Marylan | RAR Brewing (Realerevival)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
RAR Brewing (Realerevival)
Maryland, United States
rarbrewing.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
48
pDev:
7.94%
 
 
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4
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User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 48
Photo of cjgiant
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of BJB13
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Lucular
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of JKeene81
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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!!!

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Microbrew sample. A pleasant, albeit unmemorable blonde ale. Soft flavors. Light hoppiness along with a very pale malt bill. A quick sample that was a nice break from some more intense beers.

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Marylan from RAR Brewing (Realerevival)
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 48 ratings