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Bare Ass Blonde Ale - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 1
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 11-02-2003

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Ratings: 201 | Reviews: 40
Photo of TopherBreski
2.86/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Tastes too deal for a blonde. Some people might like that bite but it's not for me.

Photo of smakawhat
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Not always a big fan of the style but the beer was free what can I say.

One finger off white head, minimal retention and very soapy looking but manages a thin puck and thick bubbled collar while settling. Bright brass orange and yellow body, quite clear, and medium amounts of cola sized carbonation. Couple bubbles rise up fast, and a bit of a micro fine haze of bubbles in the middle.

Nose is grainy, caramel sweet, candy smelling, and has more of an English bitter quality to it. Lots of sensing biscuit malt quality and a very good cookie quality dough to it as well. Feels a little out of place.

Palate comes off very lifeless. Has a total English mild backbone and a poor one at that. Odd out of place hop finish of pith and citrus zest on the aftertaste but mild and very fleeting. Biscuit mid palate and a huge watery notes that create a watered sugary caramel flavor. Where is the wheat depth and chew in this?

I may not be a big fan of this style, but this doesn't even taste like a blonde ale, and unfortunately doesn't taste like a very good beer at all. Drinkable, but a beer that comes off like a bit of an identity crisis, as it just seems like something that was hastily thrown together with no plan.

Photo of Jasonkyeager
1.94/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sweet Baby Jesus is soooo good I guess I had high hopes for the 2nd product I've found from DuClaw. I think it was just an average American Ale priced above some other average American Ales. I am having a hard time hating this because SBJ is so unique and original but I was not impressed enough to even explain my rating. Sorry DuClaw.

Photo of Antc2382
3.19/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Solid, but unremarkable blonde ale

Photo of tigg924
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good example of the style. Clean taste of toasted malt, honey, with a hoppy backbone that mixes well. I will pick this up again.

Photo of Lou22
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Picked up a 6 pack, the name was most certainly the decisive factor, I mean who doesn't like a bare ass blonde?

Smooth tasting, drank from the bottle. I was pleased with this.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%

My cousin gave me a six-pack of this one - thanks! 12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden color. The head is a finger high, with a white shade and terrible retention. Minimal lacing is left behind. (3)

Smell: Compared to other blonde ales, this does a very good pilsner impersonation. Grassy, earthen hops are set against a canvas of cracker-like malt. Touches of white grape also appear. Y'know, this smells quite good - six packs from DuClaw tend to be...well, not, but this genuinely has a nice aroma. (3.5)

Taste: Since it's a blonde ale, it's rather simple. It starts off with some crackery, slightly grainy malts, and it ends with touches of floral, earthy hops. Certainly nothing special, but it gets the job done. (3)

Mouthfeel: While it has good carbonation and a crisp bite, I feel like it has too much body for its flavor profile. Basically, this bare ass is flabby. At least it's pretty drinkable. (3)

Overall: The aroma showed promise, but at the end of the day, it's just another non-descript blonde ale. No zing whatsoever, but no flaws either. Just like I said about the flavor profile (which is practically 90% of the experience), it gets the job done at the end of the day. Too bad other beers on the market are better at getting said job done... (3)

3.1/5: An unassuming bare ass...hey, at least it's better than a gigantic bare ass loaded with cellulite pockmarks

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Draft: Poured a golden color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of clean cereal notes with light sweet notes. Taste is also a well balanced mix of clean cereal notes with light sweet undertones and a crisp dry finish. Body is about average for style with medium carbonation. This is not a style I usually enjoy but I thought the example here was well brewed with a very high drinkability level.

Photo of woodychandler
3.76/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The bottle backlog is being reduced here in Chez Woody's kitchen and since a Strawberry Blonde just departed, I decided to cut to the chase on my next beer and bring in a Bare Ass Blonde. I marvel at the fact that this beer has been on the site for over a decade and yet it is my very recent picture that illustrates it. Ha!

From the bottle: "Our Blonde bombshell will turn your head with her smooth, light malt flavor, mild hop character, and crisp, refreshing finish. But don't let the innocent look fool you, she's got a way of stripping away all pretense and getting right to ... the naked truth"; "Respect_the_Fluid".

As usual, I went with a heavy-handed pour and sat back as the pseudo-cascade happened. I was a little surprised last summer when the Old Lady expressed her dismay at my pouring this way, but I like both the visual and the release of esters. This time, I got two foamy fingers of bone-white head that slowly collapsed on itself, leaving decent lacing in its wake. Color was a slightly hazy golden yellow (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose was very malty, but in a biscuit malt, not a sweet malt, way. Bring your Bare Ass closer, honey! Warming, it also began to take on a honey-like sweetness and now it was time for a sip. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full and the taste was very biscuit-like, making a nice counterpoint to the earlier Blonde. Finish was semi-dry, again more biscuit malty than sweet, and a nice choice on a humid Summer evening.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.24/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Light tangerine orange with a slight haze and mixture of micro-macro effervesce rising at a rapid rate. Dirty eggshell colored head was thin with a skimmy covering and was weakly holding providing little to no gracing coverage.

S: Aroma was dry flowers, hay, oranges and light pilsner grains. Lightly dry.

T: Flavor was lightly dry pilsner and hay malting with some lightly dry oranges and flowers. A touch of herbaceous hops with some light grapefruit peel, tart orange that was thankfully quick and clean off the tongue upon the swallow.

M: fairly sharp carbonation wise, a bit alkaline and powdery with a malty-syrupy backing of light to medium density.

O: Overall wasn't to impressed at first, but the pilsner grain backing and semi-dry flowery hops soon grows on you coming more to light and saving this from a mediocre rating.

