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Serum - DuClaw Brewing Company

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105 Reviews
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Reviews: 105
Hads: 499
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 26.82%
Wants: 10
Gots: 109 | 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 TheRougeBastard
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As HopsForBrains wrote, Serum is "dangerously drinkable"...indeed! Poured a color typical of the style, with decent carbonation. Smell, taste and mouth feel was all DIPA, however at the labeled 8.3% .abv, I expected a bit more of a bit, but that was nowhere to be found. Is there such a thing as a "sessionable DIPA? Serum definitely could be, hence the above disclaimer! In fact, I think I'll have another...

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Photo of hman43
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It pours a clear, golden color. It has aromas of floral, pine, citrus, and hints of malt. It is very hoppy with high citrus and floral flavoring. It is moderately bitter on the way down.

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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serum is an American Double/Imperial by Duclaw Brewing Co. The smell is refreshing and has hints of beta hop sweetness mixed in with its overall refreshing smell. Its froth is light on a light-medium-thick scale. The body is close to medium on the side of light on a light medium thick scale. The color is a sort of translucent burnt amber.

The flavor of Serum is a sort of sweet swirly hop taste, that has sort of tasty sweetish lingerings mixed in with the overall hoppy flavor of the beer. The beer's after taste has a sort of lingering lightly sweet hoppy taste, and is quite good. It can be tasted on the top of one's palate for a good moment after tasting the beer, and the beers hoppyness lingers on the tongue for a little longer, ultimately dissolving into a more traditional semi bitter aftertaste after a few moments more.

Overall Serum is a sort of unique American Double/Imperial in that it has a semi different flavor depending on how one drinks it. If one drinks it quickly one gets the bitter hops taste that sort of slides down into the aftertaste at the base of one's palate. If however, one sort of holds it at the front of one's mouth for a moment, then gulps it down, this sort o f allows the hoppy mixture of the beers taste to let its self known in a more clear way per se. Mixing from the bitter hoppiness in the beginning into the sort of hoppy sweetness of the immediate aftertaste in a more clear and sensible way per se.

Overall Serum is a cool, and original take on the American Double/Imperial, and I would encourage anyone on their American Double/Imperial journey, to try it along their travels. Overall a unique hoppy mixture, and a flavorful brew. I would also encourage anyone who tries it to try it by both sipping it slowly and sipping it quickly for its quite intriguing how the taste is semi-different depending on how one goes about drinking this American Double/Imperial brew.

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Photo of ANIMOUL
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75


Received via a cross-country road trip made by my parents. Perhaps it was the heat exposure or dated bottling - to be fair, my parents aren't hip to these nuances - but there was little carbonation and heavy taste. That said, the Duckpin and Neon they transported was fine. Alcohol overpowered the hops and malt. Consequently, wasn't sure what I was drankin'.


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Photo of Treyliff
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip, bottled 6/30/15

A- pours a deep Amber color with a reddish hue, one-finger foamy white head retains Laing after the pour

S- Some earthy and piney hop aroma up front, followed by fruit juice, alcohol & sugary sweet malt

T- very sweet and malty base eventually gives way to some citrus and piney hops, followed by flavors of red fruit juice, the artificial kind. Sugary malty finish with some alcohol burn on the linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a slightly boozy finish

O- this drinks more like an American strong ale, as it is very malty and boozy

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Photo of squonk45
4.8/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

8.3% but of all the high alc % beers I tried this is the strongest no trying to hide piney bitter alcohol taste It could grown on me definitely a Man's beer . wimps dare not try

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.72/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Although the ABV of this beer which is listed in this section of BeerAdvocate is higher than stated on the bottle (which is actually 8.3%; 2015 edition), this American Double IPA is very well balanced in delivering the desired hoppy bitterness without much of a bite while at the same time being complemented with a slight malty finish. NO BOOZINESS PRESENT! Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of jonwiseman
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I like the beer. Could use more ibus but that's a personal preference. The look is excellent. Cloudy, unfiltered, it spoke to a classic grapefruit aftertaste. The reality is it's much maltier than it looks. But it is a good solid ipa. Lacks some lacing which says smoother than most to me. At the BWI airport with my beer hero Eddies fiancé. Trying to make a good impression with my beer knowledge prowess! As for the beer; I'll have another!!!

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Photo of Beejay
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange brown in the glass, practically muddy. With a light amount of head on top.

S: The smell is thick with sweet fruit aromas. Orange, tangerine, pineapple, and peach. A hint of brown sugar in the finish.

T: Sweet, but with an assertive bitterness. Tropical fruits, and citrus peel.

M: Medium in body with fairly high carbonation. A touch of carbonic bite in the finish, as well as some lingering hop bitterness.

O: Overall a decent brew, but I think it falls short of others in the category. I'm still enjoying sipping on it though.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Home 5/5/15

Pours golden tan with. Nice head. Mother smell is hoppy and citrus notes coming through. Not a bad taste, but kind of acidic. The booze comes through on this in the aftertaste but not a bad beer. Certainly better than the ratins suggest.

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Photo of jimmerz
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I liked this beer. It's not in my top 10 DIPA's, but very drinkable. Hides the alcohol very well. I thought the aftertaste was the best part of the beer. It reminded me A LOT of Hop Drop and Roll. For the price, great beer!

