Serum XXIPA Double IPA | DuClaw Brewing Company

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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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Photo of IronLover
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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 -9.5%
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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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass. No bottling info that I can find. Risky.

A - Pours a glowing amber color with a half finger of porous white head. Some amoeba lacing left behind.

S - Sweet and malt forward aroma for an IPA. Some honey, brown sugar, buttered bread, and tropical fruits all contribute to this effect. Mellow hops, floral mostly. Generic aroma, if you ask me.

T - Has a clover honey vibe throughout. Some hops kick in midpalate and offer a bit of relief from the sweet and bready malts. Some pine and booze on the finish and beyond.

M - Medium-thick body and good carbonation.

O - Overall, a forgettable beer, but nowhere near a drainpour. Some hops, but overloaded with a plethora of malts that come off sweet and bready for my taste. There is nothing to advance this one beyond the herd of average DIPA's out there. Perhaps this wasn't fresh (no bottle dating, so I give no benefits of the doubt), but I probably won't be getting it again.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Somewhat transparent amber body with a light tan head that leaves a lot of lacing around the rim of the glass.

S- Some piney hops come through, but the overwhelming aroma is sweet bready malt.

T- Balanced IIPA that has a good hop presence balanced out by bready malts. Certainly not hop-forward, but the hop flavor is there.

M- Full-bodied with medium-high carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O- A decent IIPA with good flavor, worth a try for those who want a balanced IIPA.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #232
Served On: 11/02/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 9.0%
Date/ Code: -

This was a 12oz. bottle from a case I bought at Self Serve Beverage in York, PA. Was $39.99.

Look: The brew had a super clear dark honey color. Head was a 1-finger beige layer of frothy foam that eventually became a patchy film of random sized bubbles. Carbonation bubbles were at a respectable level. with lacing definitely forming on the glass.

Smell: Strong pine aroma mixed with some grassy notes and a sweet malt in the background.

Taste: First up was an astringent pine that quickly gave way to some mango and a syrupy malt sweetness in the middle. The finish had some bitterness but was rather clean for such a big beer. Some residual mango seemed to hang on. The sweet malts returned into the aftertaste. A very balanced beer given the ABV.

This brew certainly ranked up there with me. The high level of balance that was achieved is what sold me. To offer such an extreme beer while keeping it drinkable is exactly what I look for in a DIPA. I would almost compare this one to Hop'solutely from Allentown Brew Works, but with slightly more balance and less alcohol warmth.

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Photo of rodlavers
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a

Appearance is dark amber/orange, fairly clear, no head minimal lacing. It does have a thick look to t, syrupy but smooth. Smell is super subdued; very light caramel and malt, but not much in the way of hops. Hop profile is subtle. Smells sweet and tastes sweet, too sweet for my liking. It's too unbalanced in terms of flavor. Malt and sugar dominate any semblance of hops. Feels smooth, but also a bit too thick and syrupy. Mild carbonation. Overall not a huge fan, probably enjoyed it more in the bottle. Worth a try for those looking to branch out. Cheers.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty standard looking IPA. Dark amber body with tons of carbonation bubbles reaching a head of at least 1/4 inch. Mildly sticky lacing.

S - Smells more malt forward mild citrus hops and boozy malt but both mixed together to give it a neutral like smell.

T - First impression is that's it's pretty good. The boozy factor is pretty subdued behind a wall of sweet fruit like hops and the malts seem to be crisp and provide balance. Not bad at all.

M - Medium bodied a sure fire sipper though.

Overall these guys seem to make a pretty unique DIPA that walks the line of really boozy DIPA "Captain Lawrence" vs too hoppy "Short's The Liberator".

Quite drinkable but forgettable. Worth the nostalgia hype of trying an IPA call Serum.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1506th Review on BA
Bottle to Piraat Tulip

Thanks to TroyG2352 for this

App- Into the glass this fell as a deeper copper mixed in with some lighter ambers and a tinge of yellow/gold on the edges. A pretty nice 2 finger head was there and then left rather quickly. Only a touch of subtle cling. Fell to a small pond layer on the top of the beer.

Smell- When I 1st took a sip on this one, the first thing I got was the overall booziness of iI mean I get it, its 9% but damn. The booze was followed up by sweet syrup, thicker malts and some hoppy aroma. A little bit creamy and smells like a cordial like a thick cherry sherry.

Taste- Well most of the nose doesn't cross over. This is a high malty and thick DIPA. It was a bit of a carry over with regards to the creamy hops. I picked up on some very cantaloupe like flavors with a fairly sweet and boozy bite. I liked this more than the smell.

