DuClaw Brewing Company

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Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #613
Ranked #47,919
3.45 | pDev: 11.59%
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
Notes: 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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nicholas2121 from Ohio

3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Morgazm Grapefruit Zested Blonde Ale brewed by DuClaw Brewing Company, with an ABV of 5.00% This American Blonde Ale pours out a nice golden amber color with a small white head. There is a decent amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is citrus, grains and malts. You also pick up on some mild hops in the smell. Now for the taste, it is crisp with flavors. You pick up on the grapefruit zest. There is also some nice grains and malts flovors in this brew. Light on the hops but they are in there. The body of Morgazm Grapefruit Zested Blonde Ale is a light to medium. This is a smooth easy drinking brew. Was kinda hoping more for this brew, not saying it bad but I was looking for something different. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a real nice balance to it. The mouth feel of Morgazm Grapefruit Zested Blonde Ale is grapefruit , Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out of 5. I would look this brew up again givin the chance to. DuClaw Brewing Company, did a nice job with this one.

Jul 14, 2017
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Crackblind from New York

3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cask. After seeing reviews mentioning carbonation issues and thinness, I decided to give it a try because it was on cask. Definitely makes a difference. The mouthfeel benefits from the pour. It maintains a nice thick foam and lacing. The nose is still very mild. Those who mentioned sourness hit it right in the head - the grapefruit is very forward and balances nicely with the hops. Can't judge a bottle or tap but if you see it on cask, I recommend giving it a try.

Jun 16, 2017
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Caveworm from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Morgazm Grapefruit Zested Blonde Ale | DuClaw Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the head is two fingers thick, with spotty lacing, and a golden amber body.

I smell really just a hint of the grapefruit with the hops and grains.

Tastes like bright and clear malts with just a tad of bitterness with the hops and grapefruit. Clean and quenching finish.

Medium-light mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll choose to give Morgazm Grapefruit Zested Blonde Ale | DuClaw Brewing Company a 4.25

Jun 13, 2017
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz single bottle - ah, now we're back to the DuClaw sexual innuendo that we all know and love!

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves a bit of random limestone formation lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of red grapefruit rind, gritty and grainy pale malt, further indistinct citrus esters, and maybe a sense of earthy, weedy, and piney green hop bitterness. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a bit of white saltine cracker, zingy grapefruit juice, a small peppery spiciness, mild lemon/lime soda essences, and more understated leafy, weedy, and wet pinecone verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-satisfying frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and mostly smooth, as the grapefruit character can't possibly affect my enjoyment at this juncture, at this point in my beer appreciation, er, 'journey'. It finishes trending dry, the varied vector citrus and bled-out malt unsteadily escorting us to the exit.

Overall, this is just a mildly disappointing version of the augmented style, as the titular portmanteau pretty much fails on both accounts. Sure, there's grapefruit aplenty goin' on here, but it seems muted and wan, instead of zesty, and um, 'gazmic'. Not worthy of the 6 bucks this one cost me, I'm afraid to say.

Jun 09, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

L: Clear light golden yellow pour. 1 finger of foamy white head. Falls fast... not much lacing.

S: Grapefruit juice.

T/F: Light cereal/grains... lots of citrus... lemonade and grapefruit. Very 1-dimensional. Not offensive... but nothing I'd seek out again either. Light in body... zesty carbonation. Finish is citrus.

O: Pretty 'meh'. Another forgettable lawnmower citrus beer.

May 30, 2017
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- 12oz bottle into a becher with a clarified golden body and a small creamy white cap. The head ends up at around half an inch tall falling down quickly to a wide but thin ring around the edges. Horizontal lines of lacing form after a few sips.

S- Minimal and faint with the grapefruits making up the primary aromas with juice and to a lesser extent peel coming out. Pale base barley and cereal hints in the backdrop.

T- On the taste buds the hops are much more noticeable with the hops primarily bringing that Citra profile of lime, citrus fruits and some tropical hints like mango. Again, the grapefruit runs the show with some juice and zesty peel oils. A base of cereal, cracker, bready grain and a touch of pale fruit esters. Light sweetness.

MF- The medium body has a texture that is right down the line between creamy and puffy. The high level of carbonation is very much padded and the aftertaste brings a citrus zest bitterness.

On one hand I like that the grapefruit isn't extreme like some other grapefruited brews lately but at the same time a bit more hops would go a long way as this brew is sort of lacking a star, central theme. Balanced but just a bit boring.

May 22, 2017
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours orange with tall, long-lasting, foamy white head and nice lacing. Nose is of bready malt, tropical fruit and citrusy hops. Body is full and very tangy. Taste is sour, tart, citrusy hops, lemon zest, bready malt and tropical fruit. Finish is long and sour. Good brew if you like sour.

May 04, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.01/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Creature Comforts glass.

A: clear amber with a huge, fluffy white head that quickly went over the top of my 16 oz glass with only about 1/3 of the bottle poured. The head settled slowly and left nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma: a hoppy, earthy smell featuring hay and grapefruit. Too dank.

Flavor: More hops than malt, for sure, yet decent balance. Mildly bitter but high bitterness for style. Mildly dank and funky.

M: high carbonation; medium-light body. A bit of dryness in the finish.

Overall: Disappointing.

