Bare Ass Blonde Ale
DuClaw Brewing Company

Bare Ass Blonde AleBare Ass Blonde Ale
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American Blonde Ale
Ranked #653
Ranked #46,236
3.39 | pDev: 13.57%
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
Bare Ass Blonde AleBare Ass Blonde Ale
Notes: Our smoothly drinkable little blonde bombshell will turn your head with its smooth, light malt flavor, mild hop character, 5% ABV, and crisp, refreshing, fruity finish.

Style: Blonde Ale
Color: Golden
Hop Variety: Fuggle, Goldings
Grains: Pale Malt, Wheat Malt, Carapils Malt
Plato: 12.5
IBU: 19
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Photo of rudiecantfail
2.57/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Clear & golden. No head. No retention. No lacing.

S---Sweet & bready. Nothing special.

T---Malty/bready. Sweet.

F---thick & creamy. Nice carbonation.

O---Was hoping for a lot more. Not one I'll buy again.

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Photo of nick_perry
2.86/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

An attempt at a cross between an IPA and an amber ale, but a good example of neither. Very weak flavors. Not too impressed with any of Du Claw's beers.

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

Got a six pack of 12 ounce bottles from my father-in-law for Christmas 2016. Love the name, but the beer initial flavor was at best average. Decent after taste though.

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Photo of hdf561
2.84/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had in a bottle at the Blue Grey bar and grill in Gettysburg Pa.

Smell and taste very similar to Wild Wolf blonde honey. Smooth little back end bite but very drinkable

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Photo of wac9
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I found a case of this beer in a beer place covered in dust I brought it its 2 years old and it taste awesome find a fresh one it that good great color great taste not hoppy

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.21/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

My first try at a DuClaw offering and I ended up very happy.

Out of the bottle the brew has a hazy orangish hue with weak head and no lacing. It has a good wheat odor that you can taste quite easily throughout. I was mostly impressed with the mouthfeel - smooth, creamy, and lightly carbonated - just the way I like it. Overall, I enjoyed it and I'm glad I picked up a couple of other DuClaw offerings to try in the near future.

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Photo of squonk45
4.12/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

some one bout this and I advised tem to go with the Hoptimum .. so he put one 6 pack back and grabbed the hoptimum .. I grabbed the bare ass ale ok but he got the better recommendation

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.56/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

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Photo of thehooksman
3.82/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

According to the label the name of this one is derived from its stripped down simplicity. Sometimes less is more. Malt, yeast, a little citrus. Nothing fancy here and thus nothing to disagree with.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
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

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Photo of Mumps
3.19/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Pours a golden color with 1/2 inch head. 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.

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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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

3.12/5: An unassuming bare ass...hey, at least it's better than a gigantic bare ass loaded with cellulite pockmarks

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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Bare Ass Blonde Ale from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 249 ratings