Morgazm - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: duceswild on 05-11-2014

Our new 5% abv Grapefruit Blonde ale, is dry-hopped with Citra to add citrusy notes of lemon; and infused with grapefruit zest for a tart, refreshing taste that will keep you in the mood all night.
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Photo of AtHomeOnTheBeach
2.33/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

There is nothing "Grapefruit" about this beer. I have given dewclaw too many chances... after this beer, I am convinced that i do not enjoy their brews. Leave this one in the case.

Photo of bierdabbler
4.36/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 6 pack, stamped as bottled on 5/9 then drank on 5/24.
Great example of a blonde ale. Fruity, hoppy and fresh, very refreshing. Easy to drink a few, perfect for the recent hot weather.
Highly recommended as a flavorful lighter summer beer. Will be seeking out more in the future.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sample at Max's Taphouse on 5/14/14

A: Copper tinged straw with ok lacing.

S: Like your standard blonde or pale, very light.

T: Hoppyish. Blonde. Paleish with a pretty much imperceptible grapefuit notes. Slightly bitter and tart at the end on the aftertaste.

M: Smooth, but some slightly course bubbles throughout.

O: I thought this was going to be an IPA.

Photo of tone77
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of grapefruit. Taste is mild, malts, light grapefruit, refreshing but a tad bland. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

-grapefruit zested blonde ale. spiegelau ipa glass.

A: Bright pumpkin orange with a strong, protein haze and suspended particulate matter within. Steady medium rise of effervesce with a thin, chalky white head that was quick to dissipate with no window lacing evident on the vessel. Love the yeasty haze.

S: Fresh orange slice aroma followed by lightly dry hopped helping of citrus flower. Herbal scents of parsely and softly dried orane peel finish up.

T: Zesty grapefruit, fresh, juicy flavor paired with lightly dry orange and citrus hops. Wheat backing, citrusy dry hops linger a bit on the finish.

M: snappy carbonation, light bodied, smoothly slick feel and gentle on the tongue.

O: Bright flavor, fairly bold per style , some zesty fresh grapefruit and orange mention with a sharp mouthful right on par. Citrusy, great drinkability for a summer time pool/beach side affair. Mutliple worthy, would recommend for american blonde and six pack.

Photo of ALLISON01
4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice easy drinking beer on a hot day!

Photo of yankeepride
2.2/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I would challenge anyone to pick up any grapefruit flavor in this beer. Honestly, anyone who does it likely just wanting it to be there in order to justify having spent actual cash on this beer. Like another reviewer stated, I was giving DuClaw one more chance, and will not be fooled again. It is thoroughly bland, has almost no defining flavor characteristics, and is not even as good as the multitude of long-time homebrews I've had in this style.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Found this in my mix six section at the local house of 1,000 beers. Into a pint glass

A - Ew sediment all though out this beer making for a chunky yellow color. Head is a decent 1/4 inch that pulls back to a creamy lacing ring.
S - Orange zest, earthy hops, tangy grapefruit really make for a very interesting blonde.
T - Orange punch like goodness meets mild earthy pine quite bitter at times which is exceptional for a blonde. It doesn't come off too sweet from this or too bitter from the grapefruit. Quite nice.
M - Quite smooth in fact I chugged it down quickly. Its a good light summer beer.

Overall I really like fruit beers and this one is exceptionally done with hoppy bitterness and raw grapefruit flesh. Give it a try!

Photo of JayQue
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Good summer brew. Poured into my Grape and Gourmet tulip glass. Nice coppery clear color with a small bubbly white head. Aroma and taste are citrusy - .lemon to start with followed by much stronger grapefruit. There is a bready malt backbone with just a little hops business. Mouthfeel is sweet and light with a nice touch of bitterness from the grapefruit.

Not a bad choice as a summer thirst quencher.

Photo of dsnyder61
3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

good blonde beer, grapefruit taste minimal

Photo of bluehende
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The grapefruit in the blonde makes it more like a pale ale than a blonde. The grapefruit gave a nice complex bitterness that worked well.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a slightly hazy effervescent golden with a sugar white lacing for a head.

Smells of fresh grassy malts, lemon citrus, and grapefruit zest.

Tastes of freshy grassy malt with citrus, a mild dry hoppiness, and a subtle twang of grapefruit than is barely detectable.

Medium body with stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A decent sessionable ale that would be good in warm weather. The grapefruit is hardly noticeable. I wish it was more pronounced. It could have made this beer unique, but it's just an above average but forgettable ale.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light gold color with a minimal foam layer, a lot of carbonation, and chunky yeast sediment in the bottom of the glass and lots of chunks suspended in the beer.

S - Nose is minimal with crisp grapefruit, oranges, and lemons.

T - Follows the nose with a healthy amount of zesty citrus notes (grapefruit and lemons primarily), with a light, crackery malt base.

M - Heavy light to light medium body and leaves a light tangy citrus coating in the mouth.

O - Crisp, light, and refreshing for a hot summer day.