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Photo of AndreRus
2.59/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Strong and very hoppy. However kinda has a weird after taste to it. It is not a bad doble IPA for the price you pay. But at the same time certainly not as good as some other doble/imperial IPAs.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I really like this beer. However, if I were drinking it blindly I would never guess American Imperial IPA. One of the more malty IPAs that I have had. While I would not consider this to be sweet, it certainly does not reach the levels of bitterness that are common with the style. Taste is caramel, toffee, light citrus, and candied fruits. The bitterness comes with some dryness at the end. A beer I will likely revisit, but probably not one I would reach for if I want what I typically associate with the style.

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Photo of qchic
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

It starts out looking decent, and then it's downhill from there. Reeks of fruit esters and something funky, like rotten mango. A hint of grassy hops. Tastes like artificial grape candy or cough drop. There's some melon flavor, pine, and alcohol bite. Mostly sugar like cotton candy. DIPAs should be hop forward, right? Finishes bitter, but my tongue is not engaged with this. I am adamantly against drainpours, but this is testing me.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of HopticalDeployment
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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Photo of Act25
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First from this brewer... With regard to being Serum or dangerous... Has a bit of river wharf barge fun-house board walk dampness smell. Tar, salt, old wood, sea, and a bit of rot - but in a good way.

A - Slightly darker, standard looking IPA. Dark amber body. Mildly sticky lacing. but peters down both head and lacing as she warms. Hazed.

S - Smell is malt forward with ample citrus hops and a bit boozy malt. Ample.

T - Follows smell, and it's a lot of sweet fruity core, coated in grassy hops in fairly good balance. Hides ABV, but who needs 9% when 6 will do? Not enough nuanced, fruit or personality. Missing complexity.

M - Medium bodied, lacking the mouth feel of the best.

O - It's more in the direction of a boozy "Captain Lawrence" or east coast hoppy beer, but I dont get what the 9% adds, so I would pass.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazed orange amber color with a small fizzy white colored head. The head fades rather fast leaving only a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is massive of a tropical fruit aroma with tons of tangerine, pineapple and mango. Along with these aromas comes some smells of a bready nature as well as a little bit of a doughy smell. Some other sweet smells of a brown sugar and honey smell are there as well. A little bit of a grapefruit hop and some light earthy hop aromas are there as well, with the overall aroma very fruity and sweet.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather sweet flavor with lots of brown sugar and a good showing of the tropical fruits that were detected in the nose. A doughy taste is present upfront as well, which as the taste advances transitions to a more bready like flavor at the end. At the start of the taste there is a lighter grapefruit hop flavor which ends up gaining a little bit of intensity as the flavor moves onto the end of the taste. Along with the grapefruit comes some flavors of an herbal and piney hop nature with a decrease in the sweeter flavors of the brew. While the sweeter fade some, they keep their presence well known, and mix with the hops and a medium strength alcohol flavor, to end up leaving a sweet, moderately hopped and slightly rummy boozed flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – For a 9 % IPA the body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The lower carbonation is great for accentuating the pine and herbal hop flavors of the brew that develop toward the end, helping them stand out a bit more. With that said a slightly thicker body may have been a bit more appropriate, but overall the feel was rather decent.

Overall – A decent double IPA, but nothing all that special. A nice one to at least give a try to in order to see if is up your alley or not.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.16/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz.

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.

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Photo of Chodite
2.31/5  rDev -35.5%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a vibrant, slightly hazy, copper coloring, with a steady flow of carbonation and a thin, low profile, white head. The aromas are sticky resin forward, solid tart and sweet grapefruit, pineapple, and tangy caramel in the backbone. Flavors are tropical fruit forward, with a solid dose of pineapple and grapefruit, followed by hints of booze, pine pitch, evergreen highlights, and a heavy hand of dank resin. The body is robust, with a slight edge from the carbonation. Tangy and resinous aftertaste, balanced throughout, with a slick, slightly oily, slightly lingering finish. There is a build to the hops profiles as you drink. Solid brew.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Moderately aggressive hand. The stamp on the neck is smudged, but I can make out a -"13" at the end.

A: Classic golden yellow-orange body with a slight haze. 2 fingers of sudsy, off-white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Juicy, fruit-forward hop with elements of grape juice, tropical fruit. Light earth. Light brown sugar, caramel. Trace grapefruit, pine.

T: Moderately aggressive bitterness followed by a subdued maltiness. Transitions slowly back into a lingering bitterness and dry finish. Light alcohol presence for the 9% ABV. Occasional floral whiffs in the nose.

M: Smooth, moderate to light carbonation with a medium body. Drinks pretty well.

O: I had high expectations after enjoying a few preemptive sniffs, but in the end, it didn't quite live up to it's own olfactory hype. That being said, it was a good beer. I enjoyed it.


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Photo of Omnium
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear orange with one finger of fizzy white head, no lacing.
S - Biscuit and caramel malt, very sweet smelling, citrus zest
T - Sweet orange candy biscuit malt, some pine, a little citrus,
M - Bitter and incredibly sticky, a little alcohol burn
O - Just ok, sure its strong, but its just an average double IPA, East Coast style.

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Serum from DuClaw Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.