Infidel - Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
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Reviews by woemad:
4.2/5 rDev +5%
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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4.45/5 rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a dark bronze amber with a fine one finger ivory head with great retentiona and lacing. Looks nice. Aroma on pouring dominated by citrus and tropical fruit and citrus hops; after pouring more classical Belgian spicing, coriander and clove and saison yeast with hints of citrus hops. Wow, quite unexpected and complex flavor. Starts with sweet fruit, citrus rind, leaning tropical and orange citrus, becoming increasing cherry and stone fruit esters with peppery spices and citrus hops developing to finish hot spicy with Belgian spices and peppery, mildly citrus hop bitterness. Medium bodied with pleasant light creaminess and good carbonation. I've never had anything with this flavor profile before. There is a lot going on here, with sweet/sour fruit, hints of citrus rind, peppery and Belgian spicing and hops contributing more bitterness than herbal flavors (although it's hard to figure out where all the flavors are coming from, so perhaps this is also an unusual hop profile). Can't say I've been as startled but pleased by an ale flavor before. They say they are trying to produce a Belgian ale / American hop hybrid, and they nail it, but there is an intriguing fruit flavor underlying all that pulls this together. I found this and a couple other varieties 300 miles across state from me and now regret I can't try more from this brewery and soon. For me, a "wow" beer, I am very impressed.
Serving type: bottle
05-27-2014 04:00:30 | More by LiquidAmber
3.95/5 rDev -1.3%
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
Infidel from Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.