Venom | DuClaw Brewing Company

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DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by farHillsBrewer on 11-02-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 203 |  Reviews: 77
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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Photo of shapudding
4.85/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growlered from the Belair location.
Amber and clear with not much head, but a beautiful white swirl and nice ring left in the corner. This may have lost some of the carbination due to a cruddy capping job by the bartender... -my buddy and I were getting into the car and noticed some dripping on one growler, and had to tighten all of the caps... not good.
Wonderful scents of hoppiness, very bitey, piney and citrus. Nice and smooth feeling, perfect amount of carbination, so if it had lost any Im glad! Tastes of clean hoppiness, grapefruit, pepper and pine needles. Damn nice. Great drinkability for hop heads, just a very easy drinker.

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ITK4ever
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My go-to when at the Bel Air location. If you're lucky enough to find it on Nitro tap....DO IT!!! Don't even think twice. When it's drawn this way it puts such an unexpected creaminess to an APA that's really mouthwatering. The creaminess and hopiness from the beer is sooo effing good, it may just translate into creaminess in your jeans.

An outstanding APA from a local brew-pub where they really did go outside the box. It's a risk for these guys, but well done. It is disappointing to go into an establishment like this and see people at the bar drinking Coors Light....yuck.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy, deep amber-orange body is topped by a creamy head of ivory foam that holds quite well and leaves some really nice lace about the glass. Bright, citrusy and piney hops are evident in the nose; and do their best to eclipse the sweetish, caramel-laced biscuit malt beneath. It's crisp in the mouth - accentuating its bitterness - with a medium body and a fine, standard level of carbonation (@ 2.5-2.6 volumes CO2/liter). The flavor is rich with juicy and resinous, piney and citrusy hops wrapped around a lightly sweet biscuit-like malt that's drizzled with dark, melted caramel. A solid bitterness backs it up, and levels it most impressively. It finishes dry with some short lingering malt and hops that fade to bitterness. A very well done pale ale in the American style! It's certainly worth trying and it pairs quite well with their "Yet Un-named" Crabcake Sandwich!

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of KMcG
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This ale is amber with small head and some lace lingers on the top.  There smells of strawberry and lemon, sweet malts, and a bucket of bolts (some sort of metallic odor).  At first I taste bready caramels and malts with pineapple.  There is strong sweet backbone.  It has very mild hop character with a slight resinous bite. The finish is grassy, but not much bitterness or linger in the palate.  The backbone sweetness and fruitiness is a bit much for a pale ale. 

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with 2 fingers of slightly off-white head. This retains with a thick foamy finger that holds tight, leaving back some heavy rings of frothy lacing. The aroma is floral with a leafy spiciness, while a tight feeling toasted sweetness is parked underneath. A touch of mineral notes makes themselves known as well.

The taste has a biting citric bitterness that spread out across the tongue. Sweet toasted grains mostly balance this but the hops finish this hard with a finish of rind and spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sharp on the tip of the tongue, before getting more smooth and creamy along the back. That 5-6% ABV is right on for keeping this refreshing and approachable.

Venom on draft has long been one of my favorite DuClaw beers over the years and while this bottled version didn’t quite bring the goods like I would have liked, this still provided enough of an aggressive yet balanced hoppy American attitude to the keep me interested during the full duration of the glass. Hopefully they will continue to get this one nailed down in its bottled form.

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3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm not big on Pale Ales, but this one was a rather plesant and drinkable surprise. It was a pleasant companion to chicken Parmesan (which left something to be desired, granted this is a beer site so I'll leave that at that). A copper orange color under a white head which gave an impressive appearance, but something I'd expect no less from at DuClaws. The smell was also citrus in smell. The taste was crisp and smooth. It was a smooth feel to the tongue with a clean finish, its an easy beer to drink multiple glasses of.

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of akorsak
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am drinking a pint of Venom, served in a Pint Club tumbler at the Arundel Mills location. The ale is chilled, but the glass is not.

Appearance: The ale is a hazy orange-red color, moderately carbonated, with no sign of any lace in the glass.

Smell: The ale has a light hop aroma, a fruity one that signifies US-grown hops to me. The aroma is not too bitter, but strong enough to make my mouth water.

Taste: The ale has a medium hop flavor (in terms of bitterness). The hops provide a citrusy flavor that overpowers any malt character.

Mouthfeel: The ale sits well in the mouth can could be DuClaw's most sessionable ale.

Drinkability: The ale is very drinkable, with a hop presence that is not too strong and not too weak.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of philbe311
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - A bit of a gusher yields four fingers worth of rich lush airy cloud-like light khaki colored head with a rocky top comprised of lots of big chunky bubbles... Impressive retention... Filled with a good bit of moderate paced carbonation with an occasional stray rapid paced bubble... The color is rich amber color with some light golden straw tones when back lit... Gobs of chunky lacing cling to the glass...

S - A strong malt base is at the forefront... A strong mix of rich bready malts and toasted malts in equal proportions... There is also a strong caramel and toffee component... The hops are present, but take a distant back seat... They are of a light citrusy character... Quite pleasant all the way around...

T - The pleasantness continues on through to the palate... The rich malt base domiantes, but there are no toasted malts to speak of... Rather there is abundant biscuit and crust notes... The caramel and toffee are a bit more subdued... There is a very subtle spicy rye component... The hops are quite subtle, but take on a sweet citrusy character... Very nice...

M - LIght to medium bodied... Limited carbonation... A bit juicy... Quite smooth... Goes down easily sip after sip...

D - Simple... Straight-forward... Rather effective... No complaints from me... I rather enjoy the strong malt component... I could easily enjoy a couple of these during a leisurely session... This won't knock anyone's sock off per se, but it will garner the respect of those looking for a mighty fine American Pale Ale... I will gladly indulge in again and this one may even rise to the level of case worthy...

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3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light amber with golden streaks. Big off-white head that dies down quickly but manages to leave concentric circles of lace on the pint.
Aroma of caramel, powerful pine and citrus hops and some darker grains and rye.
Flavor has a burnt toast note with some roasted barley, heavy pale malt, some sugar and a big dose of pine. Little bit of citrus comes through as the beer warms.
Mouthfeel starts slightly sweet then kicks over to a little bit of roasted notes and then finishes with a short but strong bitter burst and a lingering metallic aftertaste.
Drinkability is fairly good. Nothing outstanding and probably not a must try but this is a very solid beer

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Venom from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 203 ratings