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Venom - DuClaw Brewing Company

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184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: farHillsBrewer on 11-02-2003)
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

09-23-2012 15:18:20 | More by t0rin0
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours copper colored with a white head. The nose brings some light floral and citrus hops without too much else going on. Pretty plain though nicely balanced. Taste is slightly hoppy with a bit of bread. Light feel with mild bitterness. Drinks fairly well.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2010 02:45:09 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing an original had. On tap at BWI airport location.

Pours a beautiful mandarin orange color. The head was almost zero, but I think it's due to the pourer at the airport bar than the beer.

Right away the malts hit you in the front, toasted grains, resin, with a kick of zest. A bit unique balance for a pale ale.

Muted piney hops, a faint hint of grapefruit citrus, but nothing really jumps out. It's balanced, smooth, but not a flavor that distinguishes itself.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, actually really nice for a pale ale.

Overall, would have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2013 22:57:16 | More by nmann08
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this one on both nitro and co2 tap. Review is for nitro.

Single finger head with nice thick lacing on a clear copper with slight gold hue body. Aroma is a little light until the head clears out a bit with mostly citrus hops and some nuts. The flavor of the nitro is dulled a bit compared to the standard. Nice balance of caramel malts and Both citrus and floral hops. Nice hoppiness while staying in the realm of an APA.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-26-2012 01:33:59 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

12-15-2013 05:57:08 | More by Knapp85
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy, deep amber-orange body is topped by a creamy head of ivory foam that holds quite well and leaves some really nice lace about the glass. Bright, citrusy and piney hops are evident in the nose; and do their best to eclipse the sweetish, caramel-laced biscuit malt beneath. It's crisp in the mouth - accentuating its bitterness - with a medium body and a fine, standard level of carbonation (@ 2.5-2.6 volumes CO2/liter). The flavor is rich with juicy and resinous, piney and citrusy hops wrapped around a lightly sweet biscuit-like malt that's drizzled with dark, melted caramel. A solid bitterness backs it up, and levels it most impressively. It finishes dry with some short lingering malt and hops that fade to bitterness. A very well done pale ale in the American style! It's certainly worth trying and it pairs quite well with their "Yet Un-named" Crabcake Sandwich!

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2003 00:37:05 | More by NeroFiddled
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nickfl

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A a cascading head of white foam on a clear dark copper body. Great retention and lace.

S pungent pine and floral hop character with significant malty caramel.

T subdued pine hops with breach malt up front. Some musty hop character in the middle and a finish of dry toast.

M medium body, moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

D not bad but like most American style hoppy ales it is definitely better without the nitro.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-26-2012 01:37:33 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This must be bottle conditioned. (I see nothing noting as much, but from the beers reactions upon opening and pouring, it seems to be the case.)

Very cloudy beer. It got some hop bite to it, but not really much. Feel has a mouth filling carbonation to it. Easy to drink, but nothing really going on here that is noteworthy, or remotely interesting enough to bring me back to it.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 03:53:17 | More by RblWthACoz
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with 2 fingers of slightly off-white head. This retains with a thick foamy finger that holds tight, leaving back some heavy rings of frothy lacing. The aroma is floral with a leafy spiciness, while a tight feeling toasted sweetness is parked underneath. A touch of mineral notes makes themselves known as well.

The taste has a biting citric bitterness that spread out across the tongue. Sweet toasted grains mostly balance this but the hops finish this hard with a finish of rind and spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sharp on the tip of the tongue, before getting more smooth and creamy along the back. That 5-6% ABV is right on for keeping this refreshing and approachable.

Venom on draft has long been one of my favorite DuClaw beers over the years and while this bottled version didn’t quite bring the goods like I would have liked, this still provided enough of an aggressive yet balanced hoppy American attitude to the keep me interested during the full duration of the glass. Hopefully they will continue to get this one nailed down in its bottled form.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 18:59:57 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer served on draft at DuClaw in Bowie. Beer is reddish / amber but darker than amber and mostly clear with a decent white head that breaks and pulls to the glass...leaving some lacing behind.

Aroma is sweet with a mild citrus hop presence, smells good.

Beer is a little too thin in the body for this to be a APA in my opinion, the hop flavors are there and finish is mildly bitter, overall decent but too thin. Not too bad though, I might even have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 00:38:09 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this at Wegmans as part of a mix-a-six, poured chilled from the 12oz brown bottle into a tulip.

The color is deep amber with moderate haze and honey like hues with thick beige cap and fine bead. Lace clings in spots and retention is decent. The smell has a fruity yeast ester combined with a citrus type hop aroma and mild caramel scent from the malt. The feel is good, moderate carbonation with assertive bitterness and medium body with slight sweetness and semi-dry finish.

The taste is good with a a nice malt body with mild grapefruit and citrus element from the hops with mild astringent tea-like bitter flavor, pretty mild but a nice amount of hops with some gentle malt which has a caramel backing with subtle alcohol as it finishes. Overall this is better than your average pale ale, a nice amount of hop flavor yet still manages to remain balanced with some pepper and quaffable characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 17:28:35 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Screw cap... really?!

