Anti-Venom-Citra - DuClaw Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev +6.2%
22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Pours a clear copper, with 3 fingers of foamy off-white head. This retains with a soapy ½ finger, leaving back a foamy cascade of lace that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma is a mix of flowery/ herbal tones and zesty grapefruit character which then gives way to sweeter fruit flavors and underlying biscuit-like malt notes. Some light pine and spice works its way into the nose as well. That ripe herbal feel really picks up as this warms.
The taste has a zesty bitterness to it at its core, buffered by herbal notes and sweeter light tropical fruit flavors. The hops have a bit of force to them in the finish however, being dry and bitter on the tongue with a lingering resinous feel. Some soft pale malt sweetness hangs on the edges but the ripe twang of those Citra hops pretty much drives the overall taste profile here. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm crispness on the tongue and then more of a smooth and oily feel on the edges that keeps this slicker in the mouth. Just a touch of warmth is present from the ABV.
This was a pretty decent showcase for the Citra hops and the multitude of different characteristics that is can bring to the table, with those herbal and sticky fruit flavors in particular really standing out. This was a major upgrade over the mess that was the bottled version of the Green Bullet Anti-Venom. I’ll continue to check these out as they are released.
07-10-2012 15:42:39 | More by Kegatron
3.53/5 rDev -0.8%
P- AOH in 22 oz.
A-slightly hazy amber color. 2 finger carbonated head with poor lacing and stick.
S- strong citrus/pine hop aroma overpowers the malts in the nose.
F- citrus pine covers the tongu but i do detect some of the malts/vinegar like on the back end.
M- smooth and light bodied. Everything meshes quite well.
O- not a bad pale ale, it actually started off average but got better as i drank it.
08-23-2012 21:16:07 | More by Dodo2step
2.83/5 rDev -20.5%
I had this on-tap at the Arundel Mills brewpub. Served in a standard pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.
Smell: Malty up front, a bit fruity with a hint of grapefruit hops.
Taste: Quite malty. Fruity with bitter citrus peel hops throughout. I thought this one tasted just a little bit off. There is a weirdly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive yet smooth carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: If citra hops can't save the anti-venom series, nothing can. Oh well.
07-20-2012 01:43:38 | More by oline73
3.98/5 rDev +11.8%
Pours a translucent copper color with a soapy foamy off-white head that recedes to leave some really solid sticky lacing.
Aromas begin with mild amounts of citrus and a surprisingly decent amount of caramel. There's also some pineapple and tropical fruity hops in there as well. More malt that I expected in a pale ale though and I think it masks some of the Citra qualities
Tastes follow the aroma with slight citrus and caramel maltiness. Not much hop bite; toffee sweet maltiness is there and could/should have been retrained a little more to allow the hops to shine more.
The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium carbonation. Finish has a light bit of citrus and sweet maltiness.
Overall this is a very good APA but not a stellar one. It gets negative marks for costing $8 and would be better served in 6 pack form to enjoy more of. Flavor profile is really straight forward, simple, and overall very drinkable. Have no negative comments but no high praise worthy ones either. A solid amount of flavor for such a low ABV offering.
09-22-2012 21:17:16 | More by claspada
3.98/5 rDev +11.8%
Pours a dark copper. Darker than I expected for an APA.
Smells pretty good...fresh, bitter hops. Can smell a bit of maltiness as well, but definately about the hops
Taste is bitter and more intense than I expected for an APA. This does seem more like an IPA in taste.
The mouthfeel is thin, but not overly so. It is great for a hot day at the beach (which describes my day)...
I've had better, but this is a solid effort. I would drink this again.
08-05-2012 22:37:45 | More by DaveHack
3.8/5 rDev +6.7%
From a bomber into a Guinness pint glass.
A- Nice looking hazy copper color with a huge and fluffy, creamy, off-white head. The head tapers to a lasting film and leaves a good bit of lacing.
S-Bready malt, biscuits and grassy. Not much hop aroma, just a touch of citra-hop freshness.
T-Bready malt, dry yeast. A bit of caramel but not too sweet.
M- Good body and carbonation. A clean semi-dry finish. Very soft on the palate, no bite.
O- Lots of malt character a la Red Ale. Quite drinkable.
02-09-2013 00:17:41 | More by NiceTaps
4/5 rDev +12.4%
The beer pours a hazy amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid malt scent; pale, Carapils, and biscuit malts. The hop aroma is excellent. It has a crisp and refreshing citrus hop nose that compliments a solid malt character. The taste is good as well. I has a nice balanced taste that highlights not only a wonderful citrus hop nose, but also a mildly complex malt flavor. It goes down easy with a smooth, biscuity character in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer that highlights an excellent single hop variety.
