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Emelisse Double IPA - Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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84
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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally ABV was 9.0%

(Beer added by: wl0307 on 10-06-2009)
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Reviews by richmof:
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3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 300ml bottle into my camping glass (we were camping in Zeeland): a deep cloudy orange, with a small excitable head (carbon popping all over place) and limited lacing. While I like something to chew on in my beer, the presence of, what looked like, pellet-parts certainly don't help the visuals. My label was different to the photo above and was 9% ABV.

Not that strong a nose with some biscuity malts and grassy hops but tame.

The underwhelming nose and visual give way to a fairly decent palate though. A resiny pungent hoppiness, with some grass and citrus and other fruits too. A nicely rounded IPA, with the alcohol very subtly hidden.

I found this to be quite keenly carbonated for a double IPA, with a pleasing hoppiness from beginning to end.

I would definitely have this beer again, however I am not sure I would do that many in a sitting. Had 2 on Saturday and they left me a little wooly the next day.

It is encouraging to taste new micro brews of a decent standard like this in a small town in Holland. Dank u wel.

richmof, Jun 28, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new Dutch brewer on the scene here in the U.S.Poured into a small tulip glass a hazed bronze with a burnt orange hue,a thin quick to fade white head atop,I like the chunkies and floaties swirling though.Aroma is deeply fruit and floral,slight citric qualities come thru as it warms,not American DIPA aromas,but pretty good.Flavors at first seem to be lighter on the big hops but as it warms they come out nicely,deeply fruit with some sweetish alcohol at first,some citric qualities come late and linger as well as a lighter resiny quality.This is a nice take on the style,give it time to warm to get all the different qualities out of it.

oberon, Feb 04, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

prdstmnky, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Metalmonk
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label design isn't the one currently pictured on BA: this one shows hop vines floating above a brewery building (apparently a brewery anyway). Also, it reads "11%" on the bottle, not 9%. But Emelisse doesn't make another Double IPA, so here it goes.

Looks the part, showing a fluffy off-white head (doesn't last very long before making a bubbly crown and patchy skim). Color is hazed rust-orange/red.

Aroma is fine, but not really to style. Reminds me very much of Sierra Nevada's Torpedo, which brings a toasty element along with the hop spiciness, and the hops smell very much like S.N.'s favored Cascade variety. A bit muted for the style they're shooting for.

Flavor could be cleaned up, it's a bit indistinct, but closer to style than the nose: gooey, creamy caramel bigness with a grassy, bitter hop element. A bit spicy from the alcohol/hop union, which is nice, and has an overall raw/homebrew sort of vibe. Alcohol flares just a little bit, mostly with warming, and a grassy astringency dominates the finish, although it's not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is very good--round, chewy, creamy, a bit of stick and just enough carbonation to keep it lively. Just shy of the transcendent "oomph" that would make it a 4.5 or 5.

If Emelisse really wanted to do it the American way, they wouldn't toss this into 10 ounce bottles. C'mon, who wants anything less than a 12 oz. bottle of beer? My reasonable-sized-bottle soapbox aside, this is a decent take on the style, but nothing compared to other European brewers who have taken the American big-beer bull by the horns...like, say, Mikkeller. This one's definitely worth a shot though, and any European brewery looking to the U.S. for guidance deserves at least a little support. The tables were turned for too long--it's nice to see this kind of reciprocation/reverse-influence taking place.

Metalmonk, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of Mar02x
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Almost no head on this one, low in carbonation too. The color is light brown amber.

S - Nice fresh beer with hops.

T - Nice soft hops, strong bitter after taste though.

M - Nice soft carbonation.

O - A nice beer to drink when eating Chinese food.

Mar02x, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Ciocanelu, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of osusullins
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not the best DIPA that I've tasted, but a decent rendition.

Pours a honey golden color with a white head.

Smell is not overpowering. Some hops with caramel sweetness.

