RATINGS: 274   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Reviewed 3/8/13. 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. A: Pours a cloudy dark copper color. The head is a one finger offwhite shade. Retention is pretty good given its alcohol content, and the lacing left behind is nice looking as well. S: Malty. There’s a lot of caramel, biscuit, and brown sugar in the malt backbone, weakly supported by some faint piny hops. Maybe there’s a touch of weed here as well. DuClaw’s typical yeast profile comes across less peppery and more...dare I say cardboard-like? Not sure about the age of this one, but I’m not impressed regardless. T: Hops are very faint here, except perhaps a faint bitter bite on the finish. This one is very much a malty DIPA, and a sweet one as well. At first, there are a surprising amount of plum-like qualities, which will eventually give way to a sweet caramel midtaste. It finishes with only faint piny hops, a sensation badly overpowered by heavy-handed brown sugar and orange sweetness. Good gawd, this is sweet, even cloying; and it can NOT get away with it the way Misery did. M: The body is really creamy, thick, and syrupy. As a barleywine, the texture works well - but this is a DIPA, so it’s just overbearingly difficult to sip (for the record, I don’t like most malty DIPAs). The hops cleanse the palate only enough to expose some boozy qualities, without really hiding much of the sweetness or giving the body extra drinkability. O: A poor DIPA; a passable barleywine/strong ale. I’ll be fair to it - the flavor profile screams "badly aged DIPA" to me. It’s not drainpour bad, but it’s going to take a long time to put this one down. It’s just WAY too sweet for my tastes.

tsd08460 (1279) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2016
Aroma: caramel, pine, citrus Appearance: dark golden with a white head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, creamy, average carbonation, bitter finish Tasty

crossovert (14128) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2016
355ml bottle. Its a gusher, and it fucking sucks, tons of autolyzed yeast character, dirt, not oxidized. Fucking shitty.

altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2016
Bottle from Perfect Pour. Clear amber body with medium head. Lots of soapy foam. Nose is hops, spices, floral. Taste is hops, caramel, spice. Really nice and enjoyable.

boozedude (2229) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 29, 2016
bottle shared with rusty at club wakonda., orange pour with white head, aroma is fruit, taste is malty hoppy slight orange, and grapefut, not bad

fiveacestx (977) - Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2016
On tap - light red - has a bit of an apple aroma and a whiskey and apple taste. Some pineapple and citrus as well. Medium body and light resin.

zoucrew102 (2236) - - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle, thanks sevenhokie! Caramel and bready malt aroma with light notes of floral and citrus hops. Pours cloudy copper colored with a thick tan head with excellent retention and good lacing. Starts with sweet caramel and bready malt flavors. Finishes smooth with light floral hop bitterness and some citrus hop. Good, but not a lot of hop flavor to truly call it an IPA.

beerme31 (707) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle. Hazy dark golden full off white head. Aroma of citrus and floral. Medium-high sweet taste. Finishes with just a light hop bitterness and feels refreshing. Decent double ipa overall.

Art (3220) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2015 Bottle from exchange. Pours a clear orange with a white head. Aromas of candied orange peel, caramel, some pine. Taste is more bitterness than I like but not as over the top as I thought. Slightly melony. Medium body.

D91ICE (20) - Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2015
Drink this beer with a fork. Nice thick brew. Enjoyed from glass bottle while hanging Christmas lights. After a few, be careful on the ladder. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

bytemesis (9497) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 14, 2015
Tap. Pours clear orange, minimal head or lacing. Aroma is perfume, a bit medicinal, candy? Odd. Flavor is really sweet, tangerine perhaps, lots of backing perfume, medium bitter. Medium body, flat as a board. Sticky sweet. Ewww.

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