Hail Mary Belgian-Style IPA - Cathedral Square Brewery
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2.85/5 rDev -16.4%
Received from Jerad Gardner of the Cathedral Square Brewery when asked which "bomber" I would like to try. I had this one, Iglesia, and their Belgian Style White Ale to chose from. Poured from the 1pt 6oz bottle into my iTap Pint Glass. Does not have a B.O.D. or any best before date on the bottle.
Appearance- A nice dark and hazy amber color body with huge 5 finger head that is extremely frothy. The retention is fantastic and has thick lace on the sides.
Smell- Has a earthy hop and malt scent but everything else is very dull... I was expecting more from this IPA.
Taste- Has more of a malt taste than hops. Once again, not feeling that this should be an IPA. More like a Pale Ale. There is a nice bitterness at the end but this was it.
Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Light Viscosity, Leaves the average hop flavor on the palate but nothing crazy.
Overall- I was looking forward to this beer for quite some days now but it let me down a bit. The logo on the front is "turning sinners into saints" and I'm also wondering why this is called Hail Mary IPA? It didn't have as many hops as stated on the front ingredients but might have been due to the extreme amount of malts used. Either way, I wouldn't go out of my way to get this beer again but could be good for other people. When it comes to beer, I just one that I can enjoy every time I have it.
05-12-2011 01:10:53 | More by DCon
2.86/5 rDev -16.1%
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.
06-30-2013 23:57:53 | More by Entropy501
3/5 rDev -12%
Appearance: Pours an amber color with a thin off white bubbly head. A little hazy.
Smell: Piny hops and grapefruit dominate. Also some sweet caramel malts. Very light.
Taste: Bitter and sour at the same time. I thin kit is more sour than anything. Citrus, pine, grapefruit, and a little bit of yeast.
Mouthfeel/drinkability: Medium body with light carbonation.
01-30-2011 04:16:32 | More by meatmallet
3.03/5 rDev -11.1%
Labeled as a Belgian IPA, this beer lacks a significant 'Belgian' kick from yeast.
Pours a hazy yellow-orange, clears up a bit later on. Small but dense head, some rockiness and nice lacing.
Aroma is stale pine with a hint of caramel and bready yeast. Somewhat nutty.
The flavors are just strong enough to discern them, but nothing takes a hold. Slight citrus makes the pine a bit stronger, the end flavors seem to beg for attention, which is when the semi-spice and breadiness come into play.
A tad dry on the end, ok drinking. If a bit more yeast was used, this could be a nice BIPA...as it is, it's average.
01-15-2011 21:49:11 | More by Mebuzzard
3.05/5 rDev -10.6%
Poured into a pint glass. I didn't see a bottled on or bb date available on the bottle. I have yet to see a lot of this brew around anywhere. It must have been a resent delivery at the local store i goto.
A- Pours a nice dark amber color. Has a small amount of head that is tan in color and goes away quickly. Definitely not transparent. A very hazy appearance.
S- I get a fruity smell or orange and lemon right in the front of my nose. A nice roasted malt character, and hops that pack some punch.
T- I get a lot of malt from this IPA. I would like to see a nice and more complex hop flavor.
M&D- A nice and easy to drink brew.
02-17-2011 03:23:48 | More by HOPPYKC
3.1/5 rDev -9.1%
My bottle still says brewed in Weston...
Attractive reddish copper orange with ascending trails of carbonation. Good clarity, slightly hazed with micro sediment in suspension. The initial pour yielded about a finger of off white foam, leaving a transparent skim across the top. Crown of lace is style appropriate.
Aroma is mildly vegetal, some sweet caramel hints, and a bit grainy. Too raw, muddled and indistinct. Doesn't really harmonize well, or showcase the Belgian yeast or hops.
Flavor is moderately bitter, a little bit of dried fruit and spice, bubblegum and aspirin. Bitterness seems to build more in the aftertaste, leaving a harsh aspirin and hop pellet taste stuck on the palate. Fairly full bodied, though not carbonated like a Belgian IPA or as dry as it could be. Hops seem a little jarring and ham-fisted, but generally it's still drinkable.
Probably not one i'd return to, but i'd try something from this new brewery again.
02-04-2011 00:26:07 | More by emerge077
3.25/5 rDev -4.7%
Served from a 22 oz bottle and poured into a pint glass. This beer poured a hazy orange color. It produced a nice head however retention was not great. An above average amount of stickage. The aroma was malty and yeasty. Average amount of floral hop aroma. This beer was very balanced, it was my first introduction to a Belgian IPA. There was an average amount of hop bite (average in terms of an IPA). There where very sight notes of fruit at the finish. This beer was not one of my favorite IPA's but it was balanced and very good.
03-05-2011 21:10:58 | More by GossageBrewery
3.28/5 rDev -3.8%
22oz Bomber poured into my Goulden Draak tulip. It has a large lingering off white head, leaving behind some great lacing. The color when held up to the light is a great looking orange/red grapefruit looking color. Smelling this one you wouldn't know it was Belgian inspired but you do get some hops in the nose but nothing overpowering. After a few sips the flavor seems to follow the nose pretty well. Hops up front but also some sweet malts play just as big of role, also some bread from the yeast. This beer is silky smooth but for being a Belgian inspired beer it's a little under carbonated. This beer is good but I don't know if I would call it a Belgian IPA.
11-04-2010 02:06:58 | More by Bobbydigi
3.3/5 rDev -3.2%
App- Pours a cloudy amber with a ridiculous head on the top in excess of 1.5 inches. Lacing is excellent through the glass.
Smell- Spicy hops come through in the nose, as well as a bit of the yeast coming through. Hints of bubblegum and banana after the hops subside.
Taste- Overall the malt and yeast comes through before the hops. Spiciness in the beginning, and the hops are evident more in the aftertaste than in the taste itself. The hops are citrusy, predominantly grapefruit, but not quite assertive enough for me.
Mouthfeel- Thick, chewy, as mentioned before the beer has a dryness to it.
Overall- one of the best looking beers I've seen. Has everything I look for in a beer, color, head, lacing. There was no date on the bottle, but it seemed to me that maybe the freshness was gone from it, which probably ended up costing the beer points in taste and perhaps mouthfeel.
01-10-2012 00:58:58 | More by scarfield
3.33/5 rDev -2.3%
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass. The beer is a deep, dark orange, with a beautiful frothy cream colored head. The head dissipates but leaves a nice layer of random bubbles and a centered group of foam in the center. Nice sticky lacing. when I first opened the bottle, I could have swore I smelled some skunk, but in the glass it's not apparent -- mostly just a faded hop citrus aroma. The taste is of a bitter hop presence, with a touch of pine. It seems musty, faded, or even dull. Mouthfeel is again, sort of faded, it's not tangy or sticky by any means. Overall, I think this beer could have been better, but it just seems pretty bland. It looks good, but otherwise seems average across the board.
10-28-2011 20:51:50 | More by JuicesFlowing
3.4/5 rDev -0.3%
Pours a hazy, copper color. Two inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight citrus, hops, hint of earthy malt, and hint of spice. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight earthy malt, hint of roasted malt, citrus hops, and hint of spice. The carbonation level is way too high.
07-26-2011 16:39:37 | More by Tone
Hail Mary Belgian-Style IPA from Cathedral Square Brewery
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