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Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA - New Belgium Brewing

Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPAHop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA

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265 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%

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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Photo of Monkeyknife


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
Photo of Mitchster


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
Photo of 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
Photo of shleepy


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
Photo of UCLABrewN84


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
Photo of falloutsnow


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
Photo of Bitterbill


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
Photo of mactrail


3.75/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 06:55:42 | More by mactrail
Photo of BarryMFBurton


3.19/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 17:19:54 | More by BarryMFBurton
Photo of Auraan


4.29/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 01:29:12 | More by Auraan
Photo of ocelot2500


3.09/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 02:33:34 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of garymuchow


3.8/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2013 21:06:54 | More by garymuchow
Photo of beertunes


2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2013 18:34:20 | More by beertunes
Photo of russpowell


3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 05:12:37 | More by russpowell
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 18:18:48 | More by Billolick
Photo of homebrew311


3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2013 01:37:37 | More by homebrew311
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 01:37:00 | More by n2185
Photo of RockAZ


4.16/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 03:29:51 | More by RockAZ
Photo of RJLarse


3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 15:58:37 | More by RJLarse
Photo of secondtooth


3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 20:29:56 | More by secondtooth
Photo of vkv822


4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 08:02:06 | More by vkv822
Photo of BeerDawgs


3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 01:47:01 | More by BeerDawgs
Photo of litheum94


3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 03:09:57 | More by litheum94
Photo of flayedandskinned


3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Best by Date: December 6th, 2013.
Poured into the Dogfish Head/Sierra Nevada tulip glass.

Appearance: (4.5)
Pours a bright and hazy sunset yellow with a huge, thick, 3 fingers tall pure white head. The head has excellent retention and when it does finally recede, it leaves absolute curtains of lace along the edges of the glass. Aesthetically, it doesn't get much better than this for IPAs.

Aroma: (4)
Woah, absolutely waves of slightly dank, floral hops with a sweet herbal edge; Juicy peach, lemon zest, rose petals, dried tea leaves and basil, light pineapple and pine resin. Very floral smelling IPA, with a faint cracker like maltiness lingering in the background. Pretty unique.

Taste: (3.75)
Herbal hops hit your palate immediately; notes of lemon peel, rose, light pine and tea leaves. Middle of the taste, there is a flirt with sweet bready malt before the drying, lightly bitter finish. Lingering notes of oily pine, rose petals, lemon, herbal tea leaves and biscuit-y malt.

Mouthfeel: (3.25)
Light bodied, oily with hop resin and soft carbonation

Overall: (3.5)
Not the best example of an IPA, but it is certainly unique and definitely worth trying, just to get to know the very floral, herbal yet resinous Aramis hops. I'd love to see these hops used in a stout. I think they could really meld well with roasted malts.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 01:28:51 | More by flayedandskinned
Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a tulip-style glass at the Federal in North Hollywood.

A: Slightly hazy bright orange. Pure white head that was 2 fingers and dissipating quickly. The lacing comes in layers down the glass.

S: Surprisingly sourish note in there. Other than that a typical citrusy hop. Not a strong aroma, but not bad overall.

T: Pretty balanced with notes of citrus all around. Orange/tangerine in there dominantly. Finishes with a bitter sap wallop at the back of the throat to keep you anting more. The malt backbone is somewhat sweet but overall a nonfactor. Just enought to balance. OK.

M: Slightly drying with a medium body.

Overall: This one surprised me. Very refreshing. Good summer beer for what it is, but in other areas just typical.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2013 06:57:33 | More by BucBasil
Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA from New Belgium Brewing
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