Serum - DuClaw Brewing Company
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Reviews by Zraly:
4.38/5 rDev +23.4%
Orange-amber with creamy, off-white head. Smells spectacular: playful floral notes backed up by a candy-malt note with a hint of musk. It reminds me a little bit of a perfume I wear in the summer: Serge Lutens Fleur d'Oranger which highlights the orange blossom flower and cumin. This ale is heady in that respect. In short, it smells damn sexy.
This is a very sweet, malty DIPA. Biscuit and bread notes, along with cotton candy, accentuate the malt profile. There is also a jammy-berry note lingering about (or this is a unique perception of the floral hops and sweet malts interacting). The hops are both floral and piney, and there is a touch of juiciness to the hop profile. Finish is long and eventually dries out. The alcohol isn't buried but it isn't easily perceived either. I
This is a very rich Double IPA and one bomber is plenty. Some of its characteristics are not quite DIPA territory. It's probably not everyone's cup of tea (read ale), but I must say I find it to be a really exciting ale. The market is saturated with IPAs and DIPAs -- it's nice to see someone interpret the style with some sass; I would recommend it if you come across it. I suspect mine is extremely fresh as this shipment just came in to International Beverage the other day and I am in MD. So it is a "must try" if you find it fresh in bottle. I would be interested in trying this on tap.
This would go extremely well with a nice vegetarian Indian meal. I can also see it bringing some Ethiopian cuisine to life.
04-13-2011 20:49:09 | More by Zraly
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3.88/5 rDev +9.3%
12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness dating info
Pour is darker amber, near clear, tan head that stays a while then leaves a minor tiny bubble film and minor fine lace.
Resin hop nose of moderate interest
Resinous hops notes dominate here. In a world of seemingly hundreds of DIPA, this one does not really stand out as anything awesome. But its enjoyable, hoppy and well crafted with enough of a malt undercoating to make it quite drinkable.
Went well with some 2 year aged cheddar.
Worth a try if you find this available in your local area
07-26-2012 03:17:05 | More by Billolick
4.13/5 rDev +16.3%
Just filled this growler today while meeting some fantasy football buds. Light amber color. Pours with a thin head. Piney hops in smell. Tastes hoppy but not out of balance. Smooth mouthfeel & this is very drinkable. I am not a huge fan of DuClaw's beers but this is a good DIPA.
01-20-2008 21:15:29 | More by SkinnyElvis
3.81/5 rDev +7.3%
Pours a copper amber color with an off white head, leaves speckled lacing around my glass. Aroma has nearly burn grapefruit peel, big alcoholic malt layers too. Look it feels like a DIPA double fruit and bitterness, the beer is resinous and all around a let down compared to other DIPAs. The beer is medium to full bodied finishes smooth throughout my glass. Overall I'm a fan only one of the two kind bring about.
03-20-2014 03:45:55 | More by WVbeergeek
3.83/5 rDev +7.9%
I love Venom and I was surprised to see Serum on-tap. I always wanted to try it, but I always seemed to miss the release. This a fine DIPA. Poured a copper color with a light tan head that didn't last long. One other reviewer mentioned that it wasn't cold enough...which was true. I would have liked it to be just a tad colder and let it warm on it's own. Regardless, this beer is definitely an IPA. Hoppy up front on the nose and into the gullet. But it doesn't seem to be Cascade, or Warrior....I can't put my finger on it. I'll tell you what though, this stuff packs a wallop!!!! At 9% I had two of these and was feeling absolutely no pain....add those two to the 3 Venoms and 2 Sawtooths I had. Good stuff from what I remember. I can't wait to go back and try it again.
06-22-2006 21:44:07 | More by ITK4ever
3.75/5 rDev +5.6%
Pours that super-creamy kind of head you want to see on a Double IPA. Hazy bronze/copper color. Par for the course, in a good way.
Relatively weak aroma, for the style. Something mildly medicinal creeps in too (gotta be the 9% ABV). And, in fact, there's more caramel sweetness than pine/citrus here, indicating that the generous malt presence noted on the label is in effect...although I wonder where the hops are. The pour indicates a fairly vibrant beer, but without bottle dating, there's no way to know whether the hops have faded due to this bottle hanging around the store shelf too long. I did pull it out of a cooler, so...on to the taste.
There's a raw, unrefined character to the taste of Serum, which is kind of nice. An enjoyable tropical and citrus fruit melange shows the hops doing their thing, while the malt is intensely caramel-ish without ever being too sweet. Spearmint emerges with some warming. A juicy, fruity character dominates, and there's also a pungent, resin-y quality to the beer, especially in the finish. 9% alcohol provides only the mildest bit of warmth.
There's a stickiness trying to happen here, but never gets there, and the body lacks the creamy roundness you want in a beer like this...probably a tad too much carbonation too. The thinner body is never watery, but ultimately it just escapes feeling lackluster.
I was in the mood for a really great double IPA, but new ones in that category are proving elusive. Maybe that bar has been set too high. In any case, I like this, and it performs well enough to satisfy. Won't be a problem to finish the bottle.
08-17-2011 22:37:36 | More by Metalmonk
Serum from DuClaw Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.