Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Review: DuClaw Serum Double IPA

DuClaw Serum Double IPA
9.0% ABV
DuClaw Brewing Co., Abingdon, MD
12 oz btl
Served in Duvel tulip glass
No date on bottle
Reviewed on 3/5/13

This IPA pours a cloudy, moderately dark amber color with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly.  Mild lacing.

Smell consists of hops, malt, citrus, slight honey, some grapefruit, sugariness. 

Taste consists of hops, citrus, grapefruit, malt, sugar, alcohol, floral, hint of spice, a slight whiskey note.

Mouthfeel is fairly smooth with some decent if understated hop bitterness.  A bit hot with alcohol but not unpleasant.

Overall, this is a fairly malt IPA with some decent hop bitterness (though it's not overwhelming).  Some decent citrusy grapefruit flavors come through, and there's a bit of an alcohol taste.  The bottle doesn't have a date on it so there's no telling how old this one was, but it's maltiness has characteristics of having some age.  It would be interesting to see if it's ever more hoppy.

My score: 86

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