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RATINGS: 274   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.7
jzzbassman (1638) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2011
Bottle courtesy of Sloth. Pours a clear copper with a dripping white lace head. Big hoppy aroma, resinous grapefruit. Hop flavor is much more subdued, a very sweet and malty take on the style, almost more barleywine like. Finishes full and with a slight smack of bitterness.

3.1
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Bomber from lukin013, on accounta FFL payouts - thanks, man! Interesting pour, with a soupy, syrupy looking dark orange not proving too enticing for starters. Sweet malts far more prominent in the nose than the hops, alas. Mouthfeel a bit sticky and chewy. Taste is a bit sharp, midway between spice and booze, with hop bitterness piling on to the generally aggressive flavors.

3
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Not bad, just not special at all. Hop profile is a little flat compared to the top DIPAs out there. If I’m going to have that much body i want a lot of character...this was just sort of a super heavy IPA.

3.2
JoeMcPhee (9517) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2011
Deep amber pour with a tight head. The nose is softly sweet. Pale malt with a little bit of light orange peel. Sort of woody as well. Fairly sweet and has certainly seen fresher days. Stinky and a little bit cheesy. Fairly sweet.

3.3
obguthr (6593) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Bready apricot aroma with fresh orange accents. Clear auburn, thin head. Woody and malty, only slightly sweet with orange peel present. Nice balance with a firm malt backbone

3.2
riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Very malty nose - lots of caramel and pale malt sweetness, a little bready at times. SOft citrus, pine, and peppery hops, but they are light in relation to all the malt. Pours somewhat hazy golden orange, thin head with light lace. The flavor starts with lots of caramel malt sweetness, pale malt sweetness, lingering residual sugar notes, lightly floral and peppery hops as well as a hint of candied orange. More malt than hop, light lingering pepper. Not cloying but definitely leaning towards that side. Would like to try again, possibly if a little fresher.

4.3
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Nice, hadn’t had a beer get my attention like this in a while it seemed like. Aroma was big pine and citric hops, with balancing caramel sweetness. The flavor was a match. Sounds simple, but there was a nice depth to the flavor, and the balance was just perfect between huge hops and big malts. Most IIPA’s miss on one side of the equation. This one didn’t.

3.8
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2011
22 oz bomber acquired via trade. Pours a dark amber with nice sticky lacing and a thick white head. Smells pretty heavily of pine, earthen hops, some resinous notes and a little pepper plus a lot of sweet caramel malt. Flavor is pretty malt forward, but has a really good pine and earth hop finish. Solid east coast IIPA, I enjoyed this one.

3.7
Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2011
Dark orange pour with a moderate off-white head. Citrusy hops with piney notes on the aroma. Flavor was pretty smooth hoppy and somewhat bitter, but didn’t jump like most of the better DIPA’s. Still a nice brew, but not one of the best.

3.3
TommyTilt (67) - Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2011
On tap at Bel Air. Poured a deep clear copper with a tan head, never ending story lacing. Aroma had a heavy malt, caramel, and cookies. Very strong beer. very hoppy, not a huge fan of the hops yet, but I’m getting there.


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