Portsmouth Dirty Blonde Ale | Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Dirty Blonde AlePortsmouth Dirty Blonde Ale

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Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our most popular beer is a friendly, golden ale that pairs well with a wide range of foods and occasions.

13 IBU

Added by lordofthewiens on 06-15-2008

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received a medium gold brew with a thin white head. No lace.

Light malt and some herbal bitter notes in the nose. Not complex, but neither is this beer.

Light and malty, with slight bitterness to round things out. Bready notes, without the yeast. Finishes lightly bitter.

Lighter bodied, good carbonation.

Overall, it is what you'd expect from the style. Food washer or hot weather brew. Nothing I'd chase again, but don't hate this either.

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Photo of davey101
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. Purchased on 7/28 with the new printed label. I miss the old paper labels...

A - As the name may suggest...a dirty blonde body. Nice and clear with a lot of rising carbonation. Small one finger high white head. A fair amount of lacing.

S - Quite inviting. Toasty malts, grains, light citrus and piney hops, and a bit of sweetness on the finish.

T - Starts off with some pine and fruitiness and finishes dry with toasted grains and a lingering sweetness similar to that found in a adjunct lager. Mouth feel is crisp and well carbonated, but a bit thin.

O - Nothing amazing or ground breaking, but a really easy drinking and palatable beer with flavor. The kind of beer you'd want in a cooler on a hot day.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bomber into nonic.
Looks like a dark golden version of a BMC lager... White shiny head quickly disolves into a thin shimmering collar. Limited lacing.

Smells of grain and a little light green apple note. Really dry, cereal grain maltiness, no real hop notes and only the lightest hint of bitterness. Very dry finish.

Feels thin and watery, even for the style.

Overall-- a pretty mediocre attempt at the style. I hate to say this, but Portsmouth has really been disappointing me lately... Even the 2012 Kate was a letdown compared to 2011's batch, and many other of the beers I've had recently have been less than stellar... I have a few more bombers to review before I totally write them off...

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Photo of schwaeh
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber shared by "-bal inebriatedjoker"

A: Light golden yellow. No head, very light white lacing with white wisps across the beer.

S: Real light aroma of spicy yeast, some earthiness, and citrus. Very light.

T: Reminds me of a slightly larger berliner weiss with the tartness being replaced with citrus. Fair amounts of yeast and good maltiness for this light color.

M: Light, smooth, and easy drinking. Carbonation is low.

O: Real light-drinker, great for summer. Nothing that is too memorable.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bottle from the gift shop
Pours a slightly cloudy deep golden straw with a smallish bone white head that displays moderate retention and lace. Smells of sweet bready malt, is it pilsner malt? Grassy, citrus, and floral hops lightly counter the sweetness and there is a light sweet fruitiness in there as well. Taste holds a sharp tartness as well as some sweet almost honey like malt that quickly fades into a floral citrus bitterness. Earthy bitter tart sweetness lingers at the end of every sip. Medium body and carbonation level with a sweet tart mouthfeel. I guess this is a decent gateway type beer, but I find it a bit sweet for my tastes without enough hops to counter. I could drink this if I had to, but its not my favorite P-brew.

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Photo of tigg924
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery—served into a pint glass

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, golden in color, hazy, moderate carbonation

Smell: grass and grain

Taste: grass, grain, slight wheat and citrus hops at the end

Mouthfeel: moderate-high carbonation, light bodied, sweet with a bitter end

Overall: A light and sessionable ale. I could do a couple of these, but for all the Portsmouth beers this is one I am not likely to revisit, unless I really had a fix for a blonde ale.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very hazy golden yellow...you could even call it 'dirty blonde'...ha! Nice two finger cap of egg shell white foam sits on top and lsowly fades leaving a smattering of lace on the glass.

S - Sweet and grainy with just a touch of earthiness underneath. As the beer warms I pick up some floral notes as well and the grain becomes even more dominant in the nose.

T - Sweet and grainy up front with a bit of biscuity sweetness. Light fruity tastes and a bit of floral bitterness. Get a little lemon-lime soda in the finish. As the beer warms the graininess becomes more pronounced.

M - Light, crisp and very vibrant mouthfeel. Exactly what one would expect from a simple blonde ale.

O - A simple, non-thought inducing beer with just a hint of malt and hops. Very clean and easy drinking. Certainly wouldnt mind having this around from time to time when I just want a "beer".

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Photo of Jwale73
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dave for cracking this open. 22oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours an orange-gold color with a semi-hazy clarity. No head on this one, just an oily skim and a tight white band around the shoulders. Nose seems a bit off - a little skunky, a little sweet, some cereal grains - not much happening here. Taste is light with a cereal grain quality consistent with the nose and a suggestion of noble hops at the back. Mouthfeel is the best feature of this beer - light in body with a crisp carbonation. A decent blonde ale - not really my favorite style, but it goes down pretty easily.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dpuia for sharing a bomber on 10/2/11.

