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Serum - DuClaw Brewing Company

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367 Ratings
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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 9
Gots: 36 | 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 iemailjack
4/5  rDev +12.7%

iemailjack, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of khargro2
4/5  rDev +12.7%

khargro2, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of GiantMidget
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in tulip glass on tap from Pinocchio's in Media PA.

This was a very hazy orange/brownish IPA which, IMO wasn't what I expected for a double, I think it was WAY darker and hazier than I would've expected.

However looks can be deceiving and in this case it certainly was.

While the scent of your typical DIPA exists, with citrus, hops, pine and some extra fruitness.

Grapefruit evidence quickly to the taste and the extensive dry hopping is noticeable as it leaves the palate with a dry nature while the mouthfeel does it's work leaving it full bodied.

It is an excellent but not terrific DIPA, I'd drink it again but it's not at the top of my list due to the caramel sweetness and otherwise not overly memorable other variables outside of the good job of dry hopping.

GiantMidget, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of tone77
2.6/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

tone77, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of mhbarber
4/5  rDev +12.7%

mhbarber, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of teromous
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Hints of gold and orange in the color, with a thin white head. Slight haze, but not much. What little head there is leaves some spots of bubbles on the glass, but no real lacing.

S: Lots of malty caramel sweet scents hit my nose immediately. I don't pick up any hops scents which is a bit different for an IIPA. It has that "big malty beer" smell with some of the rich candy-like alcohol esters. I'm not impressed by the scent at all.

T: I get some pine hop character, but it comes across more as bitterness than flavor. Biscuit and caramel malt character. Some earthy hop character at the end. A little minty. It's a pretty good beer but it's definitely not what I look for in an IIPA. It could use a lot more hop character. The malt flavors are nice, and the pine and earthiness are pleasant, but it just seems very underwhelming. I only rated it an average score because the bitterness and malt qualities are nice, but it's barely a 3.0 for me.

M: I thought the mouthfeel was very good. It has just enough bitterness and carbonation for the beer. It's medium bodied, not slick or smooth but a bit wet. Easy to drink.

O: Overall I wasn't impressed by the beer. I wouldn't buy it again. It just left me wanting more hop flavor and less sweetness. I think I was the most unimpressed with the smell of the beer, because if I did a blind tasting of the beer, I would have no way of telling it was even a pale ale based on the smell alone.

teromous, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On Tap at Whole Foods

The Serum looks golden bronze in the glass with a nice off white firm cap up top with some stickings on the sides. Good retention with rising bubbles. Darker than a west coast IPA. Smell is ridden with sweet malt, some caramel and some earthy hops. Smells like a double amber if you will. Taste is sweet, malt forward and a earthy, grainy hop taste. Citrus is null, pine is blah, bitterness is non existent, off a tap none the less. I understand east coast style DIPA's so in that sense Serum works. Feel is medium bodied with a gentle carb going for itself, a sweet aftertaste, no bitterness. A glass was all i wanted. I tried Du Claw's pale ale, IPA, and now the DIPA, all bombs. Im going to explore their darker offerings now and skip the lighter.

BARFLYB, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of weaselchew
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

weaselchew, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Slatetank, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

TimoP, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of Cody552
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

Cody552, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of beermanbrian
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

beermanbrian, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of JDizzle
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks dark for a DIPA and filthy. Not really the look I was hoping for.
Smells pretty hoppy, but has a huge malt presence in the nose. Has some good pine, resiny, and grassy notes.
Taste is a huge letdown. The smell is way more hoppy than the taste. Tons of malt on this one and not much else. BOOO!!!! Not sure of the date, but this kinda blows...
Mouthfeel is good with a good amount of carbs.
Overall, it's not a DIPA that I would recomend at all. Glad I bought a single of this.

JDizzle, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of imbuckeye
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

imbuckeye, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of ryser2k
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

ryser2k, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of waiting4lunch
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

waiting4lunch, Nov 30, 2012
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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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
Serum from DuClaw Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.