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319 Ratings
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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | 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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AndrewMichael

Virginia

4/5  rDev +13%

07-13-2012 21:51:23 | More by AndrewMichael
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 17:12:21 | More by Kegatron
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SPRichard

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.3%

06-25-2012 21:52:11 | More by SPRichard
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2012 02:13:02 | More by oriolesfan4
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Ted

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

06-10-2012 03:17:16 | More by Ted
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mhenson42

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

05-15-2012 17:24:34 | More by mhenson42
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greyghost86

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

04-22-2012 20:18:22 | More by greyghost86
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tln13

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.3%

04-20-2012 21:08:50 | More by tln13
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StaindProject86

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

03-10-2012 16:17:42 | More by StaindProject86
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mikerems

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.3%

03-07-2012 06:15:50 | More by mikerems
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JerseyKirk

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Golden white 1 finger head. Small to medium bubbles.

S: Spicy, herbal, slight dankness. Hop forward and dominated nose. Touch of caramel.

T: Same as above.

M: Well carbed but not too fizzy. Big warming alcohol finish that is sweet.

O: A little too much of a pronounced alcohol note which detracts from the beer's complexity. Still awesome though. Just a big IIPA with warming notes.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2012 00:30:35 | More by JerseyKirk
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Off tap at the brewery this beer was a rich amber color sliding towards the copper spectrum. The head was off-white, retained itself fairly well as a collar and left lacing especially towards the beginning. The aroma was of grapefruit, orange peel, light pine and the caramel malt base. The flavors were good but not as bold as one might expect from a “Double” IPA. I tasted citrus peel and grapefruit zest as well as the floral and piney notes of hops later as the beer warmed. The malt base was solid and overall it was indeed tasty but if someone would have told me it was a plain old American IPA I would have believed them. This was partly because the alcohol was well-concealed, to the brewmaster’s credit. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium/full and the carbonation on the light side.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2012 22:58:01 | More by thekevlarkid
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Spfarner

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep orange color with a very small sized head. Aromas of citrus, pine and some caramel. Tastes of pine, citrus, and caramel (just like the aromas). Had quite a few at one sitting and it is a very easy drinking XX IPA, so in a short story to sum it all up, I was pretty wasted that night! Definitely worth having a few on hand! It is bottled, but my opinion, tap is better!

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2012 15:10:05 | More by Spfarner
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hopsandstouts

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

01-22-2012 12:08:26 | More by hopsandstouts
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draft at DuClaw in Bowie, MD.

The beer is golden orange colored with a slow and steady stream of bubbles ascending from the depths of the pint glass. The head is off white and measures approximately a half inch thick, leaving ample lacing on the pint glass.

The aroma is surprisingly weak. Even after allowing the beer to warm and putting my nose into the beer (literally), I struggle to detect a strong hop presence.

The flavor is decent, albeit simple. More hops please. American DIPAs should be bold and aggressive, and that's what is missing here.

Mild alcohol burn in the finish. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

Overall, uninteresting, especially given the competitive nature of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2012 03:43:23 | More by Huhzubendah
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grahambo

New York

4/5  rDev +13%

01-16-2012 02:42:20 | More by grahambo
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -15.3%

01-10-2012 07:47:42 | More by ygtbsm94
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ckollias

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this on tap out of a pint glass at Duclaw in Bowie, MD.

A: Pours an orangish-amber color with a thin 1-finger white head that quickly dissipates into almost nothing.

S: Strong hoppy aroma with an alcoholic tone and piney backbone.

T: Bitter beer with a hoppy background pine and citrus flavors.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: This beer was pretty decent – maybe a little too bitter – but easily drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2011 13:56:25 | More by ckollias
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mocktm

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

12-28-2011 04:38:28 | More by mocktm
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

4/5  rDev +13%

12-05-2011 21:37:29 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +13%

12-05-2011 01:32:27 | More by nmann08
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QuickSilver08

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +13%

11-28-2011 20:50:37 | More by QuickSilver08
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runner440

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just filled my growler up tonight at Duclaw.

It pours a clear redish orange with a bright white head that sticks around.

The smell is the highlight of this beer. Sweet http://beeradvocate.com/beer/user_review/1924/15860/caramel malt, grapefruit, citrus, very west coast style smell.

The taste follows the smell on this one. Cirtus, grapefruit, caramel, and a slight honey taste. There is also a slight pine resin.

Mouthfeel is medium body and smooth with a long citrus finish. The malts give it a good balance.

Overall, this is a solid local beer. Good enough for a growler.

Serving type: growler

11-27-2011 02:22:23 | More by runner440
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -15.3%

11-23-2011 23:05:59 | More by jenray
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cfinch2

Virginia

4/5  rDev +13%

11-20-2011 01:08:11 | More by cfinch2
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