Infidel - Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
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3.95/5 rDev -1%
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.
02-18-2014 00:02:53 | More by CalgaryFMC
4.2/5 rDev +5.3%
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
01-27-2014 03:40:10 | More by reebtaerG
4.05/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
11-06-2013 02:26:04 | More by biboergosum
3.56/5 rDev -10.8%
This is getting redundant but geez some more delicious beer courtesy of beertunes my brother from another mother.
Nice cloudy gold with a thin off white cap that shrinks pretty quick but leaves behind bas relief mountain silhouettes on the glass.
Light/medium aroma with some mildly round tart, sweet grain, citrus hop, and lemon, with just a hint of herbal bitter in there.
Not a strong taste, but with some really tasty and balanced players. All the flavors of the aroma with some additional lemon presence, and a nice rooty herbal finish that doesn't overpower.
Very light in mouth, a bit too light, low carb. yet still a touch of carbonic somehow, and a nice finish. Its worst characteristic.
Very drinkable, nicely refreshing, middle of the road and tasty beer.
10-20-2013 19:17:39 | More by cavedave
4/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
10-08-2013 13:56:57 | More by clayrock81
3.19/5 rDev -20.1%
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.
09-25-2013 22:45:26 | More by smakawhat
Infidel from Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.