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Venom - DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | 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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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.

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2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Amber body, good clarity, numerous carbonation streams, small level off-white head. No lace.

Aroma heavy on pine, with some citrus and biscuit notes.

Very sweet caramelly beginning. Some fruitiness. A bitter nap at the swallow. Still the opening sweetness never completely yields and overall the beer is unbalanced toward the sweet side, not ideal for a pale ale.

Medium mouthfeel, a bit still.

A bit of a disappointment, it fails to live up to its name in more ways than one.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Smell is hop heavy, citrus, lemon, lighter pine and earthy notes; malt is sweeter, some caramel, bread and biscuit.

Taste is very flavorful from a pale ale, big hop front, citrus, pine, lemon, blending well with a tilt towards citrus; malt flavors are some caramel, toast, biscuit and bread, a little heavier caramel noted.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, good strong bitterness that lingers along with the malt flavors.

Overall, a very solid, flavorful pale ale, bitterness is strong and almost resinous, approaching ipa levels, but still good.

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Venom from DuClaw Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.