Emelisse Double IPA | Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

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Emelisse Double IPAEmelisse Double IPA

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Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally ABV was 9.0%

Added by wl0307 on 10-06-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 46
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy amber color; the two finger head sticks boldly and leaves lace clinging to the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Very floral and pithy aroma with biscuity malt elements underneath

Taste: Opens biscuity with an immediate burst of pithy and floral hop that builds in an American fashion though the bitterness is held in check by the biscuity balance of the malts; citrusy finish with hints of balsa wood

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with creamy carbonation

Drinkability: Very American but distinctively different in a more balanced manner; really like the malt bill in this one

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beer Temple in Amsterdam - poured into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Copper hue with a decent head with small amounts of lacing in my glass.

S: Smells just like a good Cali IPA, with just a bit more maltiness.

T: Real resinous floral hoppy flavor with a nice clean bitter finish; prevalent sweet roasted malts in there too that work nice with the bitter hops - extremely well balanced and tasty.

M: Medium-bodied and well carbonated, smooth on the palate with a real clean finish.

D: Real easy to drink, but after two I was feeling like I needed to back off and start drinking something with a lesser ABV - they'll get up on you quick!

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Photo of JMC_TM
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This American Double IPA that was brewed in the Netherlands pours a nice cloudy amber with a solid white fluffy head that leaves a nice lacing down the side of the glass. The nose leads off with a nice bold floral hop and is backed up by a sweet malt underneath. The taste opens with a wonderful punch of bitter and floral hops, but is quickly followed by a balancing biscuity malt. Both do a great job of masking the healthy 9.0% abv

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of cwguy5
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from de Bierkonig in Amsterdam. Sampled 10.21.10. Reviewed from notes.

A - deep, cloudy reddish brown; thinnish head faded to broken white cap
S - slightly floral and hops with toffee and bready tones; sweet overall
T - rich creamy flavor; some pale malt with toast/bread; bit of alcohol near end
M - medium-low carbonation with somewhat of a thick body for dipa; sweet and floral linger
D - interesting take on dipa; i personally like the creamy, malty palate on this one

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Photo of sudz9382
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a great DIPA, imported from the good people in Holland who know Heineken isn't a beer. I poured it into a 6 oz sampling glass, pours a a medium copper, the head stuck around, even in a sampling glass, the aroma is not over-powering, mild spicyness from the hops, but well balanced. Its 11% but you would never know it because it is well crafted. The hops get you on the back end, not much up front, and the beer is overall very drinkable...cheers to the Dutch on this fine product!

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle of '09 so I'm assuming that all hop fruitiness will be gone.

A- A two finger creamy tan head sits atop a caramel colored brew. Touches of orange/amber when held to the light. Nice lacing dripping down the rim. Doesn't look like a normal IIPA.

S- Caramel, figs, vanilla(?) and hints of citrus... grapefruit rind, sugar sweet peaches and finished with more dried fruit, nuts and just a hint of alcohol. Reminds me more of a great Barley Wine. Wonder what it woulda been like fresh.

T- Caramel, grapefruit, honey and roasted nuts. Sweet with just a touch of bitterness. I'm guessing this went from IIPA to Barley Wine... and I am LOVING it!!!

M- Very little carbonation, sweet but not cloyingly so. Decent bitter bite... lots going on here! Really coats the tongue and leaves you wanting more and more.

O- This is fantastic! I'm gonna try to go pick up whatever they have left next week. Caramel, marshmallow, citrus... I can't believe it's 11%!!! Damn... why did I only pick up one?

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4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at ´t Arendsnest in Amsterdam.

A: Golden orange color with two fingers of white soapy head. Lot of big bubbles with nice lacing.

S: Doesn't exactly smell like your normal US hopbomb. Slightly citrus, herbal and nutty. Nice and subtle.

T: Largely follows the nose. I enjoy the change of pace that this allows. Instead of super citrus/pine and bready/sweet, this is more herbal and nutty to me. Subdued by American standards, but very nice all the same.

M: Medium bodied, nice carbonation. No burn from the alcohol.

D: Could have had a couple of these if we had more time and I didn't want to try others. Glad I was able to try Holland's take on a DIPA. Very enjoyable beer that I would have again for sure.

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4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle of 2011 purchased from the Charleston Beer Exchange.. ABV says 7.5% on bottle, this is 2011

A - Pours a rich amber with little very fine off-white head into my Deadlift glass, I expect some good carbonation here - surprisingly nice lacing

S - Smell is slightly bitter, very fruity/yeasty with alcohol present. Distinct honey and nutty aromas

T - Very nice, bitter (especially up front) very fruity and refreshing. Sweet maltyness and honey, "a bit nutty"

M - Medium bodied, a little light for the style but that makes this thing very drinkable.

O - Very well balance, nice and crisp, super drinkable - really like this one, if it was less I could put quite a few of these back - well worth it though, very good!

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of beerdrifter
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the beer store at the De Molen Brewery. Slightly hazy copper-amber pour with one and a half finger head with decent retention and nice lacing. The nose is unique, but somewhat subdued. Subtle spice and citrus notes with hints of pepper, hop resin and pine, as well as a solid caramel malt base. The taste is unique as well. Again, it's somewhat subdued for a Double IPA and reminds me more of an English IPA. The caramel malt is the star, with hints of pine, grapefruit, tea and pepper. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, very much like the British version, with a nice subtle bitter hop bite on the finish. The ABV of the one I picked up is only 9%, but it's extremely well hidden. This was not at all what I was expecting, but I have to admit it was a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Following is my recent review on the bottle version of the beer:

After seeing what some other breweries in north western Europe are doing with American Style IPA's and double IPA's I was very excited to to try this beer. I had a bottle of it at dbgb in Manhattan's lower east side. This was a very good beer and one I enjoyed very much. Lightish color, great hop aroma, flavor is good but a little on the strong side. I hope to come across this again soon.


Agreed about the draft version. A very good double IPA that brings its own interesting characteristics to the style. Again, high alcohol does effect the balance but overall a very good double.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of regspeir
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. draft
Pours cloudy amber with a tiny white head. Lacing is lasting.
Nose is orange and grapefruit, floral with malt underneath.
Taste: malty start with predominating lemon/grapefuit zest. Moves to dry, some spice, floral, with a bready backbone. Moderately bitter finish but a nice balance. While the alcohol is noticeable, it doesn't taste the 9%. I would go back to this absolutely.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of WDJersey
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Chsyhkr
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle conditioned so watch out when you pour.

A nice copper colored ale with a long lasting thick head.

Hops are balanced throughout in the aroma, flavor, and finish.

Medium body and very drinkable.

A dutch beer but with none of the things the dutch are known for, funky yeast, flavors, candy sugars, etc..

My wife paid $5 for this puppy.

A nice beer but there are many other U.S. brewed choices at much better prices.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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