Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 295
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 7.34%
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 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 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 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 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 shleepy
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
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. (699 characters)

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 falloutsnow
4/5  rDev +13%
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. (2,437 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 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 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 Auraan
4.27/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a pale orange, with a thin ring of white head. Standard for an IPA in appearance, though more head would be welcome. Scents of herbal hops, floral hops, cardamom, slight perfume notes and earthy yeast. Very pleasing, almost tea-like, like a good herbal tea. Flavor consists mostly of herbal hops, with some floral hop notes, a good hit of earth yeast and a very, very, very slight bit of citrus. There is a slight biscuit malt backbone that supports the herbal flavors. It's a good IPA style flavor, but one that is very different from any IPA I've tried. It's mild and herbal, but assertive in it's own way. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with low carbonation. About right for an IPA, it drinks quite easy and feels right on the tongue. Overall this is an excellent IPA. It's different from any other IPA I have tasted and has a nice herbal tea and floral character that makes it almost soothing to drink. I'd recommend trying it, for it's uniqueness, if nothing else. (973 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 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 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 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 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 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 n2185
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a clear orange with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin layer with good lacing.

S: lot of grassy, floral, and herbal hop aromas here. There are also notes of pine and earthiness.

T: earthy hops dominate here with pine, ctrus rind, and herbal notes. There are also some floral flavors. The finish is lightly bitter.

M: medium body and carbonation, this beer is drinkable and avoids being watery or oily.

O: a solid IPA overall and with a pretty unique hop profile. I'd like a bit more pungency from the hops. (533 characters)

Photo of RockAZ
4.14/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Interesting beer, surprised me coming from NB. Lighter mouthfeel and body than the usual IPA's, scented with the expected IPA hoppy pine smell but weakly, IMHO. This is a refreshing beer, I would like to have more of it. There is an interesting spice flavor in the aftertaste that I cannot quite identify, but it is complimentary to the flavor whatever it is. (359 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 secondtooth
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a semi-cloudy amber, with a thick head of foam. Ornate and detailed lace.

Aroma is nicely floral and light but quite appealing and approachable.

Taste is more herbal up front than traditionally hoppy (at least by American standards). There's little of the usual citrus or pine tones that dominate American IPAs.

A perfect example of terroir being a factor in beer, rather than wine. Very tasty and worthwhile. (420 characters)

Photo of vkv822
4.06/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz : tulip
best by: 12/03/13

Pours a clear, burnt orange with a dense, foamy white head and pleasant lacing.

Sweet oranges, herby, medicinal notes. Quite interesting, and enjoyable.

Herbal, peppery notes upfront with flora, orange notes in the finish.

Medium+, smooth body. Mild, foamy carbonation.

A really unique hop profile that I hope I am able to try more examples of. Blends well with a solid malt base. (417 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber picked up at Greens on Buford Hwy

A - Yellow blond, with lots of head and sticky lace. Impressive

S - Nice danky spicy hops! Bitter. Garden variety. Very nice

T - Spicy. Hoppy. Very tasty.

M - High carbonation. Sizzles.

O - A very good summer IPA. Definitely enjoyed the spiciness. Well done (307 characters)

Photo of litheum94
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle. No bottling dates.

The beer pours a hazy, golden body, with darker hues on the edges. A bubbly, bone white head forms, building up high. It settles to a pool of foam with bubbles clinging to the sides.

Floral aromas of gardenias and jasmine cross the nose. A light, peppery spice is there as well, along with some citrus fruit and pine.

Floral, garden-like flavors mix with some honeyed malts. A light, citrus zest and a kiss of white pepper pop up. A moderate pine bitterness swells and rides this out to the finish, which is almost bone dry.

This is an IPA to try if you're getting a little bored with IPAs. This beer has more of an emphases on floral and herbal flavors, and has a pretty dry body for the style. Worth seeking out for sure. (763 characters)

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Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA from New Belgium Brewing
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