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Hail Mary Belgian-Style IPA - Cathedral Square Brewery

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79
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50 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cathedral Square Brewery visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This Belgian-style IPA is brewed using four malts, three hop varieties and is fermented with authentic Belgian Trappist yeast. Dry hopping this ale ensures a highly-hopped nirvana.

(Beer added by: bort11 on 10-23-2010)
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TSJ4000

Iowa

4.6/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What an awesome beer. I totally taste the Belgian yeasty flavors but it has a lot of hops to this beer as well. Very complex and since I found it in Missouri it was cheap. I got a 6er of this for $8.99 and I think that was a great price for this beer. I will look for more of there stuff if available here. I had never really had this style before and i can't think of much like it. It was totally different but cool. PFA. Pretty Freakin' Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 19:33:49 | More by TSJ4000
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BRD14

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

05-11-2013 15:27:42 | More by BRD14
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TheSarge

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Given this brewery another chance, let's see if they piss this one away!

This actually looks quite decent. A nice fluffy three finger thick fluffy pillow of a head of an off white color, and has a murky copper colored body.

Aroma wise it's a bit on the orange rind side along with some floral notes.

Taste wise it's on the grapefruit side with some estery tones from the yeast. A little tart in the end too.

Feels a bit coarse and powdery... Leaves the palate dry in the end. This is the best beer I've had from these guys yet, which isn't saying a whole lot, but I'd buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 23:51:27 | More by TheSarge
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slapperloon

Missouri

4/5  rDev +17.3%

05-29-2013 16:29:06 | More by slapperloon
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greg6494

Missouri

4/5  rDev +17.3%

01-20-2012 15:37:08 | More by greg6494
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FlussigkeitMut

Indiana

4/5  rDev +17.3%

04-15-2014 04:09:21 | More by FlussigkeitMut
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birchstick

Colorado

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
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bort11

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus goblet. Due to the size and shape of the glass the head was not very tall, but it has a lot of body. Egg shell white in color, it leaves ropes of lacing around the glass. The body color is a lot darker than what I expected. Slightly hazy but still allows plenty of light through. When held to the light it glows a honey amber color. I really like the way this looks.

The mixture of hops and Belgian yeasts gives off a sharp and dry bitterness. The bottle says they use four different malts and three different hops. I would like to know which ones to help pinpoint what I'm smelling. To put into perspective it's like a very hoppy Triple. Taste is just like the smell. It has a dry, slightly aspirin flavor from the yeast, but the hops give it more texture than that.

The mouthfeel has a medium body with a soft texture from the carbonation. Very tight bubbles the smooth. Cathedral Square is still brewed and bottled at Weston. This is a very bold and challenging beer that was executed well

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 14:38:05 | More by bort11
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +10%

09-09-2012 13:54:14 | More by PEIhop
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Lukass

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +10%

06-22-2014 17:43:57 | More by Lukass
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BetterBeerPlz

Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev +10%

09-12-2013 14:35:46 | More by BetterBeerPlz
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rrski198

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Done from brief notes at a beer festival

A: dark amber colored with a nice big white head.

S: Toasted biscuit and malt with a subtle leafy earthy hop scent.

T: I am getting a nice toasted malt flavor and the subtle hops, but I am left wanting more of the traditional belgian yeast flavor. Bitterness is very subtle.

M: Light, fruity, and bitter. The bitterness sticks around but not overwhelming. The beer has a nice body, not to much, not to thin.

