jeff9mm (1) - USA - JUL 24, 2003 does not count
Nice amber color. Nice head with lace to the bottom of the glass.Hoppy nose and well ballanced bitterness. Long lasting hop finish is not overpowering. Excellent beer that can be enjoyed all day long. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 26, 2006
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. scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2003
I'm a bit biased because I'm good friends with the brewmaster, BUT I also know a great beer when I taste one. This beer has an awesome hoppy grapefruit, pine cone thing going on. Even some floral aspects to it as well. Taste and smell. Borders IPA territory without a doubt. As it warms, it gets a bit thicker in the glass and the malt starts to shine thru. Nice balancing act in the middle stages followed by a good bitter shot as the glass dwindles down. This has been, and will continue to be my go to brew. I just can't go to Duclaw and not have it. It's that good. carpediembp (9) - Lutherville, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2006 does not count
my favorate APA, plenty of bold flavors, a nice hoppy finish. the color is a nice amber with an offwhite head, with the added smooth taste of the Nitro Venom, whats not to love! MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Orangish-amber. Nose has loads of pine, has a nice sweetness to it. Very hoppy, has a good citrus-grapefruit bite to it. Well-balanced, sweetness and creaminess abound in the malts. Palate is round and creamy, carbonated enough to give some zippiness. Excellent.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2003
Dark amber color. Nice clean white head. Aroma is that of hops. More floral then its big brother, Serum. A good amount of malt is detected on first taste, then the hops kick in. Aftertaste is a nice bitter hops flavor. Very good stuff. cubedbee (10) - USA - JUN 29, 2004
This is DuClaw’s best beer. The color is almost more amber than gold, with a thick head and nice lacing. Citrus hops aroma and flavor with a smooth moufhfeel. This is a great American Pale. KUEric (975) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2006
On tap in Baltimore: I thought this was an IPA to be honest, and a very good one at that. Given its an APA only makes this that much more impressive. Itt has a bold taste (but not in the crisp and clean way Bud Lite talks about). Lots of wonderful hop flavors. Definitely some grapefruit/citrus on the nose and tounge. While it wasn’t nearly as matly as it was hoppy, there was a nice balance of roasted malts as well. The aroma was grapefruit and floral. The appearnce was what beer should be in my opinon. seekingup2 (80) - - DEC 12, 2011
Draft @ Bel Air location. By far my favorite of the "regular" beers at duclaw. Orangish in color. Smells and tastes much like an IPA. Great smooth hop flavor all the way through. Big hit with me! happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 9, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2004 Aroma of fresh malts,yeast and a nice amount of columbus and cascades to make this one of the best pale ales out there. Pours out a sweet orange tinted amber w/ a thick head/great lace. The only thing I can say about this one is hell yeah! Jim wagner, I don’t know you but I must say thank you and keep up the great work and put the sawtooth and serum up all year?And this one puts to shame many IPAs!!I don’t need the antidote but I sure do want the Serum!