HellRazer - DuClaw Brewing Company
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3.28/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
11-10-2010 02:15:21 | More by Thorpe429
3.5/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
09-04-2013 19:59:31 | More by Phyl21ca
3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
07-26-2012 01:51:41 | More by kylehay2004
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
4/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
07-26-2012 01:46:24 | More by nickfl
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
3.1/5 rDev -13.6%
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.
03-02-2012 20:10:48 | More by Kegatron
3.86/5 rDev +7.5%
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
02-21-2013 17:23:32 | More by Slatetank
4/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
10-08-2012 23:34:49 | More by WesWes
2.95/5 rDev -17.8%
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.
02-06-2012 21:58:11 | More by oline73
3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
02-15-2009 20:13:34 | More by Gavage
3.78/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
08-05-2012 22:54:05 | More by oriolesfan4
3.65/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
01-12-2014 04:01:56 | More by corby112
HellRazer from DuClaw Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.