Venom | DuClaw Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
duclaw.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
202
Reviews:
76
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
13.48%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
15
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0
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Ratings: 202 |  Reviews: 76
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 Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of nmann08
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing an original had. On tap at BWI airport location.

Pours a beautiful mandarin orange color. The head was almost zero, but I think it's due to the pourer at the airport bar than the beer.

Right away the malts hit you in the front, toasted grains, resin, with a kick of zest. A bit unique balance for a pale ale.

Muted piney hops, a faint hint of grapefruit citrus, but nothing really jumps out. It's balanced, smooth, but not a flavor that distinguishes itself.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, actually really nice for a pale ale.

Overall, would have it again.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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 Thorpe429
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours copper colored with a white head. The nose brings some light floral and citrus hops without too much else going on. Pretty plain though nicely balanced. Taste is slightly hoppy with a bit of bread. Light feel with mild bitterness. Drinks fairly well.

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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Screw cap... really?!

Pours a nice decent sized fizzy almost 2 finger head that fades semi quickly at first before slowing a bit and leaving a bit of lacing, over very hazy sediment filled dark ruby grapefruit pink orange copper color. The color is a bit off with the darkness and super hazy sediment, but saved by the nice bit head and soapy lacing.

Nose starts nicely, with some light fruity citrus hops, hint of orange peel and zest as well as touch of pine, a light fruity almost candy like hops as well and floral. Despite the different hop aromas, it remains fairly light, with just a touch of grainy malts.

Taste starts with more malt at first, some caramel and toasty reddish malts, rich and semi sweet, with a bit of juicy malt. It's fairly big in malt character that slowly fades as the hops finally start to come into play. The hops come in with a vengeance though, bringing a big spicy kick at first, getting fairly bitter, and then a bit of citrus and zest, a bit of fruity juicy hops as well, and hint of earthy pine hops. It gets a bit "dirty" and earthy tasting, and slightly tannic. Finish brings more of the earthy hops, starts to get a bit astringent but not much, bit spicy hop lingering almost like chewing on hop pellets, with touch of citrus and some malt flavors but pretty dry. Late on the finish I start to get a slight yeasty flavor as well.

Mouth is slightly bigger bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, maybe the best I've had from DuClaw so far. Decent hop and malt balance, nothing special. It does get a nice big spicy bitter hop kick partway through, and I like how the hops come on slowly at first then kick you in the mouth partway through.

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Photo of nickfl
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A a cascading head of white foam on a clear dark copper body. Great retention and lace.

S pungent pine and floral hop character with significant malty caramel.

T subdued pine hops with breach malt up front. Some musty hop character in the middle and a finish of dry toast.

M medium body, moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

D not bad but like most American style hoppy ales it is definitely better without the nitro.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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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Photo of Rifugium
2.36/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Copper color, clearish, with a thin white head that retained as a ringlet and left a few spots of lacing on the glass. Nose was distant and muted, traces of bready malts, toasted grains. Utter blandness on the palate, almost no flavor at all here. Toasted grains, rice cakes, vaguely floral hops. Light-medium body, definitely easy to drink as far as mouthfeel goes, but without the taste to back it up, there's really no point. Not recommended.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this at Wegmans as part of a mix-a-six, poured chilled from the 12oz brown bottle into a tulip.

The color is deep amber with moderate haze and honey like hues with thick beige cap and fine bead. Lace clings in spots and retention is decent. The smell has a fruity yeast ester combined with a citrus type hop aroma and mild caramel scent from the malt. The feel is good, moderate carbonation with assertive bitterness and medium body with slight sweetness and semi-dry finish.

The taste is good with a a nice malt body with mild grapefruit and citrus element from the hops with mild astringent tea-like bitter flavor, pretty mild but a nice amount of hops with some gentle malt which has a caramel backing with subtle alcohol as it finishes. Overall this is better than your average pale ale, a nice amount of hop flavor yet still manages to remain balanced with some pepper and quaffable characteristics.

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Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of PA-Michigander
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank a growler of this last night while eating wings and watching football. Bliss.

The beer appears a orange/amber hue. It is, for the most part, transparent, though not 100% clear. Each pour yields a substantial head that leaves a film of caked-on lacing stuck to the glass. The scent is relatively weak, emitting a balance of hop and malt aromas. The beer tastes decent. It's nothing amazing, but nothing offensive either. I mean, I did drink the whole growler by myself - it is certainly drinkable and enjoyable, though not remarkable, beer. The feel is remarkably smooth, making this beer quite quaffable. I really enjoy pairing a simple pale ale with wings or other variants of bar food. I have had this beer several times. It's local, fresh and consistent. Enjoy a beer at DuClaw if you're in the area.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of rab53
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This must be bottle conditioned. (I see nothing noting as much, but from the beers reactions upon opening and pouring, it seems to be the case.)

Very cloudy beer. It got some hop bite to it, but not really much. Feel has a mouth filling carbonation to it. Easy to drink, but nothing really going on here that is noteworthy, or remotely interesting enough to bring me back to it.

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Venom from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 202 ratings.
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