Bare Ass Blonde Ale - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 1
Gots: 44 | 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: 213 | Reviews: 46
Photo of Jasonkyeager
1.94/5  rDev -42.6%
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 ExtraStout
2.3/5  rDev -32%
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 Stinkypuss
2.56/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a horrific floater ridden blonde color with white head. No matter where I find a Duclaw beer nowadays they look mishandled, I've had many different bottles from different sources. The aroma is light a wheat focused, about average for the style. The beer falls flat on taste, with chalky wheat and faded lemon tea bringing a few far between scant flavors. Light chalky body that falls limp on the mouth. I liked Duclaw at first but I seem to be enjoying every new beer I have from them less and less.

Photo of smakawhat
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
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 TopherBreski
2.86/5  rDev -15.4%
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 RollBounce
3/5  rDev -11.2%
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 ThisWangsChung
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%

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 Huhzubendah
3.11/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draft at DuClaw in Bowie, MD.

The beer is transparent and golden yellow hued. The aroma is pretty weak, offering hints of sweet malt and light fruit. The flavor is clean, but pretty bland for the most part. A bit of light toast and sweet malt, light grain. Thin bodied, easy to drink. Moderately low carbonation. Overall, drinkable but unexciting.

Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
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 Mumps
3.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Unlike the last two I reviewed (Sweet Baby Jesus and Dirty Little Freak) this one actually restored my faith in DuClaw. And I'm a Marylander by God! I drank this from a pint glass poured from the bottle.

Nice golden color with a white quarter inch head. No retention or lacing to note. Not an overwhelming amount of bubbles.

Smelled like an average blonde ale, nothing note worthy comes to mind.

Tasted like beer done right. The previous two were loaded with sweetness and flavor to the point of distraction. This was simply a beer trying to be beer.

Mouthfeel was just right, bold and thick enough to let you know it isn't water (or light beer, same difference) but not so heavy you couldn't drink more than one.

Overall I am thankful DuClaw at least has the basics right and can make a solid brew with out mucking it up with all the artificial crazy candy bar flavors.

Photo of Antc2382
3.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Solid, but unremarkable blonde ale

Photo of beerthulhu
3.24/5  rDev -4.1%
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 bluehende
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A nice refreshing blonde. It is not a big beer . but then I wouldn't expect it to be. Nothing great , but well made.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.38/5  rDev 0%
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 thekevlarkid
3.38/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Norfawkers
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer at the brewery. It's apparently their best selling beer, which is odd considering it's definitely not their best..

Appearance: Golden, clear, little head

Smell: Very light wheat

Taste: Light, toasty malt flavor

Mouthfeel: Smooth, little bitterness

Drinkability: The taste is barely there. Definitely a beer to have with a meal, not a stand alone.

Photo of claytri
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
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 stakem
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
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 drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review the #40 top Blonde Ale on the best of list on beeradvocate.com. On draft at the Duclaw brewpub.

Beer is yellow with a mild haze, thin white head, small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is surprisingly hoppy and pleasant, some grain.

Beer is sweet and thin with a mildly grainy bitterness at the back and some moderate hop flavor, earthy and piny throughout, interesting, nice beer for the masses but ultimately not interested.

Photo of Pecafaced
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Treyliff
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, bottled 4/17/15, poured into a snifter

A- pours a clear bright golden color with a small foamy white head that reduces to a thin layer floating on top & around the edge

S- floral, grassy & earthy hop aroma, toasted-cracker malt, grapeskin & yeast. Smells like a mix between a pilsener & kolsch

T- subtle grassy & floral hop mix with a light malty sweetness that eventually brings some toasted notes, dry yeast & earthy finish

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- this is a subtle style, but they did a good job adding some noticeable hops, while remaining very drinkable

Photo of tone77
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
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 DrDemento456
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
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 akorsak
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Bare Ass Blonde Ale from DuClaw Brewing Company
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