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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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292 Ratings
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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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of smanders
2.06/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Found the Hops Kitchen pack at Costco and had to give it a whirl.

A - looks like a Saison (i.e. very light color). Foamy, three finger head.

S - very flowery...and not in a good way. Think Lysol.

T - so 'meh' I had to check to see if the bottle was mislabeled; I thought this was an IPA.

M - too much carbonation.

O - Very disappointing offering from NB. This beer was not finished.

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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5/5  rDev +40.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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1.97/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.75

Came as part of a six pack of New Belgium IPA bombers from Costco, roughly $3 apiece. Others were Rampage and Rewind. I normally like to love New Belgium's serious stuff (I don't count FT as serious) and thoroughly enjoyed both the Rampage and the Rewind. But this was a huge disappointment.

Appearance: slightly hazy medium orange, limited lacy head.

Aroma: if I'm being kind, I'll say very earthy, and slightly grassy. If I'm being honest, at best, it smells like a slightly sour version of the mushroom compost I spread on my winter garden recently. I like compost, and I like the smell of compost. But not in an IPA. Maybe some hints of chocolate, like bittersweet chocolate, or baking chocolate? But no hop aroma at all. Nothing suggesting an IPA.

Taste: god, this beer kinda sucks. Earth / dirt, slight hints of sour, slight hints of grass. Hops don't seem to have darkened the door. The closest it gets is earthy grassy, with maybe a touch of lemon citrus.

Mouthfeel: decent, relatively low carbonation, slightly slick.

Overall: I was already planning on making veggie stock tonight, so I'm glad I don't have to drainpour it.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a cloudy straw colored body.
The aroma is lemon and grapefruit. Nice.
The taste is mild lemon bitterness with a little sweetness to it.
The texture is light and airy with only a little carbonation.
Great texture with nice flavor and aroma. Solid.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"A drier IPA for the summer, brewed with French Aramis hops to create an aroma of fresh cut flowers and garden herbs." Brewed in the style of an American IPA. This is the second release in New Belgium's recently launched Hop Kitchen series, another one-off beer, this time focusing on the reclusive French Aramis hop variety and its impact on a mildly flavored ale. Available in very affordable 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft. Released in the mid-summer 2013.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 51º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a pearly golden cream head of a frothy foam consistency over a pale medium amber body with moderate haze and heavy flecked sediment. Retention is very good and lacing is medium and curtained. Carbonation is plentiful and vivacious. 4.5

(Smell) Aromas of strong floral notes, some milder herbaceous and grassy notes, but lively and wild without being too sharp and bright. Perceived bitterness is low to medium at strongest. Malt character is a basic pale malt with a pinch of biscuity body. Aside from some understated diacetyl and a pinch of cider acid, the yeast profile is fairly clean and pairs well with the hop profile. Potency is medium+. 3.5

(Taste) Up front, a light clean pale malt body with a moderate sweetness is joined by a potent blend of floral, fruit and herbal hop notes with a very muted bitterness. Clean and simple, a very hop-forward beer nonetheless, features the more overshadowed hop subtleties amidst a simple malt body with few malt and yeast distractions. French Aramis ends on a lightly bitter faint herbal lemon berry tea blend with a lingering herbal drag. The bitterness is very subdued in this beer, and is rather more hop-flavor focused. Very light and delicate hop presence but one that brings a great deal of unique and underrepresented hop characters to this beer. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Dry, slick and clean. Carbonation adds some sprite and a bit of froth but keeps things simple and focused on the hops. Body is light/medium for the style, shy of medium overall. Alcohol presence is very mild. Balance is slightly in favor of sweet over bitter with a greater focus on hop character and flavor over bitterness, thus allowing an otherwise incredibly mild and simple malt profile to stand unchallenged. 3.5

(Overall) Although I would have desired a bolder bitterness and malt profile in a casual-drinking beer, I find that this beer better serves as an entry to a beer explorer's guide to hops and their utilization. In that case, one can clearly enjoy the impact that French Aramis hops, a seldom used hop in my drinking experience, creates in a simple pale ale. Hopefully, we can see more from these hops in the near future as they generate a lot of herbal, floral and lemon-tea character, the latter possibly more than any other hop variety that I have explored. This would accent very nicely an American Pale Ale, or even a full strength, highly bitter India Pale Ale. I am glad that I got to explore another new hop variety and recommend you do the same if you are interested in tasting new hops. As a drink otherwise, it's a decent, albeit simple beer, and leaves the imagination craving so much more. 3.75

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