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Shark Pants - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
87
very good

114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 23
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mar02x on 09-26-2011

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Ratings: 114 | Reviews: 37
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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.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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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.

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Shark Pants from De Struise Brouwers
87 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.