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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
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Best before 1/5/14.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and lots of herbal, spicy, and peppery hop aromas. Taste is much the same with grassy, floral, and slight citrus flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some really nice herbal hop aromas but the mouthfeel is slightly off in my opinion. (626 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i know this was a summer release and I am a little behind the times one this one, but I just got back to Colorado, and there are still a few on the shelf. not sure the freshness, but the taste suggests its held up well, even by the pliny ultra purist types standards. clear honey colored and white heady on the pour, looks a lot like a good pils. the aroma is herbal yet still hoppy, a nondescript light grain bill is underneath with just a touch of sweetness. the hops are different from anything ive had, and this variety is totally new to me, the French aramis. not at all bitter, but summery and flowery, like I should be at a wedding, it has that vibe. a touch of ripe peach sweetness closes it out, and a real smooth medium bodied nectar washes down fairly clean. a little under carbonated, but its still real light, and I am left surprised and satisfied. I would like to see an even more aggressive use of this hop in something so I can further experience what it has to offer, but this is a hit from new Belgium in my book. (1,031 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours into an imperial nonic a clear rich golden with a large bloomng white head that leaves globs of broken lace as it settles oh so slowly.Very herbal in the nose with a crisp dry malt base,flavors are dry like the label says with herbal leafy hops and a dry maltiness,mild sweet biscuit is detected.Not bad and it would be good for a warm day like today, but it won't knock your socks off. (392 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed golden amber in the Saxo tulip. The head is superlative-- big without excessive foaming, and long lasting. A bubbly but light mouthfeel. A fresh, indefinable herbal scent.

The flavor instantly lets you know this is something unique. To me it tastes like alfalfa and bergamot, with a modest bitterness creeping in. The toasted malty taste and Pilsener-like flavor go well with the aromatic hops. Bitterish aftertaste with a little lime peel on the lips. Nuts in the nose. A hint of pecans and artichokes. Very drinkable, you just have to let your IPA preconceptions go on this one.

I'm glad I tried this. It's certainly educational to taste the diversity of hops beyond the grapefruit pith imitation that seems to be the goal of too many IPAs. From the 22 oz botle bought at Bine & Vine in San Diego. (824 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice enough looking beer I guess. Nose was nice off the initial pour but calms down fairly quickly. Flavor is slightly earthy with a mild spice and kick to it. This is kind of a "standard" IPA in that it doesn't really push to blow you away, but comes off as easy drinking and consistent. (288 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BBD of 08 Dec 13

Pours amber with tiny bubbles & 3+ fingers of ivory colored head. Near epic head retention & lacing

S: Faint floral hops & grassiness, plus tobacco

T: Leafy hops, dryness & a touch of tea tanins up front. A light touch of oranges & more leafy hops as this warms, a faint bit of grapefruit pith & aspirin. Finishes with faint leafiness, some grapefruit & dryness & some Earl Gray Tea

MF: Medium bodied, delicate carbonation & alright balance. Gets a bit watery as this warms

Not a great IPA, worth a try (524 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 superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, best before 1/5/2014. Pours moderately hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of tangerine, lemon peel, pineapple, orange zest, floral, grass, light caramel, light pine, bread, and herbal/floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and solid strength. Taste of tangerine, lemon peel, pineapple, orange zest, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, light pine, and herbal/floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, lemon zest, pineapple, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, light pine and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity citrus/tropical/earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice IPA. Good balance and complexity of unique hop flavors with moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. Not as bold as I was expecting for an IPA, but it was pleasant and enjoyable. (1,434 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a hazy golden yellow color with a 1" head that breaks down to spotty surface covering.

Smell: floral and earthy bitterness are easily detectable.

Taste: caramel, pears. mango, floral hop bitterness and a bit of earthy tones arrive late. There is a bit of spiciness too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a very dry and slight spicy finish.

Overall: a slower sipping IPA since the dryness is strong, but it is mildly refreshing. An interesting beer. (497 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bomber bottle, 09Dec13 on label, best before dating?

Pours heavily hazed medium apricot, under a long lasting and interesting looking lite tan head, goes to a small merainge and leaves all sorts of high sheeting and fields of thicker lace.

Lite grapefruit nose

Subtle and tasty. On the low end of the hop bomb scale, this one has elegence and grace and doesnt crush your senses. Notes of more pineapple with some mild piney hops. I like it, bring on the crusty bread, salads and cheese. This one went great with some ordinary cheddar I had lying around. NIce understated AIPA. (579 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed light orange colored ale with a small white colored head. This is in the Spectrum of IPA Orange.

Smells strongly of grapefruit and cedar plank. Woody with a strong tea aroma. GTrassy some mild saffron scents.

Starts out sweet with a strong grassy flavor. Strong flavor of Cedar plank. Earthy flavor of Mushroom and wood. As it warms the flavor of oranges appears.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty IPA. On the sweet side for the style though. (460 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 Bitterbill
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- it pours a hazy orange with a 2 finger head of foam, nice lacing...the usual nice look I expect from NB.

S- the aroma is all herbal and grassy. I'm not on the know it side when it comes to French Aramis(wasn't he one of the 3 muskateers?) but it smells interesting and nice enough.

T- first hit comes from some notes of grass followed very closely by this strange herbal flavour and yes, I do get some very tea like qualities out of every sip. I notice a bit of citrus in the finish but that seems to come and go. Also, at certain points, there's an aspirin like bitterness that also seems to hang around near and through the finish.

M- on the light side of medium bodied, ample carbonation.

O- that aftertaste lingers on for a bloody long time and it's very bitter. This is a very strange concoction but I'm pretty sure I like it. ;^) (843 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes. L: hazy gold, 1” foam cap, persistent, lacy. S: Fruity nose, grassy hops, some pepper, spice. T: Very yeasty, moderate malt backbone, fruit, pepper, herbal hop accent on the finish, finishes dry. F: medium carbonation, medium body O: A dry, refreshing American IPA (287 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (570 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 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 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 Fatehunter
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a cloudy straw colored body.
The aroma is lemon and grapefruit. Nice.
The taste is mild lemon bitterness with a little sweetness to it.
The texture is light and airy with only a little carbonation.
Great texture with nice flavor and aroma. Solid. (272 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is hazy orange with thin white head and a bit of lacing. Nose is heavy on lemon zest and grapefruit. Notes of mango and sweet fruit also present. Taste is fruity up front with a considerable amount of sweetness for the style. Hops are fruity with some firm bitterness to follow. The flavor starts off very light and gains flavor towards the finish. Not a whole lot in the way of malt profile here. Mouthfeel is light with moderate to high carbonation. Overall, not a standout brew but decent enough flavors here. (523 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice complex hop aroma. Soft pale malt background.
Hay colored and slightly cloudy. White cap with some stamina.
Hop forward in flavors but very subdued bitterness. Soft doughy malt background. The hops by which it is given it's name must be the grassy flavor that is most upfront, but it is also spicy and additional hops are fruity and flowery.
Soft feel.
Quite drinkable (as are most NB beers) and went well with a rather salty and somewhat spicy food fare. (460 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)

Photo of Mitchster
4.47/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$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. (1,120 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (1,384 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)

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Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA from New Belgium Brewing
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