HellRazer | DuClaw Brewing Company

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DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Kegatron on 03-17-2008

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Photo of Kennethzelljr
1.29/5  rDev -64.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

All of their beer is terrible.and who in the living hell came up with the idea to have like ten year round beer styles?the ipa s are weak,the beer desserts are nice gimmicks,barelywine that has no nuts..I will say "colossus" is awesome,but the rest is trash.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.18/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into chalice. no bottled on date.

A: significant amount of haze. body is dark for an IPA. head is an almost reddish white. tight bubbled. retention and lacing are

S: a lot of malt. significantly oxidized. some sort of fruitiness? dark fruit. plums.

T: similar to the nose, plenty of cardboard/oxidized flavor, not much else. bitterness is there, but the hop flavor has seemed to disappear. shame.

M: carbonation is fine and appears to be mostly derived from bottle conditioning. medium body.

D: wish there was a bottled on/best before date so i could have NOT bought this bottle. hate when i get oxidized hoppy beers. sucks for me and sucks for DuClaw cause they lost a potential future customer. easy solution, date your beers!

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Photo of xnicknj
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into tulip

Pours a lightly hazed soft golden color with some orange hues. A thicker crop of white head rests on top, fading into a light wisp of film with some scattered spots of lacing on the glass.

Soft citrusy hoppiness with orange and pear. Hints of fruit sweetness with grainy, bready malt backbone. Touches of caramel and light warmth.

Milder hoppiness up front with touches of orange and grapefruit peel. Hints of pith and pulp with some other assorted fruit sweetness. Medium malt backbone with toasted bread, grain and caramel. Finishes with some lingering grapefruit and sweetness.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. This has a decent citrus profile, but it still easily falls into the "average" column.

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Photo of oline73
2.94/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at the Arundel Mills brewpub.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a layer of off white head that goes away fairly quickly.

Smell: The nose on this one is mild with some citrus hops and a touch of malt in the background.

Taste: The malt profile is a bit weird in this one. I'm not really sure what's throwing me off, but it's distracting. The hops show up more towards the finish and leave you with a bitterness through the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a finish that is a bit slick.

Overall: This IPA is just alright. Not my favorite hop profile, and the malt was a bit weird, but I enjoyed it enough.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.09/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

a murky orange in color with a finger of head which quickly dissipated. smells of barley, caramel and a hint of grassy hops. a corn-like flavor overall. sweet malt with a slight earthy bitterness. seems like another one that sat on the shelves too long. medium body with slight carbonation.

not impressed by this one but then again it doesn't seem fresh. there's barely any hop character

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Photo of Kegatron
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of slightly off-white head. This retains with a thin ½ finger of froth that leaves back a robust cascade of sticky lace. The aroma smells of pine, medicinal notes, a touch of green grapefruit, and some spice. Caramel and tropical fruit sits underneath with a thick stickiness that gives the nose a bit of heft. The alcohol presence here really accentuates the resins and herbal character here.

The taste is softer tropical fruit flavors and a leafy herbal character that stands out. This surrounds a firm green citric bitterness that’s a little overly bitter at first but then smoothes out decently as this warms, as this finishes dry and resinous with a touch of leafy spice. The malts have a pretty heady presence here of their own, with a caramel and bready sweetness that adheres to the stickiness of those tropical fruit notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly feeling up front but then smoothes out some towards the back and leaving some residual oils hanging on the tongue.

Wow, this bottled version of HellRazer is a lot different than when I first had it on tap back in 2008. They seem to be shooting for a more balanced and sweeter version of an East Coast IPA with this but the problem is that the malts just don’t jive with the fruit flavors and herbal tones that those Motueka hops bring to the table. The whole thing just comes off as a little too sticky and flat feeling at times. I wish I could have liked this one more but it just wasn’t happening.

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Photo of jsanford
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a Pint Glass

A - Pours a hazy copper with a creamy ivory head that settles to a soapy haze, leaving rings of sticky lacing.
S - Mild hop aromas of pine resin and grapefruit are dominated by the sweet caramel and bread malt profile. Too bad, I'd like to see what these Motueka hops are all about.
T - More pine resin and grapefruit hops with a touch of tropical fruit and a moderately sweet caramel malt profile. Balanced, but again I'd like to see the hops showcased more.
M - Slightly sticky, with a medium body and decent carbonation.
O - A solid, if underwhelming, offering. I probably wouldn't re-visit this considering the hundreds of much better IPAs on the shelves.

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Photo of BlueCrabCafeofCrisfieldMD
3.14/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hellrazer is more a marketing initiative than a thought-through brew. Its good, hoppy robust, with a dry finish sealings its fate as an IPA, but seems to have just a bit of a lack-luster finish, despite its 'hellrazer' name. My anticipation was its own demise.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: A darker amber than other Ipa's, a slight off white head at the top that went away rather quickly, not to much lacing around the glass.

