Shark Pants - De Struise Brouwers
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3.28/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
10-18-2011 16:56:25 | More by tendermorsel
3.46/5 rDev -12%
Shark Pants is a very grungy looking beer, attributed partly to the fact that its sediment is so sludgy the bottom of the bottle looks like muddy sand. Although I managed to keep most of that muck out, this entirely flat, brown leather-coloured beer is sullied to the point of opacity.
The aroma is no less gritty than that putrid appearance. Very dulled notes of grapefruit rind and pine resin are pretty much all the supposed 'most hoppy India Pale Ale ever produced in Belgium' has to show for itself. Maybe dried mango or papaya slices too if you sniff really hard.
By this point, it's no surprise to find that the taste is underwhelming. Given the oxidized, dried fruit flavours I'd be tempted to write this off as a stale bottle, but the brewery assures me I have a year and four months yet before that happens (an absolutely ridiculous estimate in my opinion). Speaking of absurd, how does a "Belgian" IPA not have a trace of Belgian yeast? I'm confused. What then makes it Belgian (especially since half its brewers are American)?
The flavour offers gooey toffee-ish malt notes above all else. Pine resin is a major contributor too but other hop-derived flavours virtually don't register; like the independent candidates in most elections, their share of the pie is too marginal to be worth reporting. The mouthfeel is considerably neutral and the claim of 300 IBUs turns out more foolish even than impractical.
Shark Pants has a funny label, but beyond that it's probably the worst beer either Three Floyds or De Struise have ever - and likely will ever - put their respective names to. What I took away from this is that even two of the world's best breweries (joining forces, no less) are capable of misses every now and again. Spend your money on anything by these guys - just not this.
08-06-2013 00:03:29 | More by biegaman
3.53/5 rDev -10.2%
Clear dark amber colour with a moderate sized, creamy tan head. Nice head retention.
Syrupy malt with plenty of sweetness. Lots of resinous piney hop with some Kiwi hop varieties adding nice mango and passionfruit notes.
Not all that bitter with all the residual sugar thickening it. Plenty of hop character though with grapefruit and tropical fruits dominating. A touch too much sugar but still nice.
Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good.
A decent little beer and an interesting idea. I find it a touch too sweet but there is certainly a lot of hop character here. These guys manage to make a lot of their other beers dry enough so I don't know what's going on here.
01-18-2012 10:09:22 | More by dgilks
3.58/5 rDev -8.9%
11.2oz bottle poured into a cervoise. The brew appears a clouded amber orange with 3 fingers worth of fluffy tan head. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves a complete wall of lace coating the entire glass. Around the edges some orange coloration is noted and more of an amber brown towards the middle of the body.
The smell of this brew is not hiding the hops at all. Fruity rinds, citrus, orange, mango, herbs and a bit of resinous pine linger towards the back. All of the hops sit atop a sweetness that is somewhat floral and caramel-like from the grain backing. As more smells are taken, it comes across quite herbal with almost a minty tinge to it mixed with some veggy hop aspects.
The taste very herbal and bitter. The hops take on a bit of green veggy flavoring mixed with herbs and young yeasty notes. Despite the forward flavor and bitterness of the hops, the toasty biscuit grain flavor is still present that provides a minor sweetness almost caramel to toffee-like to offset the bitterness of the brew. The aftertaste is oily with hops, resinous like pine and herbs to the fullest extent. As the brew warms, a bit of solvent alcohol comes out of the woodwork and more of a fruity focus becomes evident.
This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate to high level of carbonation. I see some previous draft reviews call this out as being undercarbonated, I can attest that in the bottle this might be a bit over-done if anything. The 9% alcohol hits with the expected warmth and flavor inclusion throughout this brew. Not the best DIPA I have had, but interesting and worth a try if you get the chance. As advertised, this is probably the most bitter belgian made IPA I have had.
01-12-2012 04:11:09 | More by stakem
3.63/5 rDev -7.6%
Deeply resiny with restrained "Belgian" character, this battle between malt and hops shine with the best of strong ales done the American crafted way.
Pouring with a muddled yeasty haze, rust coloration, and a well headed cap of creamy yellowish foam, the beer carries a good deal of visual weight despite the heightened carbonation that reminds me of its Belgian roots. The sticky foam both retains and laces remarkably, resembling a mousse more than beer foam.
Strongly aromatic with a depth of malt complexity and certainly enough hop character to rival. Malt richness of toffee, bread crust, and medium kilned barley provide a strong underpinning while the strong hop character of grapefruit and pine do much more than balance the beer- very barley-wine in character, except for the complementary notes of fruit and spice that sing the praises of Belgian ales.
Flavors continue the dialogue of hops and malt with every bit the intensity of American-style barley wines. Tasting somewhat salty and metallic at times with the back and fourth action of malt sweetness and richness with the sharp resiny bitterness of hops. Toffee, sorghum, bread, and yeast buffer against the strong onslaught of white grapefruit pulp and pith, spruce tips, and pine sap for ultimate balance and intrigue. Decorated with the spicy and fruity interplay from yeast continue to complement the flavor spread with accents of aniseed, fennel, pepper, dried cherries, dates, and pineapple. As the beer opens up it seems to deliver wave after wave of flavor that varies with each sip. The descriptor words seem endless.
Very richly textured, the embedded carbonation holds its structure throughout and releases only late in finish with the help of resin dryness from hops and strong alcohol dryness as well.
To find comparable beers, you'll have to turn to Stone's Old Guardian Belgo. But the flavors of malt remind me of imperialistic amber or red ales with the punch of American barley wines and a dash of Belgian carbonation, fruit and spice.
05-14-2012 17:18:23 | More by BEERchitect
3.71/5 rDev -5.6%
Thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle.
A - Poured into a palm tulip a dark hazy chestnut hue with a massive two finger off white head that fades to leave super thick blankets and side lacing.
S - Aromas of de struisse yeast, caramel, slight citrus, not much hops.
T - Taste is tons of toffee! Soooo much burnt sugar and toffee with a bitter hop finish. Uhh....this is 300 IBU?! Bullshit. Also....this is a Belgian ipa....uhhh OK.
M - Mouthfeel is decent enough with solid carbonation
O - Overall I was slightly let down by this beer. Not much bitterness with Ltd of toffee and caramel.
03-14-2013 22:23:04 | More by rudzud
3.73/5 rDev -5.1%
Bottle to Fuller's half-pint tulip
Best before: 30/11/2014
A: Deep copper; hazy. 5+ frothy (khaki) fingernail head on medium pour. I think it' carbonated.
S: Floral/earthy hops, orange peel/lemon zest, pine, and caramel. Smells very sweet.
T: Pronounced malt sweetness upfront with a very nice balance of citrus, pine, cloves, and lemon zest. Hint of vanilla and oak towards the back-end. Hop profile is over-shadowed by the bitterness that is very bold all throughout.
M: Full bodied with loads and loads of carbonation. Very thick.
O: This beer is well put together, but you can definitely tell there are a boat-load of hops (I think it was 300 IBUs) in it. This is not in a bad way, but it is just bitter and in your face all throughout. Drinks more like a barleywine in my opinion because of the sweetness, but a decent beer for sure.
01-21-2012 16:43:04 | More by spdyfire83
3.74/5 rDev -4.8%
Strong IPA didn’t really feel it at first. But about half way in it really took off! Every sip was better and better, strong hop flavor but a tad bitter. Great buz, definitely a night beer, I was ready for a nap! Good not the best, definitely worth a drink!
06-23-2013 11:48:32 | More by GuicYHops
Shark Pants from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.