Dirty Blonde | Great River Brewery

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Great River Brewery
Iowa, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by WYVYRN527 on 05-11-2013

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Photo of Chilmer
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Half-full
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Riik3
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Allurex
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FBarber
2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a light copper almost orange color, thick white head dissipates slowly leaving a thin layer of white foam on the top.

Smell has notes of malts, white chocolate and vanilla with a strong grain aroma. Pretty dull overall.

Taste follows the nose with a strong grainy flavor tinged with sweet notes of vanilla, white chocolate, and real bitter aftertaste - not like a hop bitterness more like an acidic grain bitterness. Tastes like a bad AAL with some vanilla/chocolate sweetness thrown in. Sugary sweet flavor coats the mouth as you drink it.

Feel is smooth and full from the sweetness. Moderate carbonation.

Overall this is not a beer I'd drink again willingly.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color ("dirty blonde" I guess, sure why not?) and leaves the same colored body. It has a one finger foamy white head that dies and leaves some nice lookin’ clingy lacing to the glass. The smell has a toasty yet slightly roasty chocolate-ness that comes through slightly malty in the background The taste is sweet all the way through, and then gets a bit stronger in the chocolate the more it goes down. It has a strong sweet chocolate aftertaste and a dry finish. On the palate, it has a light to medium body and becomes somewhat sessionable with a slightly creamy edge to it. Carbonation is spot on for the style and for me. Overall, this would be my first American Blonde Ale with chocolate in it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

its hard to get a lot of chocolate to work in a beer this light, both in body and in abv and in grain complexion too, and i think this beer does a pretty good job with a difficult task, my first from great river. pale in color, with a weird sort of powdered chocolate nose to it, oddly grainy with it, not all the way cohesive, but not unappealing. the flavor is better, with a drier cocoa flavor to it, a subtle milk chocolate sweetness, and still enough beer flavor to make this sort of work. chocolate always ends up with dark grains in stout and porter and such, but its nice to see it sort of naked and exposed in a beer like this, a pretty light and simple blonde ale. the chocolate is well within balance, and doesnt seem forced to me at all, there is just the right amount, and there is even a little bitterness from it in the end. it could use more carbonation, but the flavors are pretty good for what this is. a rather ambitious brew really, and well executed. i like the chocolate flavor in a lighter beer like this, and could see this having extremely wild appeal, even among the non flavored ale drinkers. i dont need a ton of these, but one was nice!

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ryanxhall
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nimbus_
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: A beautiful, golden amber color. Only a tiny bit of haziness. A finger of foamy white head that dissipates pretty quickly once drinking.

Smell: There is a presence of bready malts, a little bit of sweet malts, and a cocoa backbone. Maybe I'm just not used to lighter beers like this having chocolate notes, but the overall aroma was sort of off putting. It didn't make me excited to take my first sip.

Taste: I was really surprised with the taste. The same malt and chocolate presence is in the flavor as well, but I think it comes out a lot more balanced than in the smell. It's really delicious, despite the off-putting smell I was getting.

Feel: Not as crisp or refreshing as a typical blonde, but still easily drinkable. Low carbonation. The chocolate doesn't add too much heaviness to the mouthfeel, so the whole feel remains balanced.

Overall: I went in to drinking this brew thinking it wouldn't be very good, and while the smell didn't impress me, pretty much every other aspect left me very pleased. It's a great, light choice for people who still love to have a little bit of chocolate in their beer.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crow
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Suds
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a can, this brew is a clearish blonde color with a few floaties and a fizzy white head. The aroma has a serious chocolate liquor scent....a hint of malt, and lots of chocolate and light bitterness. Medium Fumm in body and intense.

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Photo of monty79_1997
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChinoBeano
4.94/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Whiskeydeez
1.75/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Gotti311
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy burnt yellow color with a light transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light messy lacing all around.
The smell started off with some sweet corn malts. And then pops the chocolate. Yup, that's right, there's chocolate in a blonde ale and you know, it's not bad.
The taste was mainly sweet through the previously mentioned flavors and combined them well. Light lingering sweet aftertaste. Slightly refreshing sweet finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation seemed good.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good blonde ale with chocolate in it.

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Photo of keng1343
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whodidntante
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 6 pack purchased at Cork, Keg, and Spirits in Rockford, IL. Slightly sweet finish, the chocolate taste is mild and comes on at the end of every sip, a bit like a cocoa rimmed glass. Golden and cloudy, similar to a Hefeweizen. Head for days, but I was pouring a slightly too warm beer into a chilled glass to compensate. Filed under refreshing and with an ABV that won't put anyone under, a solid session beer.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very mild, even by blonde ale standards. That, combined with the very light carbonation, makes a highly drinkable yet unremarkable beer. It's fine if you want something mild.

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Photo of thomastharp
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vande
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Amstaffs
4.36/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Aroma and look are what is expected from a chocolate blonde. Lighter mouthfeel for the blonde style. Light bodied and easy like a blonde with a strong but not overwhelming chocolate taste.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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