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 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 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.

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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 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.

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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 stakem
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap served in a nonic. The brew appears a hazed copper color with a sudsy white topping across the top that holds with decent retention.

The smell is fresh and juicy with hops. Lots of tropical aromatic quality of hops is very inviting. More investigation reveals hebal elements with pulp and rindy flesh accents. Overall not bad.

The taste is fruity with hops. Quite tropical over a toasty grain inclusion. The alcohol makes itself known with an accenting fruity ester. Some mild resins and lingering candy sweetness to rindy pulp flavor lasts inside the mouth.

This is a medium bodied offering with a light level of carbonation. I found this to have a bit too much residual sugar for me to be able to drink more than one of but overall it is decent. The residual sugar really masks the alcohol content.

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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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle w/o freshness/bottleing date info.

Pours is clear almond amber, moderate lite tan head, goes to a meager film, thin collar and moderate lace left on the glass.

Bold nose of malts, vanilla, and maple with pine hops in the rear.

First, this beer is quite thick and full on the body/mouthfeel scale...more vanilla and bready malts, over a relatively minor hop presence. Has the feel and attitude of a barley wine, w/o the ABV.

Ehh, decent brew, but not really lovin it on a warm summers day. I like my AIPA's with more of a citric bite and a more zesty feel. Again, this feels more like a nice option for a cold winters day...

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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 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.

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

A: Semi clear golden yellow. Thin whispy, white head. No lace.

S: Banana's, very similar to a belgian style. Bread and dough. Buttery.

T: Holy bread! Toast. Dough!!! This could pass a belgian-ipa for sure.

M: Thin and creamy. Very nice coat on the tongue. Medium to full bodied.

O: This totally caught me off guard. Not the typical piney/citrust hoppy IPA. Very nice. I could def enjoy a few of these.

thanks runner440!!!

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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.

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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 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.

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Photo of TheBlueWaffle
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ap- dark orange, pretty thick off white head

Smell - Malty, citrus

Taste - Strong malt in beginning intertwining with some citrus. The New Zealand hops have a strong citrus flavor shining through the malt. Alcohol warmth becomes present after a few seconds.

Mouthfeel - warm, not too slick but not dry

Overall- Not as good as their double IPA but better than the regular. Overall I would buy it again, living so close to DuClaw I try to buy what ever they put out.

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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 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 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.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewpub in Bel Air, MD on nitro.

A: Gold to slight amber in color.

S: Herbal, fruity, bread and slight caramel.

T: Nice and herbal, fruity. Easy drinker but has a different mouthfeel.

M: Thick and creamy. It's odd having an ipa on nitro. I'm not a fan. It's an odd combination. I'm used to snappy, crisp, thin ipas and this is thick and chewy. It's odd.

O: Good but not nearly as good as it would be if it was just regularly carbonated. Not for me unless off nitro. Also, not bold enough of an ipa for me.

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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 ms11781
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to oline73. Fresh growler poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a clear, deep orangish copper color. There is a thin white head that develops but it disappears rather quickly. Slight wispy lacing is left on the glass. Despite the lack of head carbonation is evident from the appearance.

The nose is made up of piny and citrusy hops. Neither are huge aromas but the pine stands out more than the citrus. There is a slight underlying sweetness as well.

The taste has a bit more to it than the nose. The pine and citrusy notes are more balanced here. A nice caramel malt sweetness balances the hops nicely. There is a slight bitterness at the finish, nothing that lingers but it provides a decent bite.

Medium body with medium but soft carbonation. Despite the soft carbonation the beer is pretty crisp. There is a bitterness that doesn't stick but it does dry out a bit at the finish.

This is a nice well balanced IPA. The nose isn't terribly strong but the same characteristics are in the taste so it helps a bit. The hops aren't in your face and lack a bite but the combination of slight bitterness and general crispness in each sip help out with that. Glad I got the chance to try this fresh.

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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!

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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 Norfawkers
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber-orange, little head

Smell: Hops, malt

Taste: Toasted malt with light hops

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a bitter finish

Drinkability: Highly drinkable but lacking a strong IPA flavor. Still, a versatile IPA that can be good alone or with a meal

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