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Venom - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | 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

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Beer added by: farHillsBrewer on 11-02-2003

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of thain709
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - First off, this beer took me about ten minutes to completely pour...the head was HUGE on this thing...I'm talking three fingers when all the beer was in...it was off white in color and became very rocky...great lacing...the beer was a hazy, orange-copper

S - Pale malts and some citrus hops catch my nose...there is a bit of a metallic twang going on

T - The first sip brings some citrus flavors out...notably apricots which are juicy and fresh...the middle provides a bready flavor that is backed by some pale malts...that metallic flavor is lingering in the background also...as the beer warms, a nice bitterness comes out

M - Medium bodied...bitter as it warms...watery and metallic

O - Okay, maybe I had a bad bottle...I've passed having this on tap and on cask numerous times...I think I will be trying it the next time I see it around so I can give it a fair review

Photo of ckollias
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this on tap a Duclaw’s in Bowie out of a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a copper hue with a thin 1-finger white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Mild aroma of citrus hops and pine in the background.

T: Slightly bitter caramel and bread flavors. Citrus hops and pine also present in the taste. Finishes on the bitter side of dry.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Decent pale ale – nicely balanced and hopped. A nice session beer but not my favorite from Duclaw.

Photo of Nordstrand
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - clear crisp amber in color with serious head that sticks around

S - not very strong. Mild citrus

T - complex taste here. Hoppy without being too piney. Grapefruit undertones. Am loving this beer.

M - not too carbonated - silky and smooth.

O - this beer was a nice surprise - absolutely delicious...very tasty without being too strong. One of my new favorites.

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of argock
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. 6-pack purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $10.49.

A: Very deep burnished amber with 2-3 fingers of big-bubbled head with very good retention and lots of craggy lace.

S: Grapefruit juice and mild pale malts. Overall, the aroma is light with only some sour grapefruit pushing to the front.

T: The beer tastes like a pale ale spiked with ruby red grapefruit juice. It carries the pithy citrus gapefruit flavor but also the the sourness and the mild astringency. Following the wrong food, this could taste like paint thinner. I think there needs to be more malt character.

M: Medium body with prickly carbonation and a citrus grapefruit juice aftertaste.

O: A unique beer but not the most smoothly executed.

Photo of beer2day
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber red pour with 1/2 finger light cream head. No retention.

Nice citrus nose. Took a bit to pick out the various fruits since there is a lot in the mix. Orange, pineapple and a bit of passion fruit define most of it. A bit of bready malt backs that up. Very nice for a pale.

Mostly caramel malt and bread in the taste. Decent shot of bitters in the finish, but nothing of true note. Very dry in the end. Bits of orange coming through have way down the glass.

Medium body, maybe even a bit heavy for the style.

Overall a solid pale. Wished the flavor reflected a bit more of the nose, but still solid nonetheless.

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle - thanks to frenchy for this one

Appearance – Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation visible and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for 6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, grapefruit/tangerines

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and a fair amount of hops. It also has lots of fruit flavours going on, pineapple, tangerines, grapefruit and even some melon. It ends with a sweet malty/fruity aftertaste with a touch of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – This one reminded me of the Atomic Smashbomb IPA that is available to me locally. It's got a nice interesting taste that is very drinkable. It actually seems like more of an IPA than a APA. I'd drink it again anytime.

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of Jayli
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy, deep amber color with a three finger of thick foamy, khaki colored head. Head retention borders on obnoxious...and leaves big chunks of sticky lacing.

S: Nose is bready malts, pale malts, and not a whole lot else.

T: Taste starts full of biscuit and breadiness. Caramel malts and light fruity hops. After taste has a bitter grapefruit bite to it.

M: Medium body, lower to medium carbonation, nice and crisp with a dry finish.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style. Taste far exceeds the nose on this one. A decent beer worth having a few pints of.

Photo of Minkybut
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer onto my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a golden color that was pretty normal but poured a really crappy head that did not hang around long at all. The beer smelled like caramel and had a bready smell and taste. It had a bit of a bitter finish but not too bad. I will buy again.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ba Review #29
Served On: 8/12/2011
Glassware: Weizen Glass

Had this on tap at Dick’s Last Resort, Inner Harbor Baltimore (neat place). The wife and I were in the area for some site seeing on our 10th year wedding anniversary weekend.

Look: Served in a tall Dick's Wizen glass. The beer had a dark golden color – somewhat copper but not as dark. There was a small eggshell colored head.

Smell: The aroma had earthy spice notes – like cinnamon maybe. I also noticed some faint hops. The notes I got reminded me of the Saranac Pale Ale. The color was even similar.

Taste: Again, the taste was very reminiscent of a Saranac but with a heavier mouth feel. Sill had that initial spiciness up front, followed by the mild hops. The aftertaste wasn’t quite as dry though.

This beer is extremely drinkable. I can’t say it surpassed its Saranac counterpart, but it was very enjoyable and made my experience at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor a little extra special.
By the way, they left me keep the Weizen glass!

Venom from DuClaw Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.