Mar 08, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I recently completed a fairly comprehensive horizontal of DuClaw's beers as part of the Bottle Backlog Eradication here at Chez Woody, so I was a tad surprised that there were still some of there beers that I had not reviewed. Thanks to the Friendly Greek Bottle Shop here in Lancaster, PA for providing me this opportunity.

From the bottle: "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!"; "Respect_the_Fluid".

I love to Pop! the top! It is one of the few things that I actually do enjoy about these confounded bottles. It was a brand-new bottle, so I felt confident in my heavy-handed pour. The head came rushing up so quickly that I had to back off and allow it to settle into two fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with decent retention that left sticky lacing behind as it fell. Color was a slightly-hazy Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17). Nose had the typical cattiness associated with Citra, but accompanied by the tart citrusiness of grapefruit. I am curious to taste it. Man, it was VERY bitter! The grapefruit seemed overwhelming and the dry-hopping that they mentioned seemed like it may have been heavy-handed, resulting in an oversaturated granular quality on the tongue. Finish was dry, gaspingly so, actually. Color me ... unimpressed.

Jan 22, 2017
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours a slightly hazy amber with a nice head, which lasts a bit. Definitely noticed the grapefruit in the nose. The mouth gets a grapefruity bite along with the malt.

Nov 25, 2016
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: golden color, white, lacing head
S: crackers, slight citrus
T: malty, citrus after taste
F: light to medium body, had kind of a weird after taste
F: I'm not a huge fan of DuClaw, this is pretty unmemorable

Aug 10, 2016
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Gold colored beer with a white head that left a few specks of lacing. The aroma was weak but had some yeast, pine hops and grapefruit pith. The taste is slightly sweet with a weird almost artificial grapefruit taste. The finish is crackers and hops.

May 06, 2016
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superspak from North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 5/27/2015. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, light pine, wheat, cracker, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/piney hops, grapefruit zest, and moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, cracker, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange rind, pine, wheat, cracker, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/piney hops, grapefruit zest, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from hop/zest bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately sticky/resinous, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good hoppy blonde ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/piney hops, grapefruit zest, and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Dec 23, 2015
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.71/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Man I've had so many bad beers by these guys, I don't know how they're still around. Tastes like a bad IPA without even the character of grapefruit, let alone actual added grapefruit.

Dec 19, 2015
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light copper with over two fingers of fluffy white head. The nose is modestly citrusy. There is some citrus flavor and the finish is nicely dry.

This offering is on the verge of being memorable but not quite.

Aug 16, 2015
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NCMatt from North Carolina

3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I expected a lot from this, that was probably my mistake. I'd heard good things about DuClaw and I love grapefruit beers. The description on this intrigued me greatly.

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Golden color with minimal and quickly dissipating head. Smell was faint. Citrus was present but once again, faint. Taste was mostly that of a mild blond ale with slight citrus and grapefruit rind notes. Not heavy or dominant at all.

It was refreshing for sure, but not impressive at all. The description made this sound like a phenomenal beer but the actual product is much milder than I was expecting.

Aug 11, 2015
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Lucular from Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Not a fan of this beer. The grapefruit in a blonde ale does not go very well and there is not much else going on for the beer. Take a pass on this one.

Aug 08, 2015
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rjd722 from Maryland

3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had at DuClaw brewpub in Arundel Mills, MD. Slightly dark golden appearance with a one-finger foam which dissipated quickly. Weaker citrus smell than expected, more apparent in the taste but not overwhelming. For a blonde, i do like it but would like it more if the grapefruit was more in your face.

Aug 07, 2015
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours gold with minimal head and low carbonation. Taste is caramel malt, with light grapefruit middle and slightly more grapefruit juice at the end. Light lemon and a bit of nuttiness is also present. This is a well balanced beer with light bitterness that could use a bit more grapefruit. Still I could see myself drinking a bunch of this during the warmer months.

Aug 05, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle bottles 5/27/15, poured into a pint

A- pours a clear bright golden color with a one-finger foamy & sudsy head that retains nicely after the pour

S- moderate lemon & grapefruit zest up front, underlying pale malts adds some toasted notes and a bit of sweetness

T- clean and malty up front with some toasted grain followed by a bitter hit of sharp grapefruit zest and some lemony/grassy hop before finishing bone dry with a citrus linger

M- medium-light body with moderate spritz carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that quickly drops off to a clean dry finish

O- this beer has just enough grapefruit/lemon bitterness so that it doesn't overpower the subtle base beer. It's quick & dry finish raises the drinkability through the roof, this would be easy to tackle a 6pack on a summer day.

Jul 27, 2015
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and some faint amber + copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that reduces fairly quickly to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit zest and pale malts with a lighter aroma of citrus/grapefruit hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of pale malts with a light to moderate flavor of citrus/grapefruit zest. That is followed by some light flavors of citrus/grapefruit hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness which lingers for a moderate amount of time.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and goes down nicely on this fairly hot and humid 4th of July. Alcohol is well hidden and the addition of the grapefruit definitely makes this blonde ale a little more interesting.

Jul 05, 2015
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JPowell712 from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Jun 21, 2015
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Mar 17, 2015
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yankeepride from New York

2.2/5  rDev -36.2%
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.

Feb 16, 2015
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AtHomeOnTheBeach from New Jersey

2.33/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

Feb 07, 2015
Morgazm from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 188 ratings