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Serum - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 10
Gots: 70 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Hefe on 02-12-2004

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Ratings: 440 | Reviews: 96
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2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

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2.3/5  rDev -35.4%
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 Chodite
2.31/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Lower level on the Double IPA rung. Appearance is average. Not a whole lot going on in the nose. Nothing really pleasing about the taste of this beer. Unfortunately, just not a memorable Imperial IPA. Quite boring. Many, many better choices. Will not buy again.

Photo of DefenCorps
2.43/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Matt shared a bottle with dinner last night. I guess we made multiple mistakes with this one, as there's no freshness date, and to make things worse, we drank this right after a fresh Ruination.

Pouring acceptably good looking enough, this beer is a mildly hazy orange with a dense, off-white head that recedes leaving a little lacing. The nose is a full-on assault of malts, with the hops playing a second fiddle. Plenty of caramel with sugar and crystal malt sweetness being most noticeable, there's a moderate hop aroma as well. Citrus and pine are most noticeable hop aromatics, but the malt character is just too strong.
The palate opens rather sweet, with a blend of crystal malt, caramel, some syrup and a little sugar. Hop bitterness is rather low here, with any piney bitterness that's present being washed away by the waves of sweetness. Some citrusy hop flavor is present as well. Sweet on the finish, this beer is medium in body and has a nice, soft carbonation. However, for the most part, these are not the characteristics I'm looking for in a good IPA/DIPA, and for that reason, I have to drop the scores some. However, I would like to try it on tap to see if it's any better fresh.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.47/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy dark copper color. The head is a one finger offwhite shade. Retention is pretty good given its alcohol content, and the lacing left behind is nice looking as well.

S: Malty. There's a lot of caramel, biscuit, and brown sugar in the malt backbone, weakly supported by some faint piny hops. Maybe there's a touch of weed here as well. DuClaw's typical yeast profile comes across less peppery and more...dare I say cardboard-like? Not sure about the age of this one, but I'm not impressed regardless.

T: Hops are very faint here, except perhaps a faint bitter bite on the finish. This one is very much a malty DIPA, and a sweet one as well. At first, there are a surprising amount of plum-like qualities, which will eventually give way to a sweet caramel midtaste. It finishes with only faint piny hops, a sensation badly overpowered by heavy-handed brown sugar and orange sweetness. Good gawd, this is sweet, even cloying; and it can NOT get away with it the way Misery did.

M: The body is really creamy, thick, and syrupy. As a barleywine, the texture works well - but this is a DIPA, so it's just overbearingly difficult to sip (for the record, I don't like most malty DIPAs). The hops cleanse the palate only enough to expose some boozy qualities, without really hiding much of the sweetness or giving the body extra drinkability.

O: A poor DIPA; a passable barleywine/strong ale. I'll be fair to it - the flavor profile screams "badly aged DIPA" to me. It's not drainpour bad, but it's going to take a long time to put this one down. It's just WAY too sweet for my tastes.

Photo of RonfromJersey
2.47/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A dark copper in need of polishing, hazy, topped by two levels fingers of dense off-white foam.

Aroma is sweet like a pixie stick, alcohol, with citrus fruit close by and with some fresh bread notes in support. Nose reminds of a barleywine or dopplebock.

Taste begins extremely candy sweet. Some fruitiness in the background. Slight bitter nip. Small alcohol belly burn.

Medium to full mouthfeel.

Too much sweetness, too much alcohol, not enough bitterness. Not a recommended DIPA.

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of stakem
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On cask at Als of Hampden. This was a firkin aged with pineapple and mango. Served in a nonic from the handpump. The brew appears a clear copper color with more than a finger of yellowish suds.

The smell is like hop candy. Sticky sweet smelling with pineapple and mango making itself known. It actually feels like it has less hop character than fruit addition. I wont lie, it smells pretty nice but this has gone from tropical IPA to full on fruit beer.

The taste is huge with the sticky sweetness. This is downright cloying like drinking candy. I like the pineapple and mango addition but this is like syrup to the point where the sugar actually burns my throat. The faintest amount of caramel/toffee grain tries to make itself known but the sticky sweetness dominates.

Thia is a heavier bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. Way too sweet for me, I couldnt finish my glass. After drinking 6-8 ounces I felt like I should of had my stomach pumped or maybe injected with a couple CC's of insulin to balance things out.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Cadmium orange, light and lazy movement of effervesce. Butff colored head, patchy, dissipates almost immediately with minimal lacing.

S: Straw and dry toasted grain, very faint upport with an even more bare minimal, underpar hop profile of muted, undefinable content.

T: Some malt support, old lemony hops, stale grapefruit with a bit of metallic ting. Washed out toasted maltiness, some dry hop appeal but seems warming, like old lemon citrus hop juice, homogenized. Ok level of bitternes for a entry level ipa, just not for a 2x label.

M: Light end of medium body, oily stale citrus juice ends with a watery toasted malting. Warming, but very managable for its 9.0%abv and hardly gets in the way.

O: Overall old stale citrus, a big dissapointment, no bottling info so hard to verify age, but it tastes old and stale hop and malt wise. Boring flavor profile, with a lost of interest halfway through the consumption. Unimpressive and forced finish.

Photo of dedrinker
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Slightly hazy amber color with a white head.

Aromas of sweet malts and alcohol, with a little floral twist.

Flavors of sweet malt and alcohol with a little hint of yeast and very precious little hop character at all. It tasted like a barleywine.

Medium-full body with a malty and warm alcohol finish.

Overall I was pretty let down by this beer, it didn't have any hop profile on the pallet I could detect, and the alcohol was too present. At 7.99 a 22oz. bottle, I promptly marched myself back to the store where someone had recommended it to me and got my money back. Boo. Hiss.

Photo of tone77
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malts, some hops, a touch of citrus. Taste is very unusual, and not so godd, bitter, a medicinal property to it, kind of like nyquil, the malts and hops not mixing very well. Feels light in the mouth and overall I was not very impressed with this beer.

Photo of wilmerkatie
2.72/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of Terp96
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have been turned off by DuClaw's somewhat "off" beers for some time now. Unfortunate, considering I live within walking distance. When this one was announced, I got a little excited since I love double IPAs. So I gave it a try.

True to form, DuClaw dissappoints again. The pour was okay. It was clear amber color with a decent head.

It smelled just like their Venom ale but with a little more alcohol on the nose. More of a skunked hoppiness. Not much in the way of floral or pine smell at all.

Again, this tasted just like Venom (not good) with more of an alcohol kick. I have to say that the beer was a little too warm for some reason. It is not supposed to be ice cold but this was way to warm. Anyway, the beer is a little short on the malty side and the hops just don't meld well for some reason. Maybe that is what they should change.

Mouthfeel is somewhat oily and smooth but thin. This should have more body and backbone.

Not very drinkable either. The 9% abv and sub par taste leave me wanting something else. I actually had one beer and left for the evening. Try again DuClaw.

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of donquixote
2.79/5  rDev -21.6%
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 HopticalDeployment
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
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 SPRichard
3/5  rDev -15.7%

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Serum from DuClaw Brewing Company
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