Pours a nice decent sized fizzy almost 2 finger head that fades semi quickly at first before slowing a bit and leaving a bit of lacing, over very hazy sediment filled dark ruby grapefruit pink orange copper color. The color is a bit off with the darkness and super hazy sediment, but saved by the nice bit head and soapy lacing.

Nose starts nicely, with some light fruity citrus hops, hint of orange peel and zest as well as touch of pine, a light fruity almost candy like hops as well and floral. Despite the different hop aromas, it remains fairly light, with just a touch of grainy malts.

Taste starts with more malt at first, some caramel and toasty reddish malts, rich and semi sweet, with a bit of juicy malt. It's fairly big in malt character that slowly fades as the hops finally start to come into play. The hops come in with a vengeance though, bringing a big spicy kick at first, getting fairly bitter, and then a bit of citrus and zest, a bit of fruity juicy hops as well, and hint of earthy pine hops. It gets a bit "dirty" and earthy tasting, and slightly tannic. Finish brings more of the earthy hops, starts to get a bit astringent but not much, bit spicy hop lingering almost like chewing on hop pellets, with touch of citrus and some malt flavors but pretty dry. Late on the finish I start to get a slight yeasty flavor as well.

Mouth is slightly bigger bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, maybe the best I've had from DuClaw so far. Decent hop and malt balance, nothing special. It does get a nice big spicy bitter hop kick partway through, and I like how the hops come on slowly at first then kick you in the mouth partway through.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 02:51:41 | More by jlindros
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

2.33/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Copper color, clearish, with a thin white head that retained as a ringlet and left a few spots of lacing on the glass. Nose was distant and muted, traces of bready malts, toasted grains. Utter blandness on the palate, almost no flavor at all here. Toasted grains, rice cakes, vaguely floral hops. Light-medium body, definitely easy to drink as far as mouthfeel goes, but without the taste to back it up, there's really no point. Not recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2012 21:42:58 | More by Rifugium
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oline73

Maryland

3/5  rDev -17.1%

11-15-2011 03:08:44 | More by oline73
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-04-2013 21:13:56 | More by mendvicdog
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear orange in color with yellow highlights. A nice one finger head lasted a bit before falling to a thick surface foam. Decent lacing develops and plenty of tiny carbonation bubbles race to the surface.

Smell: huge floral hops and strong citrus opens up the nasal passage.

Taste: this beer was as fresh as they come. Big floral hop bitterness with oranges, all balanced off a nice malty backbone. Super agressive west coast pale ale with some overall dryness.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start and finish. Dryness hits as you swallow. Medium bodied beer. Bitterness lingers a bit into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: this can be quaffed all day long without getting bored. One of DuClaw's staple beers, and it is the one I would select if I could only choose one while at the brewpub.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2006 20:04:42 | More by Gavage
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -17.1%

02-06-2012 05:00:27 | More by yourefragile
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

01-10-2013 18:51:19 | More by oriolesfan4
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am drinking a pint of Venom, served in a Pint Club tumbler at the Arundel Mills location. The ale is chilled, but the glass is not.

Appearance: The ale is a hazy orange-red color, moderately carbonated, with no sign of any lace in the glass.

Smell: The ale has a light hop aroma, a fruity one that signifies US-grown hops to me. The aroma is not too bitter, but strong enough to make my mouth water.

Taste: The ale has a medium hop flavor (in terms of bitterness). The hops provide a citrusy flavor that overpowers any malt character.

Mouthfeel: The ale sits well in the mouth can could be DuClaw's most sessionable ale.

Drinkability: The ale is very drinkable, with a hop presence that is not too strong and not too weak.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2006 02:30:41 | More by akorsak
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-07-2013 19:33:23 | More by orangesol
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

05-17-2013 12:54:46 | More by InspectorBob
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duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-16-2013 14:12:30 | More by duceswild
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

09-25-2013 23:32:07 | More by BillRoth
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank a growler of this last night while eating wings and watching football. Bliss.

The beer appears a orange/amber hue. It is, for the most part, transparent, though not 100% clear. Each pour yields a substantial head that leaves a film of caked-on lacing stuck to the glass. The scent is relatively weak, emitting a balance of hop and malt aromas. The beer tastes decent. It's nothing amazing, but nothing offensive either. I mean, I did drink the whole growler by myself - it is certainly drinkable and enjoyable, though not remarkable, beer. The feel is remarkably smooth, making this beer quite quaffable. I really enjoy pairing a simple pale ale with wings or other variants of bar food. I have had this beer several times. It's local, fresh and consistent. Enjoy a beer at DuClaw if you're in the area.

Serving type: growler

09-21-2010 06:08:43 | More by Huhzubendah
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rab53

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

10-19-2012 07:46:46 | More by rab53
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Venom from DuClaw Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.