Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA - New Belgium Brewing
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1.93/5 rDev -45.6%
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.
01-08-2014 01:38:26 | More by warmstorage
3.7/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
01-03-2014 04:14:55 | More by RblWthACoz
3.55/5 rDev 0%
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.
12-30-2013 02:18:23 | More by Fatehunter
3.71/5 rDev +4.5%
"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
French Aramis India Pale Ale
12-27-2013 03:51:07 | More by Jadjunk
3.81/5 rDev +7.3%
Served from a bomber into a sampler. A moderate pour produces about 1/2 inch of frothy white head. This dissipates but is relatively sticky, coating the sides of the glass with streamers of lace. The beer is a hazy honey-golden and lightly carbonated.
Lots of floral hops on the nose suggestive of mixed fruit. The hops smell fresh, very grassy and herbal tea-like- flavors which manage to overshadow the usual citrus and pine, and yet don't completely overpower the malt, which hints at subtle caramel. Just a brief aftertaste of floral bitterness, and then a rather clean finish.
I bought a few bombers of this on sale for 1.99 a piece (cheap!). This is pretty easy drinking for the style and well worth a go, even if you're not a hophead.
12-27-2013 02:42:08 | More by archyquaffer
4.21/5 rDev +18.6%
Bottle share at Proof. Hazy creamsicle color with thin white head and thin white collar. Aroma is vaguely tropical fruit hops, and a good medium malt presence. Taste follows aroma very closely. Good medium body, medium carbonation. Surprisingly good. New Belgium is hit or miss for me, and this was a hit.
12-22-2013 03:13:31 | More by mverity
Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA from New Belgium Brewing
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