HellRazer - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 458
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 10
Gots: 86 | FT: 0
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DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Kegatron on 03-17-2008

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head with tons of lacing on a hazy golden with copper hues body. Very grassy and citrus aroma. Flavors are like candies orange and tons of tangerine with Malts and candy bitterness like souring fruit in the finish. Medium body and moderate to light carbonation.. Very oily. Interesting IPA. Not all that drinkable but again a unique beer from this excellent brewery. (380 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate copper color with a white head and a bit of lacing. The nose is some light citrus and pine hops plus a bit of pale malt. The taste is mild bread without too much hop bitterness. A bit of citrus makes its way through. Pretty decent balance though the hops are not enough. Easy drinking but not terribly flavorful. (351 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some minor lacing. Aroma of light fruity hops notes with light citrus hoppy notes as well as some dry bitter notes. Taste is a mix of dry bitter hops with light tropical and citrus notes with some caramel malt with well-balanced sweetness level. Body is about average with good carbonation. This is not bad overall but lacking the hops punch I was hoping for. (452 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A poured with a nice head of sticky white foam on a slightly hazy, dark copper colored body. Good retention and great lace.

S big, fruity hop aroma with lots of grapefruit and mongo as well as a sweet background of toffee malt.

T sweet caramel malt up front with some pine hops. Pungent grapefruit and pineapple notes in the middle with some interesting spicy, almost tea like character coming out in the end and a strong balancing bitterness.

M medium body, moderate carbination and a dry finish.

D a big, malty and pungent ipa. Well balanced despite significant sweetness but I still find the heavy malt a bit excessive and distracting. (642 characters)

Photo of oline73
2.94/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at the Arundel Mills brewpub.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a layer of off white head that goes away fairly quickly.

Smell: The nose on this one is mild with some citrus hops and a touch of malt in the background.

Taste: The malt profile is a bit weird in this one. I'm not really sure what's throwing me off, but it's distracting. The hops show up more towards the finish and leave you with a bitterness through the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a finish that is a bit slick.

Overall: This IPA is just alright. Not my favorite hop profile, and the malt was a bit weird, but I enjoyed it enough. (668 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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! (1,969 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of slightly off-white head. This retains with a thin ½ finger of froth that leaves back a robust cascade of sticky lace. The aroma smells of pine, medicinal notes, a touch of green grapefruit, and some spice. Caramel and tropical fruit sits underneath with a thick stickiness that gives the nose a bit of heft. The alcohol presence here really accentuates the resins and herbal character here.

The taste is softer tropical fruit flavors and a leafy herbal character that stands out. This surrounds a firm green citric bitterness that’s a little overly bitter at first but then smoothes out decently as this warms, as this finishes dry and resinous with a touch of leafy spice. The malts have a pretty heady presence here of their own, with a caramel and bready sweetness that adheres to the stickiness of those tropical fruit notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly feeling up front but then smoothes out some towards the back and leaving some residual oils hanging on the tongue.

Wow, this bottled version of HellRazer is a lot different than when I first had it on tap back in 2008. They seem to be shooting for a more balanced and sweeter version of an East Coast IPA with this but the problem is that the malts just don’t jive with the fruit flavors and herbal tones that those Motueka hops bring to the table. The whole thing just comes off as a little too sticky and flat feeling at times. I wish I could have liked this one more but it just wasn’t happening. (1,557 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap a few times, local beer store down the street just started carrying 6 packs of it so decided to pick one up. Pours a copper color, not much head to it. Slightly hoppy aroma. Taste is a bit.. odd. A stronger IPA than most, has more of a sweetness than a bitterness to it that you'd usually expect. Pretty good mouthfeel and finish, but the over-sweetness kind of kills the drinkability. Above average IPA, but if I want a hop bomb I'm going to choose a few other ones over this one. (497 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at Giant in the mix a six cooler enjoyed chilled from a tulip.

The color is deep amber with thick cream cap and tight bead with goodly amount of lace left on the glass. The smell has deep fruity citrus scent like dried apricot and mild herbal odor with slight alcohol ester. The feel is semi-bitter with dry entry and medium full carbonation with mild sweetness and malt body with semi dry finish.

I like the hop flavor that comes forward on the first sip with tropical fruitiness and mild pine accents with subtle malt sweetness that augments the slight hoppy bitterness in the middle with light yeast flavor and fruity tinges in the finish with slight peppery taste. A very impressive IPA with added juice from the NZ hops - I never had Motueka before - a high quality IPA no matter how you slice it (820 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (337 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale, carapils, and crystal malt scent; sweet and malty with hints of alcohol. It has a piney/citrusy hop nose that compliments a balanced malt base. The taste is good as well. Again, it's well balanced with plenty of citrus hop flavor as well as pale and crystal malt notes. It goes down at a moderate pace with a touch of alcohol warmth in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking IPA. It's full flavored and loaded up with hop character; a fantastic beer. (667 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap served in a nonic. The brew appears a hazed copper color with a sudsy white topping across the top that holds with decent retention.

