HellRazer - DuClaw Brewing Company
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Reviews by CraftBeerTastic:
3.48/5 rDev -3.1%
Ba Review #263
Served On: 3/29/2013
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 7.5%
Date/ Code: -
This was from a sixer baught at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick ($7.99).
Look: Poured a dark orange color. Head was a think coating of beige suds. Lacing was thin and minimal. Carbonation was also low.
Smell: Sweet English malts behind a sharp hop edge. Also some honey and fusel alcohol.
Taste: Very easy on the palate. First was a sweet English malt that resembled the honey character from the nose. The middle was a smooth and refreshing grassy quality. The finish started off with some light bitterness and ended with a fairly clean aftertaste.
This was a solid IPA which could border on a session ale. It was very light on the palate for the 7.5% ABV, but still was very drinkable and would be great on a hot summer day.
03-29-2013 16:16:57 | More by CraftBeerTastic
More User Reviews:
3.6/5 rDev +0.3%
Had this @ the Brewpub on tap. One of their staple brews. I liked it. My only decent offering that evening. From the first sip this American-style India Pale Ale gets in your face with an unruly hop bitterness, big floral flavors and aroma, and just enough malt character to keep you from giving in and acting up.
Style: American-Style Pale Ale
Color: Light Amber
Hop Variety: Galena, Cascade
Grains: Pale Malt, Cara-Pils, Cara-Red
Bitterness: 48 BU's
Gravity: 15 plato
Alcohol Content: 6.2% abv
09-27-2009 03:37:31 | More by ExtraStout
3.98/5 rDev +10.9%
12 ounce bottle w/o freshness/bottleing date info.
Pours is clear almond amber, moderate lite tan head, goes to a meager film, thin collar and moderate lace left on the glass.
Bold nose of malts, vanilla, and maple with pine hops in the rear.
First, this beer is quite thick and full on the body/mouthfeel scale...more vanilla and bready malts, over a relatively minor hop presence. Has the feel and attitude of a barley wine, w/o the ABV.
Ehh, decent brew, but not really lovin it on a warm summers day. I like my AIPA's with more of a citric bite and a more zesty feel. Again, this feels more like a nice option for a cold winters day...
07-30-2012 18:10:01 | More by Billolick
3.61/5 rDev +0.6%
Poured into tulip; golden orange with a minimal fizzy white head that fades rather quickly into a layer of bubbles.
Smells of...nothing. Some flat grassyness. Probably an old bottle.
Taste is the same...standard faded IPA. Malt and bitterness. Definitely faded. As it warms a bit I can get some resiney citrus and bitterness but that's about it.
Mouthfeel is well-carbonated and medium, nice.
Overall I'd love to try this fresh. I picked it up because it used a hop variety I hadn't heard of, I definitely want to get one where you can taste the hops.
01-14-2014 03:41:36 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
3.75/5 rDev +4.5%
Copper body faint head barely white colored head. Even lacing, Aroma has pine and citrus notes big tropical fruit as it warms up a bit. Flavor has citrus zest and all kind of hop flavors mainly bitterness and a hint of malts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied dry all day kind of hop bitterness. Overall there's much better IPA out there folks.
03-20-2014 03:34:23 | More by WVbeergeek
4.1/5 rDev +14.2%
Du Claw HellRazer
12 oz. bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$2.95 @ The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore, PA
I've never heard of New Zealand Motueka hops, but I guess I'll find out what they're like as this apparently utilizes "death defying levels" of them.
It pours a hazy orange-colored body beneath a short head of yellowed-white foam. The head retention and lacing are better than average.
The aroma expresses a combination of sweet, caramel-like malt and delicate, spicy and leafy hops with a hint of citrus. It's certainly not as hoppy as I'd expected given the name; nor are the hops as robust as I thought they might be.
The flavor is as the aroma suggests, and it's a really pleasant combination of malt and hops. The malt is gently sweet, and the golden caramel flavor goes just far enough without going overboard. A little too much dark crystal malt and the hops wouldn't come through as they do. As to the hops, I'm really pleasantly surprised. They're a bit spicy, slightly grassy, and just mildly citrusy/fruity (not citrus-rind raspy or tangy like grapefruit, but sweet/tropical like pineapple juice). They could almost pass as noble hops. And I'm not sure if it's the choice of hops, or the balance the brewer has put together (is it still Jim Wagner?), but it seems to work really well. Additionally, the bitterness is kept in check. It's solid, but it's not overdone. Just 5 more IBU's could leave it sticking at the back of your throat, whereas now it fades away relatively easily, and then lingers gently. Some alcohol does sneak through, but given that it's an American IPA I'd expect at least a little. Without it I might feel that something was missing.
If there's a downfall to this beer it's that the head retention could be a little bit better. And I guess it could be clearer if that's your thing. The alcohol? Well, I guess that's an argument too, but I feel it works. The hops do give it a unique quality, and I'm eager for more. Nicely done!
02-25-2013 15:06:03 | More by NeroFiddled
HellRazer from DuClaw Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.