HellRazer | DuClaw Brewing Company

491 Ratings
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Kegatron on 03-17-2008

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 87 | Ratings: 491
Photo of JPlo
4.52/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orange copper or light honey color. Hazy clarity. Head is creamy with above average lacing and lasting.

Smell/Taste: Aroma is nicely aromatic. can smell the hop. Taste orange or grapefruit peel... or some other exotic fruit. hops are very complex and interesting (a very good interesting). bottle says it uses New Zealand hops. Malt is present and balances the hop rather well.

Feel: smotth, light carbination, medium bodied, avg-long lasting with a wetish finish.

Overall: Very good, I really enjoyed the interesting exotic flavors. Will def be buying again.

 574 characters

Photo of ZBowden
4.46/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick opaque orange copper with white head, smells of citrusy hops and piney caramel malts, tastes is well balanced with caramely piney malts on the front but hops on the top of the flavor profile.

 197 characters

Photo of HopeinHop
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured steady and observed a beautiful mixture of copper brown and gold elixir as it finished to a one finger lingering head.

S: Slightly floral:roselike, fruity: strawberry, peach, honey..some malt. It's not your average west coast ipa because of the new zealand hop usage but I really like it, enjoyable scent

T: A Fruit & pine taste lingers bitter, not complex on malt so hop taste is forward. There's some tang and alcohol to it as it warms. New hop flavors made this an enjoyable brew to try. Different strains are always fun to try, especially here when it is a unique hop.

MF: Has a lighter to medium weight, refreshing, session-possible?!,
Bubbly, hoppy.

Finale: Innovative tasting IPA, really enjoy the different flavors/scents here. Comparable in quality and taste to great west coast IPAs on the market. Try this out, support local beer,
trip your taste buds out.

 884 characters

Photo of Antg8989
4.39/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden color. Smells sweet like graham crackers. More malty than bitter for an IPA. As I've noticed with DuClaw, the first half of this beer was better than the second half.

 178 characters

Photo of woodychandler
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Once again, I am backsliding to the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, but I have been concentrating on DuClaw's beers for the past week or so and so it is not entirely unfitting now in the midst of an APA/AIPA/DIPA onslaught.

From the bottle: "

I Pop!ped the cap and began a gentle pour so as not to rouse the lees that may have formed. I got two fingers of dense, tawny head for my trouble and I was happy about it, especially given its retention so that I could assess matters. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a definite evergreen/wintergreen/pine/mint scent, underlain by a caramel sweetness. Zing! went the strings of my heart. Mouthfeel was medium to full with a burning, hell-razing hop presence on the tongue. Phew! This was about as close to a DIPA as an AIPA gets. Gazing over at the Razer, loads of sticky lacing had begun to form. Rilly?!? This ain't a DIPA? The taste was incredibly minty and each after breath was like I had been sucking on a breath mint. Look, Ma, I'm minty fresh! Holy Jesus. The finish was cool and dry and I was reminded of Fermentor Lew's quote about lagers being like the frozen tundra. This was equally icy in a minty, cool way. Whew! I think that I may need to lay down after this one.

 1,293 characters

Photo of Spfarner
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice red/orange color with white head!

Aroma was out of this world with loads of citrus, grapefruit, and lemon.

Taste was citrus at first with a little sweetness and a very very nice hop bitter towards the end.

Taste and smell of some bread notes!

I enjoyed this just a couple days old directly at the brewpub! So good I had to buy a growler, trust me I'm going back for more!

 391 characters

Photo of hdofu
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An really good beer. Came out smelling citrus and a dark then ipa red color with a thin white head. Taste was hoppy and a sweet herbal taste. There was a Crisp clear mouth feel. And without a a doubt this was one drinkable beer, lite enough to drink more then one of.

 267 characters

Photo of slvrmon82
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. Best one on the menu. It was perfect. Poured a nice hazy deep red color. Nice 2 finger head that stayed the entire tme. Exceptionally hoppy in the nose. A little spice behind it. The taste was right on. Sweet, creamy, citrus like grapefruit and lemon, with a very floral ending almost sour at the end but in a good way. Mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy. I had a couple of these and want to comeback for more.

 417 characters

Photo of alpinebryant
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a grapefruit orange color with a half inch white head and dusting on the top.

S: Aroma of grapefruit and mildly juicy citrus. Passionfruit scent with wet grass and a tiny bit of pine.

T: Flavors of freshly hopped American IPA, plenty of bitterness mixing with some gentle fruit esters and a grapefruit presence that is rather strong. For the most part this is a very refreshing hop profile. It is not too bitter or too fruity. Relatively earthy hops along with a decent malt bill of biscuit and crackers.

