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: 201 |  Reviews: 76
Photo of shapudding
4.85/5  rDev +30.7%
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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Photo of jbriggs7036
4.71/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great Pale Ale....I have found my new favorite bar!!!

A- Light brown....but brown none the less. Clear and a moderate head that laces the glass for the duration

S- Very good. Smells sweet with a little floral hop aroma...close to DFH 90

T- Very good. Enjoyed with a sirloin BBBQ'd at home! (The extra "B" is for BYOBB) (Whats that extra "B" for?...Its a typo) Anyhoo, heavier than I was expecting with some good floral taste and maybe even some grapefruit zest/peel.

M- Heavy for the least I thought. Its a good thing.

D- Goes down so smoothe. This is a beer you can enjoy all night....amazing craft beer!

I highly suggest getting a growler or two of this one. 21 bucks for the growler filled, then refills are 7 bucks for 2L of this stuff. Awesome!!!!

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Photo of dickroop
4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was surprised to see that I've never reviewed Venom, my favorite of DuClaw's offerings. The Venom I'm reviewing, however, is not the usual, so be warned, your mileage *will* vary. This was double dry-hopped Venom served from a firkin on Firken Friday at the Arundel Mills location. I love DuClaw's practice of creating firkins full of special versions of their offerings. It's certainly enough to tempt me and sometimes enough to bring me in for a taste.

This brew was full of sediment and yeasty floaties, making it a yellowish creamy tawny shade, with *no* head. (Normally Venom is clear and coppery.) The nose was outstanding, mostly piney hop goodness with a touch of citrus, and floral and grassy notes.

The flavor was an outstanding bouquet of hops. It could have been more grapefruity to suit me, but it was just fine, resinous and fresh tasting, a terrific hoppy bite with just enough malt backing to say "some of America's best craft beer". This country has pioneered or enhanced so many styles and forms, from jazz to the musical, from blue jeans to the minivan, and I think that the APA is truly where American craft brewing shines the brightest... for this hophead, at least.

This brew had great mouthfeel, light body for the flavor it packed, just pleasure to sip and swallow. Cask-style, there was little carbonation, but the mouthfeel didn't suffer for lack of it. I could have had many more, but for the need to drive home and not spend all day Saturday detoxifying. I recommend Venom any day, but if you ever get the chance, don't fail to come in when DuClaws taps a firkin of double dry-hopped Venom.

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Photo of davestar
4.57/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

- on tap at Arundel Mills, Fells Point, and Bowie

my favorite of the Duclaw brews - probably my favorite APA, period. pours a bright orange/copper with a frothy white head. citrusy nose, though with a grassy malt background. malt and hops are well balanced. i could drink these all night.

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Photo of MSDaub
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of Gavage
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear orange in color with yellow highlights. A nice one finger head lasted a bit before falling to a thick surface foam. Decent lacing develops and plenty of tiny carbonation bubbles race to the surface.

Smell: huge floral hops and strong citrus opens up the nasal passage.

Taste: this beer was as fresh as they come. Big floral hop bitterness with oranges, all balanced off a nice malty backbone. Super agressive west coast pale ale with some overall dryness.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start and finish. Dryness hits as you swallow. Medium bodied beer. Bitterness lingers a bit into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: this can be quaffed all day long without getting bored. One of DuClaw's staple beers, and it is the one I would select if I could only choose one while at the brewpub.

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Photo of Nordstrand
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - clear crisp amber in color with serious head that sticks around

S - not very strong. Mild citrus

T - complex taste here. Hoppy without being too piney. Grapefruit undertones. Am loving this beer.

M - not too carbonated - silky and smooth.

O - this beer was a nice surprise - absolutely delicious...very tasty without being too strong. One of my new favorites.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Originally served in a pint glass at Arundel Mills, but something wasn't right about it; tasted "off"

Later that night tried again at Fells Point location, much better.
Dark orange color with a nice cream head. Smell of citrus and pine. Heavy citrus taste up front, some maltiness in the middle, with a gentle pine hop finish. Very smooth and bitter. Despite the original serving at Arundels, very drinkable pale ale. Glad its a staple beer at DuClaw, that means I'll always have something to start out with

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DuClaw is bottling now. They'd done large bottles, but they've got 3 varieties in 6 packs now. Black coated, lightweight screwtops that really keep things fresh.

This is one of the 3 and one of their best "regular" beers. Rich amber color in the glass with a frothy tan head that laces nicely. Biscuity sweet malt in the nose and initial taste that then fills-in with a fruity (citrusy?) hops aftertaste. Complex in that the flavors mix and separate as you drink and yet are very well balanced. Absolutely top-rate example of the style and it loses nothing (other than the ambiance of the bar) in the bottle.

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Photo of farHillsBrewer
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This light amber concoction serves up with a thick frothy head which lasts well into the glass and leaves impressive lace. A "native" American Pale in that it seems very much like an IPA. The hopping is definitely American in style with Cascade evident in the aroma. Nicely balanced with plenty of underlying malt to match the stong hop profile as well as a solid body. A pleasing hoppy aftertaste lasts and tempts one to inhale more of the hops in the glass. Good drinkability and my choice from the year round products of Jim Wagner's excellent lineup.

