Southampton Trappist IPA - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Trappist IPASouthampton Trappist IPA

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 12
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PEBKAC on 08-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 22
Reviews by vacax:
Photo of vacax
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one is cloudy, dark orange-gold, large and thick head thanks to the yeast and hops. Aroma is intense with Belgian yeast, dry, mango, pineapple, tropical fruits from the combination of esters and hop acids. The taste is spicy with Belgian yeast, orange zest, catty, and the tropical fruit hops are a bit astringent. Finish is bitter and cookielike. Medium bodied but feels pretty creamy due to the carbonation. This is decent, though I could just as easily pass on it. Took me a while to finish my glass.

More User Reviews:
Photo of PEBKAC
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Complex brew with intense fruitiness. Aged in oak for five months."

I read on "" that this beer is brewed with brett. Maybe it's just not really noticeable yet, like a fresh batch of Orval.

Anyway, generous keg-kicking last pour into my Duvel glass. Lots of CO2-induced white-wash foam(as expected), but it settles into a very respectable 3/5ths of it's original size. Body is a slightly chill-hazed yellow amber.

Smell is basic grain, with lots of pepper, sharp florals, & leafy greens.

Lightly toasted dry malt, but the taste carries more resins & rindy notes then anything else. Not intense, but still pretty green & zesty, with bitter orange & nice dry leafy notes. Sweetness is mild & supporting. No real Belgian/Trappist esters that I can notice. Alcohol fumes with substance, & the body is overall pretty damn dry(which works for me). A very tight beer.

I wouldn't mind seeing this replace their regular IPA. As long as they don't ship it out of to the Lion & let them piss in it.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I felt lucky to be able to crack this one open last night. Decided it might go well with dinner so I gave it a shot. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/31/2010.

Big pour right out of the gate. Lots o carbonation led to a sparkling look, huge head of nearly three fingers in height then comes across and rips into me. Never really settling, just becoming more and more rocky and cratered. Lots of lacing up and down the side of the glass.

Aroma is very light, a bit too light for me, but warming brought out some nice touches that seem to work after a while. Lots of citrus, lemon zest, belgian yeast all working together and forming a very nicely defined profile after a while. Nicely carbonated and very light it was easy to drink this one fast, especially on a humid day. Each sip brought out light notes of pears, peaches, lots of light citrus, tart lemon. Light bready and grainy notes along with light touches of grasses, Last sip seems as clean and dry as the first and offers some nice consistency.

Overall a very solid and well done light iPA. Crossing over of the styles seems to work here and I think the ratings should be a little bit higher then they are to be honest.

Photo of mbudner
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the release about a month or so ago. Poured from 750mL bottle into a snifter. Had it on tap on release day as well, but these notes are from the bottle as I didn't have much and couldn't focus at the brewery.

A- Pours an extremely hazy deep orange to burnt sienna in color with a huge puffy white, 4-finger head. Receded in a few minutes leaving spotty, but very pronounced lacing. This is one of the most inviting looking beers I have ever poured.

S- Spicy yeastiness with some lemony hops, and funk from the brett coming through as quite sweaty. There is also a solid floral bouquet. As it warms up, some banana as well.

T- Slight metallic flavor followed by some nice funk quickly swept by a bitter, citral hop finish. The yeasty flavors are less pronounced that the nose led on, but there's enough going on here that it isn't a huge disappointment. I anticipated a good deal more from the brett based on the aroma as well as the fact that I remember it being quite funky on tap. This could be a function of the medium or a number of other things. The hops and the brett do play nicely together and I have to say I greatly prefer this over Undead Ed, which, in my opinion, has too much brett character for an IPA (not that they usually have any.)

M- It doesn't have a made mouthfeel, but it is definitely over-carbonated. This isn't something that ruins the beer for me, by any means, but it does lower the MF a little.

D- Not the easiest drinking, but it does have a lot of things going on, so it is quite hard to compare. It got the Belgian yeastiness of a trappist IPA, which often makes a beer slightly slower drinking, a moderate hop profile and some brettiness. All of those things considered, it is quite well balanced and drinks well.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light ester and a juicy citrus hop.

The taste consisted of a slight sticky sweetness, yeast esters, whit pepper and some citrus.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style but a bit slick.

