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Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA - New Belgium Brewing

Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPAHop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

265 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 265
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%


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:
A drier IPA for the summer, brewed with French Aramis hops to create an aroma of fresh cut flowers and garden herbs.

(Beer added by: Humulus85 on 06-29-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by teromous:
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teromous

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy body that is a darker shade of gold. The head is fluffy and white, leaving frothy lacing on the glass.

S: There is a nice fresh hop scent that is very clean, but unfortunately faint. A light hint of malt sweetness penetrates the citrus aroma.

T: The taste has a very nice balance between the sweet biscuit tasting malt flavor, and the light citrus flavor. It has a bit of passion fruit flavor to it. This Aramis is a very tasty hop. It's actually a pretty tame AIPA. The bitterness is fairly low, leaving very little aftertaste bitterness in the mouth. A bit of lime flavor in there as well.

M: The mouthfeel is superb. It's nice and smooth, bitter without being too harsh or intrusive on the palate. It's very easy to drink, very clean. It's not completely dry.

O: Overall I really liked the beer. I think that people who are used to stronger and more bitter AIPA's will find this fairly weak. Personally I thought the flavor was good enough for the beer to stand on its own regardless of the style or what is the "norm" for many AIPA's.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 21:42:21 | More by teromous
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Appearance - Pours just over a finger of off white rocky head, body is a slightly hazy lite gold color, small amount of carb action, and I'm getting some pretty nice laced rings after each quaff.

Smell - Very earthy and floral, also getting some light toffee and baked bread.

Taste - Hmmm, much like the nose it begins with alot of floral and earthy hop flavors, but the flavors seem a bit thin, and as a result I'm only getting more of the bitter nuances of these flavors vs. something more full and flavorful. I'm also getting just a touch of citrus pith, and a whiff of white pepper. There is a light bready malt backbone that has a touch of sweetness to it. Long into the finish I get a slight minerals and something like sour plumskin. Alcohol is completely hidden.

Mouthfeel - Lighter side of medium, there are alot of flavors here but feels a bit thin. Carb is higher side of medium and has alot of edges, which accentuates some of the bitter, slightly dry flavors here - along with a light sourness at the end. Drinkability is on the lower side.

Overall - This is an ipa, but if you were blindfolded you would likely not call it an ipa based on the flavors. There are some potentially good flavors here but they seem just a bit off and unbalanced. In some respects this seems more like a pils than an ipa. New Belgium makes some pretty good ipa's - try this if you must, but Ranger is a far better ipa offering for the money.

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Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA from New Belgium Brewing
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