Trashy Blonde | BrewDog

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Trashy BlondeTrashy Blonde

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by charlatan on 02-06-2009

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Ratings: 143 |  Reviews: 65
Photo of Ochsenblut
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this beer out of the cask, in a Brewdog tumbler at Arrogant Pub, Scandiano.

This pale ale poured cloudy and dirty blonde. The head is extremely compact, a must when it comes to cask. Giant white gobs trailing down the side of my glass made for an impressive looking pint. The head remained at a finger and a half for the whole experience.

The smell is of apples, floral hops, and of course malty goodness.

Crackery malts give way to what seems like a moderate hop profile, but what seconds later comes in kicking. The bittering hops are sharp and devolve into a satisfyingly hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a bit slick, which might be due to the overall lack of suspended carbonation. Some call it flat and warm. I call it drinking a piece of history.

Drinkability is extremely high on this beer, due to its demure alcohol content and big taste. Then again, I'm in love with cask when it's done right!

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Photo of Brabander
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer a few weeks ago from my buddy Zimbo. Thanks a lot Craig because this is a good brew.

Poured the beer in a Dutch beerglass the beer looks ok. The beer is somewhat cloudy but not much. Firm white head with light to medium carbonation.

Good smell with the fruity hops very well noticable. The hops also give the beer a slight bitter taste. The beer made me think of the pliny and that is a great comparison. Good beer!

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.01/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazy goldenrod with a rocky stiff white head that's solid after a vigorous pour, leaving big creamy sheets. Nose is sour toasty grain but plenty of citrus hops, too. Honey on granary toast malts with some mango pulp followed by grapefruit rind hops with some grassy bite. Clove finish and a long bitter (in a good way) linger. Light to medium, some chew, crisp.

English malts and American (OK, kiwi too) hops rings all the right bells for me. That's some assertive bitterness for only being 40 IBUs, making me wonder if that's Simcoe used early, especially since I catch the rest of the hop bill (Amarillo and Motueka) in the finish.

+.5 to drinkability for the very reasonable ABV.

For all their hype and experimentation, Brewdog seem to have their core bottle line (along with Punk, 77, and 5AM Saint) down cold. A winner.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pale yellow with a slight haze & decent, average sized white head. Looks pretty good.

A kind of passion fruit smell. Fresh & generally rather pleasant.

Refreshing with a nice long bitter aftertaste. Hints of citrus & fruit.

Slight tingle of the carbonation. Pretty smooth & drinkable.

A very nice beer & goes down really well. No one taste is over powering & it is well balanced. One of the nicest beers I've tried in a while.

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Photo of hotzenklotz
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Pale yellow color with white head.

S: Strong hop characteristics.Great smell!!!

T: Strong bitterness and high carbonation overwhelm most of the malt notes. Hardly any hop aroma apart from the strong bitterness, although there seems to be some citrus character. I couldn't detect any particular malt flavours.

M: A little too much carbonation for me, but good finish.

D: Overall an OK beer although the flavour is a little to bitter for hence eliminating all the more subtle flavours. I still love the over-the-top attitude of Brewdog.

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Photo of bobsy
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting to try a low ABV Brewdog beer at the James Watt hosted dinner at Beerbistro.

Slightly hazy golden pour with a finger of white head that left sheets of lacing. Very nice appearance. Balanced nose, with lychee, mango, biscuit and peppery hops - very clean and pleasing. Tropical fruit remain present, but are supplanted somewhat by citrus and peppery, grassy hops. Biscuit in the middle with a shot of caramel. Surprisingly bitter in the finale... and EPA with a bite. Medium-light body with medium carbonation.

A nice beer, and very flavourful for its weight. Its pleasing to see Brewdog can actually make the drinkable stuff as well as the novelty.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Thick head, dull yellow colour.

S: Nondescript. Faint citrus might lie atop a grain base.

T: Pretty good, I suppose. Bitter and light. The strong hops have a vaguely soapy quality. The main taste is palatable, but the aftertaste is unimpressive.

M: Carbonation has a nice tingle, but overall this feels mediocre.

D: Good blonde, great label. BrewDog succeeds in being different and a little bit pushy.

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Photo of cratez
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle at the BrewDog Beer Dinner at Chancey Smith's in London, ON.