Photo of Challenger
4.02/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I just had Bare Ass Blonde for the first time at a beer festival and really enjoyed it. It has a golden color appropriate for a blonde ale, with a nice creamy white head and a subtle malty sweet smell. Bare Ass Blonde pairs very well with a multitude of foods. This is a good beer to serve to those who are just getting into the craft beer scene. It is only mildly hopped and yet is a full bodied brew.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appears honey blonde with a thin white head, forming. Aroma has some vegetal notes normally found in some malt liquor. Wow, I'm still loving it. Cereal grains slight fruit, the flavor is clean drinking beer with higher alcohol a bit of corn/vegetal notes saying we fermented to get the best of you it seems higher abv than your average blonde.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sam adams custom glass, color is darker gold to copper, head is bright white, fine bubbles, some light lacing.

Smell muddled malts, maybe some toast and biscuit, hops are light in presence, maybe some fruitiness.

Taste is a little more defined, malt is toast and biscuit, touch more present than nose; hops are a bit fruity, may lemon.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, good carbonation and presence, with some lingering flavors.

Overall, a solid blonde ale, color was not as 'blonde' as i'd expect from the style.

Photo of BlueCrabCafeofCrisfieldMD
4.51/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not overwhelmingly hoppy, crisp, ale-like lemon or orange finish. Color is a harvest gold and the aroma is a deep bouquet of woodsy lemon. I recommend this to all pale ale lovers as a 'first kiss'. This is a great addition to my stable of micro brews that I offer customers on the lower eastern shore.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Admittedly, this beer is better than I thought it was going to be with a name like "bare ass". Decent grain tone with some seemingly orange fruit tone going on as well. Carbonation is a bit high and full, but just a bit. Easy enough to drink. I wouldn't go back to it, but it turns out being not too shabby.

Photo of chefhatt
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at paradise by the slice
Served in a pint glass, has a burnt gold color body with no head to it.
The smell is faint of wheat with a hint of lemon. The taste is of sweet malt and s hint of hops. A light hint of lemon hits the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is grest and oversll s good drinking beer

Photo of RollBounce
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

clean lighte pale golden in color, some laceing.flavors of wheat. Over all this beer is muted as compared to a jevers.can see light beer lovers enjoying this brew some minor blue cheese flavors here as well.not the most interesting beer that they brew.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Snagged this up for a buck at the house of 1,000 beers.

A - Pours a very clear orange tint yellow with a 1/4 inch of head that settles to a sticky lace ring.
S - Very mild grains and hops I had to take a second smell it seems like faint sweet malts if anything. Hope it tastes good.
T - Very quaff able it's just mild hop bitterness, a touch of squeezed lemon and a bit of sweet sugar like malts. I actually like this because it has a decent hop backbone.
M - Light and crisp very easy to drink.

Overall well worth the dollar a paid. It's a very easy drinking blonde ale.

Photo of stakem
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft offering served in a tulip shaped pint glass. The brew pours a lightly hazed golden yellow color with a white head. Some finger-like patterns of lace stick to the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin film across the top that lasts for most of the duration.

The aromatics include a fresh graininess. A mild amount of sulfur is present before a lightly grassy hop inclusion. Overall a pretty typical smelling blonde.

The taste is almost straw-like with a hint of grainy sweetness. A mild grassy to herbal hop flavor is present to balance just like the aroma indicated. For a blonde it is a pretty standard, average offering without fault in the flavor profile.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amoubt of carbonation. Overall pretty standard for the style and easy drinking but it is otherwise a forgettable blonde ale.

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

Enjoyed this beer on tap at Duclaw in Bowie, MD.

A: Pours a clear golden hue with no head or lacing.

S: Slightly fruity aroma with hints of light grains and malts.

T: Malty flavor with a slightly fruity background and mild hops.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent beer – easy drinker – make a good session beer.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a pint glass

A- pours a pretty transparent shade of a light orange/dark yellow with a paper thin white head. The head is disappointing, and that could have been a lot better, even with the vigorous pour I gave it

S- nice amount of biscuty malt in the nose. Minimal hoppiness. Slight lemon. Inoffensive

T- light sweetness, minor bitterness, slight lemon...again, keeping up with the inoffensive theem

M- light bodied on the medium side

O- extremely inoffensive, easy to drink beer. Nothing earth-shattering or excellent, but very solid

Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Clear golden-yellow pour, with a thin, white, bubbly head; minimal retention, lacing, and moderately carbonated. Light aroma, toasted grains, grassy hops, no surprises. Taste of biscuity malts, fairly sweet, honey, toasted grains, soft overripe fruits, grass and citrus peel. Light-bodied and easily drinkable, just not my style. (Though for the style, this wasn't bad.)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head with excellent lacing on a clear deep gold with slight copper hue body. Light aroma with mostly breads and barely, some wheat and slightly bitter. Very wet mouthfeel with lighter side of moderate carbonation and creamy body. Nice semisweet fruity body especially in the finish with wheat and pale malt background

Photo of nickfl
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A one finger of white foam on a clear gold body. Low retention good lace.

S lightly malty little else.

T sweet malt up front some surprising fruitiness in the middle and a finish of apricot and malt

M medium body moderate carbonation and a sweet finish.

D very interesting and unusual for the style, oddly fruity but enjoyable.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off-tap this beer was indeed a bright, blonde/gold color with a white head that left thin bands of lacing off the collar. The aroma was faint, mostly a blend of sweet malt and dry grains with a hint of hops. The flavors were similar. I tasted the fresh dry, grainy malt predominantly with some notes of bread coupled with a light hops presence. Though it leaned towards the sweet side of the spectrum the finish was crisp and clean. The body was medium/light, the mouthfeel a little above average and the carbonation effervescent.

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Bare Ass Blonde Ale from DuClaw Brewing Company
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