S: Lots of citrus and grass notes up front, with a slight hint of graperfruit on the tail end, not a bad nose.

T:Very much like the nose, lots of citrus up front and bitterness from the hops, not to subtle like good IPA's but not bad tasting.

M: Good amount of carbonation, a slight stickyness, medium bodied.

D: A very easy drinker but there are better IPA'S out there this, I would have another if it was available.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Light amber body. Nice white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Pungent hop smell. Kinda herbal. Kinda spicy. Lots of caramel sweetness.

Taste - Kinda tastes like crystal hops. Sweet caramel malt. Lightly spicy. A bit herbal.

Mouthfeel - Too sweet. Medium carbonation. A little heavy.

Overall - It's an interesting hop, but otherwise boring.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate copper color with a white head and a bit of lacing. The nose is some light citrus and pine hops plus a bit of pale malt. The taste is mild bread without too much hop bitterness. A bit of citrus makes its way through. Pretty decent balance though the hops are not enough. Easy drinking but not terribly flavorful.

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Photo of Omnium
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Cloudy orange-yellow with half a finger of dense foamy off white head. No lacing.
S - Dark grains, pine, grapefruit, not a whole lot good goin on.
T - Very acrid, and bitter, pine, astringent, weird.
M - Soapy.
O - How do you use good hops like Motueka and not have a good flavor? This is really lame.

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Photo of jdhowe
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 10/07/13.

A: Pours a hazy, vibrant golden orange with 1/2 finger of off-white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Sweetness of malt and citrus. Juicy grapefruit and pineapple aromas with very little other hop character and a hint of alcohol.

T/M: Plenty of nice citrusy character (pineapple predominantly) with a slightly thin mouthfeel and low but detectable carbonation. Malt flavor is wheaty or bready and finish is bitter, but not otherwise complex. Malt doesn't play particularly well with the rest of the beer.

O: The citrusy aroma and flavors of this beer are quite nice, but it really stops there. The malt clashes with the rest of the beer. Alcohol is hidden nicely (excepting a hint in the aroma). I am not going to take too much away from this on account of the hops, partly because they were nice but more bittering than expected, and partly because at just under three months of age I can't be 100% certain I'm fully experiencing that aspect of this beer. That said, I probably won't be trying this one again -- there are just too many other IPAs out there that are worth drinking to revisit this one, which shows potential only to be mediocre rather than substandard.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-death defying levels of New Zealand Motueka hops.

A: Ferric oxide with a translucent nature, a weak milky colored thin head with a light moderatly paced effervecse. Light speckled lacing.

S: The death defying levels sure weren't utilized during the late aromatic stage addition. Faint tropical fruit skin, pineapple-orange with a really faint ,not even respectable let alone hellrazing, level of aromatic appeal that was more faux pale then anything else. A different, refreshing twist with a unique hop profile really missed the mark by skimpping on the late aromatic hop additions and really hard to appreciate. A bit of butterscotch.

T: Flavor is a bit malty, creamy, with some tropical grassiness, dried tropical fruit skin, butterscotch sweetness and a dry spicy leave. Small hints of fresh lemon and toasted grains.

M: Medium maltiness, light carbonation, spicy floral hops off the tongue are the highlight.

O: Somewhat respectable level of hop bitterness, but hardly justifiable of thier warning label. Moderate levels, sweet, smooth malt profile has an unique hop profile from the New Zealand motueka hops. Very easy to consume, a suitable summer ipa, where the malt sweetness and the tropical fruitiness from the moteuka will be at home poolside in multiple quantities. Maybe my only beef against this is the misapporpiate name and a underperforming nose that failed to capitalize on its unique, fresh and fruity quality to entice and bring in the drinker with mooted appeal.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A bit darker than expected with a decent level of carbonation. Head is sticky though with a nice hazy amber body.

S - Not very "in your face" hop profile but smells balanced with residual sugars and biscuit malts.

T - Tame at first with some bit mid palate hop bitterness. I believe it might be too malt forward but satisfying leading the hops into the finish. Not a bad IPA.

M - Medium body and hoppy. could use more balance.

Overall this is the third offering from DuClaw and it delivers as promised but I question session ability...

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a moderately hazy burnished copper color. The head is a two finger offwhite shade. It features a nice creaminess and okay retention.

S: This seems to be very malty - crystal malt, to be precise - with a lot of caramel, marzipan, and toffee. Sadly, the Motueka hops aren't very present, but they do impart a combination of grassy noble characteristics and grapefruit qualities. Typical of many DuClaw offerings, there's almost a peppery tone to the yeast used.

T: In a way, it drinks like a typical IPA, but the finish has a peppery zest to it. Before that, an initial wave of malt sweetness and a midtaste of grapefruit and orange help tie things together. It's really not very bitter at all, just spicy. Subtle expressions of herbs pop up as well. Aside from being just a hair sweet at times, I like the balance of this one, if not the boldness.

