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Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
81
good

280 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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:
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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n00blar

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

09-16-2013 03:18:06 | More by n00blar
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 22:45:51 | More by Monkeyknife
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prock180

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

09-12-2013 22:32:44 | More by prock180
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deereless

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

09-12-2013 01:17:22 | More by deereless
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Paul_Apsley

Michigan

4/5  rDev +12.7%

09-11-2013 19:52:48 | More by Paul_Apsley
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

09-11-2013 17:11:39 | More by sendbeer
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.48/5  rDev +26.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 20:58:08 | More by Mitchster
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jsanmarco

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +12.7%

09-08-2013 02:31:27 | More by jsanmarco
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

09-07-2013 02:10:03 | More by millerbuffoon
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

09-07-2013 02:08:01 | More by jzeilinger
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greencovesteve

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

09-05-2013 00:28:07 | More by greencovesteve
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 23:22:49 | More by avalon07
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IDABEERGUY

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

09-03-2013 20:08:56 | More by IDABEERGUY
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shleepy

California

4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 04:51:48 | More by shleepy
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Ankur

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

09-02-2013 15:59:23 | More by Ankur
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incubuscience

Illinois

3/5  rDev -15.5%

09-02-2013 15:46:35 | More by incubuscience
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dertyd

California

4/5  rDev +12.7%

09-02-2013 04:37:47 | More by dertyd
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 06:48:37 | More by UCLABrewN84
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: Best by 2013-12-08
Glass: Standard US pint glass

French Aramis is a solid IPA from New Belgium. Does it stand out from others in a similar range and influence? not really. It does, however, comes across as very well constructed beer, is strongly hoppy without totally wasting the palate or one's sobriety. I've enjoyed the Hop Kitchen series so far, and hope that New Belgium continues it.

Pours a 2cm tall head of off-white foam, made up of small bubbles for the 3/4 of the height, medium and large for the top 1/4, creating an interesting, frothy-soapy appearance. Retention is excellent, the head lasting over two minutes as it slowly descends to a thin cap of foam atop the body of the beer, thicker around the perimeter. Lacing is excellent, with thick and complex patterns clinging to the sides of the glass, looking like the "caverns" swallows build into sand dunes. Each sip reveals very good cascading foam action, enjoyable to watch. The body is a deep golden orange, bordering on golden brown, with light bringing out paler golden yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the nearly opaque (70-80% opacity) body, moderate in amount and activity.

Aroma is like a flowery, slightly grapefruit-like, hoppy, fresh wort, with the hops lightly resting above a fairly rich pale malt sweetness. Nothing amazing, but well above average for the style.

Overall flavors are hoppy, with herb, floral, and citrus flavors, which rest atop a body of pale and slightly caramel malts. Front of palate picks up generous pale and caramel malt flavors, with an herbal (sage, yarrow) and floral hop contribution. Mid-palate finds medium to medium-high bitterness as if from both herbs (yarrow, dandelion) and hops with pleasant pale bread and light caramel malt flavors. Back of palate experiences a tingly, bitterly hoppy taste with floral and herbal qualities and much reduced malt presence, only a light pale malt sweetness being present. Aftertaste features medium to medium-high bitterness with herbal and grapefruit flavor and a slight pale maltiness.

Beer is medium bodied, with carbonation of medium to medium-low intensity, resulting in a gently foamy, smooth beer that's quite pleasurably on the palate. The hop bitterness provides a light tingling sensation, which is also quite pleasurable. Closes quite dry, a combination of hop bitterness and medium-level stickiness on the palate and lips.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 00:30:20 | More by falloutsnow
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.73/5  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. ;^)

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 15:47:02 | More by Bitterbill
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einman

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

08-31-2013 03:07:05 | More by einman
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Tom-Peters

California

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

08-29-2013 16:22:20 | More by Tom-Peters
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

08-29-2013 00:03:38 | More by Gonzoillini
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Techichi

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

08-28-2013 18:55:01 | More by Techichi
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

08-28-2013 16:11:16 | More by GraduatedCashew
Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA from New Belgium Brewing
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