Serum XXIPA Double IPA | DuClaw Brewing Company

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Serum XXIPA Double IPASerum XXIPA Double IPA
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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:
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Added by Hefe on 02-12-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
524
Reviews:
110
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
12.32%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
130
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +12%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head with decent lacing on a clear copper with golden hues body. Nice strong aroma with caramel malts, spices and candied citrus. Fairly well balanced in the flavor with the caramel malts equally present to the candied fruit hops. Fairly mild for what I was expecting after the venom pale ales. Creamy body with light carbonation. I was a little disappointed with this one. After having the other APA and IPAs this one leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Brewers Cask in Baltimore (Federal Hill). Nice copper color, bug fluffy head, huge hop aroma.. I like where this is going. For a double IPA, it has a pretty good mouthfeel and a good maltiness to balance out the overload of hops. Drinks really smoothly. One of the better double IPA's I've had, tasty, well balanced, and hides the ABV well.. can't ask for much more, a solid offering from Duclaw.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured alight amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of bitter earthy hops with dry caramel malt notes. Taste is also dominated by bitter hops notes with limited complexity and some lightly sweet malt backbone. Body is about average with good carbonation. I thought there was too much malt and limited hops presence with a lacks of complexity in the hops profile.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of nickfl
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A poured with a nice head of off white foam on a clear dark copper body. Decent retention and lace.

S moderate pine aroma with some caramel and orange notes.

T sweet malt with some orange hop notes. More toffee and a bit of sweaty character towards the finish.

M medium body moderate carbonation and a balanced finish.

D not bad but a bit light for a dipa. Just not as hoppy as I would have expected based on their other beers.

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Photo of oberon
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Kegatron
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of creamy off-white head. This retains with some thick foamy ringing that leaves back a moderately robust cascade of sticky spotty lacing. The aroma smells a bit leafy, with notes of spice, pine, and a sticky mix of caramel, ripe fruit, and a toasted graininess. The citric aspect of this has a touch of fresh brightness to it that helps carry things here for the most part.

The taste is bitter grapefruit that is surrounded by ripe herbal and tropical flavors before running into a backbone of stiff toasted grains and tangier caramel sweetness. Hops return in a dry finish that sticks to the tongue with a spicy and resinous feel. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied with a lively carbonation on the edges and then more of a sharp chewiness that lies on the tongue. This does have some heat to it, which not only brings out the aggressiveness of the hops but also turns this into more of a sipper than I would have liked.

I’ve had this one and off now for like 6-7 years and while this bottled version is pretty close to what I’ve had on draft before, it’s still just not a DIPA that I can really get into. Just too much sweetness and alcohol in spots with some of the hop character here as well getting to be a bit too harsh at times and an overall drinkability that is hampered by its high ABV. I wish I liked this one more.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear deep copper-ish amber in color with moderate amounts of active fine visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and hints of golden apricot highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts underneath moderate aromas of pine, citrus/grapefruit pith, and herbal hops. Hints of alcohol as well.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of grainy sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of pine, citrus/grapefruit pith, and herbal hops which imparts a moderate amount of bitterness that lingers for a reasonable amount of time. Hints of booziness in the finish as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: For whatever reason, I'm just not a huge fan of this beer - the combination of hop aromas/flavors and sweet grainy + caramel malts just do not mesh for me. Alcohol is a little too present for this one to be easy to drink or enjoy.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Slatetank
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks a lot to tenderbranson69 for sharing this 12oz with me -enjoyed from a tumbler chilled.

The color is deep amber with mild haziness as is apropos for the style with lots of creamy ecru head and copious lace indicating an oily hoppy ale which has good retention. The smell is just average, not bad, but showing more alcohol than necessary and has more of a malt sweetness in the smell than bursting with hop aromatics, it does have some citrus but it seems sort of muted in the background. The mild tropical accent is easy to confuse with alcohol in the aroma. The feel and flavor are both decent with moderately high bitterness and slight spice with some acidity that is balanced by the malt backing with some alcohol drying in the finish.

Overall this is a nice Imperial IPA with nice hop flavor which seems fresh but it follows the lead of many east coast versions with more balanced approach and less emphasis on hop pizzazz than I prefer. It is recommended if you enjoy 90 minute and similar Imperial IPA's since it has a nice sweetness augmenting the hop flavor, but it does not push the envelope when it comes to bitterness.

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 7/24/10 notes. Had at cdc release.

a - Pours a reddish amber color with an inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel and fruity malts, citrus hops, and pine.

t - Tastes mostly of caramel and fruity malts, and a hint of pine hops..

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A decent DIPA, but I got a lot more malts than hops. Would give another shot.

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3.75/5  rDev +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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Photo of ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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