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HellRazer | DuClaw Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
duclaw.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Kegatron on 03-17-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,777
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
493
pDev:
12.5%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
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Ratings: 493 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head with tons of lacing on a hazy golden with copper hues body. Very grassy and citrus aroma. Flavors are like candies orange and tons of tangerine with Malts and candy bitterness like souring fruit in the finish. Medium body and moderate to light carbonation.. Very oily. Interesting IPA. Not all that drinkable but again a unique beer from this excellent brewery.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap a few times, local beer store down the street just started carrying 6 packs of it so decided to pick one up. Pours a copper color, not much head to it. Slightly hoppy aroma. Taste is a bit.. odd. A stronger IPA than most, has more of a sweetness than a bitterness to it that you'd usually expect. Pretty good mouthfeel and finish, but the over-sweetness kind of kills the drinkability. Above average IPA, but if I want a hop bomb I'm going to choose a few other ones over this one.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of oline73
2.94/5  rDev -18.3%
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 Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

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Photo of nickfl
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Kegatron
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
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 paulish
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of woodychandler
4.36/5  rDev +21.1%
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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HellRazer from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 493 ratings
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