M: I find many IPAs that prodigiously use crystal malt have a coarse sharpness to them - and sadly this is no exception. Luckily, it's clean enough where it doesn't really linger too harshly. Carbonation and texture thickness are about par for a typical IPA.

O: If you're not going to make a great IPA, at least make a unique one. It doesn't quite fit into the former category, but this does enough to be considered the latter. Even if it's not necessarily worth investing a case of, it's certainly good enough to try once. Just don't expect bold grapefruit and pine hoppiness.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

P- Wegman's in Mechanicsburg, PA

A- copper tone color with minimal head and less than average lacing. Head is quickly gone. Somewhat opaque as well.

S- citrus hops with faint hints of caramel malts. pretty simple yet smells great!

F- the flavor is a cross between citrus and caramel malt hop. It is like eating a grapefruit with the caramel from twix. odd yet good.

M- hoppy and dry. light bodied with the hops lingering all the way down.

O- Not a bad brew and better than average.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was one of the most unIPA IPAs i've ever had. I don't know if i have ever had a beer with New Zealand Motueka hops before, or what they're flavor profile is supposed to be. I got a little bit of a hops burst in the aroma when i first popped the cap off the bottle; poured a nice rusty orange into the glass with a bit of head. Looks good, smells decent. The flavor threw me for a loop. This tastes spicy as in some sort of rye ipa or some kind of belgian ipa hybrid, brewed with Belgian yeast. Has a nice malty backbone, but just not much in the way of (usual) hops. Still, was not unenjoyable in anyway, just not what i was expecting. Wouldn't recommend this one to someone seeking out a good IPA, unless they wanted something "different".

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Photo of hophugger
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Light golden color, clear with whiteish-gold head and nice lacing. Aroma is nice and hoppy with hints of citrus, especially grapefruit. Taste is similar to aroma with the grapefruit really shining. Decent bitterness, but not overwhelming, and balanced very nicely..

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange, topped by a level three fingers of fluffy off-white foam. Some drippy lace.

Soft pine aroma, inviting not abrasive.

Sweet beginning, not much depth. Juicy fruity middle. Mild bitter bite. Pine finish.

Light mouthfeel. Lighter than most IPAs.

An ok IPA, worth a single or a pint to try, and to experience the Down Under hops, but nothing to get excited about unless it's your local.

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Photo of delta490
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured out an orangey amber with about a finger of creamy white head. Minimal retention but a decent collar leaves some nice lacing. The aroma is fairly ordinary, with some light citrus notes and a hint of sweetness. The taste is pretty much the same, but just a little less impressive. There is some flavor, but its bordering on bland. It has nice weight to the body with a nice crisp finish. If it were this or macro, I'd go this, but it wouldn't be my first choice of craft.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #263
Served On: 3/29/2013
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 7.5%
Date/ Code: -

This was from a sixer baught at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick ($7.99).

Look: Poured a dark orange color. Head was a think coating of beige suds. Lacing was thin and minimal. Carbonation was also low.

Smell: Sweet English malts behind a sharp hop edge. Also some honey and fusel alcohol.

Taste: Very easy on the palate. First was a sweet English malt that resembled the honey character from the nose. The middle was a smooth and refreshing grassy quality. The finish started off with some light bitterness and ended with a fairly clean aftertaste.

This was a solid IPA which could border on a session ale. It was very light on the palate for the 7.5% ABV, but still was very drinkable and would be great on a hot summer day.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DuClaw Hellrazer

Sediment floaties in a generic light amber color. Swatchy lace. Not much retained head.

Lightly hoppy. Some stone fruit and citrus. A touch of floral in the aroma. Rather muted.

Citrus and some nectarine, a little dankness and green leafiness. Not the fresh kind of leafiness. A humid kind of flavor with a tail of alcohol heat in the finish. The malts are biscuity, but a little caramelly. Not appropos.

Spicy feel with a light-medium body. I actually like the intensity. Nice. 4

Not a go-to IPA, by any means. Falls short, all over the place.

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Photo of Samp01
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium dark amber with a medium off white head. Aroma of citrus grapefruity hops, orange notes and flavor, caramel malt, yeast and fruity. Taste same as aroma. A medium body, slight smooth mouth feel and good carbonation. The finish is sweet caramel malt, yeast and bready notes with some citrus and grapefruit bitterness on the end for balance. Overall has a good caramel malt character, good sweetness and bitterness, a good nicely balanced brew.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some minor lacing. Aroma of light fruity hops notes with light citrus hoppy notes as well as some dry bitter notes. Taste is a mix of dry bitter hops with light tropical and citrus notes with some caramel malt with well-balanced sweetness level. Body is about average with good carbonation. This is not bad overall but lacking the hops punch I was hoping for.

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