Adirondack Pub & Brewery

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Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #448
Ranked #45,444
3.52 | pDev: 13.92%
Adirondack Pub & Brewery
New York, United States
Notes: Formerly 'Dirty Blonde', Dirty is an American Style wheat beer with a twist. We brew this beer with American ale yeast which keeps it light and refreshing. Dry hopping with Cascade and Centennial lends a strong grapefruit aroma and citrus flavor.

40 IBUs
Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 167 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

1.59/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Overly carbonated, wheaty and bittered. Even with a gentle glass tilted pour, left with two-thirds head. Had this after a Hill Farmstead Pale Ale--what a dropoff!

Apr 01, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a nice looking hazy golden orange to yellow color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about thirty seconds. Light speckled lacing roams around the glass. The smell starts off with some peach inducing a light herbal/grassiness leading into a semi-sweet citrus. A light rind-like quality runs into combine. The taste moderately blends the citrus with the peach and the herbal/grassiness. A light amount of citrus blends into the aftertaste and leads to a wet citrus finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs light and still the bitterness is mainly subdued. Overall, not a bad beer, but I don’t see it as a wheat ale. Probably could have again for me.

Sep 10, 2017
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.34/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a deep amber with a frothy head.

Aroma is wheat with a citrus herbal hops.

Th beer is light in body but it works because the hops and malt almost a saison feel.

Excellent beer, perfect for a later summer evening.

Aug 30, 2017
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logicalparadox from New York

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting and... aptly named!

Pours with a respectable, creamy head. Unfiltered indeed! The break is a hazy, almost murky amber hue, with noticeable sediment that stays in suspension with a light swirl or two of the bottle.

Aromas are earthy, unexpectedly. I got a fermenting hay, not-quite-barnyardy, but musky quality. Also, dry grass with some mild with some light orange blossom, pithy citrus rind, and a few faint pine cone in the back.

Flavors really follow the nose here. Quite refreshing and crisp, but not at all clean. Over-ripened mango and pineapple, with a moderate bitterness. Again, something musky and something vaguely but pleasantly like sweet compost, like a pile of autumn leaves. On a hot, wet, day. Dry grass clippings, sawdust, something else subtle and hard to pinpoint.

Lighter bodied and easy drinking, even with all the grime and murkiness. The hops come through well to make this one quite refreshing.

The soul of a citrusy, juicy, clean IPA, packaged in a dirty, unfiltered, brew that has many traits that remind me of a farmhouse brew.

Sep 07, 2016
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bdaggett from New York

3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Some nice hop flavor that is balanced by some citrus, but it feels a little watery to me. Pretty solid overall, but it tastes a little hop-heavy and watery leaving a bit of balancing to be desired. Not as good as other Adirondacks I have had, but it is a good beer.

Aug 31, 2016
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craftaholic from New York

3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Definitely a solid offering. Nothing mind blowing but also nothing off-putting. Definitely accomplished what it sought out to do. Love that it's from Adirondack because it brings to mind the type of beers meant for camping. Nothing complex just relaxing and allowing you to soak up the surroundings and company.

Apr 07, 2016
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sjones5045 from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12/28/15 Bottle Home

Pours golden yellow with not much to it in the appearance category. Not much of a head and when you see unfiltered on the label you expect it to be cloudy or merky but it looks like a Bud.

The smell is ok. It's kind of middle of the road with an avg amount of hop presence and a touch of grapefruit as well.

The taste is kind of refreshing but it leaves you wanting more hops and citrus bit. There really isn't much of an identity to this one. It is fairly smooth and easy to drink but it's not going to be a very memorable beer.

Dec 29, 2015
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donkeyrunner from Massachusetts

3.04/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells like citrus and pine hops - very nice. Perhaps this is the "flirty" the bottle informed me of. Decent pine and wet grass flavor but this beer tastes malt-less. Watery even for a session. Camping in the adks drinking Adirondack ale makes me happy.

Jul 12, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops and funk are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the funky flavors are a little stronger and seem to somewhat resemble bits of Brett yeast. Slight amounts of bitterness are perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: With the notes of funk in the smell and taste, this beer tastes like a hybrid between an APA and an American Wild Ale.

