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RATINGS: 227   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Serum is our version of a Double(Imperial) India Pale Ale. It is aggressively hopped at several stages of the brewing process including a dry hopping that takes place little by little over a 2 week period. With an OG close to 19Plato, this beer is big and hoppy, yet has a strong malt backbone that keeps the huge hop bitterness from being overbearing. Available in VERY limited quantities and only at our pub locations.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Very malty IIPA, but with a pretty solid sweet/resin hopiness. Very solid, easy to drink, alcohol is well hidden (9% now). One of DuClaw’s best.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2010
pours amber with a thin tan head. nose is giant mix of grapefruit, pine, and caramel. nice lacing. flavor is big with citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, and a nice caramel backbone. some other light fruit in there as well. sticky, full-bodied, nice and chewy. long, bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1360) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Draft at Bowie location on 02/26/10. Arrived at the table with a clear amber body and a smallish tan head. Grapefruits, pine, light floral qualities, and a touch of caramel in the aroma. Medium to full-bodied and a bit sticky going down. Good balance taste-wise. Some sweet caramel and a biscuity maltiness upfront. Floral qualities and a light peachiness follow. Grapefruitiness at the bitter, drying end. Solid stuff.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2010
20100217 tap at Bel Air location. Light amber color with sticky beige head of tight foam. Attractive. Aroma is very mild hop-wise with cereal maltiness, some slight buttery diacetyl, pineapple, orange marmalade. Mouthfeel is soft, syrupy, thick, sticky on the lips, and finishing with a big punch of alcohol. I wonder if the shaker glass is doing a disservice to this beer because the aroma isn’t keeping up at all to the huge body and sweet flavor. Flavor has a pleasantly fruity, tropical flavor but sadly masked by massive sweetness. Some diacetyl, unripe pear, honey. Odd, passable, nice hop burps. Seems messy and rushed. Too bad.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Draft @ Bel Air location. Very enjoyable although it could have been hoppier for an imperial ipa. Strong flavors of pine/citrus hops and alcohol warmth. Delicious hop aroma.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAR 31, 2008
2l growler. Clear, coppery gold with a decent eggshell head. Citrusy nose, sweet caramel. Bold orange citrus flavors, sweet caramel and peach. Firm bitterness. Chewy body, big and full. I really liked this one!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Thanks to Todd for the hand-bottled bomber! Poured clear medium orange with a nice short-lived cap of beige head. The aroma was juicy first and foremost.. alcohol-infused pine resin and citrus notes with a bit of cat pee.. lighter fruits and caramel provide a sweet backing.. a touch sharp, but quite good. The flavor was along the same lines.. light fruits and grapefruit meat at the core, surrounded by pine and a bunch of Amarillo presence.. the dry, resiny finish left bitterness and warmed the belly well. Thicker on the palate with just enough carbonation remaining.. this was well-balanced and I enjoyed the chosen hoppage.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2008
2 Liter Growler. Pours clear amber in color with white head. Aroma of peaches, hops and more hops. Taste of sweet citrus and hops with dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3351) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2008
12 oz handbottle. Clear amber with a frothy beige head. Nose of fresh orange and tangerine juice; very sweet like Jello powder. Medium body with soft carb; a bit oily. Taste is buttery toffee with a dry marmalade bite. Good balance but somewhat heavy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GMCC2181 (1504) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 17, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2010 On tap at the Bel Air brewery. Smelled hoppy. Nice golden/amber color. Small white head. Nice lacing Taste of hops small amount of citrus. Smooth but had a nice bite. Over all good brew. 4th July 2010 update..... Bottle picked up at SL. Poured into a snifter. Decent head. Sugary aroma? Taste is sugary as well, hops but a sugary sweet hops with a strong malt backing... Kind of a boring DIPA, but not bad overall....


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