo of Roguer
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Darkly translucent golden ale with copper undertones. Solid two-finger white head, with good retention and nice layered lacing.

Soft aroma, hints of some bright but not strong hops, and some biscuit and bread malts. Very light. Smells kind of like a Belgian IPA.

Slight undefined hops; dry, rye malt; slight banana and lemony sweetness; very light, mouth-forward grains. Straw, wheat, and a light sweetness reminiscent of Belgian yeasts; I don't know if they actually used Belgian yeast (only classified as an American Blonde Ale, with no bottle description).

Light mouthfeel with a cloying stickiness. No sting, slight foaming, no aftertaste, and a good balance among the earthy malts.

This is a surprisingly tasty beer from a brewery of which I have never heard. It's extremely drinkable, and at 4.6%, extremely sessionable. I feel like it's just on the verge of something even better, but not quite there yet.

No bottle date.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a clear golden yellow color with a fizzy white head that eventually fades away completely.

S- The aroma is grainy with biscuity malt and very little hops. 

T- The taste like the aroma is grain up front with a very moderate amount of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with some carbonation.

D- Overall, this beer is not going to knock your socks off in any way but it is a beer that would be very quaffable in the summer when you just want a light bodied and refreshing beer.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Rickus
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a cold 35cc bottle into a tulip glass.
L: A pale lemony blond. Delicate, persistent lacing. Head collapses rather quickly.
S: Iron on a background of yeast and sourness.
T: Fresh, irony, a bit of hoppy bitterness. Maybe a lingering sweetness?
F: Rather harsh, a dry aftertaste. Not unpleasant.
O: Weird! This beer might be classified as an ale, but it tastes and smells very much like a strongly carbonated Belgian lager. A bit surprised that other reviews are rather negative. Nothing extravagant, but a very pleasant and well-balanced beer, best drunk cold on a nice summer evening.

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Photo of cantfindme
1.5/5  rDev -55.8%

Photo of BlueSpader
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- From a gentle pour comes a towering 4 inches at least of white head. The beer itself is a crystal clear light gold. It takes four separate pours to get all the beer in the glass without making the head overflow. The head rises above the glass's edge with a jello-mold-like wiggle and shape. I see specks and wisps of sediment in the body now that the entire contents of the bottle are in the glass. Obviously bottle-conditioned.

S- Smells of green apple with a hint of hops. Also perhaps some spice?

T- Smooth yet tasty. Has that green apple flavor that's not very tart but has a snap of bitterness that works well with the heavy carbonation. Crisp, refreshing, easygoing. Everything you want in a blonde.

M- Spritzy and alive with bubbles due to the high carbonation. Quenching with a fullish body.

O- Although I'm not really a session beer kind of guy, I really enjoy this. Very well-balanced and fun to take big gulps.

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Photo of warpedrevolution
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of WAbeerfiend
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 01.28.14.

A: Yellow with a 1/4 finger head.

S: Banana, bubblegum, citrus, orange. Smells like an otter pop.

T: Peanut butter dominates. Lemon, orange are there too.

M: Smooth.

O: I think that I got an old beer. There was sediment on the bottom. Maybe it was unfiltered, but it was so uninteresting, I don't care about checking. They don't date the bottle, so whatever. It had very strange flavors for a blonde. I would not recommend this one.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of AEArider
3.87/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty straight forward blonde ale, but delicious and refreshing nonetheless. Glowed a deep gold after pouring into a pint glass, with a lasting head leaving a moderate amount of lacing. Smell is very fresh. . . "spring-like," appropriate for this May day. Taste is tangy and malty, well balanced with a crisp hop presence. The carbonation pairs well with the fresh demeanor this beer has. Enjoyed it.

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Homeport Blonde from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company - Restaurant and Pub
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