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HellRazer - DuClaw Brewing Company


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266 Ratings
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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Kegatron on 03-17-2008)
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Photo of JPlo


4.54/5  rDev +25.8%
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
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
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
Photo of GiantMidget


4.11/5  rDev +13.9%
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
Photo of micromaniac129


3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.8%
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
Photo of Jimmys


2.18/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into chalice. no bottled on date.

A: significant amount of haze. body is dark for an IPA. head is an almost reddish white. tight bubbled. retention and lacing are

S: a lot of malt. significantly oxidized. some sort of fruitiness? dark fruit. plums.

T: similar to the nose, plenty of cardboard/oxidized flavor, not much else. bitterness is there, but the hop flavor has seemed to disappear. shame.

M: carbonation is fine and appears to be mostly derived from bottle conditioning. medium body.

D: wish there was a bottled on/best before date so i could have NOT bought this bottle. hate when i get oxidized hoppy beers. sucks for me and sucks for DuClaw cause they lost a potential future customer. easy solution, date your beers!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 02:27:19 | More by Jimmys
Photo of alpinebryant


4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a grapefruit orange color with a half inch white head and dusting on the top.

S: Aroma of grapefruit and mildly juicy citrus. Passionfruit scent with wet grass and a tiny bit of pine.

T: Flavors of freshly hopped American IPA, plenty of bitterness mixing with some gentle fruit esters and a grapefruit presence that is rather strong. For the most part this is a very refreshing hop profile. It is not too bitter or too fruity. Relatively earthy hops along with a decent malt bill of biscuit and crackers.

M: Medium to heavy body for an American IPA. I can really enjoy the thickness of this as well as the fact that it is not overly dry.

O: I enjoyed this a lot . Definitely happy to have some Motueka hops in the fridge waiting to be brewed in a future batch of mine. Where the aroma could be better, there is nothing lacking in flavor. This is well rounded and the flavors are not tired like some of the more hopped up American IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 01:49:14 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of xnicknj


2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 03:04:33 | More by xnicknj
Photo of WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 23:34:49 | More by WesWes
Photo of DrDemento456


3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 02:30:14 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of stakem


3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 12:57:15 | More by stakem
Photo of ckollias


4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on tap at Duclaw Brewery in Bowie, MD out of a pint glass..

A: Pours a clear copper-amber hue with a thick 2-finger white head that slowly dissipates in to a wispy lace.

S: Nice hoppy aroma with a sweet background.

T: Similar to the smell a great hoppy base with enough malt to balance it out well.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Very tasty IPA – great flavors and aromas here.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2012 19:16:09 | More by ckollias
Photo of marlinsfan4


3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 22:54:05 | More by marlinsfan4
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 18:10:01 | More by Billolick
Photo of kylehay2004


3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2012 01:51:41 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of nickfl


4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2012 01:46:24 | More by nickfl
Photo of gkatsoris

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Semi clear golden yellow. Thin whispy, white head. No lace.

S: Banana's, very similar to a belgian style. Bread and dough. Buttery.

T: Holy bread! Toast. Dough!!! This could pass a belgian-ipa for sure.

M: Thin and creamy. Very nice coat on the tongue. Medium to full bodied.

O: This totally caught me off guard. Not the typical piney/citrust hoppy IPA. Very nice. I could def enjoy a few of these.

thanks runner440!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 01:49:31 | More by gkatsoris
Photo of HopeinHop


4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured steady and observed a beautiful mixture of copper brown and gold elixir as it finished to a one finger lingering head.

S: Slightly floral:roselike, fruity: strawberry, peach, honey..some malt. It's not your average west coast ipa because of the new zealand hop usage but I really like it, enjoyable scent

T: A Fruit & pine taste lingers bitter, not complex on malt so hop taste is forward. There's some tang and alcohol to it as it warms. New hop flavors made this an enjoyable brew to try. Different strains are always fun to try, especially here when it is a unique hop.

MF: Has a lighter to medium weight, refreshing, session-possible?!,
Bubbly, hoppy.

Finale: Innovative tasting IPA, really enjoy the different flavors/scents here. Comparable in quality and taste to great west coast IPAs on the market. Try this out, support local beer,
trip your taste buds out.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 03:14:09 | More by HopeinHop
Photo of AngusOg

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
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".

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 15:34:18 | More by AngusOg
Photo of stephenjmoore


4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Transparent amber body with a thin bone white head.

S- Spicy hop aroma with a slight malt backbone.

T- More hoppiness than the smell would indicate. Some almost Belgian-like spice note mixed in, with some tropical hoppy taste.

M- Very smooth, refreshing and drinkable.

O- Had it on tap a couple weeks earlier and was very impressed. This one had a different taste, but was still very good. Get it fresh if you can.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 02:18:37 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of TheBlueWaffle


3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ap- dark orange, pretty thick off white head

Smell - Malty, citrus

Taste - Strong malt in beginning intertwining with some citrus. The New Zealand hops have a strong citrus flavor shining through the malt. Alcohol warmth becomes present after a few seconds.

Mouthfeel - warm, not too slick but not dry

Overall- Not as good as their double IPA but better than the regular. Overall I would buy it again, living so close to DuClaw I try to buy what ever they put out.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 01:57:55 | More by TheBlueWaffle
Photo of jsanford


3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a Pint Glass

A - Pours a hazy copper with a creamy ivory head that settles to a soapy haze, leaving rings of sticky lacing.
S - Mild hop aromas of pine resin and grapefruit are dominated by the sweet caramel and bread malt profile. Too bad, I'd like to see what these Motueka hops are all about.
T - More pine resin and grapefruit hops with a touch of tropical fruit and a moderately sweet caramel malt profile. Balanced, but again I'd like to see the hops showcased more.
M - Slightly sticky, with a medium body and decent carbonation.
O - A solid, if underwhelming, offering. I probably wouldn't re-visit this considering the hundreds of much better IPAs on the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 04:58:33 | More by jsanford
Photo of Kegatron


3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 20:10:48 | More by Kegatron
Photo of IronLover


4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish copper orange in color with a slight haze. Poured with a short, thick foam that reduced to a healthy, thick cap that left lot sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Pine and citrus hop aromas in close competition with pine aromas a bit more dominant. In addition, to the hops a well defined sweet malty aroma throughout. Medium bodies with a lightly resinous feel up front and a buttery smooth finish. Pine hop flavors with citrus hops just beneath from beginning to end. Sweet malt backbone beneath with a sticky sweetness that lingers at the finish. Finishes with sweet malt and light pine hoppiness.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 04:25:00 | More by IronLover
Photo of JerseyKirk

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewpub in Bel Air, MD on nitro.

A: Gold to slight amber in color.

S: Herbal, fruity, bread and slight caramel.

T: Nice and herbal, fruity. Easy drinker but has a different mouthfeel.

M: Thick and creamy. It's odd having an ipa on nitro. I'm not a fan. It's an odd combination. I'm used to snappy, crisp, thin ipas and this is thick and chewy. It's odd.

O: Good but not nearly as good as it would be if it was just regularly carbonated. Not for me unless off nitro. Also, not bold enough of an ipa for me.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 00:58:47 | More by JerseyKirk
HellRazer from DuClaw Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.