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Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA - New Belgium Brewing

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Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPAHop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

293 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Humulus85 on 06-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A drier IPA for the summer, brewed with French Aramis hops to create an aroma of fresh cut flowers and garden herbs.
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Ratings: 293 | Reviews: 68
Reviews by Dakotah:
Photo of Dakotah
2.43/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip (and then down the drain)...

A- Poured beautifully, not IPA-like but very nice. A light honey color with a big white fluffy head

S- Interesting. Bready, lots of floral notes, basically smells like a garden, with a bit of hops. Never thought i'd use "barnyard" as a descriptor for beer..

T- This got old really quick. fruity, floral, herby, slightly hoppy...

M- dirty. light, slightly bitter, but grainy and odd..

Not sure why or how they call this an IPA. I dug the first smell and sip experience, but it all got old very quickly and the majority of the brew went to the sink. more Belgian character than Inida..

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours into an imperial nonic a clear rich golden with a large bloomng white head that leaves globs of broken lace as it settles oh so slowly.Very herbal in the nose with a crisp dry malt base,flavors are dry like the label says with herbal leafy hops and a dry maltiness,mild sweet biscuit is detected.Not bad and it would be good for a warm day like today, but it won't knock your socks off.

Photo of Beaver13
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden orange with a medium creamy white head that retains fairly well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is fruity flowery piney hops with some biscuity malts.

The flavor is biscuity earthy malts with some fruity floral hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an interesting hop for an IPA. I don't like the biscuit malt in the backbone. The hops are a bit too floral for me but interesting.

Photo of mverity
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle share at Proof. Hazy creamsicle color with thin white head and thin white collar. Aroma is vaguely tropical fruit hops, and a good medium malt presence. Taste follows aroma very closely. Good medium body, medium carbonation. Surprisingly good. New Belgium is hit or miss for me, and this was a hit.

Photo of Billolick
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bomber bottle, 09Dec13 on label, best before dating?

Pours heavily hazed medium apricot, under a long lasting and interesting looking lite tan head, goes to a small merainge and leaves all sorts of high sheeting and fields of thicker lace.

Lite grapefruit nose

Subtle and tasty. On the low end of the hop bomb scale, this one has elegence and grace and doesnt crush your senses. Notes of more pineapple with some mild piney hops. I like it, bring on the crusty bread, salads and cheese. This one went great with some ordinary cheddar I had lying around. NIce understated AIPA.

Photo of bsp77
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic pint.

Appearance: Hazy goldfish-blonde with good sized, sticky, stark white head and decent lacing.

Smell: Odd herbal smell. Hard to describe, but interesting.

Taste: Toasted malt backbone with a very interesting hop character. Mostly herbal and citrusy, with a spicy, somewhat bitter finish. Maybe a touch of pine. Overall, I find the French Aramis hops to be both subtle and complex.

Feel: Smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Interesting IPA. It is always fun to try new hops, especially when it is single hopped.

Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says enjoy by Dec/08/13.

Appearance: Pours a fairly hazy copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A fairly hop forward aroma with lots of floral and herbal grassy hints and a solid malt balance. Big hints of floral hops, herbal hops, grass, and some pine. Subtle citrus presence with hints of orange and lemon. Pale malt background with hints of biscuit, grains, yeast, caramel, and cracker. Pretty dry scent. A very herbal and floral aroma. Interesting and solid smelling.

Taste: Like the scent gives off, a very herbal, floral, and grassy hop driven aroma with some nice backing malt notes. Lots of earthy hops upfront with notes of grass, floral rose hips, and herbal hop notes. Also some citrus notes of orange, lemon, pineapple, and light grapefruit. Bready pale malt background of biscuit, grains, cracker, yeast, and caramel. Very dry and fairly oily tasting. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very clean and smooth. Somewhat oily. Finishes pretty dry.

Overall: A pretty tasty and interesting take on an IPA. Laid back on the citrus esters but very forward with the grassy and floral notes. A nice change of pace for the style.