M: Medium to heavy body for an American IPA. I can really enjoy the thickness of this as well as the fact that it is not overly dry.

O: I enjoyed this a lot . Definitely happy to have some Motueka hops in the fridge waiting to be brewed in a future batch of mine. Where the aroma could be better, there is nothing lacking in flavor. This is well rounded and the flavors are not tired like some of the more hopped up American IPAs.

 952 characters

Photo of JPVanderbilt
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer was a surprise for me. Blind tasted it against Firestone Union Jack and Jai Alai, and to my surprise, it was a better IPA, more balanced, fine quality taste, depth. Rich, complex, apricot, honey note, darn good. I encourage everyone to do blind taste test comparisons.

 281 characters

Photo of Theheroguy
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rich amber color with an off white head. Smells spicy like saaz hops with citrus notes. Taste of lemon lime citrus hops with pine hops in the back ground. The brewery itself describes the aforementioned flavor profile as “tropical fruits”. Surprisingly crisp for an IPA.

 274 characters

Photo of GiantMidget
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought in a variety pack at Bryn Mawr beverage.

Poured into a nonic.
Minimal head with slight lacing.

The citrus essence and leafy grassy tones come forth.

The hops are very solid and linger to the back of the tongue. Grapefruit and other citrus pininess come out throughout each sip. This is a really good American IPA that I thoroughly enjoy.
In fact out of the variety pack I drank these pretty quickly.
Good dry nature and medium mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

Good stuff.

 502 characters

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Du Claw HellRazer
12 oz. bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$2.95 @ The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore, PA

I've never heard of New Zealand Motueka hops, but I guess I'll find out what they're like as this apparently utilizes "death defying levels" of them.

It pours a hazy orange-colored body beneath a short head of yellowed-white foam. The head retention and lacing are better than average.

The aroma expresses a combination of sweet, caramel-like malt and delicate, spicy and leafy hops with a hint of citrus. It's certainly not as hoppy as I'd expected given the name; nor are the hops as robust as I thought they might be.

The flavor is as the aroma suggests, and it's a really pleasant combination of malt and hops. The malt is gently sweet, and the golden caramel flavor goes just far enough without going overboard. A little too much dark crystal malt and the hops wouldn't come through as they do. As to the hops, I'm really pleasantly surprised. They're a bit spicy, slightly grassy, and just mildly citrusy/fruity (not citrus-rind raspy or tangy like grapefruit, but sweet/tropical like pineapple juice). They could almost pass as noble hops. And I'm not sure if it's the choice of hops, or the balance the brewer has put together (is it still Jim Wagner?), but it seems to work really well. Additionally, the bitterness is kept in check. It's solid, but it's not overdone. Just 5 more IBU's could leave it sticking at the back of your throat, whereas now it fades away relatively easily, and then lingers gently. Some alcohol does sneak through, but given that it's an American IPA I'd expect at least a little. Without it I might feel that something was missing.

If there's a downfall to this beer it's that the head retention could be a little bit better. And I guess it could be clearer if that's your thing. The alcohol? Well, I guess that's an argument too, but I feel it works. The hops do give it a unique quality, and I'm eager for more. Nicely done!

 1,969 characters

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Transparent amber body with a thin bone white head.

S- Spicy hop aroma with a slight malt backbone.

T- More hoppiness than the smell would indicate. Some almost Belgian-like spice note mixed in, with some tropical hoppy taste.

M- Very smooth, refreshing and drinkable.

O- Had it on tap a couple weeks earlier and was very impressed. This one had a different taste, but was still very good. Get it fresh if you can.

 423 characters

Photo of qchic
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich copper, nice lingering head. Smells of tangerine, pineapple, and caramel. Very inviting. The fruits are not nearly as dominant in the flavor as the hops bring some peppery earthiness. Finishes pleasantly bitter, and provides an oily mouthfeel and nice medium body. I must say that I was about to give up on Duclaw's IPAs, but this one is flat out good.

 357 characters

Photo of IronLover
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish copper orange in color with a slight haze. Poured with a short, thick foam that reduced to a healthy, thick cap that left lot sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Pine and citrus hop aromas in close competition with pine aromas a bit more dominant. In addition, to the hops a well defined sweet malty aroma throughout. Medium bodies with a lightly resinous feel up front and a buttery smooth finish. Pine hop flavors with citrus hops just beneath from beginning to end. Sweet malt backbone beneath with a sticky sweetness that lingers at the finish. Finishes with sweet malt and light pine hoppiness.

