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Serum | DuClaw Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States | website

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
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
519
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
26.82%
 
 
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Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 519
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a vibrant, slightly hazy, copper coloring, with a steady flow of carbonation and a thin, low profile, white head. The aromas are sticky resin forward, solid tart and sweet grapefruit, pineapple, and tangy caramel in the backbone. Flavors are tropical fruit forward, with a solid dose of pineapple and grapefruit, followed by hints of booze, pine pitch, evergreen highlights, and a heavy hand of dank resin. The body is robust, with a slight edge from the carbonation. Tangy and resinous aftertaste, balanced throughout, with a slick, slightly oily, slightly lingering finish. There is a build to the hops profiles as you drink. Solid brew.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Moderately aggressive hand. The stamp on the neck is smudged, but I can make out a -"13" at the end.

A: Classic golden yellow-orange body with a slight haze. 2 fingers of sudsy, off-white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Juicy, fruit-forward hop with elements of grape juice, tropical fruit. Light earth. Light brown sugar, caramel. Trace grapefruit, pine.

T: Moderately aggressive bitterness followed by a subdued maltiness. Transitions slowly back into a lingering bitterness and dry finish. Light alcohol presence for the 9% ABV. Occasional floral whiffs in the nose.

M: Smooth, moderate to light carbonation with a medium body. Drinks pretty well.

O: I had high expectations after enjoying a few preemptive sniffs, but in the end, it didn't quite live up to it's own olfactory hype. That being said, it was a good beer. I enjoyed it.

Prost!

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Photo of Omnium
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear orange with one finger of fizzy white head, no lacing.
S - Biscuit and caramel malt, very sweet smelling, citrus zest
T - Sweet orange candy biscuit malt, some pine, a little citrus,
M - Bitter and incredibly sticky, a little alcohol burn
O - Just ok, sure its strong, but its just an average double IPA, East Coast style.

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Photo of GregA135
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured a nice amber color

Smell of citrus, hops, and pine

I enjoyed this one at FatHeads, it had a bitter bite with hints of grapefruit and pine

It left my mouth feeling dry

Overall I liked this beer, besides leaving the mouth a bit dry, I enjoyed it. It wasn't too strong, but it satisfied my needs for an IPA.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper amber color with an off white head, leaves speckled lacing around my glass. Aroma has nearly burn grapefruit peel, big alcoholic malt layers too. Look it feels like a DIPA double fruit and bitterness, the beer is resinous and all around a let down compared to other DIPAs. The beer is medium to full bodied finishes smooth throughout my glass. Overall I'm a fan only one of the two kind bring about.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

True dirty amber color with some considerable hop haze. Head cropped low and fell out. Just a medium-sized ring leftover.

Dank, resinous hops. Lots of crude citrus, orange, lemon, and pithy grapefruit. Some pine. Some beefiness to the malts. Light caramel, still dry enough.

Solidly bitter and piney. Some caramel sweetness, but definitely hop dominant. Aspirin-like chalkiness. Maybe some medicinal astringency, too. Lacking complexity.

Heavy body. Has swish due to big bubbles. Alcohol presented.

So-so. DuClaw is not impressing me.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.47/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A dark copper in need of polishing, hazy, topped by two levels fingers of dense off-white foam.

Aroma is sweet like a pixie stick, alcohol, with citrus fruit close by and with some fresh bread notes in support. Nose reminds of a barleywine or dopplebock.

Taste begins extremely candy sweet. Some fruitiness in the background. Slight bitter nip. Small alcohol belly burn.

Medium to full mouthfeel.

Too much sweetness, too much alcohol, not enough bitterness. Not a recommended DIPA.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tall pint glass, color is gold/copper, head is light tan, big, frothy, laces well.

Smell is mild, neutral pale malts, maybe some caramely sweetness, hops are fruity mostly, some piney/earthy bitterness noticed.

Taste is pretty solid, clean and crisp malt flavors, not overly sweet, hops are the right amount of bitterness for this size ipa, hardly notice its strength.

Mouthfeel is great for such a bit ipa, nicely drying, good tongue presence and mild sweeetness that lingers.

Overall, a very solid dipa style, clean malt flavors, not too sweet and hops are spot on for the bitterness.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
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 smakawhat
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

A real nice creamy head, whipped up off white tan in color but only makes about two fingers and settles quickly to a one finger tall puck. Body is a crystal clear bronze dark amber, nearly hinting at hues of red and some very faint rising carbonation in the middle. Pretty solid looking.

Nose has a mushy sense of tropical hop angle, and fresh cut grass. Faint thick malts seem to be in the back, with a sense of boozy quality. Very large mushy fruit and heat.

Weird palate. First initial sip in the mid palate is full and syrupy thick with not much flavor, then swallow brings a quick lingering peppery hot and piney hop blast. Strangely for the thickness the beer doesn't really coat or fill the palate in fact all the flavor and sensation seem to barley get past my lips. Some noticeable heat that's about it.