Overall a nice Belgian IPA. A touch lacking esterwise however.

Photo of levifunk
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes. big thanks to madvike for sharing this.

a - cloudy yellow pour with a HUGE head.

s - hops. some spice. That bretty wet hay smell I love.

t - bitter hops, but still reminds me primarily of a wild. hay funk.

m - light body. great carbonation.

overall - great style. would love to see more of this.

Photo of klikger
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml pour served in a Duvel tulip - thanks for sharing, madvike!

A - Cloudy amber with a massive white head, visible carbonation, and very good lacing

S - Earthy hops, wild yeasts, as well as more traditional Belgian yeast

T - Lots of Brett & floral hops kick this off --> raspberry essence mixed with more sour yeast - at once palate wrecking and cleansing --> the finish is more of the same - mouth-puckering sour fruitiness (decent amount of lemon) with a touch of hop bitterness

M - Effervescent, light, tart

D - Extremely drinkable

I'm pretty shocked by the mediocre reviews on this. At a star-studded tasting, this beer stole the show for me. Brettanomyces & hops go together amazingly well, and this beer proves it. If you guys aren't fans, please send your extras to me. Seriously.

Photo of AgentZero
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another in the South Hampton Megatasting! This one courtesy of beerloca via Alex.

A - Dirty golden color with a big head that left behind some spots and stick.

S - Reminds me a bit of Orval. Sweet with a bit of citrus, also smells a little briny which was unpleasant. Healthy dose of yeast on the end of the nose.

T - Taste is primarily brett presented in a very "belgian" like manner. Nice funk and some balancing hop characteristic, primarily citrus, with a bit of lemon peel thrown in for good measure. Not bad.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - This is not bad, although it is not a standout. Belgian IPA is a style for me that can go wrong quite easily, but this was pretty good.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Devin!

Pouring a clear light orange with a large, dense white head that leaves a nice lacing, this beer is a great looking IPA. The nose is fantastic. Delicate and nuanced, there's a beautiful blend of rustic, earthy character, light floral and a moderate citrus hop character, all very well balanced. A little malt sweetness is present, almost biscuit like. The palate opens with a light honey character and the great yeast character of the nose. The Brett has had time to chew through some of the sugars, producing a melange of earthy, rustic and spicy overtones. Reminiscent of Orval at about 18 months, this is pretty excellent. Drying on the finish with a lingering hop and Brett character, this beer is over-carbonated but not terribly so. I absolutely enjoyed my pour, thanks again, Devin! This is not a style I particularly like, but this is a very interesting take on it.

Photo of afausser
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the brewery for the release this weekend.

A: Pours a golden, glowing peach-toned hazy orange with a finger of fine, fluffy bubbles that make up the vanilla head. Nice sticky lacing. Not the most persistent head considering the ABV and style, but a very pretty beer indeed.

S: The nose is dominated by heavy, sweet citrus and spice, predominantly juicy oranges and lemon rind. There's a sweet floral note that comes across as slightly cloying, but it's not too overwhelming. This gets better as it warms, and the smell becomes quite excellent. Cloves and white pepper come through, as well as bready malts and apple and honey notes. As it warms, a huge barnyard scent comes out and the brett is very obvious. Funky and nice, I'd say the smell is probably the best part of this one.

T: VERY bitter initially, with a slight sour note that blends nicely with slight alcohol heat. There are also plenty of floral hops as well as sweet, light honey wheat bread. Slight cloves, white pepper, and banana.

M: The carbonation is a little off in this one in my opinion, and is a bit too high, which results in a bit of a foamy feel. The taste really doesn't need this much in terms of carbonation to come to the forefront nicely and the combination with the bitter taste isn't really great. Little lasting aftertaste but some heat which is a bit odd.

D: A solid easily sessionable beer that I am glad to have had the chance to try.

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Chris! (At least I think it was your bottle...?)

Big head after an aggressive pour. Great lacing atop a golden-ish orange brew. Appetizing.

Aromas are floral and herbal, with a little earth and such contrasting a great lemony brightness. I'm digging it. The taste is great, just enough of a hop expression leading to some spice (pepper?) and dirt in the finish after a substantial bitterness with some orange mid-palate. Overall, pretty dry and tangy. Really nice prickly carbonation. I had heard mixed things about this one, but was pleasantly surprised. I'd like to have this again, this style is growing on me.

