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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 2.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.78   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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A Golden Ale brewed with dark, bittersweet chocolate. It has a balanced, malty sweetness, and decadent chocolate character with a nice dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2015
[Can] Deep golden pour with a soda-like head. Nose is of imitation chocolate and grains. Flavors of cocoa powder, cereal grains and minerals. Harsh carbonation. Not very clean in the taste department. Detecting some off-flavors as it warms.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cbfobes (2639) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2015
On tap at brewery, honestly, kind of a cool idea, but it just didn’t come out right for me, maybe make this a one off and not can it? Pours a clear gold with no head at all, the aroma has a ton of artificial vanilla and a hint of chocolate as well, the flavor has a huge chocolate like front end with a sweet finish, just doesn’t work for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jbuskirk (554) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Dirty Blonde isn’t as sexy as it thinks. That’s not to say that it’s bad. It’s not. A chocolate-infused Blond Ale is a bold idea and the execution is respectable. Still, I wasn’t convinced. Smell is sweet (mostly malt and a hint of bittersweet chocolate) but slight. Appearance is just okay - I’d like more head and and a cleaner body. I was torn when it came to the chocolaty flavor. At times, I liked the sweetness. At other times, I thought the chocolate syrup taste was a little too much. While I’m caught in the middle on this beer, I suspect that most drinkers will either love it or hate it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kaserk (55) - wdm, Iowa, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Drank this can of amazing at the lakehouse. So smooth and yummy. Chocolate and spectacular.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kaser (3697) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Can at Lakehouse 2. Choclate light beer. Weird. Not bad. Confusing. Better than the ratings are

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CanIHave4Beers (3534) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Can, shared by me... in my dining room... just now.
Pours a lightly hazy blonde with a big fluffy white head and decent lacing on the glass.

The aroma is yeasty with lots of husky maltiness and a faintest whiff of chocolate.

The chocolate flavor is neat, decidedly forward but not overwhelming. The beer is never awfully sweet but the chocolate character hints more at a sweet than bitter chocolate. The beer has a little bit of harsh bitterness that seems derived from the malt more than anything. The malt is husky & the beer is a touch metallic.

Decidedly not bad tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5393) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Can from 6 pack I brought back from the Quad Cities. Poured a lightly tinted, clear golden color with a small, fizzy off-white head. Aroma was mostly just light toasted malts, but as it warmed up from the fridge, there was an ever increasing note of chocolate (like cocoa powder) that I began to notice. Flavor was very light initially, but finish is a blast of light milk chocolate notes - a bit like melted Cadbury or something similar. Pretty easy to drink - not as crazy chocolate as I was expecting, but it was pretty enjoyable. I don’t know, I liked it at least.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
SrSilliGose (3284) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 16, 2014
can can candy davis pepsican. thanks! aroma gross sweet chocolate syrup. gross vanilla caramal old man candy. dirty artificial vanilla. not very inviting. taste brings for gross sweet dumpster vanilla chocolate syrup. some light burnt toffee dough. old desk rot bubblegum blond ale with a gross chocolate vanilla butterscotch twist. very fucken not drinkable. cred

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ajnepple (3001) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2014
On tap at the brewery. Yellow and hazy appearance with a small white head. Aroma of dark chocolate, cocoa and sweet malts. Similar flavor, mildly sweet and lightly bitter. Smooth, rich and soft with a light to medium body. I remember this when they were still brewing in Iowa City.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bulk_Carrier (2541) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Reviewed from notes. Consumed June 10, 2013 as I was driving across the country. 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. I once had DFH’s Theobrama and thought this would be similar and in a way, I guess I could kinda say it is without the spicy ancho chile flavoring. I would probably have this again.

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