Dirty Blonde | Great River Brewery

Dirty BlondeDirty Blonde
BA SCORE
3.54/5
79 Ratings
Dirty BlondeDirty Blonde
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great River Brewery
Iowa, United States
greatriverbrewery.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by WYVYRN527 on 05-11-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,477
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
79
pDev:
18.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
18
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of kylehay2004
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
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 LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of woodychandler
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I have been making a nearly annual trek to Madison, Wisconsin for almost a decade in order to attend The Great Taste of the Midwest (GTMW) and I make it a point to stop in at Riley's Wines of the World each time. The CANQuest's (TM) fame proceeds me and they are eager to steer me to every CAN in their inventory which is how I procured this naughty little number. Bad girl! Go to my room! Ahem. Let's see what she has to say for herself. BTW, photo credits should also go to The CANQuest (TM), along with fame, fortune, loose women, loose change, a moose in the caboose, Jolly Cabeza, Jolly Ranchers and a Holly Jolly Christmas.

From the CAN: "Fresh [-] Local [-] Small [-] Independent [-] Micro-craft [-] Chocolaticious [-] Session [-] Every Girl Has Her Secrets"; "Our dirty blonde is a golden ale brewed with dark bittersweet chocolate. She has a balanced malty sweetness blended with a decadent chocolate character."; "Session Series"; "Illustration (c) 2013 Larry McDonald".

The soundtrack to this beer is courtesy of Pink Floyd and "The Wall", specifically, "Young Lust" with the lyrics "Ooh I need a dirty woman/Ooh I need a dirty girl".

She was well-behaved on the Crack! although I was braced for a squirter. I turned her upside-down and began an inverted Glug in earnest. This was an interesting beer, to say the least! It was pouring a golden-yellow and yet it smelled heavily of chocolate. It mustered up only a brief finger of soapy, bone-white head with very limited retention. Color was a hazy golden-yellow (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose was more like sweet milk chocolate, but definitely chocolate. Adjuncts in an ABA! Whod'a ever imagined ... Mouthfeel was on the thin side, kind of watery, but some people like their Dirty Blondes thin and willowy so I will not dun them for it. I CAN taste nothing but chocolate! This is such a weird beer and yet I CAN imagine it might make a good panty peeler, especially if mixed with a raspberry or blueberry beer. Finish left me with the thought that a good bit of chocolate must have been harmed in the production of this beer. It is wildly out of spec for the style, but it is also an incredibly unique beer that might be just the thing in some circumstances. It was far too sweet for my refined (Ha!) taste, but as usual, YMMV.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Duff27
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of tone77
3.54/5  rDev 0%
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 Whiskeydeez
1.75/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of enelson
4.24/5  rDev +19.8%
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 Donkster46
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scruffwhor
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jzlyo
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Suds
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
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 egrace84
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Gotti311
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of garymuchow
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Soft chocolate aroma, but also carrying a graham cracker malt character. Makes it like smore, in a good way. Nice aroma.
Cloudy and more towards yellow with a smallish mostly white head.
Nicely balanced flavor mimicking the aroma in the chocolate with graham like malt flavors, making me again think of smores.
LIghter body and a nice soft feel.
A good drink with enjoyable flavors and none to excess. Several may be an issue, in terms of too much, but I didn't get the opportunity to find out.

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Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CraigTravor
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopley
1/5  rDev -71.8%

Photo of Herky21
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of bnes09
3/5  rDev -15.3%

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

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Photo of richkrull
2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of Beerlover
5/5  rDev +41.2%

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Dirty Blonde from Great River Brewery
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 79 ratings
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