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Hail Mary Belgian-Style IPA - Cathedral Square Brewery

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 66
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 13.43%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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:
Beer added by: bort11 on 10-23-2010

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.
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Reviews: 29 | Hads: 66
Photo of emerge077
3.09/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/2 head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, slight citrus, hops, strong yeast, spice, hint of tea, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, slight earthy malt, slight hops, spice, yeast, slight alcohol, slight tea, and a hint of citrus. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma and body, but blend favors the sweet malt and alcohol too strongly.

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Photo of avalon07
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a copper color and a mostly clear texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Fair lacing.

S: A strong aroma of fruity phenols and some yeast as well. The phenols dominated the aroma.

T: Like the aroma, the phenols were at center stage for the flavor. Bananas and some tropical fruits mix with yeast, light hops, and malt here. The main problem is balance. The fruit component tends to overpower everything else.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an above average beer with some good attributes, but it doesn't really shine.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of birchstick
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of peabody
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of DCon
2.87/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks attractive setting in the glass with deep honey amber in tone body. Head is half an inch of quick fading biscuity tan head. Nose is very sweet for the style with layers of sweet bread and rhubarb pie. Taste is oddly vegetative and tangy sweet. A bit of burnt molasses plays on the tongue as well. This is overall very odd even for a Belgium IPA.

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Photo of bnes09
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.06/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of bort11
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
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

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Photo of rrski198
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

A : An iced tea/mahogany blush with hints of honey and amber @ 80% opaque. The head starts off at 2 fingers and ends at a fluffy layer on top leaving some slight lace.

S : It smells like a Hefeweizen with some very faint hop behind it. Fruity esters - banana, dark berry, mandarin orange; with clove, yeast, and heavy maltiness.

T : Phenolic, acidic, with orange and yeast, but also a high hop presence from lemons, grapefruit rind, and dull pine. Ends with a faint iced tea earthiness, and a snap of fresh clove. Also, bread crust.

F : Floaty mouth feel, with relentless carbonation like 1,000 violent pins on the tongue. It's exciting if a little forward. The carbonation also aggressively burns throat like heartburn, and then also the stomach. It's actually unsettling. Ends semi-dry.

O : It's a balanced White IPA but I've got to believe there are better ones out there. The carbonation is too intense and while the flavors are appropriate they aren't mixed in with equality.

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Photo of Boca-X
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a lot of love here on BA but I think this beer is really unique with several nice flavor profiles you don't get in your average Belgian style IPA.

Banana, apple, pear, vanilla...a very sweet, fruity brew that is smooth and easy to drink. Slight hint of belgian yeast...not overpowering like so many belgian ales. The finish is nice with just enough bitterness to clean the palate.

Had it on tap at a local brewery and will drink this again...

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Bobbydigi
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of meatmallet
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of shanblur
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Hail Mary Belgian-Style IPA from Cathedral Square Brewery
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