A - Poured a hazy pale golden liquid with lots of tiny carbonation bubbles and a fizzy white head that diminished to a patchy veil and stringy lace but flared up with each swirl of the glass.

S - Aroma elicits herbs, grass and tea-like notes with a hint of lemon and raw honey. Malt character is heavy on wheat and toasted grains, although there is also a slight waft of musty basement in there as well.

T - Initial flavor is grainy and toasty with a light hop character reminiscent of mild herbal tea, grass and faint lemon notes. Finishes quite bready with minimal hop bitterness and a hint of earthy grittiness, if you will.

M - Light bodied with a somewhat syrupy but fairly thin and watery texture overall. Carbonation is average and provides minimal bristle on the palate. Bitterness is faint as well.

D - Decent blonde ale with plenty of bready malt. Of course, I'm not sure if this beer would lend credence to the popular phrase: "Blondes have more fun."

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the Portsmouth Brewery and served in a pint glass. The beer pours a hazy, vibrant, golden color with a ring of filmy head. The nose is rich in aromas of honey and toasted oats. The beer has flavors of toasted grain throughout, with a slight honey highlight. There is a sugary sweet aftertaste, with a smooth finish. A little touch of smokiness throughout the end of the palate. Decent brew.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

781st Review on BA
Bottle to snifter

@Woodshop Classix

App- This was a medium/light yellow with a few bubbles. No gigantic head like most blonde ales I have had. No cling or lace either.

Smell- Normal blonde notes. I keep trying blonde ales to find one I will like and it hasn’t happened. They all smell like bad bread or some skunk or some form of a weird grain. Just an average blonde all nose.

Taste- Again its the same thing. Tastes just like a normal blonde ale. A little lemony, a little bread/dough/biscuit. Keeps the adjunct flavor alive.

Mouth- Light bodied and a high carb bubbly feel. Just an average feel.

Drink- And here because I thought it was Portsmouth it would be the best blonde ale. I was wrong. Oh well. Keep trying.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a thin white foam that lasts.

Caramel aromas come through with a big malty body. You can really get a lot of lavender in the finish of the aroma. Not much anything in the way of hops here though. The flavor is toasty with some caramel sweetness here. Floral in the finish but t isn't quite as predominant as in the aroma.

The feel is light and the carbonation is very soft. Overall a good take on their flagship beer. The lavender is good in the aroma and adds a nice touch to the flavor.

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Photo of VtBeerRun
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much head to speak, what there is does not last long. The smell is pretty weak, with hints of sweetness / fruit. The taste is similar to the smell with definite hints of fruitiness. The is decent, not bad for a warm a day. I wouldn't turn down a free one, but not one I would specifically buy. Overall a pretty average beer.

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Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber into a matching Portsmouth snifter. The brew appears a perfectly clear golden color pretty much exactly what you would expect from a blonde. Slightly more than a finger of white head appears and quickly recedes to just a penline of lace around the wall of the glass. A light swirl releases a few bubbles from solution and puts some spots of lacing on the glass. Quite an attractive looking brew but completely struck out in the head retention department.

The smell of this brew strikes up memories of homemade invert sugar. If you were to bring water to a boil with sugar added and a squirt of lemon juice, that is what this aroma smells like. A light amount of biscuit grain is evident maybe with a touch of caramel added along with sulfur across the back. Minor fruity undertones. Nothing bold going on here, just mildly pleasant and easily approachable.

The taste includes a dry pear skin flavor, lightly spicy with mild belgian-like phenols. Faint clove and pepper. The grain is lightly caramelized with some candy to fruity sweetness. A little grassy in flavor but hardly any bitterness. It finishes quite crisp and dry with a mild earthy flavor mixed with sulfur. As it warms up, it has an aftertaste that is lightly reminiscent of original bubblegum.

This is a medium to light bodied brew favoring more to the lighter side. It has a very low level of visible carbonation but is lively on the tongue. It could benefit maybe a bit from a little more bubbly. Overall it is well balanced and a very decent take on the style. This isn't a style that I frequent often but for what it is, this is done well. Very easy drinking and fairly well balanced. It is worth a try but honestly Portsmouth does better in other styles.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.73/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pale, golden colored beer with a small head that doesn't stick around very long. Pretty thin, not much to this beer from the look.

S - Floral notes, some yeast and phenol. The yeast seems to have skunked it, and makes it unpleassant.

T - Taste is about like the nose, but with additional adjunct sweetness that unfortunately does not do enough to drown out the skunk taste. Phenol and chemical bite don't help this one at all.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Like most portsmouth stuff, not a fan of this one. Seems skunked and difficult to drink, would pass on it next time.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewpub.

A - Pours a clear golden yellow, white head, slight spotty lacing.

S - Light straw, hay, malts, touch of hops, citrus.

T - Light citrus, wheat, grains, malts. All very subtle.

M - Light, good carbonation, clean finish.

