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Infidel - Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Lakes on 07-01-2012)
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Reviews by woemad:
Photo of woemad
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of jamisonspitzer
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of socon67
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Fatehunter
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a half finger of head on a cloudy dark straw colored body.
The aroma is danky pine, lemon and pineapple.
Despite the high bitter content, the malty sweetness is ever-present. It has some nice spice with some tropical fruit in the background too.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Quite good.

Photo of rvajohn
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of smakawhat
3.19/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled Aug 23, 2013.

A real nice body color deeper than most Belgian's somewhat orange amber and peach colored, with some dark brown edges. Transparency is a bit hazy and dull. Head is creamy tan and off white makes two fingers and whips up like frosting with some good clumping action. Some nice light and fine carbonation rising in the middle. Looking nice and ready to go here.

Nose is fairly basic. Some sweet cream sensations, a woody malt and a little bit of citrus hop muted quality. All nicely balanced, but not sensing so much Belgian character here, but quite solid.

Palate is a bit of disappointment on first sip. Incredibly thin body on the palate feel with little sense of carbonation surprisingly. Flavors are extremely chalky and wet. Aftertaste has a bit of hop American bitterness somewhere between pine and citrus, but it's also faint and just leaves a indescernable bitter bite which isn't that pleasurable. Malt depth and sweetness seems to be missing and gone nowhere.

Overall, it's not a horrible beer, but the Belgian character of malt and sweetness doesn't seem to be defined and the American hop used doesn't really seem to be that enjoyable to me.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up tonight at the COOP for about $7.. Poured into my HotD goblet... nice 1" foamy white head.. great lacing with pretty good retention.. the brew is lightly hazed orange.

The nose is really well done for a Belgian IPA.. restrained American fruity hoppiness with a nice yeastiness... great balance between the citrus/tropical fruitiness and the clovey/pink bubblegum phenols... Smells great.

Flavor leans more toward the yeast profile but is still well balanced.. a bitterness shows up front just long enough to allow the lite pale malts and Belgian phenols sing.. very drinkable, finishes pretty dry and begs for another sip.

Body is medium/lite with a good amount of small bubble carbonation that helps lift the palate. I cannot believe this is 8%+.. NEVER would have guessed it.

I have enjoyed a few of Selkirk's brews on tap/growler now and am super stoked to see the first bottles.... I know more are coming and cannot wait. This is very well done for a style that is easy to get out of whack.

All 4's.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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Infidel from Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.