PW's Year of Beer: DuClaw Venom Pale Ale

By Eric San Juan
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We love beer. That's why we're devoting an entire year to discovering (and drinking) cold ones from near and far. Know of a beer worth shouting out? Send us a note at tips@philadelphiaweekly.com.

In America, the pale ale is the little brother of the IPA, a brisk, hoppy style of brew that features a touch less bitterness and hops than its big brother but still more than enough flavor to make other beers look tame by comparison. Certainly Maryland’s DuClaw Brewing Co. will never be accused of making a tame pale ale, because Venom has a big, citrus-laden bite the likes of which is usually only boasted by the India pale ale. Pleasant, softly sweet caramel ensures there is some balance, but the big blast of citrus peel is the star of this show. In today’s world of aggressive craft beers the pale ale can seem a bit ordinary, but not this one. 

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