Photo of Auraan
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a pale orange, with a thin ring of white head. Standard for an IPA in appearance, though more head would be welcome. Scents of herbal hops, floral hops, cardamom, slight perfume notes and earthy yeast. Very pleasing, almost tea-like, like a good herbal tea. Flavor consists mostly of herbal hops, with some floral hop notes, a good hit of earth yeast and a very, very, very slight bit of citrus. There is a slight biscuit malt backbone that supports the herbal flavors. It's a good IPA style flavor, but one that is very different from any IPA I've tried. It's mild and herbal, but assertive in it's own way. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with low carbonation. About right for an IPA, it drinks quite easy and feels right on the tongue. Overall this is an excellent IPA. It's different from any other IPA I have tasted and has a nice herbal tea and floral character that makes it almost soothing to drink. I'd recommend trying it, for it's uniqueness, if nothing else.

Photo of GilGarp
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber served cold into a tulip glass.

French aramis has a hazy pale amber color with thick white hea. It h good retention and leaves some spotty lacing behind.

Aroma is mildly hoppy and very floral with a light tropical fruit character.

The flavor is more of the same with stronger tropical fruit notes, some citrus and floral, but very little bitterness for what they've labeled an IPA.

Mouthfeel is balanced but certainly sweet for the style. Good carbonation and drinkability.

Overall it's not a bad beer but too similar to other New Belgian offerings and not hoppy in the traditional IPA sense. Maybe worth a try but not one I'll be coming back to.

Photo of secondtooth
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a semi-cloudy amber, with a thick head of foam. Ornate and detailed lace.

Aroma is nicely floral and light but quite appealing and approachable.

Taste is more herbal up front than traditionally hoppy (at least by American standards). There's little of the usual citrus or pine tones that dominate American IPAs.

A perfect example of terroir being a factor in beer, rather than wine. Very tasty and worthwhile.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a cloudy straw colored body.
The aroma is lemon and grapefruit. Nice.
The taste is mild lemon bitterness with a little sweetness to it.
The texture is light and airy with only a little carbonation.
Great texture with nice flavor and aroma. Solid.

Photo of russpowell
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BBD of 08 Dec 13

Pours amber with tiny bubbles & 3+ fingers of ivory colored head. Near epic head retention & lacing

S: Faint floral hops & grassiness, plus tobacco

T: Leafy hops, dryness & a touch of tea tanins up front. A light touch of oranges & more leafy hops as this warms, a faint bit of grapefruit pith & aspirin. Finishes with faint leafiness, some grapefruit & dryness & some Earl Gray Tea

MF: Medium bodied, delicate carbonation & alright balance. Gets a bit watery as this warms

Not a great IPA, worth a try

Photo of flayedandskinned
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Best by Date: December 6th, 2013.
Poured into the Dogfish Head/Sierra Nevada tulip glass.

Appearance: (4.5)
Pours a bright and hazy sunset yellow with a huge, thick, 3 fingers tall pure white head. The head has excellent retention and when it does finally recede, it leaves absolute curtains of lace along the edges of the glass. Aesthetically, it doesn't get much better than this for IPAs.

Aroma: (4)
Woah, absolutely waves of slightly dank, floral hops with a sweet herbal edge; Juicy peach, lemon zest, rose petals, dried tea leaves and basil, light pineapple and pine resin. Very floral smelling IPA, with a faint cracker like maltiness lingering in the background. Pretty unique.

Taste: (3.75)
Herbal hops hit your palate immediately; notes of lemon peel, rose, light pine and tea leaves. Middle of the taste, there is a flirt with sweet bready malt before the drying, lightly bitter finish. Lingering notes of oily pine, rose petals, lemon, herbal tea leaves and biscuit-y malt.

Mouthfeel: (3.25)
Light bodied, oily with hop resin and soft carbonation

Overall: (3.5)
Not the best example of an IPA, but it is certainly unique and definitely worth trying, just to get to know the very floral, herbal yet resinous Aramis hops. I'd love to see these hops used in a stout. I think they could really meld well with roasted malts.