Photo of Jwale73
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Thirstybird for standing out in the cold for this one. Color was a pale orange-gold with a hazy clarity. Poured revealed a one inch, bright white frothy head. Some delicate strands of lacing were exposed during the tasting. Nose was very subdued - some funk (kind of reminded me of sewage) and a suggestion of tropical fruit. Taste consistent with nose - however, the sewerage funk didn't carry over into the flavor profile, thankfully. There's also some grapefruit tartness and a little astringency. Mouthfeel was medium-light, with a lively carbonation and a semi-dry finish. An interesting beer, but it just didn't do it for me.

Photo of gford217
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of shaebs99.

This one pours very effervescent with an enormous fluffy white head that recedes very slowly and leaves a bit of delicate lacing. The body is a bright hazy golden orange.

The aroma is big on lemon zest and earthy brett. There is a bit of floral hops as well, mostly grassy in character.

The taste has more citrus fruitiness as well as more Belgian yeast and fruity esters than the aroma. The funk comes out in the finish but it's very subtle.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation and dry and funky in the finish.

This is is some combination of IPA, Belgian pale and farmhouse. Mixtures of yeast, fruit, hay and brett which all make for a drinkable Belgian style beer.

Photo of Sean9689
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Southampton Mega Tasting!

A - Pours a golden yellow, white frothy head, thick cap and ring around the glass.

S - Smells like Orval, funky, Brett, light hops.

T - A good amount of funk, slight hops, orange peel, big Brett.

M - Light, frothy, crisp and refreshing.

D - Pretty darn good. I would def have this again, if offered.

Photo of JAXSON
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, thanks Jon! Pours into a glass and explosively rises with beige bubbles, no liquid to be found. Look is clear gold, head is massive. Nose is tropical fruits, fresh hops, and brett. Very reminiscent of Undead Ed or Wild Devil, but much lighter in color. Already seems like a really strange offering from Southampton. Quite funky on the nose, yeast seems very wild. More barnyard character than the other brett-IPAs. Thin and quite bitter in the mouth. Not really sure what to make of this. Not really offensive flavor profile, but the bitterness, fruits, and funk just don't go together very well. I don't want to totally write this off, but it's my least favorite of any Publick House bottle by far.

Photo of corby112
2.92/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml received in a trade with koopa. Thanks again man!

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange color with golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light source and a massive frothy yellowish head. The head has a bit too much retention, taking what seems like forever into a lasting cap. Sporadic chunks of spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly funky earthy aroma with hints of soil, earthy pine, slightly tart funk and crisp light fruit notes, especially apple, pear and mango. Slight citrus presence with faint biscuit malts in the nose. Smells more like a hoppy saison.

Lots of tight carbonation with hints of oxidization. Creamy medium body that is surprisingly bitter. I know it's an IPA but usually Belgian/Trappist IPAs aren't as dry and bitter. The bitterness is very earthy with lots of soily pine notes lingering throughout over faint biscuit malt and sweet citrus and light fruits. The funkiness from the aroma is barely noticeable at all and the fruit notes are very subtle.

Overall this beer is a bit one dimensional and boring. I would like to try it again at some point but wouldn't pay or trade for it.

Photo of mdfb79
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ML bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a murky amber color with one finger of very fluffy white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, belgian yeast, and floral notes.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, floral hops, bready malts, fruity malts, and a hint of alcohol.

m - Light body and high carbonation that stings the tongue.

d - A decent IPA. Wouldn't seek out again but would give another shot if I came across it at a tasting.

Photo of MasterSki
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beerloco for sending this for our Southampton mega-tasting. Served in a Heady Topper glass.

A - Slight gusher. Big persistent white foam that leaves behind splotchy lace. Hazed pale golden body.

S - Big brett aroma with plenty of tropical fruits, mustiness, light lemon, and more traditional Belgian yeast. Hard to tell if the fruitiness is from the Brett or from the hops. Reminds me of old bottles of Orval, or perhaps a bit like 3767.

