1. The BeerAdvocate Store is back! Pre-order your stuff now. Items begin shipping Dec 15. Christmas deadline = Dec 18 @ 5pm EST.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Infidel - Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company

Not Rated.
InfidelInfidel

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

77 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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 JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of zeff80
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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 DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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.

Photo of beertunes
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris and Sarah for bringing back this treat. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a cloudy orange color with over a half-inch of of off-white head that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma had a nice yeast scent upfront, a good grain base, a bit of spice and a light fruitiness. There was just a bit of citrus and floral hops in the nose as well. The flavors started out the same, the beer had a distinct Tripelish taste, but then the hops kicked in and the beer really perked up. The yeast really meshed very well with citrusy hops, and there was definitely a nice bite on the finish.

The body was very good, full, yet not heavy, and had a nicely dry finish. Drinkability was great, if this were available to me regularly, I would have it my starting rotation. Overall, a very fine brew. Hopefully we can sweet talk these guys into sending some beer over to us on the Wet Side of the Cascades. A must try if you see it.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Bottle opened 10.12.14

Pours darker then expected. Mild hops and Belgian spice. I suspect an older bottle.

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 Boone757
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of flagmantho
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this on-tap at the brewery during their 1 year anniversary party. Beer was served in a clear plastic cup; they weren't using normal glassware during the party.

Appearance: murky orange hue with a thick cap of frothy ivory foam. Quite attractive.

Smell: bright and fruity, with a candy like tangerine character. Sweet and enticing!

Taste: sweet and fruity, like the aroma. Tangeriney with a piney finish; one of my favorite IPA hop combinations. Bitterness is good and smooth. It's not super Belgian-ey, other than its candy like character. Delicous anyway!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation for the style.

Overall: quite refreshing and drinkable for a beer of its strength. I like tangeriney IPAs anyway, so this really floats my boat.

Photo of ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clearish orange body with good head and lace ring around glass. A pleasant aroma that mixed wet, citric hops and a touch of yeast and some tropical fruit and possible sweet candi sugar malts. This is a really good beer that balanced both styles quite well, although at times I found it more hoppy. The typical wet, piney, citrisy American hops are there, but so is yeast to smooth the beer out, and there is a medium-bodied, bready/chewey mouthfeel to the beer. Also a touch of sweet malts and some minor tropical fruit flavors and the beer finishes easy and dry. ABV well hidden b/c not once did I even get a touch of booziness or alcohol burn. This was quite the unexpected find at the grocery store.

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of tommyguz
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of bigred89
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of harrymel
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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 Howlader
4/5  rDev +0.3%

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Infidel from Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.