Photo of SBXLII
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a round bottom, and settled with an excellent head. Laced with every sip.
The smell is a lot juicier and fruit dominant than your ordinary IPA. Couldn't stop smelling it after opening the bottle. The taste is very similar. It was tough pinning what the flavor was really, somewhere along the lines of tangerine or apple, a whole mixture. An almost creamy, chewy body - very impressive. The malt never intruded, and it wasn't missed.

Can't say enough about this, about anything by New Belgium, a job well done for sure -

Photo of n2185
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a clear orange with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin layer with good lacing.

S: lot of grassy, floral, and herbal hop aromas here. There are also notes of pine and earthiness.

T: earthy hops dominate here with pine, ctrus rind, and herbal notes. There are also some floral flavors. The finish is lightly bitter.

M: medium body and carbonation, this beer is drinkable and avoids being watery or oily.

O: a solid IPA overall and with a pretty unique hop profile. I'd like a bit more pungency from the hops.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear color with a soapy white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of light floral notes with a hint of sweetness. Almost perfume like.

Tastes of the light floral notes mostly. The hops lead off with some floral and grassy notes. A slight bit of sugar cookie like malt comes through and offsets the hops. Is fairly balanced, but doesn't have a lot of depth. Comes off as bland.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is okay, but it shouldn't be called an IPA, and it is fairly weak from a flavor standpoint.

Photo of Zorro
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed light orange colored ale with a small white colored head. This is in the Spectrum of IPA Orange.

Smells strongly of grapefruit and cedar plank. Woody with a strong tea aroma. GTrassy some mild saffron scents.

Starts out sweet with a strong grassy flavor. Strong flavor of Cedar plank. Earthy flavor of Mushroom and wood. As it warms the flavor of oranges appears.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty IPA. On the sweet side for the style though.

Photo of utfiero
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color- cloudy yellow aspen leaf. Slight head.

Aroma- very floral hoppiness with hint of fresh cut grass.

Taste- Starts with a gentle floral hoppiness with vague coriander notes, finishing dry with hints of honeysuckle. A unique IPA that reminds me of springtime.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 10/19/2013.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

To my knowledge, I’ve never had a beer with this hop variety, so I’m excited to see what the Alsace hops are like – though if it’s like the other beers in New Belgium’s Hop Kitchen, I’m not sure I’ll like it.

Best-before date is about three and a half months after the date of this tasting: 12/08/2013.

A: Pours a murky, unattractive orange, but the aggressive pour teases out a frothy, beige head as thick as whipped cream. It remains as a bubbly cream for the duration, with webs of chunky lacing appearing as the beer descends down the glass.

S: A mild that focuses on a dry, grassy hop aroma: notes of floral potpourri, fresh-cut lawn, and leafy green tea. Still, as it was with the other Hop Kitchen brews, there’s also that raw, green, almost medicinal hop tone, like getting a whiff of some hop pellets before they go in the boil. It’s subtle, but it’s there. Malt sweetness is also subtle, coming off with a touch of honey.

T: This is a beer that blends into a single flavor, and it’s not a flavor I’m totally keen on. There’s a dry, slightly catty hop taste with notes of grass and apricot falling into a flat mold of chalky caramel and vanilla nougat malt tastes, like a Cow Tale. That, plus an overarching astringent taste of tea bag (likely from the overuse of whole hops), make this an IPA with strange bitterness. Finishes slightly sweet with a bit of a medicinal taste.

M: The thick, creamy mouthfeel is enough to turn me off – it’s almost slick at times. Doesn’t go well with the one-dimensional body.

O: The Hop Kitchen series of beers seems to be more like a soup of raw hops, and that doesn’t lend a great palate to any of the offerings. Here we have a unique, interesting hop variety, but a base beer that grabs negative attention instead of highlighting the novelty. Sad to say I won’t be drinking this again – I will, however, be on the lookout for more beers with French hops.

