Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA - New Belgium Brewing
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3.59/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
09-01-2013 06:48:37 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.61/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
10-02-2013 21:25:39 | More by oberon
3.7/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
01-03-2014 04:14:55 | More by RblWthACoz
3.59/5 rDev +1.1%
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
08-16-2013 05:12:37 | More by russpowell
3.86/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
09-30-2013 02:40:23 | More by StonedTrippin
3.75/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
08-23-2013 06:55:42 | More by mactrail
3.78/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
11-01-2013 22:47:21 | More by Gavage
2.94/5 rDev -17.2%
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.
10-27-2013 07:55:44 | More by kojevergas
3.79/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
08-15-2013 18:18:48 | More by Billolick
3.6/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
07-25-2013 03:15:29 | More by Zorro
3.68/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
11-02-2013 05:55:07 | More by superspak
Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA from New Belgium Brewing
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