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Shark Pants - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
88
very good

107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
Wants: 21
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mar02x on 09-26-2011)
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

bmur112, Feb 26, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy orange-brown with a ridiculous four fingers of frothy off-white head. Head lasts forever and completely coats the glass in lacing.

S - Smell is a combination of sweet caramel malt and bitter hops, with a bit of mustiness thrown in. Some citrus and pine hops with a bit of alcohol.

T - While it is definitely bitter, it doesn't scream 300 IBU to me. Up front there is actually quite a bit of sweetness, mostly caramel malt. Orange zest and a touch of pulp, along with some grassy hops and a strong herbal character. Bitterness really starts to come in just before the finish, which is quite dry. Definitely has a barleywine taste to it.

M - Medium, resiny mouthfeel that finishes with a long lingering bitterness.

O - Can't say I've had anything quite like this before. Surprisingly well-balanced for a beer that seems to want to appeal to the bitter-azi. And the label is so great I may need to keep the bottle.

warnerry, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Mattco, Aug 05, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2014. Acquired from a Belgian webshop. I've been looking forward to trying this ever since I first heard about it. Great pic on the label!

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A deep, hazy reddish-amber colour with medium carbonation. Produces a humongous head of creamy off-white foam that fills the entire glass and subsides slowly. Aroma of aromatic hops and fruity Belgian yeast; notes of oranges, tangy citrus and yeast esters. Less hoppy than might be expected.

Tastes of sweet malt, overlayed with intense aromatic hops and a bitter finish. Notes of citrus and orange peel, followed by dry, fruity yeast esters. A tangy, spicy quality. Mouthfeel is smooth, thick and tingly. Highly astringent; dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops.

Pretty good - plenty of aromatic hops. Rich and intense, probably the hoppiest Belgian IPA I've tried (which isn't many). The aroma seems subdued; yeast esters dominate and the hop notes don't come across that strongly. However, the flavour is solid. An impressive beer that is well worth your time.

jazzyjeff13, Feb 05, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

jtladner, Jun 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

simoen, Sep 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Beerontwowheels, Sep 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

DStoked, May 17, 2013
Photo of Mar02x
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A brown/yellow beer with an amazing head! A very strong beige foam is laying on top and slowly turns into fluffy. The webbing against the glass is amazing too.

S - Mango, pine, grass and pinnacle it is all there.

T - A superb mango, grass taste. A bit sweet too.

M - A good carbonation that fits the style, the creamy bitter aftertaste is a delight.

O - Good solid imperial IPA.

Mar02x, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

StephRai, Saturday at 09:12 AM
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Rborre321, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of KYGunner
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This IPA presented itself boldly with a robust amber or rich copper hue. The head was thick, off white and it laced well.

The scent was primarily caramel malt with some earthy hop and pine. I do catch a grain and cracker scent.

The taste is more malt-centric with the caramel, grain and roast coming out first. The piney hop flavors expose themselves nearer the end of the sip. Not overly complex it's a smooth easy ride with little after taste.

My expectations were high on this but it simply did not live up to them. The hops don't jump out, or create enough diversity to set it apart, but it's still a pretty decent ale.

KYGunner, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of gillagorilla
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's (from notes).

A: Dark brown amber. Nice lacing.

S: Piney goodness with a bit of spice.

T: Nice solid even IPA. Subdued pine. Lots of flavor with a bit of yeast. Quite belgian.

M: Strong even carbonation throughout.

O: An excellent IPA.

gillagorilla, Oct 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

jlisuk, May 26, 2014
Photo of tendermorsel
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Another Struise pour from Borfrets.

I was so psyched to try this one. I haven't had the one from FFF and LOVE the label. 1# DAD!!! I was a bit disappointed with this one.

The flavor and smell were what I expected. Hops hops and more hops. Lots of citrus.

Ugh... This was very undercarbed. No head and bad mouthfeel. I am not sure if this beer was ready. This was flatter than an LA Angels Share! Perhaps it was rushed to the fest?

Not my favorite offering from Struise. Oh well they do everything else wonderfully so I cannot get too mad about an undercarbed beer.

tendermorsel, Oct 18, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a murky orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of deep Belgian malt with some caramelized notes and light floral hoppy notes. Taste is also a mix between some deep caramelized notes with more residual sugar then I had expected with some floral and light piney hoppy notes. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Overall, this was enjoyable though a bit too sweet for my taste and lacking some floral hoppy notes.

Phyl21ca, Mar 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

rondufresne, Sep 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

mtbdonn, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

DrBier, Jul 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

dglgmut, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

33cl Bottle: BBD 30 Nov 2014, poured into my 'Forbidden Fruit' chalice on 5th Aug 2013 during a Belgian Beer Evening I had with myself.

Deep amber body: no sediment left the bottle (I think), so it was almost clear in looks with no haze or cloudiness. On top a full and deep head of cream coloured foam.

Intense hop aroma, with a mixed bag of sugared fruit thrown in.

The taste was also hop infested with sweet fruits eating away at the hop flavours, add some caramel and toffee onto the tongue and you are half way there taste wise: interesting brew.

The alcohol is evident but not in a nasty way and the body depth carries it well: I liked this beer.

BlackHaddock, Aug 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

mendvicdog, Jun 24, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle, Best by 30/11/14. Amber in color. Clear sticky lacing. Off-white head. Great retention. Biting bitter taste balanced by lovely Belgian yeasty taste and aroma. Great refreshing, citrussy and juicy. Excellent.  What else could you expect when these two rediculous breweries join forces?

KickbacksSteve, Mar 01, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: I knew this wasn't a standard IPA as soon as I poured it. The color is a dark reddish amber and it's quite cloudy. There is a finger of off white head that sticks around pretty well.

Smell: This one smells like a Belgian Dark Strong ale than an IPA. Very sweet with caramel and some dark fruit. I am getting some hop notes, but there is also a hint of port or another sweet desert wine.

Taste: The hops show up here a bit more, but this is still more like a highly hopped strong ale. Brown sugar and dark fruit sweetness along with some bitter hops. There is some warm alcohol along with the sugar and bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit syrupy with aggressive carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: This beer was nothing like what I expected. Very sweet yet highly hopped. Quite complex and unlike anything else I can remember. I'd have another.

oline73, May 18, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Cloudy dark copper-amber pour with huge three finger off white head with great retention and crazy lacing. The nose is very complex, especially as it warms and opens up. Initial huge citrusy, resiny, piney hop notes, very reminiscent of a West Coast barley wine. Lots of bitter orange peel balanced out nicely by a sweet caramel malt backbone. The taste follows suit and is surprisingly well balanced for a 300 IBU hop bomb. Lots of resiny pine and bitter orange peel, complemented nicely by toasty toffee and sweet caramel maltiness. The mouthfeel is moderately thick and chewy with perfect carbonation and a great tangy, bitter, slightly nutty, oily finish. The alcohol gently warms throughout, but doesn't hurt the drinkability at all. De Struise just seems to keep cranking out awesome beers! Can't wait to see what they bring to ACBF in two weeks!

beerdrifter, Feb 15, 2012
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Shark Pants from De Struise Brouwers
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