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350 Ratings
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Ratings: 350
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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Photo of FlyingKelly
4/5  rDev +12.7%

FlyingKelly, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Gehrig13
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Gehrig13, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of dunix
3/5  rDev -15.5%

dunix, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of whallgren
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

whallgren, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of IronLover
3.55/5  rDev 0%

Copper orange in color with just the slightest haze. Poured with a short white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Sweet caramel malt aroma with light resinous pine and citrus beneath. Medium bodied with smooth oily feel and light, subtle carbonation. Sweet caramel malt up front followed by citrus and then pine bop bitterness that longers a bit at the finish. This was a more malt forward DIPA.

IronLover, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%

on tap at perch pub

Pours a hazed golden orange color with a thinner crop of white head resting on top. A slick of retention sits while leaving rings of sticky lacing on the glass.

Bitter, sticky hops in the nose with a formidable amount of malty sweetness. Touches of caramel and honey with toasted grain and tropical hop tones. Swirl of boozy warmth.

Rounded hop bitterness in the profile up front with touches of grapefruit and tropical fruits. Fairly sweet and resiny in the backbone with caramel. Toasted grain and bread with a one-two punch of bitter hops and alcohol heat.

Medium body, well carbonated, full, sticky and chewy on the tongue. A pretty average DIPA, as the combo of sweet and heat became a little much after about half of the pour. There's just too many great beers in this genre, leaving this one in the dust.

xnicknj, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Robdrinx
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Robdrinx, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.55/5  rDev 0%

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass. No bottling info that I can find. Risky.

A - Pours a glowing amber color with a half finger of porous white head. Some amoeba lacing left behind.

S - Sweet and malt forward aroma for an IPA. Some honey, brown sugar, buttered bread, and tropical fruits all contribute to this effect. Mellow hops, floral mostly. Generic aroma, if you ask me.

T - Has a clover honey vibe throughout. Some hops kick in midpalate and offer a bit of relief from the sweet and bready malts. Some pine and booze on the finish and beyond.

M - Medium-thick body and good carbonation.

O - Overall, a forgettable beer, but nowhere near a drainpour. Some hops, but overloaded with a plethora of malts that come off sweet and bready for my taste. There is nothing to advance this one beyond the herd of average DIPA's out there. Perhaps this wasn't fresh (no bottle dating, so I give no benefits of the doubt), but I probably won't be getting it again.

NoLeafClover44, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of stephenjmoore
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%

A- Somewhat transparent amber body with a light tan head that leaves a lot of lacing around the rim of the glass.

S- Some piney hops come through, but the overwhelming aroma is sweet bready malt.

T- Balanced IIPA that has a good hop presence balanced out by bready malts. Certainly not hop-forward, but the hop flavor is there.

M- Full-bodied with medium-high carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O- A decent IIPA with good flavor, worth a try for those who want a balanced IIPA.

stephenjmoore, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

IdrinkGas, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.23/5  rDev +19.2%

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.

CraftBeerTastic, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of IPAchris
4/5  rDev +12.7%

IPAchris, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of Beerme09
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Beerme09, Oct 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

mcdsports, Oct 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

ncaudle, Oct 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Ryanc23, Oct 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

djre4orm, Oct 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

t0rin0, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of rodlavers
3.14/5  rDev -11.5%

Served in a

Appearance is dark amber/orange, fairly clear, no head minimal lacing. It does have a thick look to t, syrupy but smooth. Smell is super subdued; very light caramel and malt, but not much in the way of hops. Hop profile is subtle. Smells sweet and tastes sweet, too sweet for my liking. It's too unbalanced in terms of flavor. Malt and sugar dominate any semblance of hops. Feels smooth, but also a bit too thick and syrupy. Mild carbonation. Overall not a huge fan, probably enjoyed it more in the bottle. Worth a try for those looking to branch out. Cheers.

rodlavers, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%

A - Pretty standard looking IPA. Dark amber body with tons of carbonation bubbles reaching a head of at least 1/4 inch. Mildly sticky lacing.

S - Smells more malt forward mild citrus hops and boozy malt but both mixed together to give it a neutral like smell.

T - First impression is that's it's pretty good. The boozy factor is pretty subdued behind a wall of sweet fruit like hops and the malts seem to be crisp and provide balance. Not bad at all.

M - Medium bodied a sure fire sipper though.

Overall these guys seem to make a pretty unique DIPA that walks the line of really boozy DIPA "Captain Lawrence" vs too hoppy "Short's The Liberator".

Quite drinkable but forgettable. Worth the nostalgia hype of trying an IPA call Serum.

DrDemento456, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

1506th Review on BA
Bottle to Piraat Tulip
12oz

Thanks to TroyG2352 for this

App- Into the glass this fell as a deeper copper mixed in with some lighter ambers and a tinge of yellow/gold on the edges. A pretty nice 2 finger head was there and then left rather quickly. Only a touch of subtle cling. Fell to a small pond layer on the top of the beer.

Smell- When I 1st took a sip on this one, the first thing I got was the overall booziness of iI mean I get it, its 9% but damn. The booze was followed up by sweet syrup, thicker malts and some hoppy aroma. A little bit creamy and smells like a cordial like a thick cherry sherry.

Taste- Well most of the nose doesn't cross over. This is a high malty and thick DIPA. It was a bit of a carry over with regards to the creamy hops. I picked up on some very cantaloupe like flavors with a fairly sweet and boozy bite. I liked this more than the smell.

Mouth- A very large medium body with a good paired medium carbonation. The flavors retained are the thick malts with a large booze note and a bit of caramel sweetness.

Drink- It was pretty tasty and at the same time kinda unique in the grand scheme of things. I racked my brain and nothing really compares. Maybe Devil Dancer or Double Crooked but those are a bit thicker and boozier as well.

FosterJM, Sep 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

razorsdescent, Sep 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Vaison, Sep 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

ejimhof, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of GaryMarkle84
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

GaryMarkle84, Aug 12, 2012
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