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Bare Ass Blonde Ale | DuClaw Brewing Company

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Bare Ass Blonde AleBare Ass Blonde Ale

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by NeroFiddled on 11-02-2003

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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 239
Photo of BlueCrabCafeofCrisfieldMD
4.51/5  rDev +30.3%
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 RBorsato
4.27/5  rDev +23.4%
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

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.21/5  rDev +21.7%
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 +19.1%
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 tigg924
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
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 Challenger
4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
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 Gavage
3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
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

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Photo of nickfl
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of thehooksman
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
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 JohnQVegas
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at DuClaw Bowie.

Pours clear pale copper-gold with a soapy white cap, nice lacing.

Nose is grassy, but fruity, lightly toasty even. Not what I was expecting, but nice.

Taste is lightly caramelly, toasty,nice grassy hop note, lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated over a light body. A bit creamy, mild.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
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 slvrmon82
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little out of season for a cold fall day but good just the same. More of a summer session beer. It poured a crystal clear gold. Head dissipated rather quickly. Smell very fruity almost like a wit. Taste was a little sweet and fruity upfront and then very clean at the end. Almost dry at the end. Mouthfeel was great. Very light and crisp. Could have had a number of these if the weather was a little nicer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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 wac9
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Lou22
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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 kylehay2004
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
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

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
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

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Photo of ckollias
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At the brewpub.

Poured a clear, golden yellow color. Medium, white head.

Very mild aroma. Citrus and peach seemed to be most noticeable.

Sweet over bitter. Fruity - peaches and melons. Well balanced, and the hops seem to pick up as the beer warms a bit.

Light bodied. Medium carbonation. Refreshing.

A very nice summer beer. Got overpowered a bit by the Cajun chicken sandwich I was eating.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a very pale yellow colored beer with modest white head. Smell is very light with some faint notes of summer fruits present. Taste is mainly a light maltiness mixed with some light fruits. Very easy to drink, very refreshing. A good beer for a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
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 akorsak
3.6/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev +4%
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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