Shark Pants - De Struise Brouwers
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Reviews by haz77:
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A - Pours a cloudy red-tinted copper, with a beautiful thick, towering light tan head. This takes some time to recede. There is no visible carbonation. A powerful start.
S - Resinous and citrus hops, plasticky phenols, green apple, some breadiness. Disappointingly restrained.
T - Initial flavour is grapefruit and lemon, before bready malt takes hold. Molasses and some fresh dark fruit are present in the middle. A phenolic note runs throughout, sometimes platicky and other times more medicinal and slightly boozy. The aftertaste lingers with resinous hop and caramel.
M - Medium mouthfeel becomes richer once the soft tingle of carbonation disappears by the middle of the drink. Not as outrageously good as many De Struise beers, but certainly better than most.
D - Hoppy, but in a restrained manner. Belgian flourishes throughout, with the alcohol masked well enough to catch you out. Certainly interesting and one of the better interpretations I've had of a Belgian-style IPA.
Serving type: bottle
11-01-2012 11:54:36 | More by haz77
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4.16/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a hilarious bottle labeled with a gorilla trying to wear a shark as pants.. About what you'd expect from the nutcases at Three Floyds and De Struise. The appearance.. Not great. A murky brown with a good amount of grainy sediment.. Whatever.. Let's get to it.
The smell is sweet, yet bitter. You get a good amount of hoppy malt, and you can sense that this has origins in Belgium with a twist from a brewery filled with hop-head maniacs. I was worried that this beer was going to taste unpleasant.
I was wrong. The taste is wonderful. The 120 IBUs is masked beautifully behind the citrusy, sweet Belgian yeast. It's not drinkable in mass quantities by any means, but it's not terribly heavy either. The flavor is strong, and it lasts for minutes after each sip. Finishes with hop bitterness and.. is that chocolate?
Mouthfeel is awesome. Smooth and creamy.
Overall, love it. So sad that it's gone. I'd buy a case if I could.
Serving type: bottle
11-01-2013 02:29:19 | More by dwagner003
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.
Serving type: on-tap
10-28-2013 23:16:29 | More by gillagorilla
Shark Pants from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.