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Bare Ass Blonde Ale - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 1
Gots: 43 | 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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Photo of ExtraStout
2.3/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this @ the Brewpub on tap along with my wife. One of their staple brews. WE really disliked it. It was very watery, no taste, flat, YUK!!

Style: Blonde Ale
Color: Golden
Hop Variety: Fuggle, Goldings
Grains: Pale malt, Wheat malt, Carapils malt
Bitterness: 19 BU's
Gravity: 12.5 plato
Alcohol Content: 5% abv

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 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 NeroFiddled
3.82/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From their website:
Bare Ass Blonde Ale
Style: Blonde Ale
Color: Golden
Hop Variety: Fuggle & Goldings
Grains: Pale Malt, Wheat Malt, Carapils Malt
Bitterness Units: 19 IBUs
Gravity: 12.5 plato
Alcohol Content: 5% abv

Its clear, deep-gold bordering on amber body rests beneath a short lived head of bright white foam that drops to a thin collar and leaves little, if any, lace. The nose is clean and expresses a sweetish, straw-like maltiness with a slight fruitiness and just a suggestion of hops. It's smooth in the mouth with a medium body and a gently crisp and very fine, median carbonation. The flavor displays a grainy malt that's straightforward but clean, and balanced towards sweetness. It's clearly an ale with a nice bit of fruitiness that doesn't go overboard; and it finishes dry with some lingering grainy malt. It offers a good deal of drinkability as it does have some real character to it; and it pairs nicely with their Mesquite Chicken Roll appetizers.

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 tone77
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts and sweetness. Taste is crisp, malts, grains, hops are present, a touch of honey. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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 akorsak
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pint served at the Arundel Mills location. The ale is cold.

Appearance: The ale is a golden yellow color. It is crystal clear with no hazy and a small ring of head.

Smell: The smell of sweet malts dominates. The aroma is faint, so it does not drive the ale. There is also a pleasant bitterness of hops.

Taste: A low-level malt presence rules the day here. It imparts a nice biscuity flavor. The hops are present but do not kick butt.

Mouthfeel: The ale's sweetness is very pleasing and the low hop character does not hurt.

Drinkability: The is a perfect example of a session ale: low in alcohol and long on good taste.

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 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 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 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 Pecafaced
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes. Had their sampler at the restaurant.

A: Nice golden color with a small amount of white foamy head.

S: A very light scent of sweetness and malty aromas. Not detection of hops. Some hints of wheat.

T- Kind of sweet and fruity. A good fit to the style. Very light and refreshing.

M- Creamy mouth feel. Decent carbonation. Almost no bitterness.

Overall not too bad. This beer is very light and refreshing. Should be good for the hot weather coming up.

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 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 Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a golden color with a white head and not too much lacing. Nose brings some grassy, grain, and slight floral hops. The taste is a mostly grain with some light grassy character. Light body with good carbonation. Drinks pretty well and actually has some flavor.

Photo of RBorsato
4.27/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at the Arundel Mills location on 6/30/04.

Light golden color with a low ring for the head. Nice grainy aroma and flavor with a touch of fruitiness and the perfect amount of hops to balance it out. Light bodied, clean, and very drinkable session brew.

A nice Blonde Ale which many brewpubs are unable to pull off.

From the DuClaw website:
Style: Blonde Ale
Color: Golden
Hop Variety: Fuggle & Goldings
Grains: Pale Malt, Wheat Malt, Carapils Malt
Bitterness Units: 19 IBUs
Gravity: 12.5 plato
Alcohol Content: 5% abv

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 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 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 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 Gavage
3.86/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fells Point location.

Appearance: clear golden yellow color with a 1" head that lingers a while. Some light spots of lace develop during the session.

Smell: very little aroma as some grass and fruit sweetness are barely detectable.

Taste: mildly bready and some hints of graininess. Soft fruit sweetness, hay, light orange citrus, and mild bitterness round it out. Nothing to scream about, but quite tasty for the style.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. Brief aftertaste leaves the tongue quickly. Light-medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: a simple session beer here. Low alcohol and decent flavors make this a mildly interesting beer.

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 claytri
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a good clear old gold with a good white head. The aroma was of malt and hops but was very light. The taste was of light fruit with just a little hops. The feel was medium and wet making it a nice thirst quencher. This was a nice beer that would do for a session or two.

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.

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Bare Ass Blonde Ale from DuClaw Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.