A: golden yellow in colour with an amber hue, thick off-white head, and sheets of lace on the pint glass.
S: toasty biscuit, cereal grains, faint corn, slightly metallic, Saaz-like hops, pineapple, and hard water.
T: pale malts upfront, grain, caramel, some citrus and lemon, touch of bubblegum, Euro hopping on the back end, bitter aftertaste with the IBUs very evident.
M: light side of medium bodied, crisp carbonation, a little watery, snappy bite mid-palate, astringently bitter and dry finish.
D: easy to drink, pleasant and enjoyable for the most part, but nothing mind-blowing. Still, a nice quaff overall.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.3/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into an English style (real) pint glass, in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Three finger head retains well and moderately thick. A pale yellow-gold colour that looks a bit bland. Fairly clear: you can almost see through it. Not quite inviting, but not a turn-off.

Smell: A biscuity scent, not quite pine but with a reserved freshness. It's a clean scent, but I'm already concerned about the balance of flavor.

Taste: Bland notes of weak flavours, none of which dominate the beer, followed by a bitter finish akin to an IPA. It's a clean finish, and not to my tastes, but it suits the beer. I'm not left wanting another sip, but the wetness isn't necessarily refreshing. Overall it's built without much character; a bit boring.

Mouthfeel: Chewy but coarse, a body without too much weight but also without character. Too much carbonation.

I wouldn't buy it again, but fans of IPAs may enjoy what is has to offer if their expectations aren't too high.

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Photo of Zimbo
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another thickish creamy head from Brewdog topping the yellowy golden glass. Body is slightly skinny but firm supporting the taste of a big bitter juicy sweet grapefruit which ends rather deliciously chewy.

An impressive bitter attack from a beer of moderate alcohol. Like so many in the Brewdog range there is a one track mind here that is actually rather exciting. Yes, she is a bit of a dirty dog but everyone needs this sort of treatment once in a while. Giggity.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both nice. The aroma is all tropical fruit and bready malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's some peppery spice flavor too. There's also a lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with good carbonation. Drinkability is decent, too. Not a bad brew overall.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite a pretty beer, could sit alongside some of the best from Belgium in terms of golden clarity and solid white head retention. A deeply, surprisingly herbal and biscuity aroma; bay and celery come out on top, with a twang of lemon and thyme, and a malt background reminiscent of oatcakes. The flavor is similar but somewhat more subdued and malty, balanced, tasty, smooth, dry and drinkable, but not particularly interesting. I'll bet it would be good with chicken, though.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, pale gold color with two fingers of solid white head. Sporadic lacing left on the glass.

Scent consists of some hops and light citrus.

Lots of hop bitterness here. Some lemon/lime citrus flavor in the background. Bitterness keeps on kicking, lasting well beyond when you swallow, assaulting the tastebuds.

Not quite to style, but certainly a 'punk' pale. Lots of attitude. Wouldn't really recommend drinking a lot of it, unless you want to hop shock your tastebuds.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A slightly hazy yellow... just a hint of orange / amber. The slightly lumpy head recedes pretty quickly, and laces as it goes.

The smell is interesting! Reminded me a bit of the Hop Stoopid I had a couple of days ago. A bit citrus-y, maybe some pine. It even smells a little bitter.

The taste is kind of weird... maybe surprising's a better word. It's got a peppery taste without the burn. Def. a bit of lemon grass like someone else mentioned. There's also, I think, that harsh bitterness you get from something like dandelion stems. Not so good there. Unfortunately, that's kind of the aftertaste, too. It does have a strong after-taste / feel... never had anything quite like it.

Smooth feel, carbonation is good. A bit too bitter for a blonde (or for me at all), I think. Well, the aftertaste is too long/bitter, anyway. Really leaves an airiness over the whole tongue and back of the throat.

It's drinkable, for sure, but not in great amounts. Good to try, but this'll probably be my first and last Trashy Blonde.

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Photo of jikvig
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Unclear, foamy light brown colour.

Some vanila (vanila icecream), cold fruitynes on the nose. Sitrus aswell.

High bitternes, hops dominating. Lemongras flavours in a nice body. It feels more like an AIPA than a blond (or EPA for that matter).

It´s not a bad beer, but to bitter for the rest of the flavours and becoming to dominant.

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Photo of Mjoepp
2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Deep golden. Big white head, creamy foam, last long, leaves huge amounts of lacings.

S: Hops, bitter fruits, flowers. The bitternes is quite sticky for my nose.

T:Very bitter, flowers, grape, lime peel, peppery. While having the beer in the mouth it almost "attacks" the tongue. Aftertaste is a looong bitter feeling. Destroys your taste bud.

