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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Photo of 57md
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a cloudy light copper with one finger of head that dissipated rather quickly. The nose was rather hoppy. The flavor profile lacked the hoppiness that the nose might presage but the citrus flavors and malt profile makes for a nicely balanced offering.

DuClaw beers have recently caught on here in Eastern PA. Not sure why since most are rather mediocre – much like this one.

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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 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.

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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 BurgeoningBrewhead
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip; golden orange with a minimal fizzy white head that fades rather quickly into a layer of bubbles.
Smells of...nothing. Some flat grassyness. Probably an old bottle.
Taste is the same...standard faded IPA. Malt and bitterness. Definitely faded. As it warms a bit I can get some resiney citrus and bitterness but that's about it.
Mouthfeel is well-carbonated and medium, nice.
Overall I'd love to try this fresh. I picked it up because it used a hop variety I hadn't heard of, I definitely want to get one where you can taste the hops.

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Photo of corby112
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a two finger pillowy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention, taking a while to settle and coating the glass with chunks of soapy lacing on the way down.

Earthy aroma with floral, grassy hops, oily resins, tropical fruit and a sweet malt backbone. Hints of fresh cut grass, sticky kind bud and pine needle followed by citrus rind, melon and grapefruit. Stronger malt backbone than I prefer with lots of caramel sweetness, toffee, biscuit and roasted nut.

Medium body with soft carbonation and a slight creamy texture. Some lingering dry, earthy hop bitterness up front but this beer is very sweet with a prominent malt backbone. Some sticky pine, sticky resins and grassy soil countered by citrus and caramel malt sweetness. Some grapefruit, melon and prominent orange zest along with sweet caramel, toffee and biscuit. As it warms, the citrus/tropical fruit notes stand out a bit note with some mango, pineapple and blood orange but the malt presence is a bit stronger than I like for the style. A lot of the interesting hop flavors are sacrificed in the name of balance. Still, this is a solid beer with decent flavor and a well asked ABV making it deceptively drinkable.

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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 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 mvanaskie13
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sam adams custom glass, color is gold, slightly opaque, head is off white, presenting thick but dissipating to a ring, light bubble lacing.

Smell is blend of hops and malts: hops are more citrus mixed with grass, hints of grapefruit, maltiness is light, toasted, bready.

Taste starts as a subtle blend of neutral malt and slightly citrusy hops, as the flavors present the malt comes through as light toast and clean pale; hops are nicely drying in the bitter, earthy, citrusy flavor; pretty clean and not too lingering in the sweetness. Bitter flavor is an odd take for an ipa as it is earthy and citrus.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, average ipa, nice carbonation, good bitterness that bites the tongue and lingers well, not too sweet.

Overall, a solid ipa with a unique earthier hop scent/flavor profile, the citrus flavors blend well and malts are not sweet.

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Photo of JayQue
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I liked this one. Not a good example of an AIPA but an interesting beer with some big flavor...just not big hops flavor. Pours a fairly clear amber color with a fast fading medium (hard pour) white head.

The aroma here is some very strong malts....some caramel and a butterscotch/toffee thing to go along with grassy hops.

Flavor features the same flavorful malts with a good deal of grassy hops bitterness. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. Overall a pretty tasty beer..maybe more of an English IPA with some Scottish Ale aspects going on. The malty flavors are what make this beer.

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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 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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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 Oakenator
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brownish orange color - slightly unfiltered with a good finger at least of head initially. Head disappates to a nice film on top and a solid ring around the glass. Smell is hoppy but difficult to place in a particular category - good but not over the top. Taste is slightly malty with a good balance with the hops.

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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 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 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!

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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.

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Photo of philbe311
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - No more than a finger's worth of rich frothy lush egg shell colored head... Minimal retention gives way to a mostly full veil of lacing and slight collar... The color is a slightly hazed bronzed amber that has an ever so slightly murky quality about it... A bit of sluggish carbonation rises sporadically within...

S - The hops are a bit subdued and take on a sweet citrusy character.... There is just the slightest hint of pine... A rich sweet malt base lies beneath the surface... Caramel... Toffee... Perhaps even a light hint of candied sugar... Bread dough...

T - The flavor profile is a exactly as the nose would lead one to expect, but is much less assertive and much more subdued... Sweet with limited bitterness... Sweet tropical fruit, primarily in the form of pineapple and mango are new to the party...

M - Medium bodied... Limited carbonation... Sturdy and smooth... Perhaps a bit thin... Rather uneventful...

D - An interesting American IPA... Not bad by any stretch, but far from memorable as well... I'm not familiar with the New Zealand Motueka Hop variety, but after this offering I'm intrigued... A few minor tweaks (richer mouthfeel, a bit more carbonation, a dialing up the bitterness a notch or two) would go a very long way to making this brew much more formidable... If asked, I would steer people towards Du Claw's Serum Double IPA with is a superior and very underrated DIPA...

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

I picked this up at Giant in the mix a six cooler enjoyed chilled from a tulip.

The color is deep amber with thick cream cap and tight bead with goodly amount of lace left on the glass. The smell has deep fruity citrus scent like dried apricot and mild herbal odor with slight alcohol ester. The feel is semi-bitter with dry entry and medium full carbonation with mild sweetness and malt body with semi dry finish.

I like the hop flavor that comes forward on the first sip with tropical fruitiness and mild pine accents with subtle malt sweetness that augments the slight hoppy bitterness in the middle with light yeast flavor and fruity tinges in the finish with slight peppery taste. A very impressive IPA with added juice from the NZ hops - I never had Motueka before - a high quality IPA no matter how you slice it

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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.

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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 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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is nutty biscuits and faint tropical fruits in the hop bouquet.
The appearance is slightly cloudy with an amber color. The pour produced a rather lite head and gentle carbonation.
Taste is light and refreshing. Sutle hops withsome tropical fruit flair. Basic caramel malts similar to a stale or gong stale IPA.
I can percieve a veryslight bourbon barrel taste.
Drinks smooth and semi bitter.
Easy drinking, but nothing really stands out with this beer just a good solid offering.

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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.

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HellRazer from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 490 ratings.
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