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Serum - DuClaw Brewing Company

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383 Ratings
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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.39%
Wants: 9
Gots: 44 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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

GeorgianBayPackr, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of NickD208
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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

JuniperJesus, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of jmdrpi
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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
Photo of dbfp210
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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

pquijal, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of Dodo2step
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5


A- a fuzzy amber color with a half finger head that leaves a line lace around the inside of the pint.

S- phenols and grapefruit dominate. no malt presence that i can detect.

F- grapefruit but more of an alcohol taste. It over powers any other flavor.

M- dry and alcohol laden. warm in the throat.

O- a very alcohol laden ipa in the nose and flavor. it takes away from other notes in the beer. Could be better but a little better than average.

Dodo2step, Feb 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

TychoNDC, Feb 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

sludgegnome, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of TranceTF
4/5  rDev +12.7%

TranceTF, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of cclark67789
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

cclark67789, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of bmur112
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

bmur112, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of twenteone
4/5  rDev +12.7%

twenteone, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of facundoCNB
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

clean amber pour with a finger of foamy white head. the smell is mostly malty sweet with some notes of phenol, grapefruit essence is there as well. this is an interesting ipa. i can barely taste any hops so i'm assuming it was sitting on shelves for a while.. risk you take ordering beer online. the malty sweetness is definitely there, but a very unique grain is giving off an awesome caramel like flavor.. nutty notes as well. i'd really like to see what this is like fresh. sweet like a wildflower honey. medium-full body with ow carbonation and a nice warmth from the alcohol.
this is a decent dipa as is, but i would honestly love to try it fresh to get a true feel for it.

facundoCNB, Jan 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Chinaskifan1, Jan 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

iemailjack, Jan 09, 2013
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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
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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
Serum from DuClaw Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.