Venom - DuClaw Brewing Company
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3.64/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
02-01-2014 17:28:35 | More by Slatetank
2.73/5 rDev -24.6%
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.
01-07-2014 05:18:27 | More by RonfromJersey
3.93/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
12-15-2013 23:36:00 | More by mvanaskie13
Venom from DuClaw Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.