O: Good but you will have the bitternes for a long time and will destroy your tasting experience for the evening.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, bought at ICA Middelthon. ABV is 4.1%. Golden colour, moderate white head. Moderate hoppy aroma, notes of new-mown grass, a hint of honey. Soft mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. The flavour is distinctly hoppy throughout, with a resinous bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Can't detect the "passion fruit" though. OK beer.

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Photo of Long813
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Clear golden body boasting three fingers of white fluffy head. Retention is poor and leaves good lacing.

S: Loads of bready malts, citrus fruits and hops. Smells more like an American IPA.

T: Malt base with a fair amount of citrus and pine. Quite hoppy

M: Light bodied and high carbonation. Water like texture and leaves a bitter finish.

D: Great beer and I'm very impressed at the flavours produced with such a low ABV. First low alcohol beer I really enjoy.

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Photo of nickfl
4.06/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured (pumped really) with an insanely rocky, craggy head of white foam that rests on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. Thick lace and infinite retention as is expected from a good cask ale. This is possibly a visually perfect beer.

S - Mildly sweet bread crust malt with a little musty british hop character.

T - Biscuit malt flavors up front, balanced quickly by stiff, sharp bitterness. Some lemony hop flavor in the middle that swells to a somewhat malty finish with lots of dry, bready malt and ample, asprin-like bitterness.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very visually attractive. The aroma is nice, but mild while the flavor is intense. I can't call it balanced, though the hops are interesting and manage to remain drinkable despite the confrontational bitterness. This beer is undeniably Brewdog, and while their beers can be hit and miss, this is one that lands, at least as a cask ale, on the hit side.

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Photo of juju7
2.71/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There are definitely a few chinks in the BrewDog armour and this is one of them. A totally underwhelming pale ale. Surprisingl, given that this is BrewDog, evrything about this beer is quite weak. The nose is faint tropical fruits with a strong hint diacetyl sadly. The flavours are also a bit muddled with nothing really making a statement. This leaves nothing but bitterness in the mouth and disappointment in my soul.

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Photo of bark
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the new, organic version of Trashy Blonde.

The colour is gold with a tint of orange. The three finger head is compact, off-white and rather firm. The liquid is a bit hazy.

The smell is hoppy with some lemon, bitter hints, some anonymous fruits and a mild sweetness. Notes of fresh bread, but also a chemical flavour of chloride.

The taste is sweet and bread-like. Rather mild, I think. Malt dominates the flavour. Some bitterness with citric hints, some exotic fruits and a hint of flowers. The aftertaste got a slowly growing bitterness, some frowsy sweetness and a touch of grape fruits and apricots.

The carbonation is mild, the mild bubbles are fresh. The liquid is mid-smooth.

Although a little mild and that frowsy hint, it is still a highly drinkable and very British beer with a gentle American twist.

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Photo of rarbring
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear light amber beer, a nearly white head, lot's of lacing.

A complex smell, sweet raisins, grape and sour milk, cheese, yeast and a bit of old closed closet.

The taste has much, maltiness, biscuits, some sour lemons and bitterness in abundance.

Rather high carbonation, a very dry feeling.

A good bitter beer, to enjoy slowly.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 33 cl brown long-necked bottle with a label in purple and white writing. Looks kind of modern.

A: Slight hazy golden with an enormous white head that dissipates slowly into great lacings.

S: Floral hops, citric notes (surprisingly piney for beeing an Ale from the "Old world"). Faint malt, caramell.

T: American-styled floral hops, pine and citrus. Some bitter notes as well. Very faint malt.

M: Long aftertaste with nice bitterness. Body as well as carbonation is medium.

D: Goes down smoothly. Refreshing.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fun mild. Obtained from the brewery itself. Pours blond with nice foamy white head. The aroma, I agree, was buttery. The taste contained a good hoppiness,and some fruitiness a bit below average mouthfeel. But very drinkable. A tad acidic in aftertaste. Nice one.

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Photo of dgilks
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big diacetyl aroma with notes of passionfruit hop. There really shouldn't be this diacetyl.

Hazy, pale gold colour with a small, short lasting white head.

Like the aroma I get plenty of soft malts with a hit of passionfruit. The diacetyl is toned down but still present. Nice solid but understated bitterness. It is decent but the diacetyl is an obvious fault.

Medium-low boy with moderate carbonation. Crisp, clean and refreshing.

It's a decent drop but it has a serious technical flaw which lowers its score. The diacetyl is too high in the aroma and flavour (even though it tastes okay). Easy enough to drink with a nice low ABV.

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