jcwattsrugger (10938) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap-pours a creamy light tan head that laces with copper color. Aroma is crisp hops, secondary medium malt. Taste is a good, biting hops, medium malt. More IPA than APA. Good carbonation.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice-sized draught sample at the Bel Air location. Soft citrus-apricot aroma, full of skins and peels as well as super-ripe fruit, emanating from a clear, oily copper body with a moderate lasting head and nice lacing....with a bit of warmth, pepper and rosemary show up to add complexity....on the tongue, musty and woody character, lightly sweet at the front edging slowly and smoothly to highly bitter and edgy at the finish, somehow captured in a soft, melting mouthfeel....vastly dry at the very finish, sand coats the tongue for ages. Killer APA.
lsymms (3) - Alabama, USA - MAR 28, 2006 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Everything you want from an IPA in an APA. Balance, citrussy piney hoppy bite, and clean malty finish. Hoppiness finishes to a creamy vanilla. Very little head. Very drinkable.
Jayb0 (976) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Baltimore has it going on wrt APA’s. I love the clipper city APA and this DuClaw is also great, and different. Thick, chewey beer that packs a solid hop punch while offering a sturdy malt backbone. Refreshing, great hop bite and still amazingly supple.
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pleasing and though I don’t love the style I’m coming around. Part of big tasting at Fells Point location. Bite of American hops, aromatic & citrusy on the nose & palate. Opaque golden hues with a dwindling thinner head. Body holds pretty well enough ... do I sense some thinness or am I looking for that? Rather surprisingly good, yet can be expected from DuClaw.
TheBeerLover (1024) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 26, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Venom Pale Ale pours to a deep golden to bright amber color with a tight white head that fades, and a soft to moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer is awesome, with very fragrant and pungent citric/lemony hop aromas that flood the nose. There are some sweet and crisp malt aromas behind that wall of hops, but hops dominate the nose of this beer. The palate is firm with good caramel and pale malt flavors paired with a back drop of tangy citric/grapefruit flavor. Venom finishes with more malt and citrus, then ends with a very bracing, intense, citric hop bitterness that tattoos the tongue and lingers.
This is a fantastic example of American Pale Ale, everything one would expect from this style. It has got those signature hop aromas, flavors, and bitterness, and just enough sweet and pale malt flavors to stop this beer from being one dimensional hop juice. I was very impressed with this beer.
CaptAnkeny (15) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2006 This beer is so Good, you’d think it was brewed in Portalnd, OR. Very hoppy, enough to be confused as an IPA.
Very flavorful, with nice color, not at all light, and not too dark. Only available on tap, or take-out growler. Which is great for Locals.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old Faithful. This has always been the go to beer if the monthly seasonal is something I don’t want. Sweet floral aroma with some grass. The flavor starts a little mellow with a nice boost of hops in the finish. Nice APA.
Pailhead (4379) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap: Nice grapefruit hop aroma but I’m also getting moderate soapiness, which I assume is from the glass itself. Transparent amber with a small off-white head. Great lacing. Quick initial fruitiness and sweet orange up front that is quickly dominated by a moderate grapefruit hop finish. Also had the nitro version which was lighter in appearance, aroma, and flavor, but creamier mouthfeel. Exactly what you’d expect from the nitro.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2007 Draft at Arundel Mills location. Pours light amber copper with a nice retentive off white head. Big fruity nose. Medium thin refreshing mouthfeel. The flavor has very well done balance of caramel and fruity hops, perhaps with an emphasis on the sweet fruity side. Nice beer.