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Photo of yeagerbm
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although I wrote some negative reviews on Duclaw seasonals recently (which I now hear is from contract brewing during a brewery expansion), this one is so damn good I had to do a side by side comparison with hopdevil and I can tell little difference. The only thing I'm unsure of is its pale ale category. Compared to other pale ales its a solid IPA/APA with its solid hop bitterness. Honestly I can't tell much difference between this and hopdevil. A bright amber color and a light brown head make an appearance, hops and malt on the nose with citric flavorful blend of hops with a solid malt backing. This is a fantastic hoppy ale. It may finish a little drier however which definately isn't a bad thing. Comes together well balanced and very drinkable for a hophead's palate. Delicious brew that I would seek out if you are in the area. With the great food and 2 dollar happy hour pints, I will make sure to stop by more often.

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Photo of ITK4ever
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
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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Photo of hungryghost
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice lasting head and lacing top off the deep orange colored pint.
Floral hops, citrus, pine and more hops. A great combination on a warm summer afternoon.
Strong hop flavor, surrounded by citrus zest and perhaps a malt finish. I am a fan of this one. It certainly has a high hop bitterness, but is by no means overpowering. there are other flavors in this one.
Mouthfeel is creamy smooth with a bite.
Very drinkable in warm weather.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of RBorsato
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at the Arundel Mills location on 6/30/04.

Copper colored with a decent off-white head and good carbonation. Citrus hops are prominent in the nose with a touch of maltiness underneath. A nice flavor which is definitely more hoppy than malty. Light-medium bodied with a crisp lightly bitter finish. Overall a nice APA and probably my favorite one of the night after the 13 degrees and the Bare Ass Blonde (glad I saved this one for last).

Per the DuClaw website:
Style: American-Style Pale Ale
Color: Light Amber
Hop Variety: Columbus & Cascade
Grains : Pale Malt, Aromatic Malt, Crystal Malt
Bitterness Units: 36 IBUs
Gravity: 13.5 plato
Alcohol Content : 5.6% abv

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Photo of greyghost86
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
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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Photo of Norfawkers
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Normally a fan of IPAs because they have a stronger hop flavor, DuClaw's Venom Pale Ale actually tasted more flavorful and hoppy than the IPA.

Appearance: Clear amber with little head

Smell: floral, hops, malt

Taste: Hops with toasted malt

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a lingering slightly bitter finish

Drinkability: Very hoppy for a pale ale; a sippable beer

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

American style crystal clear amber hues with antique white thin collar head cap.

Exquisite hops nose and redolent delicious bouquet. Delicious floral aromatic bouquet nose.

First swigs: Sweet fragrant hops. A bit of bubblegum and pine syrup which matches the nose, but not 100%. Acidic and delicious.

Sticky sweet feel, but a lesser than desireable crispness might be from a sitting growler. Probably better when fresh.

Last swigs: Reminds me of Yards Pale Ale. Hop delight. Thanks th BA Shapudding for the growler share from vacation. This is a beer that needs to be tried again. SOON!

Beer is good. Happy, free growler split beering.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this one on both nitro and co2 tap. Review is for nitro.

Single finger head with nice thick lacing on a clear copper with slight gold hue body. Aroma is a little light until the head clears out a bit with mostly citrus hops and some nuts. The flavor of the nitro is dulled a bit compared to the standard. Nice balance of caramel malts and Both citrus and floral hops. Nice hoppiness while staying in the realm of an APA.

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Photo of Onibubba
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arundel Mills Location. Nitro pour. Nice orange / yellow color, very nicely sustained, short creamy head. Pleasant grapefruit rind aroma and taste. Nitro gives it a wonderfully smooth body if you are into that. Bitterness is not overpowering and alcohol is quite low. Could pound these all night. Went very well with their fried grouper. Side note - had their beer flight as well. This was the only one that really impressed.

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Photo of HazardousBrewer
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cubedbee
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite Duclaw beer. It's a clear amber beer with a foamy off-white head that fades fast. Piney and floral hops dominate the nose. Taste is clean with subdued piney and citrus hops and a strong malt backbone. Medium bodied and nicely carbonated for a smooth feel. This is a quite drinkable APA which I often enjoy at home in a growler.

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Photo of beer2day
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber red pour with 1/2 finger light cream head. No retention.

Nice citrus nose. Took a bit to pick out the various fruits since there is a lot in the mix. Orange, pineapple and a bit of passion fruit define most of it. A bit of bready malt backs that up. Very nice for a pale.

Mostly caramel malt and bread in the taste. Decent shot of bitters in the finish, but nothing of true note. Very dry in the end. Bits of orange coming through have way down the glass.

Medium body, maybe even a bit heavy for the style.

Overall a solid pale. Wished the flavor reflected a bit more of the nose, but still solid nonetheless.

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Venom from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 201 ratings.
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