Serum - DuClaw Brewing Company
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4.38/5 rDev +23.7%
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
4.38/5 rDev +23.7%
This is DuClaw's 2007 release (note: this beer does NOT seem to be Retired, it's a seasonal.)
Served in a glass tumbler at the Bowie location, the Serum was plain copper color with a full-finger head. Not any ordinary head, this was a creamy, fine foam that left distinct rings of lacing with each one of my 22 sips. I could count them like tree rings!
The aroma of this ale was sweet, rich with fruity esters and a fresh hoppy presence. Flavor notes were (possibly) peach and bubble gum. The taste was hop-bitter and malt-sweet in almost perfect balance. Hops were citrus to floral & harder to pick out because of the heavy malt bill. There was a touch of sourness mid-palate, and the finish was enduringly bitter with a bit of graininess. Despite the ABV of 9%, alcohol did not seem to intrude into the flavor profile (nor the mouthfeel, for that matter).
Mouthfeel was full-bodied, rich, and creamy. This brew leaves a sweet stickiness on the lips. Overall, drinkability is quite good, except at 9% you couldn't easily session it to more than 3, I'm guessing. I'm really impressed with the Serum this year, bought 2 growlers - one for me and one for a friend. Recommended, I think it's a truly outstanding offering!
02-04-2007 10:06:08 | More by dickroop
4.23/5 rDev +19.5%
Ba Review #232
Served On: 11/02/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 9.0%
Date/ Code: -
This was a 12oz. bottle from a case I bought at Self Serve Beverage in York, PA. Was $39.99.
Look: The brew had a super clear dark honey color. Head was a 1-finger beige layer of frothy foam that eventually became a patchy film of random sized bubbles. Carbonation bubbles were at a respectable level. with lacing definitely forming on the glass.
Smell: Strong pine aroma mixed with some grassy notes and a sweet malt in the background.
Taste: First up was an astringent pine that quickly gave way to some mango and a syrupy malt sweetness in the middle. The finish had some bitterness but was rather clean for such a big beer. Some residual mango seemed to hang on. The sweet malts returned into the aftertaste. A very balanced beer given the ABV.
This brew certainly ranked up there with me. The high level of balance that was achieved is what sold me. To offer such an extreme beer while keeping it drinkable is exactly what I look for in a DIPA. I would almost compare this one to Hop'solutely from Allentown Brew Works, but with slightly more balance and less alcohol warmth.
11-02-2012 16:21:27 | More by CraftBeerTastic
4.22/5 rDev +19.2%
Poured a deep orange color with a very small sized head. Aromas of citrus, pine and some caramel. Tastes of pine, citrus, and caramel (just like the aromas). Had quite a few at one sitting and it is a very easy drinking XX IPA, so in a short story to sum it all up, I was pretty wasted that night! Definitely worth having a few on hand! It is bottled, but my opinion, tap is better!
01-25-2012 15:10:05 | More by Spfarner
4.22/5 rDev +19.2%
Had the beer at the September 04 release date. Stats are 9% ABV and 56 IBUs - a bit high on the ABV and a bit low on the IBUs for this style.
Beer poured an orange-amber color into the standard pint glass. Lots of head that quickly dissipated. Good carbonation. Strong smell of hops and sweet malt present, hops had a cirtus note to them. The malt notes won out the day on the tasting - the beer definately had a sweet overall body - fairly complex. Hops note was present, but under control. Good mouthfeel, aided by the aforementioned carbonation. Surprizingly easy to drink for a 9%abv brew.
09-02-2004 12:39:42 | More by sideshowrob
4.18/5 rDev +18.1%
Pours a hazy golden orange with fine white film for a head.
Smells of orange blossom honey, orange zest, biscuit malt, and piney and citrusy hops.
Tastes of potent piney and citrus hops with a bitter bite over a lightly sweet biscuit malt with some orange citrus sweetness.
Full body with a stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.
