Serum - DuClaw Brewing Company
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3.41/5 rDev -3.7%
Bottle: Poured alight amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of bitter earthy hops with dry caramel malt notes. Taste is also dominated by bitter hops notes with limited complexity and some lightly sweet malt backbone. Body is about average with good carbonation. I thought there was too much malt and limited hops presence with a lacks of complexity in the hops profile.
08-30-2013 19:23:09 | More by Phyl21ca
3.55/5 rDev +0.3%
Single finger head with decent lacing on a clear copper with golden hues body. Nice strong aroma with caramel malts, spices and candied citrus. Fairly well balanced in the flavor with the caramel malts equally present to the candied fruit hops. Fairly mild for what I was expecting after the venom pale ales. Creamy body with light carbonation. I was a little disappointed with this one. After having the other APA and IPAs this one leaves you wanting more.
07-26-2012 02:08:33 | More by kylehay2004
3.38/5 rDev -4.5%
This beer looks great off the pour. Great amber hue with a nice head. Flavor profile is thick with malts and what seems like a minimal amount of hop character. Could definitely use some more punch. Feel is quick smooth and slick. But considering the style, and what all else is out there in this style, this is nothing overly interesting.
03-21-2013 04:17:54 | More by RblWthACoz
3.58/5 rDev +1.1%
A poured with a nice head of off white foam on a clear dark copper body. Decent retention and lace.
S moderate pine aroma with some caramel and orange notes.
T sweet malt with some orange hop notes. More toffee and a bit of sweaty character towards the finish.
M medium body moderate carbonation and a balanced finish.
D not bad but a bit light for a dipa. Just not as hoppy as I would have expected based on their other beers.
07-26-2012 02:06:41 | More by nickfl
3.81/5 rDev +7.6%
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
3.18/5 rDev -10.2%
12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Pours a clear copper, with a finger of creamy off-white head. This retains with some thick foamy ringing that leaves back a moderately robust cascade of sticky spotty lacing. The aroma smells a bit leafy, with notes of spice, pine, and a sticky mix of caramel, ripe fruit, and a toasted graininess. The citric aspect of this has a touch of fresh brightness to it that helps carry things here for the most part.
The taste is bitter grapefruit that is surrounded by ripe herbal and tropical flavors before running into a backbone of stiff toasted grains and tangier caramel sweetness. Hops return in a dry finish that sticks to the tongue with a spicy and resinous feel. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied with a lively carbonation on the edges and then more of a sharp chewiness that lies on the tongue. This does have some heat to it, which not only brings out the aggressiveness of the hops but also turns this into more of a sipper than I would have liked.
I’ve had this one and off now for like 6-7 years and while this bottled version is pretty close to what I’ve had on draft before, it’s still just not a DIPA that I can really get into. Just too much sweetness and alcohol in spots with some of the hop character here as well getting to be a bit too harsh at times and an overall drinkability that is hampered by its high ABV. I wish I liked this one more.
07-10-2012 17:12:21 | More by Kegatron
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
3.4/5 rDev -4%
thanks a lot to tenderbranson69 for sharing this 12oz with me -enjoyed from a tumbler chilled.
The color is deep amber with mild haziness as is apropos for the style with lots of creamy ecru head and copious lace indicating an oily hoppy ale which has good retention. The smell is just average, not bad, but showing more alcohol than necessary and has more of a malt sweetness in the smell than bursting with hop aromatics, it does have some citrus but it seems sort of muted in the background. The mild tropical accent is easy to confuse with alcohol in the aroma. The feel and flavor are both decent with moderately high bitterness and slight spice with some acidity that is balanced by the malt backing with some alcohol drying in the finish.
Overall this is a nice Imperial IPA with nice hop flavor which seems fresh but it follows the lead of many east coast versions with more balanced approach and less emphasis on hop pizzazz than I prefer. It is recommended if you enjoy 90 minute and similar Imperial IPA's since it has a nice sweetness augmenting the hop flavor, but it does not push the envelope when it comes to bitterness.
12-18-2012 15:05:14 | More by Slatetank
3.58/5 rDev +1.1%
From 7/24/10 notes. Had at cdc release.
a - Pours a reddish amber color with an inch of white head and light carbonation evident.
s - Smells of caramel and fruity malts, citrus hops, and pine.
t - Tastes mostly of caramel and fruity malts, and a hint of pine hops..
m - Medium body and low carbonation.
d - A decent DIPA, but I got a lot more malts than hops. Would give another shot.
08-06-2010 21:04:51 | More by mdfb79
3.9/5 rDev +10.2%
Had this on tap in February at Fells Point location. This beer is not retired.
Appearance: clear reddish / orange in color. One finger head lasts a bit, and light lacing develops.
Smell: caramel sweetness, grapefruits, and pine cone bitterness is pleasant but mild.
Taste: the flavors follow the nose as the malt profile is thick and sweet, and caramel candy, grapefruits, honey, alcohol, and strong pine resin bitterness grip your tastebuds.
Mouthfeel: smooth throughout with a long lasting bitter finish. Heavy in body.
Drinkability: decent but this one is a slow sipper. Heavy and the alcohol is quite noticeable. Worth giving it a try.
02-28-2007 00:48:41 | More by Gavage
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
3.89/5 rDev +9.9%
Had on tap at Brewers Cask in Baltimore (Federal Hill). Nice copper color, bug fluffy head, huge hop aroma.. I like where this is going. For a double IPA, it has a pretty good mouthfeel and a good maltiness to balance out the overload of hops. Drinks really smoothly. One of the better double IPA's I've had, tasty, well balanced, and hides the ABV well.. can't ask for much more, a solid offering from Duclaw.
06-16-2012 02:13:02 | More by oriolesfan4
District of Columbia
3.75/5 rDev +5.9%
On tap in a pint glass at Arundel Mills.
Pours a clear dark copper with a stream of steady bubbles supporting a non-existent cream colored head that leaves no lacing. Aroma is sweet and hoppy, a strong blend of caramel malt and piney, reding hops. Flavor is more of the same; a little overly sweet. Melts and hops both are amped up from the normal venom, but aside from the sweetness and slightly hot finish that actually kind of works. Mouth is very thick and full with strong carbonation and a creamy smooth piney hop finish. This is a nice local DIPA fresh on tap if you need a hop fix, but is a little too sweet and misses the mark in finding a cohesive balance between the caramel malt backbone and pine hops.
08-22-2010 01:08:32 | More by yourefragile
3.88/5 rDev +9.6%
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
3.08/5 rDev -13%
This is a pint of DuClaw's new seasonal release Serum. Serum is billed as a Double IPA. It is served in a yellow Pint Club glass and is chilled.
Appearance: The ale has a lighter orange color, not quite a vibrant as some of the better DIPAs, but nonetheless nice. There is a bit of head, but not a thick ring.
Smell: The ale has a nice hoppy aroma, but the hops strike me as more muted, european hops. The website confirms that chinook and nugget hops are used (as opposed to vibrant citrusy amarillo or simcoe).
Taste: The ale has a well-balanced flavor. The hops are not too bitter and stringent, instead they provide an almost earthy hop taste that could rival fuggles or goldings, but not quite.
Mouthfeel: The ale sits well on the palate, with the malt character providing just enough of a counterbalance to the hops.
Drinkability: Had two with dinner and I may grab a growler's worth for the holiday weekend.
05-25-2006 00:25:31 | More by akorsak
Serum from DuClaw Brewing Company
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