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Venom - DuClaw Brewing Company

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182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
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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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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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 05:18:27 | More by RonfromJersey
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mpalestino

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

12-26-2013 02:48:43 | More by mpalestino
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall pint glass, color is copper, transparent, head is off white to light tan, fine bubbles, presents 1/2 inch thick, dissipating to a dense top and some lacing.

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 23:36:00 | More by mvanaskie13
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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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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.5%

12-08-2013 01:28:49 | More by IPAchris
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PA-Michigander

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.1%

11-24-2013 06:54:29 | More by PA-Michigander
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-20-2013 00:33:59 | More by jrohrbacher
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

11-18-2013 02:27:14 | More by bigfnjoe
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

11-14-2013 22:56:20 | More by Cynic-ale
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

10-15-2013 23:20:57 | More by MarvinSnyder
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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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ImpactDan

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

09-08-2013 03:09:50 | More by ImpactDan
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corysmith01

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

08-29-2013 04:19:00 | More by corysmith01
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cosmonick

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

08-27-2013 23:05:45 | More by cosmonick
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jawneyt

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -17.1%

08-22-2013 02:44:17 | More by jawneyt
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domnalbrecc

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

08-21-2013 05:50:56 | More by domnalbrecc
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bmmortale

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

08-19-2013 22:42:07 | More by bmmortale
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Proclarush

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-10-2013 01:43:31 | More by Proclarush
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and sliwmoving bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: fruity, caramel, a little citrus, and bready.

Taste: Same as above with some lingering bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, smooth, low to medium carbonation, tingly bitterness, and medium bodied.

Overall: Above average APA that borders being an English version. Could be a bit more cleaner, but happy with the offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 03:00:44 | More by Flounder57
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AngusOg

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-15-2013 16:39:35 | More by AngusOg
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Chugs13

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-03-2013 03:04:36 | More by Chugs13
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bconsidine

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-24-2013 17:07:11 | More by bconsidine
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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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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

05-17-2013 12:54:46 | More by InspectorBob
Venom from DuClaw Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.