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Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 296
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of warmstorage
1.97/5  rDev -44.4%
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. (1,142 characters)

Photo of smanders
2.06/5  rDev -41.8%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of Iain_Riule
2.14/5  rDev -39.5%
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"). (611 characters)

Photo of Dakotah
2.43/5  rDev -31.4%
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.. (652 characters)

Photo of ssteakley
2.66/5  rDev -24.9%
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. (305 characters)

Photo of ThePaleRider
2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
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. (804 characters)

Photo of beertunes
2.81/5  rDev -20.6%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
2.86/5  rDev -19.2%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
2.86/5  rDev -19.2%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of ccrida
2.89/5  rDev -18.4%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of rangerred
2.93/5  rDev -17.2%
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. (698 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.96/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Whole Foods HQ a few days ago. Best before 12 January 2014. 6.7% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard Lips of Faith label art and branded orange/red pry-off pressure cap served into Cantillon stemware in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery - whose non-sour Lips of Faith offerings are rarely very good. Reviewed as an IPA because it clearly identifies as such on the label.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a two finger wide head of soft beige colour. Nice fluffy consistency. Decent creaminess and thickness. Not as frothy as would be ideal. As the head recedes, a nice even coat of lacing clings to the sides of the glass. Head retention is good - about 5-6 minutes - but the restrained 6.7% ABV makes this less impressive.

Body colour is a clear copper-gold of above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Translucent. Semitransparent. Appears adequately carbonated.

Within IPA style conventions. Far from unique or special, but there are no obvious flaws.

Sm: Hm. It's a bit odd, featuring a prominent sage-like minty note. Herbal hop character is dominant here, which is strange, but it does have a more common floral hop dimension as well. A bit grassy. Evokes a white tea-like note. A hint of cedar, perhaps. As it warms slightly, I pick up a buried reticent peach note.

Pale malts and pilsner malts balance the hops.

No spice, alcohol, or yeast character comes through, though the fermentation does seem quite clean. I suspect a standard IPA yeast was used.

A pleasant aroma of average strength. I like the unusual herbal emphasis, but I'm uncertain the flavour profile will deliver.

T: Herbal, with the aforementioned sage-like mint coming through in addition to rosemary. Nicely floral - both in terms of actual flowers and hop content. Grassy. I definitely want more of a fruity hop character from it, but it does deliver a bit - mainly peach, with a hint of generic citrus. Hop bitterness is decently tamed on the open and going into the second act, but breaks out at about the midpoint, yielding an unwelcome assaulting aggression that is very unwelcome and really brings down the balance.

Pale malts and pilsner malts comprise the bulk of the body.

It does have some tea-like notes; white tea, English tea, herbal tea. Some hints of cedar as well.

No yeast character, alcohol, or spices come through.

The balance certainly needs some work; that hop bitterness needs to be more carefully handled. As with most beers, it could use more complexity and subtlety. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. There's little nuance here, if any. The whole French Aramis hop approach feels more like a marketing gimmick than an actual informed decision; frankly there's little about the flavour profile that convinces me the beer is better for having used this uncommon hop strain.

Mf: Clean, crisp, lightly coarse, and wet. I always appreciate a bit of coarseness to coax out the flavours, but it goes a bit too far here. Not quite refreshing. Overcarbonated in classic New Belgium fashion. I like it a bit more oily. It's also not as soft as would be ideal.

Dr: Priced decently. Drinkable. Very forgettable. The French Aramis gimmick is a nice marketing toy, but even at this relatively low price I can't recommend it to friends. It's rather unremarkable, but maybe this will open the doors to other better breweries utilizing these types of hops in a more refined way. It does hide its ABV decently. Another disappointing bomber release from New Belgium.

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Photo of PieOhMy
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (568 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
3.11/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
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 (391 characters)

Photo of blackcompg
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (1,438 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.22/5  rDev -9%
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. (1,944 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.24/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of fine off-white head over a hazed straw liquid. Smells straw, melon, delicate berry, noble earthy, red orange, creamy wheat. Lavender. Teak wood as it is being sanded.

Tastes strawberries, green melon, earthy noble hops. Wet in the mouth is cut by flat grassy hop bitter astringency. This astringency is augmented by fine sharp carbonation. This is not the type of hop bitter most of us are accustomed to. Poorly made tea. The hop flavor and creamy sweet malt work pretty well together, but the whomp of bitter steps in and over-dominates. Imagine chewing on a healthy bite of grape seeds. Not tannic, but has some similarity. Near the end of the beer now, the flavor comes across sort of old-lady candy/medicinal. Disjointed. The aroma is quite nice, the hop bitter leaves something to be desired. Md light in the mouth that is somehow a bit creamy. Moderate carbonation, but plays bigger in the presence of the bitterness. (942 characters)

Photo of jjboesen
3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This is an American Pale Ale brewed with French Aramis Hops as part of their Hop Kitchen series. It begins in a frothy pour, a massive head that eventually settles into a cloudy amber color. The head is gummy and leaves a clotty resin along the glass rim. There is a pleasant floral nose and the palate is tickled with bits of honey, herbs and hops. Mildy sweet without being cloyingly so. The body is crisp, airy and refreshing. A decent beer that makes for a refreshing summer quaff. Would I drink more than two at a single sitting? Probably not, but it is tangy, unique and worth a taste. (591 characters)

Photo of UncleBart91
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark orange pour, two finger head, beautiful in the summer light

Smell: Malty with floral undertones, bitter Aramis hop follows

Taste: Slight hoppy kick in the beginning, followed by malt mixed with an earthy bite, finished with almost a hint of citrus taste

Mouthfeel: Smooth! Very drinkable in the hot humid Indiana weather

Overall: Introducing New Belgium's Hop Kitchen Series creating a borderline session IPA. I could see myself drinking a bomber or two mowing the grass, or sipping on during a nice afternoon bicycle ride.

BH (548 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bottle of French Aramis IPA in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass

Pours a shiny gold color, clear, with a thick and creamy white head.

Smell is decidedly floral, sweet scents like lemon blossom.

Taste is also sweet with a citrus flavor. Sweet lemon and pink grapefruit, not the pine flavor of a lot of IPAs.

Mouthfeel is thin and light. There is a dry bittersweet aftertaste.

Overall a nice IPA, light and dry, good for the summer. Not sure I'd seek it out again. (487 characters)

Photo of BucBasil
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a tulip-style glass at the Federal in North Hollywood.

A: Slightly hazy bright orange. Pure white head that was 2 fingers and dissipating quickly. The lacing comes in layers down the glass.

S: Surprisingly sourish note in there. Other than that a typical citrusy hop. Not a strong aroma, but not bad overall.

T: Pretty balanced with notes of citrus all around. Orange/tangerine in there dominantly. Finishes with a bitter sap wallop at the back of the throat to keep you anting more. The malt backbone is somewhat sweet but overall a nonfactor. Just enought to balance. OK.

M: Slightly drying with a medium body.

Overall: This one surprised me. Very refreshing. Good summer beer for what it is, but in other areas just typical. (751 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear light gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like orange zest and a little grapefruit and floral hops.
T: It tasted like light grassy and floral hops, with some fresh wheat. It had a clean bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Light body.
D: This was an interesting unique IPA, but the scent and taste weren't great. The body was weak, but the finish was really smooth. So, easy enough to drink. Meh. (454 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (475 characters)

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Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA from New Belgium Brewing
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