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Serum - DuClaw Brewing Company

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418 Ratings
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Ratings: 418
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.39%
Wants: 9
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Hefe on 02-12-2004

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Photo of dvmin98
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Immortale25
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Bottleneck says Bottled 12/15/14.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Sweet with a sharp hop fume as well as a noticeable alcohol presence.

T- The sweetness continues and the hops counteract with a pretty assertive bitterness. There's a certain honey-like aspect to the sweetness that makes me think more of a barleywine than a DIPA. A hint of citrus and the alcohol isn't as noticeable as in the nose.

M- Tangy and a bit oily with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Smooth enough for what it is: a DIPA that drinks more like a hoppy barleywine.

Photo of Guitars_and_beer
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Joshua_Smith
2.3/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

I usually enjoy all beers and have a couple but this one took me quite a while to get one finished, don't hate it but it's not a favorite.

Photo of Agentveba
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 96gpse
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear deep copper-ish amber in color with moderate amounts of active fine visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and hints of golden apricot highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts underneath moderate aromas of pine, citrus/grapefruit pith, and herbal hops. Hints of alcohol as well.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of grainy sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of pine, citrus/grapefruit pith, and herbal hops which imparts a moderate amount of bitterness that lingers for a reasonable amount of time. Hints of booziness in the finish as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: For whatever reason, I'm just not a huge fan of this beer - the combination of hop aromas/flavors and sweet grainy + caramel malts just do not mesh for me. Alcohol is a little too present for this one to be easy to drink or enjoy.

Photo of MDHopster
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of donquixote
2.79/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 3

Water Ph seems high with a residual sweetness that lingers. Hop balance seems off but there is no alcohol burn on this 9%er.

Photo of MisledTitan
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopticalDeployment
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

...marketing verbage is a dangerous dance for breweries...

After seeing 9% and the audacious descriptors, I was hoping for more body. It has a startling light body considering the ingredients and technique it takes to make a DIPA.

Upfront smells and tastes: Grapefruit rind, not zest. Esther in the nose. There is a bitterness that distinguished the difference between grapefruit rind and not zest. Oddly unique grapefruit pith character (the white part of a grapefruit peel). Very faint creme brulee burnt sugar in the finish. Finishes with that and more pith.

Disappointing that there was not more malt, grain or biscuit notes found in most DIPAs or IIPAs. The finish hung on my epiglotis in an unpleasant way, like a fart in church.


Overall? Good. For $9.99 @ total wine for a sixer.... I'd buy more. Not a party center, just something to get started with.

Photo of Cerebus
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shoretaxi
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GregSemenza
3.17/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Noonan425
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tdm168
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mjbrandt18
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LukeK
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BH712
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dbl_delta
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JNForsyth
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of FreddieMercuryHayes
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of kwm5067
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of crowsnest
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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Serum from DuClaw Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.