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 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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Photo of sholland119
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Blind Beer #5 from Thorpe429.

A-Crystal clear amber with a thin off white head. Great retention and nice sticky lacing.

S-Lots and lots of caramel malt. Some earthy hoppiness is detectable as well.

T-Caramelly with some bready malt as well. Nicely malty with some mild citrus in the finish. Perceived bitterness increases as the beer warms.

M-Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

D-Pleasant, smooth.


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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery and at an Oktoberfest event in MD. Pours a clear amber body and a smallish tan head. Grapefruits, pine, light floral qualities, and a touch of caramel in the aroma. Medium to full-bodied and a bit sticky going down. Good balance taste-wise. Some sweet caramel and a biscuity maltiness upfront. Floral qualities and a light peachiness follow. Grapefruitiness at the bitter, drying end. Solid stuff.

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

Poured from 22oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Deep copper hue with 1-2 finger off-white head with average retention but craggy lines of lace.

S: Malty, bready aroma with some flashes of pine resin and orange-grapefruit citrus.

T: The flavor is sticky sweet malty with some pine resin and grapefruit citrus hoppiness. The bready malts take over by a long shot, and this makes me think that this would be a good DIPA to cellar as, even at this early stage, it is not hoppy, and it could probably turn into something better than where it's at now.

M: Sticky feel with low carbonation and a medium-full body. Alcohol is present but not obnoxious.

D: Not a bad beer by any means but probably a better fit in the American barleywine style frankly. It is overbalance in the malt column and needs a boost int he hops department.

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Photo of Pencible
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear copper with some white head.
S: It smelled like caramel and some citrus zest and grapefruit.
T: It tasted like bitter citrus zest with some grapefruit and resin, and a little honey malt. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Pretty good body.
D: This was a good imperial IPA with nice scent and taste, but it was really simple and generic. It had decent body and well hidden alcohol, so it was pretty easy to drink. But there was really nothing special or memorable about this beer.

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Photo of 2BDChicago
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:Pale amber that's perfectly clear. Very complex, thick head of off-white foam head.

S: Citrus hoppy, caramel, bready, piney, but all low grade.

T: First impression is high sweetness factor along with bready malt. There's a taste in the middle that I can't identfy, not horrible but out of place. Heavy or cloying mouthfeel. Slight dryness and subtle hop bite.

D: It's a big brew in a style I love. My first issue was that the aroma and look didn't reflect the fact that this would be a solid DIPA. The other was that it was slightly unbalanced. Overall it was close to being a really good brew in it's style. Problem is that there's a few really great brews in the style. But, in the end it's a good brew that could just use some refining. I would definately have it again and hope the brewers improve it over time.

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Photo of jbriggs7036
4.14/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice...not as amazing as I had anticipated, but worth the growler. Considering how bitchin' the Venom was, i wanted more

A- Deep amber with a thick creamy eggshell head

S- Smell was amazing....had a little more complexity than DFH 90 with with some ETOH kick

T- Not as strong as the smell led me to believe. Tasty nonetheless. a little light on the hoppyness compared to the smell

M- Good bitter feel with. Strong, but not overpowering.

D- Easy...a little too easy for 9% but... coulda been better

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

Big and hot, but lacking some essential something that would make it great.

Pours a fairly clear copper with a sticky head that takes a while to develop, even with a heavy pour. The aroma is sweet, hoppy, and overripe. It takes a while to open in the glass. The flavor is large and grainy, with floral and cirtusy hops, more on the botterness side than on the flavor. The mouthfeel is big and sticky and there is a sharp booziness to it, almost a sherry quality, though I don't get a sense that the beer has oxidized.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass at Arundel Mills.

Pours a clear dark copper with a stream of steady bubbles supporting a non-existent cream colored head that leaves no lacing. Aroma is sweet and hoppy, a strong blend of caramel malt and piney, reding hops. Flavor is more of the same; a little overly sweet. Melts and hops both are amped up from the normal venom, but aside from the sweetness and slightly hot finish that actually kind of works. Mouth is very thick and full with strong carbonation and a creamy smooth piney hop finish. This is a nice local DIPA fresh on tap if you need a hop fix, but is a little too sweet and misses the mark in finding a cohesive balance between the caramel malt backbone and pine hops.

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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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Photo of AleWatcher
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this bomber from Lunch on our second excellent trade-- thanks Paul. This is my first beer from Duclaw.

