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Serum - DuClaw Brewing Company

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432 Ratings
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Ratings: 432
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 10
Gots: 68 | 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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Reviews by Zraly:
Photo of Zraly
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of clayrock81
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured a reddish brown body with one finger head and a bit of lace patches.
Aroma is citric hoppy with hints of grape and a little bit of fruit and caramel sweetness.
Smooth and light bodied for a DIPA, ABV well-hidden, retains oily, citric hops and touches of grape and caramel sweetness.
Fuller, bready, dry finish and overall not the best DIPA, a simplistic version if you will, but not as bad as some reviews on here led me to believe.

Photo of oberon
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | 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 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 nstroup
4.24/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Cheers.

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of deebo
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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Serum from DuClaw Brewing Company
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