Americas Dirty Summer Blonde Chocolate Beer



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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.08/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
Inspired after a craft brewers conference in Philadelphia, Brewmaster Mike Rybinski used 2-row and Crystal 10L with Ghirardelli chocolate to create Americas Dirty Summer Blonde Chocolate Beer... brewed so you can appreciate the chocolate and not be overwhelmed by hops. 13 IBU's, OG 1.052, FG 1.008

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrnkMcDermott (3075) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 Draft sampler at Walter Paytons Roundhouse. Currently listed merely as "Chocolate Beer." Matches the description and other raters, even though my esteemed colleagues Cornfield and Rayboy01 couldnt stand it. Looks innocently like a pilsner, but carries a strong Yoo-Hoo smell. Taste starts out like a Hershey Kiss, then gets a little saccharine and carob-y. Chocolate taste overwhelms the basic malts. Maybe this would work better with Belgian pale malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (12743) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2011 Sample at the brewpub. This beer is a clear yellow (!) color with a medium thin off-white head that recedes to a film. Sticky rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of cocoa and malt. Light body with a creamy texture and flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla and a bit of fruit. The finish is chocolatey and sweet. Different take on a chocolate beer to be sure, but pretty standard once you get past the initial shock of the color.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2010
On tap at brewery . Golden color beer with chocolate aroma. It tasted just like cocoa puffs. Very different, a nice change.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (25806) - Malm, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2010
Draft @ the brewpub. Pours a golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty chocolate aroma. Fruity malty sweetish chocolate flavor. Has a sweetish malty fruity weak chocolate finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Atom (2381) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2010
On tap at Walter Peytons Roundhouse, Aurora, IL. Pours Amber with slight golden hue no head. Smells of coco, caramel, and vanilla. Tastes like an average amber ale with coco powder added, more caramel tasting as it sits. Interesting and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tmoreau (4225) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2010
The last beer I enjoyed in lieu of dessert during "wind down" after the 12th Annual Drunk Monk Competition. Poured a clear, gold/amber, with modest, white foam and light spots and ribbons of lacing. The aroma was light fruit, but more light chocolate with a hint of vanilla. The flavor mimicked the nose less the vanilla, and a light background of hop bitterness was present along with a light body. The chocolate in a light ale is unusual, but Im prone to like the unusual, and it works well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (24287) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2010
11th October 2008. GABF. Hazy gold beer. Made with cocoa nibs and chocolate extract. Actually not that choccy (which would have been confusing for its colour!). Slighty fruity and a little off the beaten track, nice but odd!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2010
GABF 09. Definitely one of the most unique beers at the fest. pours a medium golden with a thin fizzy head. Aroma is nutty toasty chocolate, dry cacoa nibs, cocoa powder. Chocolate flavor over a toasted light pale maltiness, moderately sweet, cocoa powder, bittersweet, dusty and earthy. Very strange- doesnt really work for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (8532) - Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Originally had this while up judging the Drunk Monk Challenge, but have since had it again. Very interesting! It actually tastes like a light beer mixed with chocolate, as opposed to a beer that uses chocolate malts or something.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RSRIZZO (1984) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2008
Had this brew at G.A.B.F. 08. Aroma is candy sweet with a sour note. Color is a hazy yellow/gold with a tight head. Starts with a light body that goes down smooth with a fizzy feel. Finish is sweet with a nice white chocolate flavor and faint bitterness. After taste is clean. This is a very good brew and one of the lighter chocolates I’ve tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
DuffMan (10139) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 21, 2008
GABF 2008. Hazy yellow gold. Aroma of freshly opened Aero candy bar (i.e. chocolate to the exclusion of all else). Weird sweet vegetal palate with chocolate undertones. This just seemed way off to me; pale malts and chocolate?!?

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