Photo of JPowell712
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not bad! I liked the beer for its overall refreshing taste and bitter citrus zing. I thought they could have used a little more citrus in this brew, but that is my taste preference. This was a nice zingy beer with a nice hop character.

Photo of MikeMilanoDesign
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

i must say i had the very very bottom of a keg, but even then it was way to sweet and just overly grapefruit. just not so great

Photo of Slatetank
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

poured this 12oz into a cervoise chilled

The color is golden/hazed look with white head cromprised of fine beads with no lace sticking. The smell is fragrant and fruity smell with lightly tropical aroma of grapefruit with slight floral accent and mild sweet malt odor.The feel is light in body with moderately high carbonation and subtle citrusy tanginess balanced by low sweetness and mostly dry finish with light alcohol.

The taste is semi-fruity with a citrus and hop bitterness w/ mild spice flavor with gentle yeast adding to the subtle malt's toasted flavor. The gentle taste of grapefruit compliments with zest flavor which is slightly tangy but the blonde's flavor is mild as it finishes. Overall pretty ordinary to me perhaps I expected more balance -though maybe this is a blonde masquerading as a session IPA very dry and bitter with mild astringency

Photo of chefhatt
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Good blonde ale,but wanted more grapefruit

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours color. Yeah, didn't see that coming. The head is a finger high with a white shade. It's pretty creamy but not that well retaining. A webbed ring of lacing is left on the glass.

S: At first whiff, a subtle note of English hops make themselves known. It's fairly earthy and even a mite grassy. After opening up a bit, the grapefruit peel comes into play. After opening up a lot, I'm picking up some of the crackery blonde ale malts. Nothing wows about this nose, but it's quite well layered for the style.

T: The front end is damn near redolent of fruit punch, while the back end turns it into an earthy, UK-hopped blonde ale. It's an interesting dichotomy to be frank - honestly it kind of works. Gentle notes of cracker and table sugar come from the malts, and are constant throughout the flavor profile. The grapefruit peel is really coming through well - and doesn't come off artificially, either (ya hear that, Sweet Baby Jesus?)

M: I don't think it's as effortless as a 5% blonde ale could/should be. It's almost - dare I say - rich feeling. Hell, it's even a bit syrupy. But with it's vibrant carbonation, it still goes down relatively easily.

O: Hey, DuClaw 6 packs are getting better! Okay, maybe not. But still, this - while hardly fantastic - puts a nice twist on the blonde ale. I'm not going to seek it out, but I would drink it again.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"Ride the vibe of this Blonde Ale, Citra dry-hopped to add lemon notes; and infused with grapefruit zest for a tart, refreshing taste that keeps you in the mood all night. Pop the top and... get your juices flowing!" Brewed in the style of an American Blonde Ale. Available in 12 oz. bottled 6 packs.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy cream head of a pastel white color over a densely cloudy medium amber body with significant flecked sediment in suspension. Carbonation is assertive and lively. Retention is above average and lacing is very light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) The aromas of grapefruit peel and some delicate flesh come through strongly with shallower notes of cracker malt, cereal wheat, pale and a hint of caramel biscuit for body. Light hop notes of grass, lemony citrus and grapefruit contribute to yet are not set apart by the dominant grapefruit aromas that this beer has from the addition of real grapefruit. The hop bitterness is delicate, the sweetness of the malt profile is light, and the potency of the aroma is overall moderate. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor has considerably less grapefruit flavor up front and more of a distinguished malt profile with citrus-based juice. Malted wheat, pilsner cracker malts and a light pale body with a high cleanliness and a mild sweetness grants the essence of grated grapefruit peel and orange slices without a sharp or bitter edge. A soft hop profile rounds out the flavor with delicate notes of grass and low acid citrus, generating a mild bitterness. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, light and clean and lightly dry. Carbonation is light generating a mild frothiness and a softly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is slightly bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 3.25

(Overall) I feel that this beer could have played up the grapefruit flavor and vastly improved upon the end result, as this beer currently doesn't impress much as a simple malted blonde ale with very little grapefruit nor hop character to pair. It's hard to reach out much beyond this glaring issue, as it seemed that grapefruit would have been a central focus of this beer, judging from the label. Enjoyable, but a far cry from an impressive Blonde Ale, and this beer has the potential to greatly impress. I hope they take the opportunity to turn up the grapefruit additions. 3.5

DuClaw Brewing Company's
Morgazm: Grapefruit Zested Blonde Ale

Photo of thecheapies
3.44/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hazy light amber gold. The head was white and short-lived.

Grapefruit and citrusy hops on top of a semi-sweet blonde ale backing. A little bit of lemon and leafiness. Decent, but generic.

A semi-fruity blonde with grapefruit rind and hops. Malts have a metallic grassiness to them. You can definitely taste raw barley. The finish is nice and refreshing. Never gets close to "sweet", but doesn't stray too far away from "bland". Very much one-note.

Burbling carbonation sparks a nice finish. Body is light and easy.

A so-so blonde ale.

Morgazm from DuClaw Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.