10-14-2012 19:53:40 | More by WesWes
3.85/5 rDev +8.1%
Bomber into a matching DuClaw pint glass. The brew appears a clear copper with a finger and a half of yellowish stained tan head across the top. It appears silky and recedes leaving a full wall of patchy lace sticking to the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a rich film across the top. When held to the light, this brew displays a lighter clarity around the edges.
The aromatics are absolutely juicy with that citra hop quality. Very tropical smelling with notes of pineapple and mango upfront. More smells bring out a bit of grassy, herbal and pulp to rind quality mixed with a hint of yeast. The alcohol is evident with a light solvent hint towards the back as it warms up. For an APA, you really can't ask for much better of a nose.
The flavor of this brew is all about the hops. Quite tropical just like the nose led on. It displays a fruity and floral quality that is something rindy, pitty and herbal. More zesty with each sip that turns grassy. A light note of toasty caramel grain is evident under the hops that produces just enough sweetness to really make the hop character pop. The mild toffee sweetness is a nice contrast to the modest bitterness. To be picky, there is a bit of yeasty quality about this brew that keeps it from being sharp and clean.
This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a perfect level of modest carbonation. My only gripe here is that at times this feels a bit watery. Overall, this is a very solid american pale ale. Lots of depth to the hop flavoring with the bitterness being an afterthought. Keeping the abv below 6% is brilliant for this brew. It makes me want to have another. If you have access to DuClaw and havent had this brew yet, you are a jerk. Get it.
08-05-2012 01:18:26 | More by stakem
3.6/5 rDev +1.1%
on tap at perch pub
Pours a hazy copper color with a fluff of white head. Retains well with some spotty lacing on the glass.
Grassy and hoppy in the nose with a pleasant smack of Citra hops. Toasted grain, bread and biscuit malts with a slight sweetness.
Bitter, dry hops up front driven by a juicy Citra-filled profile. Toasted bready malts with a touch of caramel sweetness. Finishes dry and lightly bitter with some lingering citrus peel.
Lighter medium body, somewhat higher carbonation, dry and lingering on the palate. The heavy-handed addition of Citra definitely gave this a boost over the regular version.
11-13-2012 12:42:42 | More by xnicknj
3.35/5 rDev -5.9%
Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a Duvl tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.99.
A: Copper hue with 1-finger oatmeal colored foamy head with below-average retention and rare spots of lace.
S: The aroma is more malty than hoppy with dense caramel, toffee, and toasted malt notes and only a faint muskiness with a bit of grapefruit.
T: The flavor is more hoppy, but not hoppy enough, and the crystal malts really mask the wondrous flavors Citra usually brings. Sweet caramel maltiness starts and ends the flavor profile, with some toasted malt notes and citrus and musky, somewhat dank hop character.
M: This brew has a nice creamy feel but still finishes very dry. The carbonation is active but not overdone. There is some tackiness to the feel but quite drinkable all around.
O: A ho-hum APA that bnrings way too much crystal malt character to the party. This hampers the Citra hops from shining and unfortunately leaves the beer mildly cloying by the finish. A decent beer, but definitely not worth the exorbitant price tag. This brew is less than the sum of its parts.
10-20-2012 02:56:27 | More by argock
District of Columbia
2.73/5 rDev -23.3%
On draft at DuClaw in Bowie, MD.
The beer is transparent and golden to orange in color, displaying a small, white head that leaves some random lacing on the pint glass. The aroma is weak, especially given the bold and aggressive character that Citra hops have been known to bring. The taste is equally uneventful. A healthy malt presence throughout. Hop, citrus, tropical fruit character, etc. is pretty much nonexistent. I was excited to try this when I saw it available, but I won't revisit this one.
07-25-2012 03:25:34 | More by Huhzubendah
3.68/5 rDev +3.4%
A- Light amber transparent body with a thin bubbly white head.
S- Piney hops come though the most, with some citrus notes and a hint of amber malt.
T- Good hop presence, but not a hop-bomb. Amber malt comes through to balance it out.
M- Good medium body, not a crisp feel, but it works.
O- Nice APA, good hop presence and easy drinking.
06-10-2012 16:44:44 | More by stephenjmoore
Anti-Venom-Citra from DuClaw Brewing Company
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