RAR Brewing (Realerevival)

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RAR Brewing (Realerevival)
Maryland, United States
Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #11
Ranked #8,687
4.07 | pDev: 8.35%
Apr 30, 2022
Mar 02, 2016
Notes: None
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4 by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania on Apr 30, 2022
4.25 by paulish from New York on Apr 15, 2022
3.98 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Jun 27, 2021
4.25 by rdoggg from Pennsylvania on Sep 01, 2019
4.83 by Hendry from Vermont on Sep 01, 2019
4.01 by Budlum from Maryland on Aug 12, 2019
5 by JMScowcroft from Vermont on Aug 12, 2019
3.96 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania on Jun 23, 2019
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3.49/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

Tap, rating to style with slight leeway:
Watered down grapefruit juice with all the cloudiness of newer beers these days. Nice foamy head and lacing, but not very blonde.

Nose is not overpowering, though pithy citrus and a little pulp come through. Not quite as neutral as a typical blonde ale, but not overpoweringly hoppy given the DDHing.

Heavier than a blonde should be, IMO, but not as thick as it looks. The flavors are also not thrown out of whack by the hopping, but do lean towards the same citrus pith expected from the nose.

Ok, this isn’t a blonde ale. It’s a session IPA or lighter APA with a fair hop presence. If portrayed as such, it’d probably get another quarter point.

May 10, 2019
4.42 by ChittyChambers from Maryland on Oct 16, 2018
3.99 by bluehende from Delaware on May 11, 2018
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4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by grover37 from District of Columbia

Pours at Glen's. Really good. Pleasantly surprised.

Apr 20, 2018
4 by petewheeler from Maryland on Mar 25, 2018
3.79 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland on Feb 19, 2018
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4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BJB13 from Maryland

32 oz. growler filled 24 hours ago poured into a nonic style pint glass.

A thin white bubbly head lies over the pale straw hazy body. The head thins to a cap leaving decent amounts of slick lace.

Moderate to strong aromas start with tropical fruits that are candy like at times. In the back there is a leafy vegetable note.

The taste is not far from the nose, a little bit of hop flavor with slight tropical and vegetable character but as seems to be common with blondes malty and a subtle. It finishes with a slight bitterness that builds on the back of my tongue.

The smooth body approaches medium with a medium carbonation and a small bit of grittiness.

To style and very easy drinking. Maybe a little bland but I usually think blonde ales are.
Overall though, pretty good.

Feb 09, 2018
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4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lucular from Maryland

I've had DDH Marylan before but not the base beer. Pretty much as described - notes of papaya/melon/citrus. Slightly hazy with a bright yellow color. If you had told me this was also a DDH version I would have believed you. Excellent beer.

Jan 31, 2018
3.64 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Jan 21, 2018
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4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by ThisWangsChung from Maryland

Pours a hazy golden color similar to a New England IPA. The head is a finger high and white in shade. Retention is very good, and plenty of lacing is left behind. This is a good looking beer, perhaps even on par with Marilyn Monroe herself.

The aroma is pure juice bomb...just scaled down about 33%. Plenty of grapefruit, orange juice, mango, papaya, and tangerine subtly waft up from the glass. Light touches of table sugar and bread also show up. It isn't intense, but it's still deep. For a plain blonde ale, this smells superb - by IPA standards, it still hits all the right notes, albeit quietly.

There's a bit more of a hop/malt balance on the taste buds, but it still works very well! It opens up with a nice sweetness from the malts. Think table sugar, cookies, or white bread (like any good blonde ale, really). Of course, the second half has a wonderful hoppy flavor. Orange, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, and pineapple are quite prevalent, and help to send this blonde to the next level. This isn't an IPA, but the hops add more than enough to send this to the next level. In fact, the aforementioned hop/malt balance is bang-on.

The texture is feather light and crisp as can be. It's not as rigid or angular in feel as a typical blonde ale, but not quite as silky soft as the finest hazy IPAs. Carbonation is moderately strong. The drinkability is off the charts, with only a slight chalkiness from the yeast slowing things down - after about 24 oz. of a 32. oz crowler, mind...

By taking enough elements from hazy IPAs, this blonde ale manages to soar to the top of the style heap. While it isn't quite as punchy as some IPAs, it's easier to drink - MUCH easier to drink. This combined with the razor-sharp balance allows it to satisfy nearly as well as the best juice bombs. The DDH version will be insane, but this is still an excellent product that's more than worth anyone's time.

4.23/5: RAR nailing the (smaller) juice bombs, I see

Jan 15, 2018
4.08 by reebtaerG from Maryland on Jan 12, 2018
3.85 by 1levelabove247 from New Jersey on Mar 31, 2017
4.31 by ions from Maryland on Feb 24, 2017
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3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

Undated 16 oz. can poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: 2F+ head with good retention, lots of sticky white lacing, cap and ring. Beer is a hazy light copper.

S: Citrus hops and bready malts. Malts a bit forward. Basic, but decent.

T: Basic citrus and malt pale ale. Orange and lime with biscuit malts. A little bitterness on finish.

F: Light to medium body, light to medium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. Good construction and balance.

O: Nice blonde ale.

Feb 19, 2017
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4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by JKeene81 from Maryland

this is described as a blonde but it seriously drinks like a pale ale, pours a nice golden hazy color, lacing is pretty solid. lots of seriously drinkable galaxy flavor. awesome beer for the summer time and cutting grass!!!

Jan 30, 2017
3.53 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Dec 20, 2016
3.78 by yergermeister from Pennsylvania on Nov 28, 2016
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4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by stephenjmoore from Maryland

Hazy, pulpy looking golden body with a soapy, bone-white head. Aroma is great, fruity citrus, tropical fruits, hints of lime and a dash of sweet bread. Flavor matches the nose, with kind of a bitter fruit salad vibe from the hops. Feel is smooth, slightly creamy, easy drinking. This is a nice beer all around, good hop bite, very drinkable.

Nov 27, 2016
3.69 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania on Nov 24, 2016
3.75 by oline73 from Maryland on Nov 19, 2016
4 by grahuba from Connecticut on Nov 18, 2016
4.03 by svensaison from Maryland on Nov 17, 2016
3.84 by nmann08 from Virginia on Nov 12, 2016
3.25 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts on Nov 07, 2016
3.89 by JNForsyth from Pennsylvania on Nov 05, 2016
3.81 by BMart from Pennsylvania on Nov 04, 2016
4.5 by ArtZan from New Jersey on Oct 28, 2016
3.86 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Aug 19, 2016
4.25 by earlholman from Maryland on Jun 22, 2016
3.75 by ConradKenney from Maryland on Jun 20, 2016
3.93 by South2NW from Oregon on Jun 19, 2016
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

Tap at Max's Baltimore.
Slightly hazy deep blonde color, decent bubbly white head. Rich bready maltiness with bits of fruity resinous hops to counter. Pretty nice blond ale.

Jun 13, 2016
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 55 ratings