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Anti-Venom Cluster F#@k - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Anti-Venom Cluster F#@kAnti-Venom Cluster F#@k

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81
good

28 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 17.05%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stephenjmoore on 11-15-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

BillRoth, Jul 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

northstar23, Jun 26, 2014
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1/5  rDev -71.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Tom_Gilman, Dec 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

ShanePB, Dec 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

whatname, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of VincentFrey
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, poured into a 16oz Nepenthe Homebrew tulip.

Label: It’s DuClaw, so it’s pretty simple. The Anti Venom series relies on some white/black contrasting “hop cones” (mimicking Venom) then throws some old Spider-Man comic green text in there to say “Anti” and the name of the hop. Why they chose to say Clusterfuck instead of simply Cluster is pure marketing, and makes the whole thing look a bit childish and even more like a comic book. At least Flying Dog writes “Bitch” on their label if that’s the actual name. So it’s marketing in a post-SBJ DuClaw. Fantastic first impression.

Pour / Appearance: Pours nicely, with notable carbonation but not so much that the headspace will soak up any hop aromas. Despite the picture, this leans more toward gold than amber, and is better as an IPA for it. Lacing is minimal, even with a freshly washed glass, but not overly expected. Retains a thin, bonewhite head at all times.

Aroma: Sadly, little to none. Cluster is a dying hop breed in a lot of ways (Weyerbacher’s “Cluster’s Last Stand” is more than a pun), and this isn’t the best showcase for what it can do as a late boil or dry hop addition. Frankly, maybe it is actually, as Cluster is quite probably the oldest American Hop, with high Alpha Acids and middling Betas. It’s not meant to be an aroma hop, and found more historical success in its ability to preserve high alpha acid with age. So it’s a fool’s errand to make a cluster IPA smell good on hop alone, but that’s the showcase. And it just doesn’t work.

Taste: As discussed, Cluster is a bittering hop. The beer is dominated by floral and pine notes, somewhat reminiscent of Northern Brewer and Cascade. So it tastes how most people just getting into beer would expect an IPA to taste: bitter, flowery, and a bit watery from a lack of darker malts. Now, how much this is attributable to DuClaw and how much is attributable to working with an old, old hop is a debate, but since DuClaw brewed it, I’ll aim at them. This has no malt character, and not in a dry, pleasant, effervescent way. What little is there seems like light crystal and hints of biscuit, with possibly even a touch of wheat for body. I’m hesitant on the wheat due to the overall clarity, but it’s not like DuClaw produces only unfilitered beer. It’s not a bad beer; it’s just not an old-time recipe that might have suited Cluster better nor is it a particularly outstanding IPA recipe as is. It’s a water/sugar pale ale.

Overall: If I sound harsh, I suppose I mean to be. Cluster is an interesting hop, but not necessarily one that warrants, or hell even subjected to, the single hop treatment. In the hands of DuClaw, who produce middling beers (yes, their barrel projects are great, I know) and whose flagship is based on flavoring syrup, maybe some more time should have gone into figuring out the recipe that’d suit Cluster, not the Anti Venom line.

Bottom line: Buy if you want a pure cluster experience for cheap, taste if you’re at a DuClaw pub and it’s on tap, avoid if you don’t enjoy IPAs or DuClaw’s general offerings.

VincentFrey, Dec 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Dilbert65, Nov 29, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Got this in a growler at my favorite local MD beer distributor and when I first poured it into my glass I was a bit leery about the smell, and then the first sip. It has a caramel appearance and definitely a distinct hoppy smell. As I drank the pint, I liked it more and more with each sip. Caramel tones with a slight hop flavor will have me returning soon to refill the growler!

Leeshka410, Nov 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Gmartin75, Nov 23, 2013
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Anti-Venom Cluster F#@k from DuClaw Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.