Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA - New Belgium Brewing
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3.14/5 rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-23-2014 03:45:57 | More by blackcompg
2.08/5 rDev -41.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
Very disappointing beer. Supposedly an IPA, but does not taste like one. Exhibits a subtle weird taste at room temp, pretty much no taste when cold. Something of a herbal tea nose if you try hard. Cloudy beer which tastes of nothing. But, at 6.7%, it will get you wasted pretty quickly, to your detriment if you want to appreciate other beers in the same sitting. The only positive is the finish, which is beer-like. I think the "mystery" of why French Aramis hops aren't much used has been solved.
Certainly won't be buying again, in fact about a third of it ended up down the drain (without any "middleman").
Serving type: bottle
02-18-2014 04:43:51 | More by Iain_Riule
Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA from New Belgium Brewing
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