1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Serum - DuClaw Brewing Company

Not Rated.

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

331 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 331
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 9
Gots: 25 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 331 | Reviews: 86 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of DrDemento456


3.53/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

09-21-2012 01:12:04 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of FosterJM


3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

1506th Review on BA
Bottle to Piraat Tulip

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.

09-11-2012 19:16:43 | More by FosterJM
Photo of razorsdescent


3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

09-04-2012 04:32:19 | More by razorsdescent
Photo of Vaison


3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

09-03-2012 02:06:40 | More by Vaison
Photo of ejimhof


3/5  rDev -15.3%

08-19-2012 02:15:09 | More by ejimhof
Photo of GaryMarkle84


4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

08-12-2012 23:27:06 | More by GaryMarkle84
Photo of stakem


2.43/5  rDev -31.4%

On cask at Als of Hampden. This was a firkin aged with pineapple and mango. Served in a nonic from the handpump. The brew appears a clear copper color with more than a finger of yellowish suds.

The smell is like hop candy. Sticky sweet smelling with pineapple and mango making itself known. It actually feels like it has less hop character than fruit addition. I wont lie, it smells pretty nice but this has gone from tropical IPA to full on fruit beer.

The taste is huge with the sticky sweetness. This is downright cloying like drinking candy. I like the pineapple and mango addition but this is like syrup to the point where the sugar actually burns my throat. The faintest amount of caramel/toffee grain tries to make itself known but the sticky sweetness dominates.

Thia is a heavier bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. Way too sweet for me, I couldnt finish my glass. After drinking 6-8 ounces I felt like I should of had my stomach pumped or maybe injected with a couple CC's of insulin to balance things out.

08-09-2012 17:48:10 | More by stakem
Photo of billdirt


3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

08-06-2012 11:52:05 | More by billdirt
Photo of mccleandr1


3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

07-31-2012 16:58:23 | More by mccleandr1
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness dating info

Pour is darker amber, near clear, tan head that stays a while then leaves a minor tiny bubble film and minor fine lace.

Resin hop nose of moderate interest

Resinous hops notes dominate here. In a world of seemingly hundreds of DIPA, this one does not really stand out as anything awesome. But its enjoyable, hoppy and well crafted with enough of a malt undercoating to make it quite drinkable.

Went well with some 2 year aged cheddar.

Worth a try if you find this available in your local area

07-26-2012 03:17:05 | More by Billolick
Photo of kylehay2004


3.55/5  rDev +0.3%

Single finger head with decent lacing on a clear copper with golden hues body. Nice strong aroma with caramel malts, spices and candied citrus. Fairly well balanced in the flavor with the caramel malts equally present to the candied fruit hops. Fairly mild for what I was expecting after the venom pale ales. Creamy body with light carbonation. I was a little disappointed with this one. After having the other APA and IPAs this one leaves you wanting more.

07-26-2012 02:08:33 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of nickfl


3.58/5  rDev +1.1%

A poured with a nice head of off white foam on a clear dark copper body. Decent retention and lace.

S moderate pine aroma with some caramel and orange notes.

T sweet malt with some orange hop notes. More toffee and a bit of sweaty character towards the finish.

M medium body moderate carbonation and a balanced finish.

D not bad but a bit light for a dipa. Just not as hoppy as I would have expected based on their other beers.

07-26-2012 02:06:41 | More by nickfl
Photo of AndrewMichael


4/5  rDev +13%

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


3.18/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

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

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.3%

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


3.89/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

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


3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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


3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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


4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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


3/5  rDev -15.3%

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


3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.3%

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

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

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


3.78/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

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


4.22/5  rDev +19.2%

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!

01-25-2012 15:10:05 | More by Spfarner
Serum from DuClaw Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.