The smell is fresh and juicy with hops. Lots of tropical aromatic quality of hops is very inviting. More investigation reveals hebal elements with pulp and rindy flesh accents. Overall not bad.

The taste is fruity with hops. Quite tropical over a toasty grain inclusion. The alcohol makes itself known with an accenting fruity ester. Some mild resins and lingering candy sweetness to rindy pulp flavor lasts inside the mouth.

This is a medium bodied offering with a light level of carbonation. I found this to have a bit too much residual sugar for me to be able to drink more than one of but overall it is decent. The residual sugar really masks the alcohol content. (811 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 2" head that lingers around a while. Some decent lacing paints the glass.

Smell: floral bitterness with some tart citrus and oranges.

Taste: caramel, oranges, grapefruits, lemon zest, and a bit of grassiness create a decent IPA. Bitterness is not overpowering which is nice. Alcohol is not noticeable at all.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and finish, and some dryness arrives late. Aftertaste is full of citrus and is short. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: nice IPA that is sessionable. Give this a try if on tap. (569 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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... (644 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Light amber body. Nice white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Pungent hop smell. Kinda herbal. Kinda spicy. Lots of caramel sweetness.

Taste - Kinda tastes like crystal hops. Sweet caramel malt. Lightly spicy. A bit herbal.

Mouthfeel - Too sweet. Medium carbonation. A little heavy.

Overall - It's an interesting hop, but otherwise boring. (392 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a two finger pillowy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention, taking a while to settle and coating the glass with chunks of soapy lacing on the way down.

Earthy aroma with floral, grassy hops, oily resins, tropical fruit and a sweet malt backbone. Hints of fresh cut grass, sticky kind bud and pine needle followed by citrus rind, melon and grapefruit. Stronger malt backbone than I prefer with lots of caramel sweetness, toffee, biscuit and roasted nut.

Medium body with soft carbonation and a slight creamy texture. Some lingering dry, earthy hop bitterness up front but this beer is very sweet with a prominent malt backbone. Some sticky pine, sticky resins and grassy soil countered by citrus and caramel malt sweetness. Some grapefruit, melon and prominent orange zest along with sweet caramel, toffee and biscuit. As it warms, the citrus/tropical fruit notes stand out a bit note with some mango, pineapple and blood orange but the malt presence is a bit stronger than I like for the style. A lot of the interesting hop flavors are sacrificed in the name of balance. Still, this is a solid beer with decent flavor and a well asked ABV making it deceptively drinkable. (1,289 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Fells Point location.

A: The IPA is amber, leaner more towards the red/brown end of the spectrum. A finger of head blanketed the top of the glass but was quick to disappear.

S: The aroma is one of DuClaw's best. Crisp citrus hops tickle the nose with a hop strength. Grapefruit and earthy grasses dominate with the caramel malts also popping through.

T: Much like the nose, the taste is driven by the hop profile. Citrus, particularly grapefruit, is strong, upfront with a resiny touch. Caramel malts are flavorful and provide a strong base for the hops. The finish is pleasantly bitter.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty lively for a hoppy DuClaw beer (in the past, the booze has always gotten in the way). A big improvement over Venom.

D: The ale is a very easy drink with decent flavor and a modest alcohol level. Cheers to DuClaw for going with simplicity. (879 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-death defying levels of New Zealand Motueka hops.

A: Ferric oxide with a translucent nature, a weak milky colored thin head with a light moderatly paced effervecse. Light speckled lacing.

S: The death defying levels sure weren't utilized during the late aromatic stage addition. Faint tropical fruit skin, pineapple-orange with a really faint ,not even respectable let alone hellrazing, level of aromatic appeal that was more faux pale then anything else. A different, refreshing twist with a unique hop profile really missed the mark by skimpping on the late aromatic hop additions and really hard to appreciate. A bit of butterscotch.

T: Flavor is a bit malty, creamy, with some tropical grassiness, dried tropical fruit skin, butterscotch sweetness and a dry spicy leave. Small hints of fresh lemon and toasted grains.

M: Medium maltiness, light carbonation, spicy floral hops off the tongue are the highlight.

