HellRazer | DuClaw Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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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.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a pint glass.

Dense copper color with a 1F white head. Thick film, heavy lacing.

Caramel malts, toffee. Some mild citrus and floral hops. Slight metallic smell.

Malt forward with herbal and floral hop flavors. It tastes like an English IPA.

Full and big body. Smooth, bittersweet. Snappy hops.

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Photo of Act25
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of their best. Try 12.

A Pours with a dense head of sticky white foam on a hazy, surprisingly dark copper body. Good retention and great lace.

S Opens big, fruity hop aroma with lots of grapefruit and mango on the caramel, darkish toffee background malts.

T Follows smell and even better, a balance of sweet caramel malt up front with pine hops. Finishing complexity with spicy, tea like mid-taste and a balancing bitterness.

M Medium body, moderate bubbles with a dry finish.

D Big, pungent ipa. Love it. Buy 6.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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 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.

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Photo of scotorum
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

No visible bottling date info. Purchased in Pa two weeks ago.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Tree House tulip.

a: Clear amber with a finger thick white head which receded to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Primarily pine.

t: Moderate piney hops over a solid caramel malt base. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue.

m; Medium to full, smooth, great body, lots of carbonation tingle. Tempting to add "chewy."

o: A "meaty" IPA, good for this time of year.

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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 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.

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

I really liked this brew. True to their label, there was an initial sweetness followed by a hoppy finish. A nice amber color with a little bit of cloudiness. Perhaps "outstanding" is beyond what this should be rated, but on the Bros rating scale it would be a shame to rate this in the 3's, since when I see a rating in the 3's, I think C to C+ in a scale from 1-5. I would serve this to friends.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a golden amber color with a billowy white head of one finger height. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is biggest of a citrus sweet smell with it being a mix of tangerine and orange as well as containing some other sweet smells of caramel. A little bit of bread as well as some hops of a grapefruit, herbal, and floral hop smell mingle with the rest of the smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather malty and bready taste with a good showing of a sweeter caramel and toffee flavor. As the taste advances, some hop flavors of grapefruit greet the tongue, starting out rather light, but gaining strength as the taste advances. With the increase in the grapefruit hop comes some flavors of a floral and earthy nature with the flavors drying out some as the bready transition to a slightly more cracker nature and some of the sweeter caramel fades. In the end, with the transitions of flavors that occurs throughout the taste, one is left with a semi-sweet and rather malty, moderately hopped (for an IPA of 7.5 %) flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The beer was on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that was on the lower side. The lower carbonation and thicker body really accentuated the sweeter and maltier flavors of the brew allowing them to really stand out, but did very little for the lighter to moderate hop flavors overall. Overall the feel was just OK.

Overall – An aright IPA; with it being very easy drinking and smooth, but not really delivering a great hop hit. Just OK overall.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a hazy orange color with a sudsy white head, good retention.

Smells of light citrus and biscuit malt with some earthy piney hops.

Tastes of biscuit malt and the aforementioned earthy pine hops. Some floral to citrus zing in the finish and not overly bitter.

Medium body with a stinging carbonation.

A nice refreshing ale with some good flavor and nice body. For the strength, it could stand to have a little more oomph to it. I'm actually surprised by how subdued the aroma is. That gripe aside, it's actually very good and worth trying.

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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 dbl_delta
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy amber, with a medium white head. Pine, citrus predominate. Medium carbonation. Moderately bitter finish.

Did you notice that all the adjectives were "medium" or "moderate"? Yep. It's good but not great.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Cloudy, orange-amber hue, with a thin half-finger of head, which faded to leave a modest amount of lacing.

S: Sweet, fruity hops, then citrusy hops, then floral hops (I'm sensing a theme here...) Finally, I get a whiff of grassy, grainy malt.

T: Sweet malt and tart, fruity flavors hit at the same time, with sweetness getting the upper hand for a moment, before the breadier grain flavors take over. Next it's bitter, resiny hops which meld with grassy flavors and jostle back and forth as they fade into the finish.

M: Crisp and fairly well carbonated. A little oily. Booze is well hidden. Just a hint of dryness at the end.

O: Not a true hop-head's dream, but hops do play front and center. A solid IPA without being too in-your-face, and one I'd recommend to someone new to the style.

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Photo of Beejay
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pale yellow brown in color, slightly hazy, with a porous tan head on top.

S: Orange peel and tangerine candy. There's citrus and caramel in there but also something that isn't like the typical IPA citrus smell.. Perhaps something interesting from the motueka hops, almost like candied orange peel. Very nice.

T: Caramel and orange peel, followed by grapefruit bitterness and a slightly earthy flavor. Good balance of sweet and bitter, and an interesting citrus flavor I haven't come across before.

M: Medium in body, high carbonation, an almost syrupy feel to it. Good lingering bitterness.

O: Very interesting beer. Some new and interesting flavors, and definitely well put together. I think the moniker of Hell hazer seems like a bit of stretch, but it certainly a fine brew.

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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 WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper body faint head barely white colored head. Even lacing, Aroma has pine and citrus notes big tropical fruit as it warms up a bit. Flavor has citrus zest and all kind of hop flavors mainly bitterness and a hint of malts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied dry all day kind of hop bitterness. Overall there's much better IPA out there folks.

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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 &gt; 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 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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