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Serum by DuClaw Brewing Company

Beer #89 comes to me from Maryland.  Serum by DuClaw Brewing Company is an American Double/Imperial IPA.  This is one of my favorite styles of beer.  The ABV of this one is 9%.  DuClaw has a nice brewpub in Bel Air, MD with excellent food.  I had the pleasure of visiting that location a few months ago.

A reddish amber color with a small white head stared back at me from the pint glass.  There were a bunch of bubbles trying to escape only to get trapped in the head.  The nose was kind of faint but was typical for a double IPA (pine, citrus) but heavier on the caramel malty sweetness.  That malty sweetness hits you up front followed by the grapefruit/pine hop flavors and finishes slightly bitter with a bit of booze.  The bitterness that lingered on in the aftertaste is quite pleasant, at least for me.  This smooth brew was slightly heavy bordering on syrupy and not overly carbonated.  A very nice beer to drink but the 9% ABV started to make itself known towards the end of the bomber.

I had this on tap when I visited DuClaw and it is pretty much how I remembered it.  I enjoyed this and would get this again preferably with DuClaws fried green tomatoes and buffalo chicken tenders, the hotter the better.

Rating: B+

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