DuClaw Venom

Yet another brew from the seemingly never-ending beer stash from Virginia. I’ve heard of DuClaw, but I didn’t have any while I was down there, and this was the only one that I brought back. After all of the dark beers that I have been having lately, I definitely was in the mood for a pale ale.

ABV: 5.6%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This American-Style Pale Ale is aggressively hopped giving it a citrusy flavor and aroma. No antidote needed. This beer is dark-golden, medium-bodied and very ‘hoppy.’ It is American-style because American-grown hops are used rather that European.”

Random: I got the second disc of Season One of “True Blood” from Netflix today. I’m really liking it so far.

This brew poured with a finger of off white head that dissipated rather quickly. It left a little bit of lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly hazy chestnut color with moderate to heavy carbonation visible. The nose was very mild. I got notes of grass and caramel malt. The taste was only alright. It was definitely malt forward with notes of sweet caramel malt and some barley. There was a touch of grass and medicinal hoppiness at the end. This was not a hoppy pale ale at all. It was way too sweet. The body was thick and had moderate carbonation as well. The finish was long and medicinal. This beer just didn’t do it for me. It wasn’t hoppy enough and had way too much malt. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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