Pours a light coppery color with a near white head of a hair over a finger. A huge ring of thick lacing still hangs on the inside of my pint glass... From the first sip... I'm now half way through the glass. Good looking DIPA.

Smells of sweet malts- toasted bread, honey tinged dry barley. Then the hops come at you. Big grapefruit and pine notes. Some fresh floral notes as well.

Taste is right in line with nose-- nice citrusy notes with bitter grapefruit and a touch of pine cone. All underscored by a pleasantly sweet malt base. A lingering bitterness on the finish starts to highlight some pine notes.

Body is medium-- decent carbonation. In the time it took my wife and I to discuss how to decorate the dining room, I had finished the bomber--- easy drinking.

Overall: this is good. Not mindblowing. Not top 100 for DIPAs. This is just a good example of the style. It is good in every ratable aspect. I look forward to trying more stuff from DuClaw!

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Photo of LtCracker20
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip. Purchased in Ocean Ciy, MD on vacation with the wife's family.

A- Pours an orange/amber color body with a half inch off-white head. Head quickly recedes to a small bubbly cap. Lacing is literally spotty.

S- A very piney aroma upfront, followed by a good scent of citrus (pineapple and grapefruit). Almost has the smell of a DIPA that was barrel aged. A lot of sweetness in the smell. Nice, but a slight medicinal aroma.

T- Surprisingly, there's not a lot going on here. I don't think it's too cold, but it's really just bland. The sweetness comes through, though, but that's really about it. Kind of anti-climactic after the smell being not so bad. There's the slight sweetness, medicinal flavor, and the alchohol. Not much else.

M/F- Medium bodied DIPA that feels nice on the palate. I think it could use slightly more carbonation in my opinion.

D- I think the alchohol or maybe the medicinal floavors are a little too much here. Kind of dissapointing considering how decent the smell is. Don't think I'd every get it again, but it was worth trying a beer that I can't get in CT.

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

On tap at the Bel Air location.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly pungent (simcoe hops?), showing dank earth, pine, pepper and considerable sweet malt. The flavor profile tends to replicate the nose pretty closely in this malty, East Coast style DIPA. Still, there's also considerable hoppy bitterness which helps to counter some of that sweetness. This leads to a relatively long, dry, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and long in what seems like a fairly low carbonation DIPA. Drinkability is OK, but the combination of sweet malt and noticeable alcohol tend to weigh this beer down and tire out the palate pretty quickly.

I thought this a decent DIPA, though hardly anything unique or outstanding. There are so many great IPA's and DIPA's out there these days... this just isn't one of them.

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Photo of hopdog
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample courtesy of weeare138 (thanks!).

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). Medium alcohol finish. Decent balance.

Notes from 7/14/06

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

2008 edition, on tap as of mid-January
Poured a clear golden amber with 1 finger of off-white head, good lacing. Sweet smells of caramel are up front accompanied by grass clippings and grapefruit notes. Tastes of citrus with a nice sweet malty backbone with a good pine finish as well as a hint of alcohol heat. Medium in body with good carbonation and a nice stickiness, very balanced. Easy to drink but beware of the high ABV. One of my favorite seasonal releases from DuClaw, and even though it changes a bit from year to year, it's always a good sweet and hoppy brew.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just filled this growler today while meeting some fantasy football buds. Light amber color. Pours with a thin head. Piney hops in smell. Tastes hoppy but not out of balance. Smooth mouthfeel & this is very drinkable. I am not a huge fan of DuClaw's beers but this is a good DIPA.


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

This beer cannot be retired becasue I am drinking some right now as I review this.

Thanks to Nattyboman and liverletdie for picking me up a growler of this from the Bel Air location...

A-Orange / amber with thin off-white head that fades. Lots of fine lacing left around my pint glass.

S-Sweet maltiness with a background of citrus and pine. Certainly a malt forward scent. Gets a bit more grapefruity as it warms.

T-A malt forward DIPA for sure...but the citrusy hop bitterness is not far behind. Not quite what I like in a DIPA but tasty nonetheless.

M-Fairly rich with a decent body. Somewhat cloying but not in a bad "sticky" way. Simply in a way that lets the beer linger in your mouth awaiting the next sip. Alcohol warmth barely noticed.

D-A very nice a totally drinkable east coast style DIPA. I like it more as it warms as it takes on more west coast grapefruit characteristics. Overall, another good effort in this DuClaw "special event" release beer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in February at Fells Point location. This beer is not retired.

