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Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
81
good

291 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 67
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:
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.

(Beer added by: Humulus85 on 06-29-2013)
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1.75/5  rDev -50.8%

Photo of warmstorage
1.93/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.75

Came as part of a six pack of New Belgium IPA bombers from Costco, roughly $3 apiece. Others were Rampage and Rewind. I normally like to love New Belgium's serious stuff (I don't count FT as serious) and thoroughly enjoyed both the Rampage and the Rewind. But this was a huge disappointment.

Appearance: slightly hazy medium orange, limited lacy head.

Aroma: if I'm being kind, I'll say very earthy, and slightly grassy. If I'm being honest, at best, it smells like a slightly sour version of the mushroom compost I spread on my winter garden recently. I like compost, and I like the smell of compost. But not in an IPA. Maybe some hints of chocolate, like bittersweet chocolate, or baking chocolate? But no hop aroma at all. Nothing suggesting an IPA.

Taste: god, this beer kinda sucks. Earth / dirt, slight hints of sour, slight hints of grass. Hops don't seem to have darkened the door. The closest it gets is earthy grassy, with maybe a touch of lemon citrus.

Mouthfeel: decent, relatively low carbonation, slightly slick.

Overall: I was already planning on making veggie stock tonight, so I'm glad I don't have to drainpour it.

Photo of eulerthegrape
2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of smanders
2.05/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Found the Hops Kitchen pack at Costco and had to give it a whirl.

A - looks like a Saison (i.e. very light color). Foamy, three finger head.

S - very flowery...and not in a good way. Think Lysol.

T - so 'meh' I had to check to see if the bottle was mislabeled; I thought this was an IPA.

M - too much carbonation.

O - Very disappointing offering from NB. This beer was not finished.

Photo of Iain_Riule
2.08/5  rDev -41.6%
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").

Photo of jzeilinger
2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

Photo of Dakotah
2.38/5  rDev -33.1%
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..

Photo of dmheinz57
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of ssteakley
2.65/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I bet this beer taste good with a fine steak, or some Theo chocolates, or some gone cheese. Just the beer though is not what I consider a PNW IPA. Perhaps it taste better in Belgium? I am really trying it but it just isn't working....the aftertaste is like begging for replacement, pass the cheese please.

Photo of ThePaleRider
2.66/5  rDev -25.3%
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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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of beertunes
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a hazy, almost cloudy, pale gold, with about 1/4 inch of white head that had decent retention and good lace.

The aroma was mostly light pine, with some barely noticed floral notes, no malt, grain or yeast presence. Same dealio on the tongue yo! In addition to the pine, there was a weird, odd funk at the back of the palate. Not overpoweringly funky, just "off" enough to notice.

The body was decent enough, medium and smooth, with a dry finish. Drinkability was sort of a chore, that odd tang at the back made the beer less than pleasurable. Overall, I'd say you could probably safely skip this one. Or, try it and decide for your self. Either way really.

Photo of Murrhey
2.81/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a standard pressure-cap bomber into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger white head, thick and static. Not much movement. Golden-orange semi-cloudy color. Not great looking.

S- Oh wow. Never smelled a beer like this before. Earthy and yet floral. Herbs, parsley, citrus and flowers. Very appealing smelling brew.

T- Misses the mark here, the herbiness and floral notes that were so appealing in the aroma are bitter and ...yucky here. Kind of funky, very hoppy.

M- Light bodied and fluffy feeling. Carbonation tickles. Interesting.

O- Really missed the mark. Not feeling this beer.

Photo of ArrogantB
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle $4.49. I bought this because I was so impressed by the last Hop Kitchen bock but this was too weird for me. Appearance was good, light orange, might have been a little hazy, good head. Aroma was sort of grassy and perfume like, odd. Flavor was floral and also had this weird quality that reminded me of doughnuts and I don;t know if that was the yeast or the french aramis hops. Either way, I didn't like it.

Photo of ccrida
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draught at The Bier Stein, appearence is hazy pale orange with a creamy off-white head, leaving foamy lace.

Smell is mildly hoppy, a touch earthy, a little orange. Weak.

Taste is similarly faint and lame for an "IPA". Kind of malty, some lime and orabge zest, a hint of resin, but overall, a boring american pale ale. Dissapointing.

Mouthfeel is off dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is ok, clean but boring by pale ale standards. As an IPA, fail.

Photo of rangerred
2.89/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy light gold with a one finger white head. Good head retention and plenty of splotchy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma of lemon, grass, and herbs. No malt at all and a little bit of earthyness. Fairly average.

On the flavor, a hit of lemon right off the bat that is quickly followed by a medicinal flavor that reminded me of cheap hand lotion or dish soap. Some grass and herbs/weeds. Very chalky mouthfeel and even a chalky taste. Mouthfeel is extremely dry and bitter, almost puckering.

Overall, not a fan at all. That odd medicinal/lotion/soap flavor just really throws me off. Don't really want to finish this one.

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Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.