Serving type: bottle

May 28, 2015
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CraigS119 from Florida

3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.75

Got in a beer of the month club thing.. pours a hazy golden yellow, thick white head. Candied orange in the nose. Tastes much dryer, with dry orange juice, citrus pith, some astringency and citric acid bite accompany the wheatiness at the end. Very prickly, spritzer-esque carbonation. Almost like a shandy, but more spritzery. Drinkable, not too sweet, which I like. I think it would be a lot better if it had less carbonation and more hop presence, but very good day-drink nonetheless. 7.6/10

Apr 23, 2015
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Mpkeith29 from New York

2.36/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not much of an intensive reviewer... I don't care about lacing or the different notes of flavor. Is it good.. Ok... Lousy..

This is simply ok... Nothing special at all. A very typical pale ale. It's nothing I'd seek out or pay extra for...

Feb 11, 2015
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ElijahRivera from New York

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed based on tasting notes from a blind pale ale tasting.

12 oz. bottle inside a paper bag poured into a plastic tasting cup.

A- Slightly hazy light amber.

S- Similar to taste.

T- Tropical, juicy, fruit forward hops. Citrus notes as well. Malts add some balance, but dominated by hops bitterness.

M- Clean and crisp mouthfeel.

O- Great brew! Like the little pale ale brother to Sculpin. Not sure if the wheat played much of a role in the success of this beer, so it could be considered off style.

Jan 05, 2014
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Brad007 from Vermont

3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange/blond with a huge head into my glass. Funny how they call a pale wheat ale a "pale ale".

The citrus theme carries over, though not as strong as the Iroquois Pale Ale. Wheat adds a clove essence to the overall palate.

Plenty of Cascade and Centennial goodness here. Again, not as strong and the clove from the wheat clashes as well.

Mouthfeel isn't as great either. The clove overrides any benefit that you'd get from using citrusy hops.

Not bad overall. Just not that great. I'd stick with the Iroquois Pale Ale.

Jul 28, 2013
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thedoubler55 from New Jersey

3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear yellow orange color, with almost no head at all at the top, and barely any lacing as well.

S: The citrus and wheat are present up front but nothing very potent, nice hop note as well on the tail end.

T: Nice mixture of wheat and citrus, hops are present, almost just like the nose.

M: Light - Medium bodied and a good amount of carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer, but I would be fine with not having another for a while.

Mar 26, 2013
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

i didnt care for this one for a lot of reasons. it may have been a little past its seasonal charm, being december and all, but i thought it tasted metallic, overly bogged down by dead yeast, and concentrated orange flavoring. the pour was less cloudy than i expected after reading the label, its pure yellow, with a small but fading white head. there is a orangey lemony aroma over an extract wheat malt base, pale and boring. the flavor is a mess, citrus first, odd minerally vibes next, and leftover yeast is all i can taste at the end, sour or spoiled in some sense. maybe im making it sound worse than it really is, but to me the flavors are really off, and if this is the intended flavor profile, the brewers just need to revision this one all together. still the feel is okay, medium in body for the style, light overall. fine carbonation, but the aftertaste is offputting, especially when it warms up a little bit. i wont buy this again.

Dec 23, 2012
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Kendo from New York

3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a Weizen glass. Body is clear golden-yellow with a 2-finger whitish head. Large bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass, painting a nice picture as the head settles slowly, leaving behind some decent rings of lacing.

S: Not a strong nose - some wheat, bready malt and a touch of citrusy (I'm getting orange peel) hops.

T: Some sweet malt undertones (a tad bit fruity), then it finishes up with a combination of wheat twanginess and lemony bitterness. Also a touch of grassy hops.

M: Light in heft, active carbonation provides a sharp experience.

O: Solid stuff - a good summer drinker.

Dec 04, 2012
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OWSLEY069 from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a small fruit and a small malt balance. In the taste, dry earth, yet a nice sweetness with just a touch of yeast. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry yeast and note of fruit in the aftertaste. Kind of fruity, but still nice and refreshing.

Aug 21, 2012
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rlee1390 from Indiana

3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear yellow-orange, not much carbonation, two finger head that tries to leave behind some lacing, but can not.