What you would expect. The hops dominate the palate, but are not overly aggressive. Well balanced by the malts. Decent Beer.

osusullins, Oct 30, 2011
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2.63/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a honey gold-amber. No head to speak of, maybe the bartenders falt.
Aroma: Malt, a bit of honey, no hops at all.
I do get a little hoppy bitterness, some malty sweetness, but the mouthfeel is killing me. Supper watery.Llittle carbonation. However, this beer is dangerous, extremely drinkable for a 11% brew.
Overall this is not what I'd expect from a double IPA.

hdelavega, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of ewright
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from CBX in June 2011. The beer pours an opaque deep amber with notes of burnt sienna. A small off-white head forms and quickly dissipates to a thin ring plus a small island clump of bubbles in the middle. Nice bits of foam cling to the side of the glass as the beer disappears, but its not exactly what I'd call lacing.

The nose is nice, but awfully faint. I get faint citrus notes; clementine perhaps? Just a hint of earthiness, but no noticeable contribution from the malt.

After the relatively weak aroma, the flavor is unexpectedly bold. Nice dank hop flavor up front with rather more minty characteristics than the nose intimated. Decent malt backbone that is solid, but stays out of the way of the hop flavors.

Finish is relatively dry, but not West Coast DIPA dry. Moderately low carbonation is sufficient to keep the finish smooth. This one begs to be drunk posthaste.

I can let the appearance slide, but this one really needs a better aroma to be called outstanding.

ewright, Jun 15, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

sonofliberty2, Jul 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

bonbini26, Jan 13, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy amber/orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with good carbonation. Aroma consists of citrus and bitter hops with a caramel touch. Taste is a mix between some citrus, pine and bitter hops with notes of caramel malt with well balanced sweetness. Body is quite full with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed but missing the hops punch associated with this style.

Phyl21ca, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

10.14 oz bottle (300 mL, that is) to an oversized wine glass. There are lot numbers and dates on the label, but nothing is ticked off. Also, my bottle indicates 11% ABV and the label is slightly different.

A: One finger head diminishes quickly and provides spare lacing. The body is a medium dark orange, hazy if not murky or muddy, with plenty of floating yeast particles. I love a rich looking, unfiltered DIPA, but this is not one of the most attractive brews I've seen.

S: Above average malt content, toasted nuts, biscuits and cookie, relatively sweet. The hops include flowers, herbs, resin and citrus but the overall intensity may be below average for a DIPA. The yeast is more of a visual reminder than what actually comes through on the nose and palate, with faint hints of dough and barnyard.

T: Additional flavors of baked apple and pear, honey, plus some dark fruit in the end. The flavor is lightly sweet, the duration is long and there is a faint sour component as well. Only light alcohol comes through which is impressive given the 11% ABV. The taste IS actually very similar to the American Double IPA (which is given tribute on the label), although the similarities are more in line with the baseline or below average example rather than the premier. I appreciate the European influence on this brew however since American DIPAs are more than abundant over here.

M: Medium-full with a creamy texture, average carbonation and a heavily bitter finish.

D: A respectable effort for sure, but I don't see myself going out of my way for another in the near future.

FeDUBBELFIST, Apr 24, 2010
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3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark, somewhat cloudy orange amber. Light head and light lacing. Nice almost barley wine like aroma; sweet malt, pine and citrus hops. Hops with a light malt, pine and citrus flavors. Rather mellow at first then finishes with a sharp, spicy hop surge. A pleasant IPA, but not surpassing the best domestic IPAs.

LiquidAmber, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of RuudJH
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This double IPA from Emelisse has 7.9 % abv.. Quite a difference from the appearant 11% DIPA that has been reviewed here allready. Looking at the website, the variation in % looks to be no exceptions from this brew.
But it made me enter it as a new beer.

Looks orange brown, thin head.
Smell is very floral, with some fruits like apricot in the background.
Taste is good and bitter, with a mild flavour of what I imagine flowers.
Overall, good but not great in the IPA style. It's nice , but too simple.
It could be more complex.

