Venom | DuClaw Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.14/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Amber, clear and 1 finger white head. Carbonation bubbles seen on sides of glass.

S: Citrus and chocolate. That was a really odd combo. I don't see the specific relationship with citrus and chocolate.

T: Snappy bitterness. This however isn't so much citrus as it is earthy and herbal.

M: Good carbonation. Balanced.

O: Just ok. Too many things going on that aren't considered complexities but rather detractors that pull me too many ways.

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of thain709
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - First off, this beer took me about ten minutes to completely pour...the head was HUGE on this thing...I'm talking three fingers when all the beer was was off white in color and became very rocky...great lacing...the beer was a hazy, orange-copper

S - Pale malts and some citrus hops catch my nose...there is a bit of a metallic twang going on

T - The first sip brings some citrus flavors out...notably apricots which are juicy and fresh...the middle provides a bready flavor that is backed by some pale malts...that metallic flavor is lingering in the background the beer warms, a nice bitterness comes out

M - Medium bodied...bitter as it warms...watery and metallic

O - Okay, maybe I had a bad bottle...I've passed having this on tap and on cask numerous times...I think I will be trying it the next time I see it around so I can give it a fair review

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Photo of ckollias
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this on tap a Duclaw’s in Bowie out of a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a copper hue with a thin 1-finger white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Mild aroma of citrus hops and pine in the background.

T: Slightly bitter caramel and bread flavors. Citrus hops and pine also present in the taste. Finishes on the bitter side of dry.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Decent pale ale – nicely balanced and hopped. A nice session beer but not my favorite from Duclaw.

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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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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.19/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. 6-pack purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $10.49.

A: Very deep burnished amber with 2-3 fingers of big-bubbled head with very good retention and lots of craggy lace.

S: Grapefruit juice and mild pale malts. Overall, the aroma is light with only some sour grapefruit pushing to the front.

T: The beer tastes like a pale ale spiked with ruby red grapefruit juice. It carries the pithy citrus gapefruit flavor but also the the sourness and the mild astringency. Following the wrong food, this could taste like paint thinner. I think there needs to be more malt character.

M: Medium body with prickly carbonation and a citrus grapefruit juice aftertaste.

O: A unique beer but not the most smoothly executed.

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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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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle - thanks to frenchy for this one

Appearance – Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation visible and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for 6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, grapefruit/tangerines

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and a fair amount of hops. It also has lots of fruit flavours going on, pineapple, tangerines, grapefruit and even some melon. It ends with a sweet malty/fruity aftertaste with a touch of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – This one reminded me of the Atomic Smashbomb IPA that is available to me locally. It's got a nice interesting taste that is very drinkable. It actually seems like more of an IPA than a APA. I'd drink it again anytime.

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