T - Taste is tropical fruits, and malt. Less funky than the aroma, with a mild sour lemon and oak finish. Very fruity, and significantly less musty although there is still a little bit present.

M - Somewhat sticky, and nowhere near as dry as I expected. Moderate carbonation, and a medium-light body that seemed a tiny bit undersized.

D - This was better than I was expecting. Not sure if some of the other reviewers didn't get that it's more in the Orval vein than it is an IPA. I quite enjoyed it and would gladly have again, although buying Orval is likely easier and significantly cheaper too.

Photo of koopa
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml capped and silver foil wrapped bottle poured into a Grimbergen chalice.

Appearance: Pours an attractive fender strat vintage sunburst with a 2 finger white crown that has some retention and good lacing.

Smell: Very nice orange caramel spice thing going on with a healthy dose of belgian wild yeast.

Taste: Juicy oranges, light caramel malt, bitter hops, a touch of alcohol and belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied with prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: The bitterness of the hops and the slight alcohol presence makes me glad I was only drinking a portion of the bottle, but I really did enjoy it!

Photo of woosterbill
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Thanks to the kind soul who shared this at Knifestyle's birthday tasting.

A: Hazy honey-orange body under a voluminous, frothy, off-white head that slowly fades into a fine film. Looks a bit overcarbonated, but majestic.

S: Amazing, complexly fruity aroma. Vanilla, apricot, tangerine. Light funk. Amazing.

T: Starts out mild and malty, then quickly morphs into a rich, fruity, apricot-heavy mid-palate. The finish is bitter and dry - finally an indication of the hoppiness this originally had. Delicious.

M: Frothy, bubbly, light, lively. Way overcarbonated.

O: I was really excited to try this, as I've long been a huge fan of Hommage, the barrel-aged version. While this beer was way overcarbonated and the hops had faded almost entirely, it was deliciously complex and hugely enjoyable. Flawed, but great.


Photo of craytonic
3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: bit of a gusher; clear golden copper amber with a tiny amount of lacing.

Smell: Belgian yeasts and very faint hops with some very faint brett

Taste: yeast, faint hops, biscuit malts, white pepper and lemon zest. A bit sweet

Mouthfeel: A bit overcarbonated.

Drinkability: I wasn't crazy about this one, more tripel than anything else, I almost reviewed the wrong beer. Would not go after it again.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Trappist IPA, on tap at Southampton Publick House when I was up there for the RIS release. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: A hazed tangerine with a nice, fluffy, mother of pearl head with above average retention - what do you expect from a Belgian IPA? - that exhibits a fair amount of internal carbonation, very fine but also surprisingly slow, suggesting a thick body. Lacing is stellar, with big ropes and sheets interrupted only very infrequently.

Aroma: Brett ahoy! A good amount of phenolic Belgian funk (mostly medicinal) is present and sort of dominates the nose in this one - reminiscent of Saison Brett, in my opinion - with the other overtones (spicy, grassy hops, faint citrus, honey, wood, and a pale and sweet biscuity malt note note) making for a pleasant if slightly one dimensional nose.

Taste: Bitterness more than challenges the other notes for control here, leveraging itself over a fairly complex but evenly oppressed array of flavors. Simple and spicy honey sweetness - clove-like and sweet - intermingles with floral, grassy, and even slightly herbal hop tones, lending a pleasantly Belgian but nonetheless distinctive smorgasboard ranging from faint noble spiciness to heavy orange. It's a little minerally, and the Brett is relegated to a faint amount of barnyard phenolic-ism, but it's still enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Great mouth. Huge sublimation, with an evenly explosive, robust, and rounded mouth, that's expertly crafted and almost - ALMOST - works perfectly with the flavor profile. If the taste were a little more balanced, the mouth would get a 5.0.

Drinkability: This smacks me in the face as someone's attempt at a recreation of Orval, and though it doesn't come close to approaching the awesomeness of that brew, this brew is a little better than I think the score currently suggests. Perhaps the idea of a Trappist IPA is faulty - what was most offputting about this one really was the amount of bitterness it had that overwhelmed the remaining notes - but I think with a little more balanced approach, this could have been a truly stellar brew.

Southampton Trappist IPA from Southampton Publick House
87 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.