Serum XXIPA Double IPA | DuClaw Brewing Company

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Serum XXIPA Double IPASerum XXIPA Double IPA
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Serum XXIPA Double IPASerum XXIPA Double IPA

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Hefe on 02-12-2004

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5/5  rDev +40.1%

Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serum is an American Double/Imperial by Duclaw Brewing Co. The smell is refreshing and has hints of beta hop sweetness mixed in with its overall refreshing smell. Its froth is light on a light-medium-thick scale. The body is close to medium on the side of light on a light medium thick scale. The color is a sort of translucent burnt amber.

The flavor of Serum is a sort of sweet swirly hop taste, that has sort of tasty sweetish lingerings mixed in with the overall hoppy flavor of the beer. The beer's after taste has a sort of lingering lightly sweet hoppy taste, and is quite good. It can be tasted on the top of one's palate for a good moment after tasting the beer, and the beers hoppyness lingers on the tongue for a little longer, ultimately dissolving into a more traditional semi bitter aftertaste after a few moments more.

Overall Serum is a sort of unique American Double/Imperial in that it has a semi different flavor depending on how one drinks it. If one drinks it quickly one gets the bitter hops taste that sort of slides down into the aftertaste at the base of one's palate. If however, one sort of holds it at the front of one's mouth for a moment, then gulps it down, this sort o f allows the hoppy mixture of the beers taste to let its self known in a more clear way per se. Mixing from the bitter hoppiness in the beginning into the sort of hoppy sweetness of the immediate aftertaste in a more clear and sensible way per se.

Overall Serum is a cool, and original take on the American Double/Imperial, and I would encourage anyone on their American Double/Imperial journey, to try it along their travels. Overall a unique hoppy mixture, and a flavorful brew. I would also encourage anyone who tries it to try it by both sipping it slowly and sipping it quickly for its quite intriguing how the taste is semi-different depending on how one goes about drinking this American Double/Imperial brew.

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5/5  rDev +40.1%

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4.8/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

8.3% but of all the high alc % beers I tried this is the strongest no trying to hide piney bitter alcohol taste It could grown on me definitely a Man's beer . wimps dare not try

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.72/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Although the ABV of this beer which is listed in this section of BeerAdvocate is higher than stated on the bottle (which is actually 8.3%; 2015 edition), this American Double IPA is very well balanced in delivering the desired hoppy bitterness without much of a bite while at the same time being complemented with a slight malty finish. NO BOOZINESS PRESENT! Dangerously drinkable.

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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of Aribeer
4.48/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Mean hops with good feeling

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Photo of DCHritz
4.46/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Strong and hoppy. Very good on this Friday afternoon

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4.4/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Zraly
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-amber with creamy, off-white head. Smells spectacular: playful floral notes backed up by a candy-malt note with a hint of musk. It reminds me a little bit of a perfume I wear in the summer: Serge Lutens Fleur d'Oranger which highlights the orange blossom flower and cumin. This ale is heady in that respect. In short, it smells damn sexy.

This is a very sweet, malty DIPA. Biscuit and bread notes, along with cotton candy, accentuate the malt profile. There is also a jammy-berry note lingering about (or this is a unique perception of the floral hops and sweet malts interacting). The hops are both floral and piney, and there is a touch of juiciness to the hop profile. Finish is long and eventually dries out. The alcohol isn't buried but it isn't easily perceived either. I

This is a very rich Double IPA and one bomber is plenty. Some of its characteristics are not quite DIPA territory. It's probably not everyone's cup of tea (read ale), but I must say I find it to be a really exciting ale. The market is saturated with IPAs and DIPAs -- it's nice to see someone interpret the style with some sass; I would recommend it if you come across it. I suspect mine is extremely fresh as this shipment just came in to International Beverage the other day and I am in MD. So it is a "must try" if you find it fresh in bottle. I would be interested in trying this on tap.

This would go extremely well with a nice vegetarian Indian meal. I can also see it bringing some Ethiopian cuisine to life.

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4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's good. I don't know why the subpar reviews.

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Photo of dickroop
4.37/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is DuClaw's 2007 release (note: this beer does NOT seem to be Retired, it's a seasonal.)

Served in a glass tumbler at the Bowie location, the Serum was plain copper color with a full-finger head. Not any ordinary head, this was a creamy, fine foam that left distinct rings of lacing with each one of my 22 sips. I could count them like tree rings!

The aroma of this ale was sweet, rich with fruity esters and a fresh hoppy presence. Flavor notes were (possibly) peach and bubble gum. The taste was hop-bitter and malt-sweet in almost perfect balance. Hops were citrus to floral & harder to pick out because of the heavy malt bill. There was a touch of sourness mid-palate, and the finish was enduringly bitter with a bit of graininess. Despite the ABV of 9%, alcohol did not seem to intrude into the flavor profile (nor the mouthfeel, for that matter).

Mouthfeel was full-bodied, rich, and creamy. This brew leaves a sweet stickiness on the lips. Overall, drinkability is quite good, except at 9% you couldn't easily session it to more than 3, I'm guessing. I'm really impressed with the Serum this year, bought 2 growlers - one for me and one for a friend. Recommended, I think it's a truly outstanding offering!

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4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth for what I would expect from a barrel-aged IPA.easy on the hop profile and balanced overall.

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of sideshowrob
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the beer at the September 04 release date. Stats are 9% ABV and 56 IBUs - a bit high on the ABV and a bit low on the IBUs for this style.

Beer poured an orange-amber color into the standard pint glass. Lots of head that quickly dissipated. Good carbonation. Strong smell of hops and sweet malt present, hops had a cirtus note to them. The malt notes won out the day on the tasting - the beer definately had a sweet overall body - fairly complex. Hops note was present, but under control. Good mouthfeel, aided by the aforementioned carbonation. Surprizingly easy to drink for a 9%abv brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

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Serum XXIPA Double IPA from DuClaw Brewing Company
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