Mouth- A very large medium body with a good paired medium carbonation. The flavors retained are the thick malts with a large booze note and a bit of caramel sweetness.

Drink- It was pretty tasty and at the same time kinda unique in the grand scheme of things. I racked my brain and nothing really compares. Maybe Devil Dancer or Double Crooked but those are a bit thicker and boozier as well.

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Photo of stakem
2.5/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On cask at Als of Hampden. This was a firkin aged with pineapple and mango. Served in a nonic from the handpump. The brew appears a clear copper color with more than a finger of yellowish suds.

The smell is like hop candy. Sticky sweet smelling with pineapple and mango making itself known. It actually feels like it has less hop character than fruit addition. I wont lie, it smells pretty nice but this has gone from tropical IPA to full on fruit beer.

The taste is huge with the sticky sweetness. This is downright cloying like drinking candy. I like the pineapple and mango addition but this is like syrup to the point where the sugar actually burns my throat. The faintest amount of caramel/toffee grain tries to make itself known but the sticky sweetness dominates.

Thia is a heavier bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. Way too sweet for me, I couldnt finish my glass. After drinking 6-8 ounces I felt like I should of had my stomach pumped or maybe injected with a couple CC's of insulin to balance things out.

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

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness dating info

Pour is darker amber, near clear, tan head that stays a while then leaves a minor tiny bubble film and minor fine lace.

Resin hop nose of moderate interest

Resinous hops notes dominate here. In a world of seemingly hundreds of DIPA, this one does not really stand out as anything awesome. But its enjoyable, hoppy and well crafted with enough of a malt undercoating to make it quite drinkable.

Went well with some 2 year aged cheddar.

Worth a try if you find this available in your local area

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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 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 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 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 JerseyKirk
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Golden white 1 finger head. Small to medium bubbles.

S: Spicy, herbal, slight dankness. Hop forward and dominated nose. Touch of caramel.

T: Same as above.

M: Well carbed but not too fizzy. Big warming alcohol finish that is sweet.

O: A little too much of a pronounced alcohol note which detracts from the beer's complexity. Still awesome though. Just a big IIPA with warming notes.

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

Off tap at the brewery this beer was a rich amber color sliding towards the copper spectrum. The head was off-white, retained itself fairly well as a collar and left lacing especially towards the beginning. The aroma was of grapefruit, orange peel, light pine and the caramel malt base. The flavors were good but not as bold as one might expect from a “Double” IPA. I tasted citrus peel and grapefruit zest as well as the floral and piney notes of hops later as the beer warmed. The malt base was solid and overall it was indeed tasty but if someone would have told me it was a plain old American IPA I would have believed them. This was partly because the alcohol was well-concealed, to the brewmaster’s credit. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium/full and the carbonation on the light side.

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Photo of Spfarner
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep orange color with a very small sized head. Aromas of citrus, pine and some caramel. Tastes of pine, citrus, and caramel (just like the aromas). Had quite a few at one sitting and it is a very easy drinking XX IPA, so in a short story to sum it all up, I was pretty wasted that night! Definitely worth having a few on hand! It is bottled, but my opinion, tap is better!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.14/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draft at DuClaw in Bowie, MD.

The beer is golden orange colored with a slow and steady stream of bubbles ascending from the depths of the pint glass. The head is off white and measures approximately a half inch thick, leaving ample lacing on the pint glass.

The aroma is surprisingly weak. Even after allowing the beer to warm and putting my nose into the beer (literally), I struggle to detect a strong hop presence.

The flavor is decent, albeit simple. More hops please. American DIPAs should be bold and aggressive, and that's what is missing here.

Mild alcohol burn in the finish. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

Overall, uninteresting, especially given the competitive nature of the style.

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Photo of ckollias
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this on tap out of a pint glass at Duclaw in Bowie, MD.

A: Pours an orangish-amber color with a thin 1-finger white head that quickly dissipates into almost nothing.

S: Strong hoppy aroma with an alcoholic tone and piney backbone.

T: Bitter beer with a hoppy background pine and citrus flavors.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: This beer was pretty decent – maybe a little too bitter – but easily drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of runner440
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just filled my growler up tonight at Duclaw.

It pours a clear redish orange with a bright white head that sticks around.

The smell is the highlight of this beer. Sweet malt, grapefruit, citrus, very west coast style smell.