Overall it is hop forward like a dipa but doesn't have much of a distinguishing hop palate or any body. THere's no fruit quality in taste to match the nose, no malt backbone, or even sweetness. Just a noticeable aftertaste of pine bitter. This is a weird one, it's sort of strangely empty so I'll pass on it.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.53/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Cadmium orange, light and lazy movement of effervesce. Butff colored head, patchy, dissipates almost immediately with minimal lacing.

S: Straw and dry toasted grain, very faint upport with an even more bare minimal, underpar hop profile of muted, undefinable content.

T: Some malt support, old lemony hops, stale grapefruit with a bit of metallic ting. Washed out toasted maltiness, some dry hop appeal but seems warming, like old lemon citrus hop juice, homogenized. Ok level of bitternes for a entry level ipa, just not for a 2x label.

M: Light end of medium body, oily stale citrus juice ends with a watery toasted malting. Warming, but very managable for its 9.0%abv and hardly gets in the way.

O: Overall old stale citrus, a big dissapointment, no bottling info so hard to verify age, but it tastes old and stale hop and malt wise. Boring flavor profile, with a lost of interest halfway through the consumption. Unimpressive and forced finish.

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Photo of y2jrock60
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark orange with a two finger head that leaves moderate lacing.

S- Very sweet aroma with hints of piney hops. The malt or more prevalent in the nose than the hops.

T- Very sweet upfront, very similar to their Venom PA. The hops make an appearance at the end but are overwhelmed by the malt sweetness. You don't get hop flavors, just their bitterness. There is a slight presence of alcohol which undermines the bitterness as well.

M- Medium-thick bodied, almost syrup like, with a moderate-low amount of carbonation.

O- Very similar to their Venom PA, almost too overly sweet for my liking. The hops are an afterthought with this beer, I actually perceive more hop flavor and bitterness from the Venom PA. I understand the alcohol plays a part in the profile, but Dogfish Head and Breckenridge are able to bring them through in their doubles.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer looks great off the pour. Great amber hue with a nice head. Flavor profile is thick with malts and what seems like a minimal amount of hop character. Could definitely use some more punch. Feel is quick smooth and slick. But considering the style, and what all else is out there in this style, this is nothing overly interesting.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.47/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy dark copper color. The head is a one finger offwhite shade. Retention is pretty good given its alcohol content, and the lacing left behind is nice looking as well.

S: Malty. There's a lot of caramel, biscuit, and brown sugar in the malt backbone, weakly supported by some faint piny hops. Maybe there's a touch of weed here as well. DuClaw's typical yeast profile comes across less peppery and more...dare I say cardboard-like? Not sure about the age of this one, but I'm not impressed regardless.

T: Hops are very faint here, except perhaps a faint bitter bite on the finish. This one is very much a malty DIPA, and a sweet one as well. At first, there are a surprising amount of plum-like qualities, which will eventually give way to a sweet caramel midtaste. It finishes with only faint piny hops, a sensation badly overpowered by heavy-handed brown sugar and orange sweetness. Good gawd, this is sweet, even cloying; and it can NOT get away with it the way Misery did.

M: The body is really creamy, thick, and syrupy. As a barleywine, the texture works well - but this is a DIPA, so it's just overbearingly difficult to sip (for the record, I don't like most malty DIPAs). The hops cleanse the palate only enough to expose some boozy qualities, without really hiding much of the sweetness or giving the body extra drinkability.

O: A poor DIPA; a passable barleywine/strong ale. I'll be fair to it - the flavor profile screams "badly aged DIPA" to me. It's not drainpour bad, but it's going to take a long time to put this one down. It's just WAY too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, no date

copper, clear, orange highlights. thin off-white colored head. aroma is mostly citrus and pine hop flavors. taste has just enough malt to balance it, slightly bready. lingering hops. medium body, coats the tongue, slick. medium carbonation. overall - good balance.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

P- AOH

A- a fuzzy amber color with a half finger head that leaves a line lace around the inside of the pint.

S- phenols and grapefruit dominate. no malt presence that i can detect.

F- grapefruit but more of an alcohol taste. It over powers any other flavor.

M- dry and alcohol laden. warm in the throat.

O- a very alcohol laden ipa in the nose and flavor. it takes away from other notes in the beer. Could be better but a little better than average.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

clean amber pour with a finger of foamy white head. the smell is mostly malty sweet with some notes of phenol, grapefruit essence is there as well. this is an interesting ipa. i can barely taste any hops so i'm assuming it was sitting on shelves for a while.. risk you take ordering beer online. the malty sweetness is definitely there, but a very unique grain is giving off an awesome caramel like flavor.. nutty notes as well. i'd really like to see what this is like fresh. sweet like a wildflower honey. medium-full body with ow carbonation and a nice warmth from the alcohol.
this is a decent dipa as is, but i would honestly love to try it fresh to get a true feel for it.