Appearance: clear reddish / orange in color. One finger head lasts a bit, and light lacing develops.

Smell: caramel sweetness, grapefruits, and pine cone bitterness is pleasant but mild.

Taste: the flavors follow the nose as the malt profile is thick and sweet, and caramel candy, grapefruits, honey, alcohol, and strong pine resin bitterness grip your tastebuds.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout with a long lasting bitter finish. Heavy in body.

Drinkability: decent but this one is a slow sipper. Heavy and the alcohol is quite noticeable. Worth giving it a try.

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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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Photo of ITK4ever
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love Venom and I was surprised to see Serum on-tap. I always wanted to try it, but I always seemed to miss the release. This a fine DIPA. Poured a copper color with a light tan head that didn't last long. One other reviewer mentioned that it wasn't cold enough...which was true. I would have liked it to be just a tad colder and let it warm on it's own. Regardless, this beer is definitely an IPA. Hoppy up front on the nose and into the gullet. But it doesn't seem to be Cascade, or Warrior....I can't put my finger on it. I'll tell you what though, this stuff packs a wallop!!!! At 9% I had two of these and was feeling absolutely no pain....add those two to the 3 Venoms and 2 Sawtooths I had. Good stuff from what I remember. I can't wait to go back and try it again.

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Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to witbier for picking me up a growler of this from the Bel Air location...
Appears a glowing orange amber with a 1 inch white head that slowly fades out. Tons of scattered webbed lace is left around my tulip glass.
Smell is of flowery, orange citrus, along with some sugary candy, and a piney, wood-like hop presence with an undertone of caramel. Smells almost like an open bag of fresh Nugget hops next to some rich, Caramunich malt.
Taste is of the same sugary brewed aromas with a decent mix of sugar and bitter.
Mouthfeel is sugary, rich, with a bitterness that's there very much so in the begginning of the glass but is kicked in the ass by the sugar content as it warms towards the bottem of the glass. Medium bodied and yummy.
I really enjoyed this. I'm not sure why all the lack of love for it but this '06 version is weighing in at 9% and I can barely notice it. I split this growler off into seperate bottles but I wish I had more b/c I'd drink an entire growler of this on any given night.

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Photo of Terp96
2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have been turned off by DuClaw's somewhat "off" beers for some time now. Unfortunate, considering I live within walking distance. When this one was announced, I got a little excited since I love double IPAs. So I gave it a try.

True to form, DuClaw dissappoints again. The pour was okay. It was clear amber color with a decent head.

It smelled just like their Venom ale but with a little more alcohol on the nose. More of a skunked hoppiness. Not much in the way of floral or pine smell at all.

Again, this tasted just like Venom (not good) with more of an alcohol kick. I have to say that the beer was a little too warm for some reason. It is not supposed to be ice cold but this was way to warm. Anyway, the beer is a little short on the malty side and the hops just don't meld well for some reason. Maybe that is what they should change.

Mouthfeel is somewhat oily and smooth but thin. This should have more body and backbone.

Not very drinkable either. The 9% abv and sub par taste leave me wanting something else. I actually had one beer and left for the evening. Try again DuClaw.

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Photo of akorsak
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pint of DuClaw's new seasonal release Serum. Serum is billed as a Double IPA. It is served in a yellow Pint Club glass and is chilled.

Appearance: The ale has a lighter orange color, not quite a vibrant as some of the better DIPAs, but nonetheless nice. There is a bit of head, but not a thick ring.

Smell: The ale has a nice hoppy aroma, but the hops strike me as more muted, european hops. The website confirms that chinook and nugget hops are used (as opposed to vibrant citrusy amarillo or simcoe).

Taste: The ale has a well-balanced flavor. The hops are not too bitter and stringent, instead they provide an almost earthy hop taste that could rival fuggles or goldings, but not quite.

Mouthfeel: The ale sits well on the palate, with the malt character providing just enough of a counterbalance to the hops.

Drinkability: Had two with dinner and I may grab a growler's worth for the holiday weekend.

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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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Photo of Hefe
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper/gold with a bright white head that quickly thins to a sticky lacing.

Smell: Powerful, with tones of orange and grapefruit riding the big floral/piney hop pimp-slap that jumps out of the glass.

Taste: Citusy and piney with a balancing whack of sweet honeyish malts. The finish is dry and lasting.

Mouthfeel: Fine carbontaion, and a nice creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Great, but too over the top to drink in any quantity.

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Serum XXIPA Double IPA from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 524 ratings