Homeport Blonde | Scuttlebutt Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
Washington, United States
scuttlebuttbrewing.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
82
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
13.7%
 
 
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1
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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of trytoketchup
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
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 SimpleM
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As a diabetic, I have to look for beers that are a little lower in calorie and carb if I want more than one. Blondes often fill this bill and this one is the best of the American blondes I have tried.

It poured to an fairly nice head that, while not creamy with a lot of staying power, was still much better than any of the macros.

Smell and taste were not overpowering and it seemed like a really balanced beer.

It was definitely sessionable, (which for me as a diabetic means 3 or 4 in 2 or 3 hours) and would make a great beer for a night of cards.

LOTS of carbonation. Better than ginger ale for burping off a heavy meal.

This will definitely be one of my future regulars.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.08/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a perfect pint with a full finger of thick, jolly lather, exuberant carbonation, and a body of pale yellow with filtered clarity. The aroma is vaguely doughy and the mouthfeel is pleasantly glossy and fat.

The simple, approachable taste shows integrated grains, a mild backdrop of herbal hops, and a bready, yeasted character throughout. An engaging example of an introductory ale style. Well suited to fish'n'chips on a summer's day.

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: yellow in color with a 1" head that lingers around a while. Nice carboantion bubbles. Light lace develops.

Smell: light grass is all that is detectable.

Taste: bready malt, grass, lemon zest, and very mild bitterness. Pretty flavorful for a blonde ale.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Clean aftertaste. Lighter in body.

Drinkability: a great summertime refreshing beer. This hits the mark on flavor and refreshment. Give it a try.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a smallish-sized, white head.

Smell: Lightly sweet sniff of malted barley with very minor notes of lemon rind and dried herbs and, upon warming, some slight honey.

Taste: Mild maltiness, lightly sweet and with a forkful of biscuit innards and a hint of grain. Faint honey shows up as it takes on a bit of warmth. Flash of fruitiness, including some soft lemon. Low spiciness and bitterness from the hops. Squeezes a little more lemon out on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A fine, quaffable, no-frills-needed blonde. Scuttlebutt's simplest beer, for me, is their best.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AEArider
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
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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Photo of Elguero1
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roguer
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
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 HazardousBrewer
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Gaffattack
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Donkster46! Props.

Serving style : 12 oz bottle poured for appearance

Appearance : Pillowy four fingered head, recedes at a moderate pace, good retention. Leaves licks and flicks of lacing around the glass. Body is honey colored, about half and half opacity/transparency. Solid.

Smell : Holy pears. Wow! It's like I opened a can of pears. Some light wheat, granny smith apple, fruity spice. This is so aromatic and exciting.

Taste : Fruity apple and pear are there, with a slight sourness. I could do without the sour but the beer's taste overall is fantastic. It starts with the fruit, then a huge wrecking ball of sourness, and ends with a quasi-potpourri, air-dried apple...taste. As the beer warms it begins to take on a medicinal taste but it's a blonde - so drink it cold.

Out of the bottle it's a huge hit of carbonation with the pear and sour ale flavors.

Mouthfeel : Creamy, smooth, carbonated, ending slightly stiff. Shows character.

Overall : Again, I am impressed with Scuttlebutt's offering here. If I ever had a reason to go to Washington state, it would be to visit Seattle, and then buzz over to Everett and load up on Scuttlebutt. These guys know how to make a solid beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
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 mmmbeer89
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sam_bliss
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into plastic pint glass

This looks a little darker than the average American blonde. Not that much of a head topping the clear, light copper liquid. Smells hoppy and citric with crisp pale malts. The taste is of lemon and herbal hops. Some ripe cherry and green tea are present as well. It took me to the bottom of the glass to identify it, but the prevailing flavor in this one is raw wildflower honey. It does not add too much sweetness but the honey notes play very well with the fruitiness. Mouthfeel is thin, which is expected in a 4.6% ABV blonde ale. There's some carbonation but not as much as other light beers.

This is surprisingly flavorful and entirely sessionable. This is tastier than most ales of this alcohol content that I have tried before. Great for a porch sit. I'm sure a well-paced day of drinking this beer could be accomplished without complete inebriation.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bomber of Scuttlebutt Homeport Blonde Ale at a grocery store to taste and review. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold color and is slightly hazy. A fizzy white head forms and is gone in a flash, leaving a brew that looks like apple cider.

The smell is floral with a distinct yeast presence.

The taste is pretty good, a biscuit flavor up front with a little fruity tang, and then a mild bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good, crisp and clean, moderately carbonated.

Very drinkable. Not a real remarkable beer, certainly drinkable. Nice flavor, good crisp body and low ABV make it a nice sessionable beer, especially on a summer day. I wouldn't go out of my way form Homeport Blonde, but I wouldn't turn it down either.

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Photo of richkrull
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
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 BeerAndGasMasks
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours amber with a nice head that lasts awhile. Some lacing as you enjoy it. Some hops in the nose, along with a bit of malt. Refreshing taste!

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Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Mac's Smokehouse in sodo, Seattle.

Appearance: dark straw color with a lot of visible effervescence leading to a nice, foamy head.

Smell: light and rather grainy.

Taste: tastes quite good, but, like the aroma, the flavor profile is similarly light and grainy.

Mouthfeel: light-bodied but lots of carbonation so it was rather sudsy, which I personally quite like.

Drinkability: a very good session beer. Had a couple before a baseball game; good times.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Homeport Blonde from Scuttlebutt Brewing Company
3.43 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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