D: This beer will not blow you away, but it has some decent flavors that are nicely balanced. I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 15:13:00 | More by rrski198
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #54 (July 2011):

A Belgian style inspired by American brewing that’s becoming more popular. Killer suds stickin’ on our glass; hazed amber color. Dry-hopping drops a thick yet soft resin of mint, evergreen, grapefruit and peppercorn in the nose. Some ripe fruit and toasted malt in the aroma as well. A bit slick, with a full body and smooth carbonation. Very hoppy from start to finish—biscuity malt and some caramel sweetness provides a big enough foundation. A bit estery, fruity and spicy in the middle. Hops stick to the palate far into the drying aftertaste. Simply good drinking for hopheads and Belgo-fanatics.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 02:28:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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peabody

Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light hazy amber color with lots of off-white suds. Nice lacing here.
Smell is light belgian yeast notes then sugar finishing with a sharp hop aroma.
Taste is mild belgian ale with all the spices barely showing up then the bitterness comes to light finishing with a piney bitter than sticks with the palate for a good while.
Mouthfeel is just a tad sticky but the bitterness at the end seems to clean all that up and what you are left with is just the hop stickyness.
Overall not a bad beer at all. I would drink this with a meal if I was at a restuarant that had this on the beer menu. Good price too.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 13:48:47 | More by peabody
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FanofHefe

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Thick, creamy, light tan head that has great retention and leaves good lacing. Light orange/amber body that is a little hazy.

Light, earthy hop aroma with a strong, sweet malt aroma following. A little citrus and a little spice.

The spice flavor from the yeast is much stronger than I expected while the hop flavor is understated. Plenty of malt sweetness.

Medium mouthfeel with a crisp finish. Belgian style, for sure. A blend unlike any I can recall that is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 23:12:22 | More by FanofHefe
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well it looked pretty nice, an attractive light brown to orange color, a bit of haze, and a good head with nice lacing.

Smell wise it was very attractive. Easy going malty backbone with a crisp, earthy hoppiness. Very nice.

Taste wise it had a great grain/malt backbone with an ample and floral hops overture. Light sweetness and a touch of fruit rounded it out, and it was good.

Medium bodied and rich, this beer was lovely. Bitterness was mild and had the perfect degree of lingering smooth hops flavor.

Pretty drinkable. I'd love to have this one again anytime.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 01:59:08 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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shanblur

Indiana

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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zeff80

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a copper color with burgundy highlights. It had a one-finger, off-white head of foam, that left behind sheet of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of yeast, grasses and some fruity notes. The is some caramel sweetness in the background.

T - A very grassy, spicy hop profile with some yeasty notes. It has some dried fruit flavors typical of Belgian yeasts but it is not very prominent.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium bodied ale.

D - This is a nice Belgian-style IPA. It doesn't quite have the fruity flavor I expect, but is still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 22:24:32 | More by zeff80
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a cloudy, burnt orange color with a single finger of beige head.

Aroma of grapefruit, candy sugar and sweet caramel malts.

The taste is both lightly bitter and lightly sour. Grapefruit, lemon and Belgian yeast funk upfront while caramel malts and toffee follow on the palate. Finish is chocked full of heavy medicinal notes.

Medium bodied and dry with a moderate carbonation.

An interesting beer for sure but not really what I go for.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 22:05:47 | More by Monkeyknife
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

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
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RDW

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

07-28-2012 02:06:16 | More by RDW
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OregonGrown7

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

11-18-2012 23:56:55 | More by OregonGrown7
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vidguy17

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

03-30-2013 15:15:28 | More by vidguy17
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c-rum

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

07-21-2014 02:31:04 | More by c-rum
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bnes09

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant hazy orange with some visible yeast. Mountainous unrelenting head with blanketing patches of lacing. Truly a beautiful brew.

Aroma is fresh with plenty of raw hops and underlying Belgian yeast.

Spicy, pungent hop flavor dominates the taste. Raw pine needles and soap are the predominant flavors. Some bready malt flavor but it is way overpowered. Not too much yeast flavor either.

Medium body. Solid level of carbonation adds to the spiciness. Bone dry finish.

This brew is descent. A little overdone on the hops and could use more malt character to balance. Still pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 01:53:38 | More by bnes09
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Hail Mary Belgian-Style IPA from Cathedral Square Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.