A pretty good dipa with some very nice flavor and aroma. Goes down smooth, doesn't show its strength too much, and refreshes. Seems a bit underrated to me, definitely worth a look.
07-17-2014 00:21:51 | More by Cylinsier
4.13/5 rDev +16.7%
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
4.1/5 rDev +15.8%
Thanks to witbier for picking me up a growler of this from the Bel Air location...
Appears a glowing orange amber with a 1 inch white head that slowly fades out. Tons of scattered webbed lace is left around my tulip glass.
Smell is of flowery, orange citrus, along with some sugary candy, and a piney, wood-like hop presence with an undertone of caramel. Smells almost like an open bag of fresh Nugget hops next to some rich, Caramunich malt.
Taste is of the same sugary brewed aromas with a decent mix of sugar and bitter.
Mouthfeel is sugary, rich, with a bitterness that's there very much so in the begginning of the glass but is kicked in the ass by the sugar content as it warms towards the bottem of the glass. Medium bodied and yummy.
I really enjoyed this. I'm not sure why all the lack of love for it but this '06 version is weighing in at 9% and I can barely notice it. I split this growler off into seperate bottles but I wish I had more b/c I'd drink an entire growler of this on any given night.
06-22-2006 00:43:07 | More by weeare138
4.1/5 rDev +15.8%
Very nice...not as amazing as I had anticipated, but worth the growler. Considering how bitchin' the Venom was, i wanted more
A- Deep amber with a thick creamy eggshell head
S- Smell was amazing....had a little more complexity than DFH 90 with with some ETOH kick
T- Not as strong as the smell led me to believe. Tasty nonetheless. a little light on the hoppyness compared to the smell
M- Good bitter feel with. Strong, but not overpowering.
D- Easy...a little too easy for 9% but... coulda been better
01-06-2011 13:20:33 | More by jbriggs7036
4.1/5 rDev +15.8%
This beer cannot be retired becasue I am drinking some right now as I review this.
Thanks to Nattyboman and liverletdie for picking me up a growler of this from the Bel Air location...
A-Orange / amber with thin off-white head that fades. Lots of fine lacing left around my pint glass.
S-Sweet maltiness with a background of citrus and pine. Certainly a malt forward scent. Gets a bit more grapefruity as it warms.
T-A malt forward DIPA for sure...but the citrusy hop bitterness is not far behind. Not quite what I like in a DIPA but tasty nonetheless.
M-Fairly rich with a decent body. Somewhat cloying but not in a bad "sticky" way. Simply in a way that lets the beer linger in your mouth awaiting the next sip. Alcohol warmth barely noticed.
D-A very nice a totally drinkable east coast style DIPA. I like it more as it warms as it takes on more west coast grapefruit characteristics. Overall, another good effort in this DuClaw "special event" release beer.
01-20-2008 12:57:16 | More by Deuane
4.1/5 rDev +15.8%
I had this beer poured on-tap at the Roast House Pub in Frederick...
A: Nice orange-hued amber color, with a decent white head, nice lacing as well...
S: The smell is fruity hops, and some booze...
T: No alcohol present, but a rush of fresh fruity hops and a light crackery maltiness...
M: Crisp, light-enough...
D: A really nice DIPA, not the best, but at 5 bucks for 12 oz pour, I could drink this all night.
09-11-2011 12:15:01 | More by junjun1
4.05/5 rDev +14.4%
On tap at the Bowie location of DuClaw. I didn't think I'd like this beer and I was pleasantly surprised.
Beer is dark amber with a mild haze, haloed head of small white bubbles, low carbonation some lacing on the glass.
Aroma is sweet with this earthy piny sense.
Beer is medium in body and moderately bitter in the back, the finish is one of the best things about this beer. It leaves this resiny flavor and feeling in the mouth that carries the bitterness forward on the palate. I'd have this beer again for sure, especially on draft.
06-28-2011 00:30:23 | More by drabmuh
Serum from DuClaw Brewing Company
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