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Serum - DuClaw Brewing Company

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351 Ratings
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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 9
Gots: 33 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Hefe on 02-12-2004)
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

hopstermonster1, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
3/5  rDev -15.5%

ShanePB, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
2.53/5  rDev -28.7%

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.

beerthulhu, Apr 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

HoppySailor, Apr 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Hockey_Fan, Apr 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

duceswild, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of BobsledTM
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

BobsledTM, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of y2jrock60
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%

A- Dark orange with a two finger head that leaves moderate lacing.

S- Very sweet aroma with hints of piney hops. The malt or more prevalent in the nose than the hops.

T- Very sweet upfront, very similar to their Venom PA. The hops make an appearance at the end but are overwhelmed by the malt sweetness. You don't get hop flavors, just their bitterness. There is a slight presence of alcohol which undermines the bitterness as well.

M- Medium-thick bodied, almost syrup like, with a moderate-low amount of carbonation.

O- Very similar to their Venom PA, almost too overly sweet for my liking. The hops are an afterthought with this beer, I actually perceive more hop flavor and bitterness from the Venom PA. I understand the alcohol plays a part in the profile, but Dogfish Head and Breckenridge are able to bring them through in their doubles.

y2jrock60, Apr 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

TomG2751, Apr 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Hophead420, Apr 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

whatname, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

RblWthACoz, Mar 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Moofmac25, Mar 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

NumberNone, Mar 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

tswater, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.44/5  rDev -31.3%

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.

ThisWangsChung, Mar 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

alysmith4, Mar 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

orangesol, Mar 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

GeorgianBayPackr, Mar 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

NickD208, Mar 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

JuniperJesus, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of jmdrpi
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%

12 oz bottle, no date

copper, clear, orange highlights. thin off-white colored head. aroma is mostly citrus and pine hop flavors. taste has just enough malt to balance it, slightly bready. lingering hops. medium body, coats the tongue, slick. medium carbonation. overall - good balance.

jmdrpi, Feb 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

dbfp210, Feb 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

pquijal, Feb 19, 2013
Serum from DuClaw Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.