O: Somewhat respectable level of hop bitterness, but hardly justifiable of thier warning label. Moderate levels, sweet, smooth malt profile has an unique hop profile from the New Zealand motueka hops. Very easy to consume, a suitable summer ipa, where the malt sweetness and the tropical fruitiness from the moteuka will be at home poolside in multiple quantities. Maybe my only beef against this is the misapporpiate name and a underperforming nose that failed to capitalize on its unique, fresh and fruity quality to entice and bring in the drinker with mooted appeal. (1,494 characters)

Photo of AngusOg
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was one of the most unIPA IPAs i've ever had. I don't know if i have ever had a beer with New Zealand Motueka hops before, or what they're flavor profile is supposed to be. I got a little bit of a hops burst in the aroma when i first popped the cap off the bottle; poured a nice rusty orange into the glass with a bit of head. Looks good, smells decent. The flavor threw me for a loop. This tastes spicy as in some sort of rye ipa or some kind of belgian ipa hybrid, brewed with Belgian yeast. Has a nice malty backbone, but just not much in the way of (usual) hops. Still, was not unenjoyable in anyway, just not what i was expecting. Wouldn't recommend this one to someone seeking out a good IPA, unless they wanted something "different". (745 characters)

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours on the darker side of amber with a medium sized egg shell head that recedes rather rapidly.

Aromas begin with hops of grapefruit, tropical fruits and earthy grassiness underneath the sweeter hops. As it warms the caramel maltiness begins to show itself, almost a light toffee.

The tastes follow the nose with citrus zesty hops balanced by the caramel and bready malt base. Then comes the slightly spicy and pineapple hop flavors. There is some more candied/honeyed malt sweetness as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is pleasantly balanced between the bitter hops and ample maltiness.

Overall this is one of the most drinkable IPAs I have had recently. The bitterness is restrained and balanced by an above average malt backbone for an American style IPA. Definitely more of an East Coast style which I enjoy from time to time. I wish the advertised New Zealand hops popped a bit more as that was the reason I purchased this but it was tasty none-the-less. (1,005 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A bit darker than expected with a decent level of carbonation. Head is sticky though with a nice hazy amber body.

S - Not very "in your face" hop profile but smells balanced with residual sugars and biscuit malts.

T - Tame at first with some bit mid palate hop bitterness. I believe it might be too malt forward but satisfying leading the hops into the finish. Not a bad IPA.

M - Medium body and hoppy. could use more balance.

Overall this is the third offering from DuClaw and it delivers as promised but I question session ability... (543 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into tulip

Pours a lightly hazed soft golden color with some orange hues. A thicker crop of white head rests on top, fading into a light wisp of film with some scattered spots of lacing on the glass.

Soft citrusy hoppiness with orange and pear. Hints of fruit sweetness with grainy, bready malt backbone. Touches of caramel and light warmth.

Milder hoppiness up front with touches of orange and grapefruit peel. Hints of pith and pulp with some other assorted fruit sweetness. Medium malt backbone with toasted bread, grain and caramel. Finishes with some lingering grapefruit and sweetness.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. This has a decent citrus profile, but it still easily falls into the "average" column. (781 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a golden amber color with a billowy white head of one finger height. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is biggest of a citrus sweet smell with it being a mix of tangerine and orange as well as containing some other sweet smells of caramel. A little bit of bread as well as some hops of a grapefruit, herbal, and floral hop smell mingle with the rest of the smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather malty and bready taste with a good showing of a sweeter caramel and toffee flavor. As the taste advances, some hop flavors of grapefruit greet the tongue, starting out rather light, but gaining strength as the taste advances. With the increase in the grapefruit hop comes some flavors of a floral and earthy nature with the flavors drying out some as the bready transition to a slightly more cracker nature and some of the sweeter caramel fades. In the end, with the transitions of flavors that occurs throughout the taste, one is left with a semi-sweet and rather malty, moderately hopped (for an IPA of 7.5 %) flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The beer was on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that was on the lower side. The lower carbonation and thicker body really accentuated the sweeter and maltier flavors of the brew allowing them to really stand out, but did very little for the lighter to moderate hop flavors overall. Overall the feel was just OK.

Overall – An aright IPA; with it being very easy drinking and smooth, but not really delivering a great hop hit. Just OK overall. (1,727 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste is of pine, toasted malt, and light citrus hop. The taste is somewhat sweet to start and builds up bitterness. There is a decent amount of hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Really surprised with how much I liked this. Will look for a six the next time I see it. (271 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brownish orange color - slightly unfiltered with a good finger at least of head initially. Head disappates to a nice film on top and a solid ring around the glass. Smell is hoppy but difficult to place in a particular category - good but not over the top. Taste is slightly malty with a good balance with the hops. (327 characters)

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HellRazer from DuClaw Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.