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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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by richkrull:
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2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

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Photo of bnes09
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Just an odd combo. Chocolate flavor in a blond ale. Not for me.

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Photo of chip26
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of schoon
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Sara_erickson89
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Tams65
2.97/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Asrugan
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Al_M
4.89/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great rich chocolate flavor and its not a stout!

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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 tone77
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer from woodychandler, who came through with a huge hook up. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bright golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is kind of mild, some malts, very little chocolate. Taste is good and unique. The malts and grains come first, then the chocolate at the finish. Tasty and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of DCdevyl78
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of enelson
4.24/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For what it is supposed to be it is good.

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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 CraigTravor
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RaulMondesi
2.69/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Out of the can at Old Chicago, Omaha, NE.

Victim of circumstance on this one, my peeps. And it's kind of like a kids birthday party meets an ok, but below average blonde. A chocolate birthday cake partially blew up in a, I don't know, what's an average blonde ale?

This thang is a loud boom without the confetti. Raul does not recommend.

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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 bismarksays
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of mr-wx
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of mdwalsh
4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love it, the chocolate is great, the mouthfeel is great. The refreshment level is high, but it is still a rich flavor and interesting. A really great job blending chocolate into a very non-traditionally chocolate style. The appearance isn't exactly blonde ale, but it makes it okay because I know the style is just a name in this case.

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

Photo of Cramerican
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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

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Dirty Blonde from Great River Brewery
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