Infidel - Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
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Reviews by woemad:
4.2/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Growler purchased at Selkirk Abbey Brewing in Post Falls, Idaho, for $12. I've had this before three or four times at the brewery, and once at Manito Tap House. Soon, it should be available in bottles. Incientally, the brewery calls this a "Belgian Imperial IPA."
Poured a hazy, golden-orange color, with a sudsy, off-white head that hung around for a few minutes, the receeded to a thin skiff on the sides of a nonic pint glass.
Spicy and fruity in the nose. The fruit scent is more like tangerine than the usual grapefruit encountered in IPAs. The spiciness seems to balance the sweetness of the fruit scent well.
More bitter in the taste than in the smell. The bitterness starts things off, but is immediately paired up with the tangerine-like sweetness, which balances things nicely. In the background, the Belgian yeast provides a spicy cloak to wrap around the proceedings without ever coming to the fore. Big dry zap at the swallow.
Medium bodied, with a coating, resiny mouthfeel.
I really like this beer, though my favorite SA beer is the St.Thomas Black Saison. Drinking either one doesn't exactly ruin my day. Hooray for Selkirk Abbey's new bottling line! Hopefully I'll be able to pick this up at Huckleberry's soon on a regular basis.
Serving type: growler
07-06-2013 21:31:58 | More by woemad
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3.95/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Enjoyed a 22 oz bottle poured in increments into a Belgian-style goblet, shared with a beer savvy buddy who brought this over for a dinner party that started off as a tasting and ended as a Phillips Hop Circle quaffing session. Fortunately I took decent notes during the tasting portion. Cool succubus type demon (or angel?) on the label. This Belgian IPA is a cloudy orange amber color with a nice robust beige head. Aroma is sweet and fruity, with some tropical fruit, floral, and spicy notes along with a spike of menthol, pleasant and assertive but not aggressive. Palate hits all the right buttons for a well-crafted Belgian IPA, with some citrus rind, unripe pears and apples, mixed peppercorns, fermented pineapple, herbal licorice, earthy black tea, and mellow pine resin all combining to yield an overall sweet, sour, perfumed, and spicy effect with less pungent alcohol than you often get in Belgian tripels and associated hoppy versions. The malts provide an unassuming sweet brown sugar note coasting along in the background. Thinnish well-attenuated body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly crisp and dry finish, with lingering sour fruit and tea-like hops tickling the palate. A very enjoyable Belgian, nice hop flavors with a little resin, a refreshing unripe fruit and citrus quasi-sourness, and downplayed alcohol taste that enhances drinkability. Apparently Idaho is about more than just potatoes.
Serving type: bottle
02-18-2014 00:02:53 | More by CalgaryFMC
4.2/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Had on tap at SP taphouse in a 10oz. wide mouth short glass
A-pours a golden orange color with a finger and a half of white head that retains well and leaves some spotted lacing on the glass.
S-Aroma is pleasant with some pine, grapefruit and hints of yeast.
T-Taste is a grapefruit and pine hop bitterness with a light fruity and malty sweetness.
M-Medium bodied with generous carbonation leaving a nice tingle on the tongue.
O-A nice Belgian twist on an India Pale Ale. I'm curious how the other brews by Selkirk are
Serving type: on-tap
01-27-2014 03:40:10 | More by reebtaerG
4.05/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
22oz bottle. An abbey brew, wherein "it's not for the masses, it's for you." Awesomesauce. Wow - there's something in Post Falls other than outlet malls?
This beer pours a cloudy, murky dark apricot amber hue, with two fingers of bubbly, loosely foamy dirty white head, which renders some decent multilayered disintegrating cloud lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs out of sight.
It smells of musty orange, grapefruit and more esoteric tropical fruit, leafy pine needles, earthy yeast, a laid-back creamed caramel malt, bready crackers, a mild clove/white pepper spiciness, and further soft herbal, weedy hops. The taste is more mixed citrus and pineapple-heavy exotic fruit, bready caramel malt, a twinge of saltwater taffy, forest floor detritus, spicy coriander and multicoloured ground pepper, phenolic Belgian yeast, and more herbal, musty hops.
The carbonation is light, and more playfully frothy than anything, the body a plain medium weight, and sort of pithy in its otherwise unassailed smoothness. It finishes off-dry, just, as the malt sort of sputters, while the hops and yeast kick it up a notch or so, battling for supremacy to the end.
A pleasantly balanced and tasty Belgian-styled IPA. Not too yeasty, not too hoppy, but well organized and easy on the tastebuds and overall psyche for this general nonbeliever. This is the part where I usually have to justify why this unholy melding of styles is unnecessary, and well, makes baby Jebus cry. Not here, boyos (Flogging Molly is weirdly on repeat in the background), here we have a defiant usurper of the status quo, one I can duly get behind.
Serving type: bottle
11-06-2013 02:26:04 | More by biboergosum
Infidel from Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.