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: 81 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of richkrull
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

Photo of Hanzo
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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 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 Cramerican
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Mdog
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Yellow, ok head. Looks like any old lager/blonde ale.

Smell: Interesting mild chocolate aroma.

Taste: Nice creamy feel with sweet chocolate flavor. Not cloying, but all I can taste is the chocolate. Very easy to drink.

Overall: Picked up a sixer when in the Quad Cities. Pleasantly surprised, this had a nice chocolate flavor without being over the top. Very easy to drink, would be an interesting change of pace beer or one to give the non-beer drinker to try.

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Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of MikeWard
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

on tap at the beer place in Perham, Minnesota

Looking pretty good in the glass, slightly cloudy yellow, with a fairly small clean white head.

Smell, well, little disclaimer here, I'm a bit of a chocoholic, so loved! the smell. Some grassy freshness mixed in there as well

Taste was what you'd expect from the nose, nice clean taste with a nice mouth of chocolate

Mouth itself was pretty thin

Overall, enjoyable, though I doubt I'd want more than one at a session. Daughter went absolutely nuts for this, but then she's a worse chocolate fiend than I am.

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Photo of bismarksays
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of jimmah120
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can with no date, poured into new Belgium globe

gold color, unfiltered and cloudy, small white head. smell is pale malt, hops. taste is sublime for a blonde ale, with a malty sweetness that doesn't really register as chocolate at first. you can taste the nibs but they blend flawlessly with the malt and hops.

pleasantly surprised by this one. I never would have bought this myself, glad I got to try it.

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

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is the first chocolate beer I have liked. The chocolate actually tastes brewed with the beer. I enjoy Great River Beer and is the best Quad City brewing company. The mouthfeel is great and the chocolate is a very sweet and smooth addition at the finish.

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Photo of Troville1990
3/5  rDev -15.5%

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 afinepilsner
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Teku from a 12-ounce can.

A: Pours a hazy "dirty blonde" hue with about an inch of creamy white head. Settles to a thin froth on the surface, and lacing coats the glass.

S: Lots of chocolate up front, with toasty, cracker-like malt character lingering in the background.

T: Some biscuity malt at first followed by some fierce chocolate on the mid-palate. Finishes clean, with some floral hop notes.

M: Light to moderate in body, with a creamy mouthfeel and a clean finish.

O: Unique and complex, but extremely easy to drink. At 4.8%, it's a dessert beer that doesn't put you over the top like so many others out there. Tasty, and definitely a beer that will find a home in my fridge from time to time.

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Photo of Travitten
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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 Pintofbrown
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured into a shaker pint.

Slightly hazy and golden body with a small white cap.

There is very little chocolate on the nose. It is definitely sweet, but more of a malty sweet. The grains are what mainly come through after a couple of passes over the beer.

After a few sips, I can really appreciate the chocolate flavor found in the beer. It errs more on the side of powdered cocoa, even a bit towards a Tootsie Roll at times. That is where the good things really stop for me. The base beer has a graininess that I found unpleasant and does not meld with the sweet chocolate. The grains are almost bitter and butt up against that pleasant chocolatey wave.

The feel is fine, does not really stand out in any way. If the carbonation were handled with any less care, this beer would be flat.

I really wanted to like Dirty Blonde, and the chocolatey currents found within are on the right track. I just do not dig what is happening with the rest of the flavors in here. It is not quite a novelty beer, but I cannot imagine returning to this as a session beer.

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Photo of dradair
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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 aubzachsyd
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of mfl620ks
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of chip26
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Dirty Blonde from Great River Brewery
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 81 ratings