O - Nice and refreshing but I've had better Blonde's. For what it is, it's good and pretty much what I expected.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Tasted in August 2010 from bottle obtained in a trade. Pours a hazy light orange with a fluffy white head that recedes to a lacy collar. Nose is slightly dusty and tart with some good citrus notes and a bit of barnyard yeast. The palate is more of the same with Meyer lemon and tartness along with the dust and barnyard. The body is light with average carbonation and a medium dusty and slightly tart and bitter finish.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This straw-colored brew with a white, foamy head has a refreshing bitterness with no lingering aftertaste. The slight citrusy aroma brings you back to summertimes past. ABV: 4.2%

Yet another new one for me. This was a clean and crisp summer ale that I actually went back to a second time. Nice light golden color with a good clarity, seems really all their beers have this nice clean look to them with great carbonation. Aroma is light with hints of orange and light grains. But each sip so so clean and quick. It was one of the most refreshing beers I had today. Light hops, light grains, a touch of a sweet note in the finish it just went down so quick and clean. Very nicely done. Lots of carbonation and a very light body made for a super sessionable beer.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

So I am in New Hampshire for the Great Bay Half Marathon...its the night before a race and ....why not drink some....ok....alot of the local beer!!! The Dirty Blonde from Portsmouth is good. This beer has was a pale hazy yellow in color with thin white head and great lace. The smell has a subtle lemony/citrus. This beer was light and crisp in taste! The smell funnels into the taste of this beer. The light ABV leads to this beer being a Session...certainly worth a taste.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Portsmouth Brewery (Portsmouth, NH) on 3/13/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with a thin head of creamy bright-white foam. This retains with a lot of richness around the edges, leaving back thick foamy swathes of lacing. The aroma smells grassy, spicy, and a bit dank, with a good bit of fresh citrus character that mixes with the sweet toasted breadiness of the malts to impart a fruity tang in the back of the nostrils.

The taste is bitter with citrus peel and a biting spiciness that is set against a sweeter backbone of some softer fruity character and toasted grains. There is a DEEP dry finish on this that leaves lingering notes of spice and rind stuck to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamier up front but then gets much crisper towards the back and laying a steady prickle down on the tongue as you swallow. This is generally easy feeling and it's needed to help off-set the hops here.

I expect a bit of "attitude" in an American Blonde Ale but I think that the overly dry bitter spiciness held this back or at least kept this from being as refreshing as the body and lower ABV wanted to help make this. I'm glad that I finally gave this one a shot after several trips to the brewpub but I think I'm one and done after finally trying it.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at the brewery on 01-29-2011

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a Blue Hills pint glass.

The color is clear orange/gold with a finger of foamy white head that is gone pretty quickly and left no lacing.

The smell is earthy with some citrus flavor that has a slight hoppy flavor. The malt some out a bit more but there is a slight bitterness in the nose.

The taste has a bit of a buttery flavor that is smooth on the tongue, it seems to just lay down on your taste buds then let it be washed over with a nice dousing of a citrus flavor that is a mix of tangerine and lemon before letting the hops come in smack your tongue and go down with little fight.

This beer has a smooth medium body and is a very drinkable beer. The low ABV lets this beer go further then other beers and you can enjoy it's session-able appeal without the worry.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy gold with a quarter inch bead of white. A partial skim coat remained for the duration with some dots of lacing.

Aromatics are really quite limited and boring. No hop presence with a trace of biscuity malt. A slight mineral crispness with traces of butter.

Light bodied with a watery mouthfeel. Thin and a bit flat.

Light malt with a hint of lemon rind and biscuit crumbs starts the palate. A slight bitterness balances the mild flavor.

Finishes with some lingering butter, lemon, and bitterness.

I'll never understand why a brewpub that can't make enough of it's great beers would produce such a mediocre beer. Please leave that to the big guys.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap just before KTG 2010.

Pours a moderate golden yellow color with a white head. Slight amount of lacing. Nose is slight pale malt and some light floral character. The taste is slightly floral with a bit of grain. Light feel with good carbonation. Overall, drinks well and is really smooth. Nice to pretend I'm drinking a good summer beer in the middle of a cold-ass winter spent outside.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.58/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle shared by Sean at our most recent tasting...Pours a light and clear gold, very light head is gone quickly, what is there is very watery...The aroma is light flowers, spice, but a lot of skunk on the back...the taste shows off even more skunk and makes this beer really tough to drink. Widely disliked at the tasting this is not easy to drink and one worth skipping.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Straw / hay yellow with some hazy and a white head.

S: Smell of creamy yeast, some caramelized sugars, and some biscuit malts. Some light floral hop presence as well.

T: Smell of a light wheat beer with mild floral notes, orange/ citrus and some biscuit flavors. Slightly dry / cloying, but very pleasant. There is bitterness from orange I believe

Medium to light mouthfeel with strong carbonation out of the bottle. A friend of mine really enjoyed it who does not drink as much craft beer as I do.

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