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Shark Pants - De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
88
very good

111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
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:
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(Beer added by: Mar02x on 09-26-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Brabander
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure to buy this beer at the old schoolhouse of Struise about a month ago. Normally this is not my style but now and then you have to try it!

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks perfect with its enormous broken white to beige head and dark tealike colour. Very nice lacing in the glass.

Smell? You can smell the bitterness of this beer. Very special taste with the bitter all over the place. It feels like an aged Pliny of one year old. (I have had one that old....)

Great collaboration Urbain, congrats.

Photo of Mar02x
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of mtbdonn
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of spdyfire83
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

118th Review
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.

Photo of dgilks
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Fux
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a orange color with glints of ruby. Thick, quite creamy white head with very high retention.

S: As hoppy as announced, fruited (citruses, orange peels, tangerine, slight red fruits), resinous also, and eventually a bit herbal, earthy. The bitterness is - a bit -hidden behind a malty, resinous sweetness. Quite boozy too.

T: Bitter, so bitter ! But also yeasty, with some boozy tartness and malty sweetness. But overall, an overwhelming bitterness that last for long, so long !

M: Medium to full bodied, with high carbonation and a sharp attack. Powerful, lingering aftertaste.

O: An extreme bier. Probably a bit too much alcoholized, a bit too much bitter, a bit too sweet. But this is a very original brew and to this extent, it would be a pity to be on your way from it !

Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of richmof
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark but clear orangey-brown colour. Two finger creamy head (not sure what was wrong with the other reviewers beers).

On the nose I get citrus (predominantly orange plus peel), as well as biscuity malt.

This is a pretty intense beer. One of the more bitter imperial IPAs I have tried, with a quinine quality to the hops, as well as orange rind. It is not just bitter hop though: I also get a nice nuttyness from the malt. This is my kind of thing. The closest comparison I would make is to Troubadour Magma but I find this beer better balanced (the alcohol doesn't overdominate).

As I mentioned above, I am not sure what the other posters were referring to with the carbonation. Mine has a nice mouthfeel and is perfectly carbonated.

This beer is a one-off collaboration by Struise with the 3 Floyds brewery from Indiana I think (have never heard of 3 Floyds). I like it. It makes me want to try one of 3 Floyds but I have zero chance of finding it here in Brussels.

Photo of tendermorsel
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
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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Shark Pants from De Struise Brouwers
88 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.