Hail Mary Belgian-Style IPA - Cathedral Square Brewery
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Reviews by shanblur:
3.55/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Purchased in St. Louis, MO. No bottle date. Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip. A - A vibrant hazy amber color with a thick head which clings to the glass. S - Strong resinous hops aroma and an underlying Belgian yeast component. T - Very hop forward with a bitterness up front which lingers. Some biscuit malt flavors play a minor role. Some Belgian funk as well.
M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
A good beer. Lovely appearance. Not as fruity and floral as some Belgian IPA's.
Serving type: bottle
01-10-2012 20:05:36 | More by shanblur
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3.51/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City as part of a "meet the brewer" mini tap takeover for Cathedral Square brewery. Poured into a large (probably 22 oz) Belgian-style tulip glass.
Appearance - A deep brownish-orange body with a look a bit like tarnished copper. Some reddish-orange clay coloring peeks through around the edges. Atop the body sits a nice finger and a half of bubbly head, with the individual bubbles being very easy to pick out, as opposed to situations where the foam is more dense and uniform. Dissipates to a half finger of head around the edge of the glass along with a nice sheet of thin bubbles across the top of the liquid. Lacing appears silky and fluid, but sticks to the sides of the glass moderate webbing, and leaving nice sheets of film down the side as I drink it.
Smell - As is fairly typical of the style, this one is a yin and yang of yeast and hops. Nice fruity phenols from the yeast, resulting in notes of nectarine, guava, and perhaps some mango, but then there is a pleasantly bitter element, like baby greens or dandelions. I also can sense some of the spice, likely from the rye. The only problem is that in spite of all these wonderful smells at the party, they are all standing in their own little cliques, and the hops aren't talking to the yeast and the yeast doesn't like the rye and everything is a collection of aromas, rather than a cohesive and complex single aroma. Unfortunate.
Taste - The taste is actually much more cohesive than the aroma. Now the rye spiciness plays quite well with those tropical fruits, and the pungency from the hops flies above, giving the taste quite a bit of depth. On the finish, I get a notes of caramel sweetness that provides some additional burnt sugar bitterness in addition to the bittering hops.
Mouthfeel - Body on the full side of medium, and carbonation is at a moderate level, allowing for some prickliness amongst the slightly viscous characteristic of the beer. A semisweet finish.
Overall, a rather dull looking beer, with a bit of a cluster___ when it comes to the aroma, but redeems itself on the most important characteristic--the taste. Unfortunately, the flaws are just too much to overcome to make this a great beer. As it is, it's merely decent.
Serving type: on-tap
09-18-2013 17:18:41 | More by LambicPentameter
2.86/5 rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
I couldn't get into this beer sadly. I like trappist yeast and this still couldn't sway me.
Deep amber in color with hint of red. A dull caramel colored head. Good belgian hop aroma, mild citrus and banana notes. The taste is mainly hops a slight hint of malt, but mostly hop leafy taste. The flavor was okay, but not my cup of tea and led me to a hop headache. For the big hop heads out there this would probably do more for them than me.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2013 23:57:53 | More by Entropy501
3.85/5 rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours a yellow color with a huge head on it. Nose consists of fruity hops and yeast and a bit of caramel malts. Taste is similar. Opens up with citrus hops flavors that move on to bitter, sticky pine. The pine is overtaken by some nice fruity grapefruit flavors and a little bit of fruity flavors from the Belgian yeast. Ends bitter and fruit. OVerall, this is a nice Belgian IPA. Hops are crisp, juicy, and bitter and deliver a nice, refereshing beer.
Serving type: bottle
08-31-2012 00:21:54 | More by birchstick
Hail Mary Belgian-Style IPA from Cathedral Square Brewery
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