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Serum XXIPA Double IPA | DuClaw Brewing Company

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Serum XXIPA Double IPASerum XXIPA Double IPA
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3.57/5
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525 Ratings
Serum XXIPA Double IPASerum XXIPA Double IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Hefe on 02-12-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,109
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
525
pDev:
12.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
129
Trade:
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a glossy/semi-hazy burnt orange color with a slim finger’s worth white foamy head that quickly dissipated leaving some clingy messy lacing. The smell had some sweet apricot roaming over top of some light orange and lemon. Wet fresh grassy underneath rides a light caramel maltiness. The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors to combine and leave a dry fruity aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonated nicely as a DIPA, the bitterness is there to leave an adequate harshness. Overall, I say this was a pretty good DIPA, nothing over the top, but it fits the style and I like the apricot in it.

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Photo of jmaskell33
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Timtac
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As I continue to winnow through the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, I am finding beers that I do not even remember purchasing! In fact, I have so many DuClaw beers hanging around that I am embarking on a horizontal tasting for the next few days. This should be interesting.

From the bottle: "Give your palate a big injection of hop bitterness well balanced by malty sweetness with this smooth, medium bodied, copper colored nectar that takes India Pale Ale to the next level. Pop the top and ... get all hopped up"; "Respect_the_Fluid".

I Pop!ped the cap & decided to resume respecting the fluid with a gentle pour. I know that this one was a semi-recent purchase, but since I do not remember precisely when I bought it, I figured that gentility might be in order. Once I had decanted a fair amount of the fluid, I gave it a really vigorous in-glass swirl that raised two-plus fingers of foamy, soapy, light-tan head that hung around briefly and then fell to wisps, leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was a slightly hazy Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17). Nose had a pungent hoppiness, very vegetal and green, almost like a wet hopped AIPA. There was a good bit of pine mintiness also. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very cool and minty, not exactly pine, more towards wintergreen or Life Savers Cryst-O-Mint. Once more, I felt like I was gargling with mouthwash, especially inhaling after the swallow. The finish was initially cool and dry, but then I got a shot of caramel malt sweetness on the extreme finish. It is, as others have noted, dangerously drinkable and my bottle noted it as 9% ABV. Phew!

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3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of q33jeff
2.25/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

**
05/29/2015
Bottle to pilsner glass. Cloudy yellow-orange. Small head. Aroma is non-descript, touch of something a little fruity. Taste is pine, ash. Little carbonation. Not great."
**

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Photo of hoppyhoppy
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jfstermer
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FeloniousDrunk
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SpectrePLUS
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rdoggg
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of waddellc2
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AJmon13
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MjamesL
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jbaker67
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TequilaTom
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark coppery amber with a thin off-white head. Moderate lacing. Smells floral with pine and some citrus hops and caramel malts. Taste is ditto, with some alcohol burn and bitterness towards the end. Great mouthfeel. I honestly could have 2 or 3 of these, and for a dipa, that's dangerous! Well done DuClaw!!

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Photo of jancona
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hockeypuck
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stevoj
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bel Air location. Some east coast brewers can make great IPAs, and this is one of them. In your face bitterness, but buttery smooth on the back end, super thick creamy head, lacing coats the glass. Plenty warm and glowing.

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Photo of j0hnc2468
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of osickeym
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JeffKowalek
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of djchrismac
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fscottkey
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.50] Nice hearty 1 1/2 fingers of bright white head. The head is made of dense bubbles and has some really good retention. The bottle lists the ABV at (8.3%) but I cannot find a date code (kind of a sin for an IPA).

S: [3.25] Sweet caramelized sugar. Some underlying tropical fruit scents. Overall the nose is subdued.

T: [3.25] Lots of bread and cracker maltiness up front. Maybe a hint of a fruity flavor early - I am getting blueberry to be honest. The malts play the key role in the flavor profile. Maybe a spark of bitter late from the hops.

M: [4.00] Medium body and good carbonation level. Slightly dry finish but easy enough drinking. There is no hint of alcohol.

O: [3.25] I'll start with the bad news. With no date info I have no idea if this is the beer as intended or I have a hop faded dud. But since Duclaw has decided not to add dates this is what they get for a review. Overall this lacked any hop character on the nose or on the palate. Nice malt bill but nothing piney, citrusy, fruity, etc. to accentuate the hops. That makes for a lackluster IPA.

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Serum XXIPA Double IPA from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 525 ratings
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