 610 characters

Photo of sulldaddy
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The bottle opens with a small fizz and I pour it into the glass. There are strong hop notes right from the pour with pine sap and some grapefruit rind.
The color is a rich chestnut color with some small particles suspended in the beer there are streams of bubbles rising to the surface throughout the sampling. The head is 1 cm and eggshell white after the pour and fades to a sturdy edge layer soon after the pour. After each sip there is tight lattice on the glass.
First sip reveals an average body and very fine carbonation. Mostly light and easy to drink texture.
Flavor is some toffee and a bit of caramel, but also gives good hearty hop presence with some citrus and a bit of an earthy presence. I also get a little bit of peppery booze, but no accompanying warmth.
OVerall this beer is pretty easy to drink, complex and interesting and not flawed anywhere.
I am enjoying this and would call it more of a double IPA or maybe barleywine, but it is what it is, a solid beer worth drinking.

 1,048 characters

Photo of nickfl
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A poured with a nice head of sticky white foam on a slightly hazy, dark copper colored body. Good retention and great lace.

S big, fruity hop aroma with lots of grapefruit and mongo as well as a sweet background of toffee malt.

T sweet caramel malt up front with some pine hops. Pungent grapefruit and pineapple notes in the middle with some interesting spicy, almost tea like character coming out in the end and a strong balancing bitterness.

M medium body, moderate carbination and a dry finish.

D a big, malty and pungent ipa. Well balanced despite significant sweetness but I still find the heavy malt a bit excessive and distracting.

 642 characters

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste is of pine, toasted malt, and light citrus hop. The taste is somewhat sweet to start and builds up bitterness. There is a decent amount of hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Really surprised with how much I liked this. Will look for a six the next time I see it.

 271 characters

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours on the darker side of amber with a medium sized egg shell head that recedes rather rapidly.

Aromas begin with hops of grapefruit, tropical fruits and earthy grassiness underneath the sweeter hops. As it warms the caramel maltiness begins to show itself, almost a light toffee.

The tastes follow the nose with citrus zesty hops balanced by the caramel and bready malt base. Then comes the slightly spicy and pineapple hop flavors. There is some more candied/honeyed malt sweetness as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is pleasantly balanced between the bitter hops and ample maltiness.

Overall this is one of the most drinkable IPAs I have had recently. The bitterness is restrained and balanced by an above average malt backbone for an American style IPA. Definitely more of an East Coast style which I enjoy from time to time. I wish the advertised New Zealand hops popped a bit more as that was the reason I purchased this but it was tasty none-the-less.

 1,005 characters

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: Pours a clear copper-amber hue with a thick 2-finger white head that slowly dissipates in to a wispy lace.

S: Nice hoppy aroma with a sweet background.

T: Similar to the smell a great hoppy base with enough malt to balance it out well.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Very tasty IPA – great flavors and aromas here.

 408 characters

Photo of freakdiablo
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Served from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy amber coloring, good head with fairly heavy lacing.

Smell - sweeter bread, hops, and spices. Hint of fruits (grapefruit) in the background.

Taste - Typical IPA hops hit, but not the most extreme overpowering blast I've had from other IPAs thanks with some sweetness to balance it out. More grapefruit passing through. Long hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Slightly heavy, milder carbonation.

Overall - Not a big fan of IPAs since I find some of them too strong taste wise, but HR isn't as bad as others.

 566 characters

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale, carapils, and crystal malt scent; sweet and malty with hints of alcohol. It has a piney/citrusy hop nose that compliments a balanced malt base. The taste is good as well. Again, it's well balanced with plenty of citrus hop flavor as well as pale and crystal malt notes. It goes down at a moderate pace with a touch of alcohol warmth in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking IPA. It's full flavored and loaded up with hop character; a fantastic beer.

 667 characters

Photo of dmamiano
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice amber with decent off white head...lacing holds nicely.
Smells of citrusy hops mixed perfectly with malts. The scents of caramel,bread, pine, fuits of grapefruit and a twange of orange.
Taste was very nice. Bitter hops take precedence here.
Very nicely balance with malts and nice on the palate. Good feel

 317 characters

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Medium amber, with nice thick and light colored head. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a nice balance of hops bitterness in the aroma. There is some sweet malty aroma, which balances the hops for a nice aroma.

Taste: A nice mix of hops, malts, and herbs in the flavor, that make for an interesting and complex lager, but with a little bit of sweetness. There is a nice after-taste, that lasts for a while but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium body.

Overall: This is an interesting and complex IPA. I like this and would definitely buy this again.

 700 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
HellRazer from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 491 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.