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Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA - New Belgium Brewing

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Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPAHop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

292 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 68
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:
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 JDizzle
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with "08DEC13" marked on the label, which I can only assume means "best by" December 8th of this year. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler.

Appearance - Pours a jewel-like peachy orange hue, tending towards some amber compliments in the shadows and the faintest of toasted bread color around the edges. The foam is a healthy one-finger head of cream white, frothy with a moderate amount of pocking. Retention is decent, with a little bit of lingering lacing and a partial film atop as the head fades.

Smell - A nice and bright IPA aroma, lead by notes of lemon zest, fresh-cut grass and wildflowers, as well as some peppery notes punctuating the fruit and hermal elements. While the primary aromas are that of the plant variety, there is an underlying biscuity element as well, almost like butter crackers.

Taste - Quite easy drinking, but still with plenty of character. Lots of the same flavor profiles from the aroma are here in the taste. Light citrus and faint pine resin, along with a nice healthy malt backbone that doesn't overpower, but imparts a subtle bitterness like burnt sugar.

Mouthfeel - A little bit juicy, with a body on the light side of medium and moderate carbonation. Mostly dry finish.

Overall, this is the second installation of the "Hop Kitchen" series by New Belgium and as far as I'm concerned they are two for two. This is a nice, easy drinking IPA with a good hop presence that doesn't overwhelm. And at $4.99 for a bomber at my local bottle shop, this was an outstanding deal.

Photo of Adrian-Mociran
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fruity Pebbles!!! That was my first thought on the first sip! Would definitely buy it again, especially at $4.99 a 22 oz. bottle. Very awesome lacing, good head retention, very fruity on the nose. The taste,,, definitely French Aramis hops, sweet hoppy flavor, very good brew!!

Photo of ssteakley
2.66/5  rDev -25.3%
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 SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of rangerred
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Photo of jakecattleco
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of mentor
3.24/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of dozier77
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Beardcore
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of n00blar
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.52/5  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.

Photo of prock180
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of deereless
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Paul_Apsley
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Mitchster
4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of jzeilinger
2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

Photo of greencovesteve
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of avalon07
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of IDABEERGUY
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.