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HellRazer - DuClaw Brewing Company

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313 Ratings
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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 03-17-2008)
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 15:06:03 | More by NeroFiddled
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KatyC

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

02-25-2013 00:54:05 | More by KatyC
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Theheroguy

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rich amber color with an off white head. Smells spicy like saaz hops with citrus notes. Taste of lemon lime citrus hops with pine hops in the back ground. The brewery itself describes the aforementioned flavor profile as “tropical fruits”. Surprisingly crisp for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 21:39:00 | More by Theheroguy
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - No more than a finger's worth of rich frothy lush egg shell colored head... Minimal retention gives way to a mostly full veil of lacing and slight collar... The color is a slightly hazed bronzed amber that has an ever so slightly murky quality about it... A bit of sluggish carbonation rises sporadically within...

S - The hops are a bit subdued and take on a sweet citrusy character.... There is just the slightest hint of pine... A rich sweet malt base lies beneath the surface... Caramel... Toffee... Perhaps even a light hint of candied sugar... Bread dough...

T - The flavor profile is a exactly as the nose would lead one to expect, but is much less assertive and much more subdued... Sweet with limited bitterness... Sweet tropical fruit, primarily in the form of pineapple and mango are new to the party...

M - Medium bodied... Limited carbonation... Sturdy and smooth... Perhaps a bit thin... Rather uneventful...

D - An interesting American IPA... Not bad by any stretch, but far from memorable as well... I'm not familiar with the New Zealand Motueka Hop variety, but after this offering I'm intrigued... A few minor tweaks (richer mouthfeel, a bit more carbonation, a dialing up the bitterness a notch or two) would go a very long way to making this brew much more formidable... If asked, I would steer people towards Du Claw's Serum Double IPA with is a superior and very underrated DIPA...

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 01:43:52 | More by philbe311
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 17:23:32 | More by Slatetank
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pquijal

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

02-20-2013 12:45:20 | More by pquijal
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cobrakai


3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

02-18-2013 02:37:15 | More by cobrakai
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Boone757

Maryland

4/5  rDev +11.1%

02-15-2013 20:45:57 | More by Boone757
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JPlo

Maryland

4.54/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orange copper or light honey color. Hazy clarity. Head is creamy with above average lacing and lasting.

Smell/Taste: Aroma is nicely aromatic. can smell the hop. Taste orange or grapefruit peel... or some other exotic fruit. hops are very complex and interesting (a very good interesting). bottle says it uses New Zealand hops. Malt is present and balances the hop rather well.

Feel: smotth, light carbination, medium bodied, avg-long lasting with a wetish finish.

Overall: Very good, I really enjoyed the interesting exotic flavors. Will def be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 16:12:12 | More by JPlo
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

02-03-2013 22:49:42 | More by jrohrbacher
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

a murky orange in color with a finger of head which quickly dissipated. smells of barley, caramel and a hint of grassy hops. a corn-like flavor overall. sweet malt with a slight earthy bitterness. seems like another one that sat on the shelves too long. medium body with slight carbonation.

not impressed by this one but then again it doesn't seem fresh. there's barely any hop character

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 02:30:20 | More by facundoCNB
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GiantMidget

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought in a variety pack at Bryn Mawr beverage.

Poured into a nonic.
Minimal head with slight lacing.

The citrus essence and leafy grassy tones come forth.

The hops are very solid and linger to the back of the tongue. Grapefruit and other citrus pininess come out throughout each sip. This is a really good American IPA that I thoroughly enjoy.
In fact out of the variety pack I drank these pretty quickly.
Good dry nature and medium mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 02:50:21 | More by GiantMidget
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

01-22-2013 01:37:16 | More by mendvicdog
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cclark67789

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-18-2013 23:00:09 | More by cclark67789
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mikehillman

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.7%

01-13-2013 00:10:19 | More by mikehillman
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twenteone

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.1%

01-12-2013 14:28:12 | More by twenteone
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GrantBrennan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.1%

01-11-2013 02:38:01 | More by GrantBrennan
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NickD208

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

01-04-2013 22:32:07 | More by NickD208
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LJWalker

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

12-28-2012 05:33:25 | More by LJWalker
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is nutty biscuits and faint tropical fruits in the hop bouquet.
The appearance is slightly cloudy with an amber color. The pour produced a rather lite head and gentle carbonation.
Taste is light and refreshing. Sutle hops withsome tropical fruit flair. Basic caramel malts similar to a stale or gong stale IPA.
I can percieve a veryslight bourbon barrel taste.
Drinks smooth and semi bitter.
Easy drinking, but nothing really stands out with this beer just a good solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 13:23:55 | More by micromaniac129
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DarthTremens

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

12-20-2012 21:33:49 | More by DarthTremens
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mdterps

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

12-19-2012 01:08:39 | More by mdterps
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

12-18-2012 01:16:36 | More by stereosforgeeks
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whatname

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

12-17-2012 01:31:28 | More by whatname
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claspada

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 16:22:42 | More by claspada
HellRazer from DuClaw Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.