Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA - New Belgium Brewing
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4.48/5 rDev +26.2%
$4.99 for a 22oz bomber @ BevCo. Brewed with Pale, C120 malt and oats. Hopped with Bravo, Czech Saaz and French Aramis. 6.7% ABV, 75 IBU's.
Pours out to a slightly hazy burnt orange, with little flittering bits of something floating around, forming a voluminous white head with excellent retention and lacing in part due to it's brisk carbonation ~3.0 carbs or so. The nose is quite interesting...I get pale grain husk up front, then some lemon and orange zest, some Darjeeling tea, this nice perfumy herbal bouquet like saffron, then this really cool Saaz hop like it was just picked off the bine. The mouthfeel is soft and lighter in body than I would expect given the ABV. The taste is wonderfully unique...there is this great delicate hop flavor wonderfully balanced by this lemony herbal note. The malts are wonderfully in balance and the moderate bitterness holds it all together, finishing dry and crisp with that delicate lemon and hop character hanging on in the aftertaste.
This is a very unique beer. Wonderful, elegant, and easy to drink. A perfect summer beer. Definitely worth trying. Highly recommended.
09-08-2013 20:58:08 | More by Mitchster
4.3/5 rDev +21.1%
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 -
11-05-2013 17:51:09 | More by SBXLII
4.29/5 rDev +20.8%
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.
08-21-2013 01:29:12 | More by Auraan
4.21/5 rDev +18.6%
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.
12-22-2013 03:13:31 | More by mverity
4.18/5 rDev +17.7%
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.
07-07-2013 21:42:21 | More by teromous
4.16/5 rDev +17.2%
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.
07-10-2013 06:22:14 | More by MattyG85
4.16/5 rDev +17.2%
Interesting beer, surprised me coming from NB. Lighter mouthfeel and body than the usual IPA's, scented with the expected IPA hoppy pine smell but weakly, IMHO. This is a refreshing beer, I would like to have more of it. There is an interesting spice flavor in the aftertaste that I cannot quite identify, but it is complimentary to the flavor whatever it is.
08-12-2013 03:29:51 | More by RockAZ
4.15/5 rDev +16.9%
Fruity Pebbles!!! That was my first thought on the first sip! Would definitely buy it again, especially at $4.99 a 22 oz. bottle. Very awesome lacing, good head retention, very fruity on the nose. The taste,,, definitely French Aramis hops, sweet hoppy flavor, very good brew!!
09-21-2013 15:22:37 | More by Adrian-Mociran
4.13/5 rDev +16.3%
Poured from bottle to trappist-style ("chalice") glass, purchased at K&L in Redwood City (if I'm not mistaken). Previously tried on tap at the Olde Depot in Oakland but did not review at that time.
A: Golden, clear, with a nice, white head.
S: Fresh and "soapy" floral hop notes.
T: Hard lemon candy and matcha green tea, which are very strange flavors for an IPA. The hops are not actually very bitter, by my standards, and the taste is very different from the smell.
M: Feels light and drinkable for an IPA (presumably due to how dry it is). Medium carbonation, but a creamy texture is somehow achieved. Very pleasant mouthfeel.
O: Very solid IPA, albeit not too representative of the style.
09-03-2013 04:51:48 | More by shleepy
4.08/5 rDev +14.9%
From a 22 oz bomber into my tasting snifter.
Pours a hazy medium gold, with a nice, dense, two finger, egg shell white head. Great retention and lacing.
Very floral, very herbal. Very unique hop profile. Getting some pine, some rose hips, some grass, spice, hop oils. Not much malt detectable.
Wow, that is different. Tons of fresh cut grass and garden herbs. Smells like an old world hop garden. Like an American IPA with Nobel hops. Slightly vegetal. Great spicy bitterness. Hints of lemon zest. Modest pale malts help round it out. Lingering bitterness.
Light to medium with ample, tight carbonation. Very dry, bone dry. Hop oils coat the mouth and leave an herbal aftertaste. Very drinkable.
Overall this one really impressed me. Very unique. With all the big tropical, citrus, candy hop bombs on the market this is a welcome change of pace. Not the best straight IPA out there, but I love the old worldly hops done in an American style. This is a winner from New Belgium. Recommended to all IPA fans. Cheers!
06-29-2013 06:19:27 | More by Humulus85
4.05/5 rDev +14.1%
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.
08-05-2013 08:02:06 | More by vkv822
4.01/5 rDev +13%
A: Poured from a bottle to pint glass. Had a copper color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a good amount of time. Excellent lacing.
S: A good aroma of hops, citrus, and a big floral quality.
T: Tasted of light hops, a little bit of malt, citrus, and like the aroma, a powerful floral quality. The lack of hops is jarring at first, but the other elements make up for it. A mellow, likeable flavor.
M: A fair amount of carbonation with a silky finish. Light-bodied.
O: An atypical American IPA, but this isn't bad thing. Drinkable.
09-04-2013 23:22:49 | More by avalon07
Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA from New Belgium Brewing
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