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

User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 111
Reviews by Georgiabeer:
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm always leery about a brewers blonde ale. Even at the best breweries its the beer fo the masses and frat boys. I've found that to be true at every place from Russian River to here. I applaud them for making beer accessible, and maybe its just the insipidness of the style, but can't they be crisper and more flavorful without being overwhelming. I look at the English equivalent, which is the mild, and think about the excellent vaitis of these I have had (albeit too rarely) that I would choose to have regardless of what else is on tap. All of the American blondes I have had are also-rans. I have a sick fascination with finding an example that will change my mind and convince me that it is a style worth dinking, so I keep ordering the stuff-once at each establishment it turns out, because I keep being disappointed. Even the best of them leave me wanting, which isn't true of other low alcohol styles. This one turns out to be better than most, but no way in hell I'd order it again over their excellent scotch ale, or IPA, or mild, or KTG, or really almost anything else they have on tap. If it's your thing, great, but perhaps you might consider broadening your palate a bit to go with your steak and potatoes?

This one pours a light golden with a fine, white head. Smells slightly grainy, lightly fruity, and floral. The taste is light and slightly toasty, slightly grainy, fairly plummy, and with some light breadiness and honey notes. Soft, and easy to drink.

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Photo of Fettpopps
4/5  rDev +15.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Nichols33
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hozersr
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of drummerdwzp
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The appearance was a golden blonde color with a quickly dissipating quarter finger’s worth of white foamy head that left some sliding lace. The aroma had some hay/grassy/earthy dry breadiness. Light features of herbal/floral qualities come in subtly. The flavor tried to have some sort of sweetness, but the earthy/herbal hops play in underneath to offer a decent balanced sort of aftertaste and finish. The feel was pretty smooth all along my tongue, fairly damp with a proportionate ABV to the beer. Crushable on a hot day. Overall, first time I had this was for reviewing purposes, second time I had with their BBQ bacon cheeseburger and that went exceptionally well.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scored an Imperial Pint of this last Tuesday (24JUN08) while waiting for Kate to enter the building....

Poured a light golden hue, with a touch of haze; a dirty blonde indeed. Head was marshmallow white though thin, leaving some wisps inside the glass. Had sporadic carbo rising within. Nose was very mild, with some grassy notes as well as a touch of bread. Body was less than medium, though it was still fairly smooth on the tongue.

Flavor was a bit of light sweetness to start. Following shortly were some fruity notes. I got the impression of green apple and some pear. Finished quite dry, with some subtle grassy hop action.

Not too bad overall... has some Kölsch like attributes... Prosit!!

look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drink: 3.5


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Photo of mschofield
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a sparkling caramel tinted gold, well carbonated and topped with a two finger puffy white head, leaves bits of lacing behind.
Light fruit and biscuit aroma, a touch of caramel.
Fruit, caramel and biscuit taste, some light citrusy hops, and a grainy note.
Light bodied, easy to drink but I wouldn't go back for it.

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber bottle at the gift shop adjoining the brewpub. Yellow orange in color. 1" head that develops some spotty lacing. The aroma is of malt, floral hops, and citrus. The brew has a nice malt backbone for a blonde ale. Orange tones, mild honey, and decent hop bitterness complete the flavor components.

Mouthfeel is crisp at the start. The finish is mildly crisp and the mild malt textures stick to the tongue. Very good brew, and if you see it on tap or in the gift shop pick some up. Not many blonde ales are this tasty and refreshing.

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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 NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Portsmouth Brewery- Dirty Blonde

On tap during the Kate the Great Day.

A- Golden yellow with a small filmy yet sticky head.
S- Earthy malt; wheat, hay, & starw with a touch of honey.
T- mossy honey touched malt with wheat, pepper, and a touch of dirty earthy hops.
M- Lightly sweet with good biscuity malt. Earthy hops leave your mouth dry.

Overall- This was my pre-gaming beer for Kate the Great and a good 1 at that.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, thanks to MasterSki for sharing!

Pours a clear light golden, some yellowish highlights, medium sized white head forms and settles down to a medium ring around the glass, decent retention but no real lacing.

Smell is decent, slightly buttery, caramel, floral, a bit of toast through the middle, bubblegum, almost an adjuncty sweetness going on, light fruit.

Taste is similar, quite dry and wheaty, butter, orange peel, floral, a bit of citrus, some banana, lightly fruity, some biscuit, finishes a touch sweet.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. An alright blonde with some flaws. Thanks Alex!

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of grub
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

MasterSki shared this one. thanks alex!

22oz bottle. sampled july 1/2010.

pours clear dark yellow with a big white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves no lace.

aroma is nice. caramel and buttery toffee. white bread. bit of cracker. fruity. light alcohol.

taste is nice. white bread and cracker. caramel and toffee. buttery. light alcohol. hint of citrus. herbal and lightly earthy.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. mostly balanced, but a touch on the sweet side. a nice blonde.

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Photo of albern
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a slightly hazy pale yellow color with a smallish white head, some retention, not much lacing. The nose on the beer is very honeyed and very vinous. There is some orange and lemony zest in the aroma, with lots of wildflower florals, and maybe a touch of blonde ale dry nuttiness.

The taste is not nearly as floral and orange zesty as the nose would indicate. There is a smooth honey like quality to the beer, a slight sharp dryness in the finish, with a touch of lemon, and a touch of vinous white grape skin in the mid section. The beer is amply carbonated, quite light bodied, refreshing, with a mouthfeel that is smooth and inoffensive. This is an okay beer; I had this after trying their IPA, which is quite a bit better. On the whole, not bad.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 6/24/08 at the brewpub, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light malts and touches of fruit and hops.

T: The taste is well-balanced with flavors of citrus & caramel and a mild hops presence. The malt character is on the thin side which is expected from a blonde ale. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, overall it's a good beer to drink for a while if you're comparing it to other beer of it's kind, but in comparison to the other beers that Portsmouth offers, this wouldn't be my first choice.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale clear golden yellow with a small white head that does leave good lacing.The smell is light with hop and floral aromas. The taste has a carbonation bite with a slight hop presence and sweet malt. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing well. A crisp and clean beer that could be a great summer drinker.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Replacing the Cream Ale. Never had the Cream Ale, so I won't get into an argument about which one is better. Brought home a couple of bombers for my wife. The beer is a bit hazy, yellow/orange color, with a small white head. Predominately a malt aroma. Taste mostly malt, a bit of a hops presence. I think this is a refreshing summer brew, and have enjoyed it on our recent warm, humid days.

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Portsmouth Dirty Blonde Ale from Portsmouth Brewery
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 111 ratings