S-Some citrus and grapefruit. Some grass and wheat as well.

T-Nice blend of wheat with citrus and grassy hops. Mild bitterness. However as it warms the beer starts to go downhill.

M-Light in body and highly carbonated.

O-A good beer but as it warms the flavors do not mesh as well, which is the main fault I have with this beer.

Jul 05, 2012
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SickGnar from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden with a bit of haze. Fluffy, big-bubbled, slightly rocky, white head. Not much for retention, but leaves a few splotches of lace.

S: Citrus hops – soft grapefruit & tangerine. Light crystal malt sweetness and some faint wheat. Not a huge variety going on, but very okay for strength.

T: Perhaps more pale ale than wheat. Solid malt backbone with pale perhaps just a step ahead of doughy, somewhat generic & clean wheat. Fair bit of bitterness with a Cascade & Centennial hop character of grapefruit and orange/tangerine. More fruit than rind. Underlying light malty sweetness enhances fruit perception. Not all that complex, but robust and tasty with loads of nice character.

M: Medium body with expansive & mouth-filling carbonation. Fairly quenching & refreshing. Good feel for its abv & style.

D: A nice hoppy pale wheat ale. A tad shy on the wheat part, but it makes up for it with the hops. Tasty and drinkable. A very stand up offering for the hotter summer months, but okay any time.

Dec 21, 2011
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jsisko01 from Michigan

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden-yellow color with an inch thick frothy white head. Leaves a decent lacing.

Smell - Citrus, wheat, lemon zest, and

Taste - This is a very bitter beer, almost like a pale ale. Orange, citrus, wheat, and allspice.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Foams up right as you sip it.

Overall -

Dec 08, 2011
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold color. Actually, it's pretty clear for a wheat offering. Frothy white head that leaves some streaky lace.

More floral hop smell than I expected. The wheat takes a back seat to this.

This mildly wheaty. I'd describe it as being closer to a bitter APA. Pale malts begin the taste. The hop takes over quickly, leaving a bitter swallow and aftertaste. Spritzy with a thinner body. A little off style but it tastes great.

Aug 28, 2011
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JRed from New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy deep orange in body with white frothy head. Smells of citrus, rind, grass, faint mint. Tastes of grass, citrus, citrus rind, some bitterness from a generous amount of hops and some off-flavors and vague strawberry are present as well. Light bodied with light carbonation. More a pale than a wheat and off-flavors run rampant.

Aug 26, 2011
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BrewCrew2010 from Mississippi

3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden body with a good size white head that disappates to a thin ring; good lacing.

S: The cascade and centennial hops gives this beer a nice grapefruit aroma with orange citrus and wheat-like notes.

T: Sweet grainy malts are the dominate flavor followed by bitter citrus hops. Although this beer as a standard pale wheat ale flavor, this hops give it a nice twist. Nice pleasant finish.

M: Light body; lively carbonation; crisp and refreshing mouthfeel.

O: To me, this is one of their better beers and fits the style very well. With an ABV of 4.6%, it's definitely one of those you can have a six pack of and still be okay. If you're gonna go there, this one is a good one to try by the lake.

Aug 16, 2011
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BigPlay1824 from New York

3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

A: Pours a very nice hazy golden color with a slight amber hue and a nice frothy head that is slightly off white
S: nice hop scent, citrus notes
T: nice smooth taste, slight initial grapefruit hop note, which becomes subdued and finishes with slight earthy notes
M: medium carbonation tingle initially, smooth across the palate, leaves no lingering aftertaste
O: really love this brew, highly drinkable on a warm summer night

Aug 09, 2011
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nezelrac from New York

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into shaker pint

A - lightly hazy pale amber; initial frothy white head subsides to a trace leaving no lacing

S - grapefruit pith/pine and lightly floral hop nose backed with wheat and grainy malt; hops are resinous and a little funky

T - a little lean on flavor besides the hops; lots of resinous hop notes dominate the palate; struggling to find the wheat a bit

M - firm (approaching tart) and a little lean; CO2 is mid-high and appropriate-seeming

O - a refreshing beer, but a little confusing/muddled stylistically; I guess I want it to be more one thing or another

Jul 12, 2011
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