The taste follows the smell on this one. Cirtus, grapefruit, caramel, and a slight honey taste. There is also a slight pine resin.

Mouthfeel is medium body and smooth with a long citrus finish. The malts give it a good balance.

Overall, this is a solid local beer. Good enough for a growler.

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Photo of junjun1
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer poured on-tap at the Roast House Pub in Frederick...

A: Nice orange-hued amber color, with a decent white head, nice lacing as well...

S: The smell is fruity hops, and some booze...

T: No alcohol present, but a rush of fresh fruity hops and a light crackery maltiness...

M: Crisp, light-enough...

D: A really nice DIPA, not the best, but at 5 bucks for 12 oz pour, I could drink this all night.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours that super-creamy kind of head you want to see on a Double IPA. Hazy bronze/copper color. Par for the course, in a good way.

Relatively weak aroma, for the style. Something mildly medicinal creeps in too (gotta be the 9% ABV). And, in fact, there's more caramel sweetness than pine/citrus here, indicating that the generous malt presence noted on the label is in effect...although I wonder where the hops are. The pour indicates a fairly vibrant beer, but without bottle dating, there's no way to know whether the hops have faded due to this bottle hanging around the store shelf too long. I did pull it out of a cooler, so...on to the taste.

There's a raw, unrefined character to the taste of Serum, which is kind of nice. An enjoyable tropical and citrus fruit melange shows the hops doing their thing, while the malt is intensely caramel-ish without ever being too sweet. Spearmint emerges with some warming. A juicy, fruity character dominates, and there's also a pungent, resin-y quality to the beer, especially in the finish. 9% alcohol provides only the mildest bit of warmth.

There's a stickiness trying to happen here, but never gets there, and the body lacks the creamy roundness you want in a beer like this...probably a tad too much carbonation too. The thinner body is never watery, but ultimately it just escapes feeling lackluster.

I was in the mood for a really great double IPA, but new ones in that category are proving elusive. Maybe that bar has been set too high. In any case, I like this, and it performs well enough to satisfy. Won't be a problem to finish the bottle.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.43/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Matt shared a bottle with dinner last night. I guess we made multiple mistakes with this one, as there's no freshness date, and to make things worse, we drank this right after a fresh Ruination.

Pouring acceptably good looking enough, this beer is a mildly hazy orange with a dense, off-white head that recedes leaving a little lacing. The nose is a full-on assault of malts, with the hops playing a second fiddle. Plenty of caramel with sugar and crystal malt sweetness being most noticeable, there's a moderate hop aroma as well. Citrus and pine are most noticeable hop aromatics, but the malt character is just too strong.
The palate opens rather sweet, with a blend of crystal malt, caramel, some syrup and a little sugar. Hop bitterness is rather low here, with any piney bitterness that's present being washed away by the waves of sweetness. Some citrusy hop flavor is present as well. Sweet on the finish, this beer is medium in body and has a nice, soft carbonation. However, for the most part, these are not the characteristics I'm looking for in a good IPA/DIPA, and for that reason, I have to drop the scores some. However, I would like to try it on tap to see if it's any better fresh.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bowie location of DuClaw. I didn't think I'd like this beer and I was pleasantly surprised.

Beer is dark amber with a mild haze, haloed head of small white bubbles, low carbonation some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet with this earthy piny sense.

Beer is medium in body and moderately bitter in the back, the finish is one of the best things about this beer. It leaves this resiny flavor and feeling in the mouth that carries the bitterness forward on the palate. I'd have this beer again for sure, especially on draft.

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

A - Pours a cloudy copper color (more of an opaque caramel color, actually), fine layer of foam eases down to a mild lacing ring, carbonation is not active. As the beer warms up, it turns clear copper color.

S - Aroma is not overly strong with a balance between toasted caramel/toffee, some mild oranges, and honey. The first thing that comes to mind is "balance" in the nose.

T - Serum hits the tongue with honey, malt and caramel initially followed swith a boozy effervesence as it permeates upwards through the nose from the throat. Sweet malt forward followed by a citrus mixture of grapefruit and oranges with the predominant bitterness coming in the form of oranges, unique for a D-IPA. As I work through the bottle, the booziness settles down.

M - Fairly smooth on the tongue and a thin, medium body (thinner than I'd prefer for this style).

O - Interesting orange nuances, closer to balanced than being overly bitter. Glad I was able to try this one, purchased three bottles of this on a trip to Maryland this past week.

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Serum XXIPA Double IPA from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.57 out of 5 based on 524 ratings.
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