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Photo of GiantMidget
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in tulip glass on tap from Pinocchio's in Media PA.

This was a very hazy orange/brownish IPA which, IMO wasn't what I expected for a double, I think it was WAY darker and hazier than I would've expected.

However looks can be deceiving and in this case it certainly was.

While the scent of your typical DIPA exists, with citrus, hops, pine and some extra fruitness.

Grapefruit evidence quickly to the taste and the extensive dry hopping is noticeable as it leaves the palate with a dry nature while the mouthfeel does it's work leaving it full bodied.

It is an excellent but not terrific DIPA, I'd drink it again but it's not at the top of my list due to the caramel sweetness and otherwise not overly memorable other variables outside of the good job of dry hopping.

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Photo of tone77
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malts, some hops, a touch of citrus. Taste is very unusual, and not so godd, bitter, a medicinal property to it, kind of like nyquil, the malts and hops not mixing very well. Feels light in the mouth and overall I was not very impressed with this beer.

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Photo of teromous
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Hints of gold and orange in the color, with a thin white head. Slight haze, but not much. What little head there is leaves some spots of bubbles on the glass, but no real lacing.

S: Lots of malty caramel sweet scents hit my nose immediately. I don't pick up any hops scents which is a bit different for an IIPA. It has that "big malty beer" smell with some of the rich candy-like alcohol esters. I'm not impressed by the scent at all.

T: I get some pine hop character, but it comes across more as bitterness than flavor. Biscuit and caramel malt character. Some earthy hop character at the end. A little minty. It's a pretty good beer but it's definitely not what I look for in an IIPA. It could use a lot more hop character. The malt flavors are nice, and the pine and earthiness are pleasant, but it just seems very underwhelming. I only rated it an average score because the bitterness and malt qualities are nice, but it's barely a 3.0 for me.

M: I thought the mouthfeel was very good. It has just enough bitterness and carbonation for the beer. It's medium bodied, not slick or smooth but a bit wet. Easy to drink.

O: Overall I wasn't impressed by the beer. I wouldn't buy it again. It just left me wanting more hop flavor and less sweetness. I think I was the most unimpressed with the smell of the beer, because if I did a blind tasting of the beer, I would have no way of telling it was even a pale ale based on the smell alone.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On Tap at Whole Foods

The Serum looks golden bronze in the glass with a nice off white firm cap up top with some stickings on the sides. Good retention with rising bubbles. Darker than a west coast IPA. Smell is ridden with sweet malt, some caramel and some earthy hops. Smells like a double amber if you will. Taste is sweet, malt forward and a earthy, grainy hop taste. Citrus is null, pine is blah, bitterness is non existent, off a tap none the less. I understand east coast style DIPA's so in that sense Serum works. Feel is medium bodied with a gentle carb going for itself, a sweet aftertaste, no bitterness. A glass was all i wanted. I tried Du Claw's pale ale, IPA, and now the DIPA, all bombs. Im going to explore their darker offerings now and skip the lighter.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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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Photo of JDizzle
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks dark for a DIPA and filthy. Not really the look I was hoping for.
Smells pretty hoppy, but has a huge malt presence in the nose. Has some good pine, resiny, and grassy notes.
Taste is a huge letdown. The smell is way more hoppy than the taste. Tons of malt on this one and not much else. BOOO!!!! Not sure of the date, but this kinda blows...
Mouthfeel is good with a good amount of carbs.
Overall, it's not a DIPA that I would recomend at all. Glad I bought a single of this.

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Photo of IronLover
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper orange in color with just the slightest haze. Poured with a short white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Sweet caramel malt aroma with light resinous pine and citrus beneath. Medium bodied with smooth oily feel and light, subtle carbonation. Sweet caramel malt up front followed by citrus and then pine bop bitterness that longers a bit at the finish. This was a more malt forward DIPA.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at perch pub

Pours a hazed golden orange color with a thinner crop of white head resting on top. A slick of retention sits while leaving rings of sticky lacing on the glass.

Bitter, sticky hops in the nose with a formidable amount of malty sweetness. Touches of caramel and honey with toasted grain and tropical hop tones. Swirl of boozy warmth.

Rounded hop bitterness in the profile up front with touches of grapefruit and tropical fruits. Fairly sweet and resiny in the backbone with caramel. Toasted grain and bread with a one-two punch of bitter hops and alcohol heat.

Medium body, well carbonated, full, sticky and chewy on the tongue. A pretty average DIPA, as the combo of sweet and heat became a little much after about half of the pour. There's just too many great beers in this genre, leaving this one in the dust.

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Serum from DuClaw Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.
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