Gypsy - Adelbert's Brewery
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3.5/5 rDev -11.6%
Color- cloudy honey nectar gold. Full head.
Aroma- floral hops and hint of evergreen.
Taste- a gentle, mild, and smooth Belgian IPA. Starts with subdued floral and piney hops transitions nicely with a mild cascade hop finish. Balanced and smooth from start to finish.
Purchased locally in Austin. Tasted on 3/7/2014.
Poured from 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass)
05-19-2014 16:02:58 | More by utfiero
3.3/5 rDev -16.7%
7% ABV. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle served into an Avery stem-tulip. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average.
Batch #002. Bottled 10/30/13. Label identifies it as a Belgian IPA.
Cork gives easily by hand, yielding a satisfying pop upon removal.
A: No bubble show.
Pours a three finger wide head of white colour. Soft and fluffy. Decent creaminess. Could be thicker.Has a nice smooth consistency. Head retention is pretty good for the 7% ABV - about 7-8+ minutes. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. It's a bit soapy overall, but not real frothy or foamy.
Body colour is a predictable clear translucent copper-gold of above average vibrance. Appears well-carbonated. Quite clean looking; no floating yeast particles or sediment is visible.
Overall, it's above average for the style, but isn't unique or special. I don't notice any overt flaws.
Sm: Citrusy notes are the first thing I notice - lemongrass, mango/mango peel, and tangerine. The remainder of the hop character is your usual floral character, which is complemented nicely by a Belgian pale malt foundation with some starchiness and crackery malts in there too. Not as soapy as the appearance suggested, but I do suspect it spent a bit too long in primary. There's a faint hint of vitamin-y lightly biscuity Belgian yeast, but I don't find any funkiness or farmhouse character here.
The floral notes are dominant, offering a perfumey bouquet to the drinker.
No alcohol or other off-notes are detectable.
It's a pleasant, inviting aroma of mild strength. Despite its yeast presence, it doesn't seem all that alive.
T: The head sips soft on the open, joined by some timid cream - of which I want more. Luckily, there's no overt soapiness or any other off-notes per se. It's got some faint lemongrass, other assorted grassy notes, floral hop character, Belgian pale malts, faint traces of vitamin-y Belgian yeast, wheat, and a kiss of Belgian biscuit malt. Has a very buried hint of pine hop character too. Starchiness and crackery malts don't work so well here.
I'm a bit surprised at its relative lack of complexity and depth of flavour. It's a fairly straightforward - dareisay shallow - Belgian IPA. There're some traces of subtlety, but this is far from the classic I anticipated. Average duration and intensity of flavour.
Far from insipid, but not as flavorful as I'd hoped. The starchiness present throughout really holds it back.
No alcohol comes through.
I do like it, but it's pretty middle-of-the-road for a Belgian IPA. There's nothing here to set it apart from the hoi polloi.
Balance is pretty standard; it's not a seamless brew with perfectly integrated facets or anything. The malts and hops play well together for the most part, but they don't feel like a perfect marriage of flavours. It's a cohesive beer, but not a gestalt one.
Mf: Has a nice softness, but I do want more. It's just a biteen scratchy and coarse on the palate - probably from the starchiness - which isn't ideal for the style which is meant to be refreshing and light. But don't get me wrong - it is both of those things, but the faint coarseness gets in the way. It also has that distinctive Belgian dryness - a characteristic few American breweries would dare go for in an IPA. I happen to like it. Otherwise, it's very approachable. Has an appropriate thickness and body for the style and flavour profile. Just a bit overcarbonated. Nice presence on the palate.
Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, harsh, or stale.
Overall, the texture suits the taste well but never feels custom-tailored specifically to it. Above average execution.
Dr: I'll easily kill this bottle alone; it's very drinkable but not quite effortless. It hides its ABV well and while I'm not sure it's worth a second purchase at this price point, I'm glad I got to try it once and it will please - but not impress - fans of the style. I guess I expected an instant classic given Celis' involvement, but I didn't get that. What I did get was an aboveboard Belgian IPA which plays it safe but feels a bit tame. It could certainly be more inspired; I wouldn't call it boring but there's just nothing fresh about it. I wouldn't recommend it to friends.
I'm surprised Christine Celis chose such a new style for the revival of such a traditional brand. Why not a witbier? If Celis is going to try to play catch-up to new industry trends rather than going back to the respected mainstays Pierre revitalized, consider me uninterested. I respect the decision to keep operations in Austin, but maybe pick a less mediocre brewery to do your collaboration with.
The cynic in me suspects the whole "collaboration brew" angle is just a farce, and that this is merely a glorified Adelbert's contract brew.
01-19-2014 05:10:51 | More by kojevergas
Gypsy from Adelbert's Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.