Photo of gatornation
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

on tap pint glass

A- pours a hazy garnet orange color with an off white head nice amount of lacing
S- floral grassy smells with a garden and fuity smell
T-a floral taste with notes of pepper and flowers and vegtables oranges and oats/malts
m- dry with medium carbonation a touch bitter
O- strange IPA it was a potpourri and a garden variety thin for an ipa i will have to try this one again

Photo of PieOhMy
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into New Belg goblet.

A Murky golden orange. Half inch white foam. Thick lacing down the glass.

S Hints of malt. Some pine. Not a whole hell of a lot.

T Much like the smell (boring). Kind of sweet. You can taste the hops but nothing in your face. Not much lingering bitterness.

M Malty. Especially for an IPA. Finishes clean and watery.

O The Hop Kitchen started pretty good with Hoppybock. This one does not match the not too lofty heights of its predecessor. Where are the hops, Hop Kitchen? This one will be a forgettable representative in the series.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy deep gold color with two fingers of rocky off-white head. Generous lacing left behind.

Sweet caramel malts light citrus and grassy hops upfront.

Taste matched the aroma. Caramel malts dominated upfront followed by lighter amounts of citrus and grassy hops. Not as hoppy as expected. Light bitterness to finish.

Medium bodied and a bit dry with moderate carbonation.

More malt-driven and less hoppy than expected. It was worth a try.

Photo of vkv822
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz : tulip
best by: 12/03/13

Pours a clear, burnt orange with a dense, foamy white head and pleasant lacing.

Sweet oranges, herby, medicinal notes. Quite interesting, and enjoyable.

Herbal, peppery notes upfront with flora, orange notes in the finish.

Medium+, smooth body. Mild, foamy carbonation.

A really unique hop profile that I hope I am able to try more examples of. Blends well with a solid malt base.

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with "08DEC13" marked on the label, which I can only assume means "best by" December 8th of this year. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler.

Appearance - Pours a jewel-like peachy orange hue, tending towards some amber compliments in the shadows and the faintest of toasted bread color around the edges. The foam is a healthy one-finger head of cream white, frothy with a moderate amount of pocking. Retention is decent, with a little bit of lingering lacing and a partial film atop as the head fades.

Smell - A nice and bright IPA aroma, lead by notes of lemon zest, fresh-cut grass and wildflowers, as well as some peppery notes punctuating the fruit and hermal elements. While the primary aromas are that of the plant variety, there is an underlying biscuity element as well, almost like butter crackers.

Taste - Quite easy drinking, but still with plenty of character. Lots of the same flavor profiles from the aroma are here in the taste. Light citrus and faint pine resin, along with a nice healthy malt backbone that doesn't overpower, but imparts a subtle bitterness like burnt sugar.

Mouthfeel - A little bit juicy, with a body on the light side of medium and moderate carbonation. Mostly dry finish.

Overall, this is the second installation of the "Hop Kitchen" series by New Belgium and as far as I'm concerned they are two for two. This is a nice, easy drinking IPA with a good hop presence that doesn't overwhelm. And at $4.99 for a bomber at my local bottle shop, this was an outstanding deal.

Photo of ThePaleRider
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Very light amber that is crystal clear through the glass. Very pretty, three finger, white head that leaves some thick lacing on the glass.

S - Very floral, just like advertised. Also picking up some malts in there which I wasn't expecting in an IPA. Not really sure if it's a good thing but it's a little too floral, kind of like a Glade air freshener.

T - Well, I don't really know how to describe what I'm tasting. More bland than a Sierra Nevada Pale, but leaves a dry, malty flavor lingering on your taste buds. Is "very unique" a compliment? Just doesn't have enough flavor for me.

M - LOTS of carbonation, which I really like in an IPA. Very dry finish.

O - Nothing special and not something I would buy again. Plenty of other summer beers in the world that are cheaper and taste better.

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Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.