RuudJH, Jul 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

mtbdonn, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy brownish amber in color and has lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of piney hops in the nose, along with some notes of caramel malts.
T: The initial taste is rather malty and slightly sweet with caramel notes and hints of butter, which is followed by flavors of citrusy and piney hops. There is a moderate amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate; there is some dryness in the finish.
D: It's easy to consume this beer because it's not too bitter and there is a good balance between the malt and hop flavors. The alcohol is also very well hidden.

metter98, Jul 18, 2010
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4/5  rDev +7%

Canada_Dan, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of cwguy5
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from de Bierkonig in Amsterdam. Sampled 10.21.10. Reviewed from notes.

A - deep, cloudy reddish brown; thinnish head faded to broken white cap
S - slightly floral and hops with toffee and bready tones; sweet overall
T - rich creamy flavor; some pale malt with toast/bread; bit of alcohol near end
M - medium-low carbonation with somewhat of a thick body for dipa; sweet and floral linger
D - interesting take on dipa; i personally like the creamy, malty palate on this one

cwguy5, Sep 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the beer store at the De Molen Brewery. Slightly hazy copper-amber pour with one and a half finger head with decent retention and nice lacing. The nose is unique, but somewhat subdued. Subtle spice and citrus notes with hints of pepper, hop resin and pine, as well as a solid caramel malt base. The taste is unique as well. Again, it's somewhat subdued for a Double IPA and reminds me more of an English IPA. The caramel malt is the star, with hints of pine, grapefruit, tea and pepper. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, very much like the British version, with a nice subtle bitter hop bite on the finish. The ABV of the one I picked up is only 9%, but it's extremely well hidden. This was not at all what I was expecting, but I have to admit it was a pleasant surprise.

beerdrifter, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Following is my recent review on the bottle version of the beer:

After seeing what some other breweries in north western Europe are doing with American Style IPA's and double IPA's I was very excited to to try this beer. I had a bottle of it at dbgb in Manhattan's lower east side. This was a very good beer and one I enjoyed very much. Lightish color, great hop aroma, flavor is good but a little on the strong side. I hope to come across this again soon.

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Agreed about the draft version. A very good double IPA that brings its own interesting characteristics to the style. Again, high alcohol does effect the balance but overall a very good double.

david18, Jun 24, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

MythicHillbilly, Nov 22, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at ´t Arendsnest in Amsterdam.

A: Golden orange color with two fingers of white soapy head. Lot of big bubbles with nice lacing.

S: Doesn't exactly smell like your normal US hopbomb. Slightly citrus, herbal and nutty. Nice and subtle.

T: Largely follows the nose. I enjoy the change of pace that this allows. Instead of super citrus/pine and bready/sweet, this is more herbal and nutty to me. Subdued by American standards, but very nice all the same.

M: Medium bodied, nice carbonation. No burn from the alcohol.

D: Could have had a couple of these if we had more time and I didn't want to try others. Glad I was able to try Holland's take on a DIPA. Very enjoyable beer that I would have again for sure.

titosupertramp, Feb 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

sansho, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of rmcnealy
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a traditional becker. The label artwork is not the same as what's photo'd above. (a date of 09/2011, Lot A.. hope that's the bottling date and not best by lol)

Poured a dark copperish brown that is very hazy and obviously quite unfiltered. The off white head fleeted quickly leaving a small consistent lace around the glass. The first aromas were of caramel, toffee and floral. The taste is very pleasant and not as syruppy/boozed out like some other higher ABV IPA's/DIPA's. The taste faded quickly and there was a substantial amount of sediment on the bottom of the glass. A great beer no doubt. I thoroughly enjoyed it albeit it was not very hoppy as I would have liked and look for in a good IPA.

Found at Evolution Liq's - Northbrook, IL

rmcnealy, Nov 01, 2011
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Emelisse Double IPA from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
84 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.