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
Photo of GPHarris
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a - poured a one finger thick creamy tan head into a snifter that left a thick ring throughout and billowed nicely. the body was a dark, slightly hazy copper color.
s - caramel with some earthy hop aromas.
t - earthy hops with a very bitter hop finish. there is some caramel and toffee balance.
m - a little thin.
o - decent beer but not a lot of pop to it.

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Photo of uturn
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Archemedies
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of samEBC
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark, somewhat cloudy orange amber. Light head and light lacing. Nice almost barley wine like aroma; sweet malt, pine and citrus hops. Hops with a light malt, pine and citrus flavors. Rather mellow at first then finishes with a sharp, spicy hop surge. A pleasant IPA, but not surpassing the best domestic IPAs.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy amber/orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with good carbonation. Aroma consists of citrus and bitter hops with a caramel touch. Taste is a mix between some citrus, pine and bitter hops with notes of caramel malt with well balanced sweetness. Body is quite full with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed but missing the hops punch associated with this style.

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Photo of BrewtalAlement
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of bonbini26
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 rmcnealy
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a traditional becker. The label artwork is not the same as what's photo'd above. (a date of 09/2011, Lot A.. hope that's the bottling date and not best by lol)

Poured a dark copperish brown that is very hazy and obviously quite unfiltered. The off white head fleeted quickly leaving a small consistent lace around the glass. The first aromas were of caramel, toffee and floral. The taste is very pleasant and not as syruppy/boozed out like some other higher ABV IPA's/DIPA's. The taste faded quickly and there was a substantial amount of sediment on the bottom of the glass. A great beer no doubt. I thoroughly enjoyed it albeit it was not very hoppy as I would have liked and look for in a good IPA.

Found at Evolution Liq's - Northbrook, IL

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Photo of osusullins
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not the best DIPA that I've tasted, but a decent rendition.

Pours a honey golden color with a white head.

Smell is not overpowering. Some hops with caramel sweetness.

What you would expect. The hops dominate the palate, but are not overly aggressive. Well balanced by the malts. Decent Beer.

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Photo of hdelavega
2.65/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a honey gold-amber. No head to speak of, maybe the bartenders falt.
Aroma: Malt, a bit of honey, no hops at all.
I do get a little hoppy bitterness, some malty sweetness, but the mouthfeel is killing me. Supper watery.Llittle carbonation. However, this beer is dangerous, extremely drinkable for a 11% brew.
Overall this is not what I'd expect from a double IPA.

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Photo of EnJeiBee
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber hued and slightly hazy with a 1-finger head that disappeared quickly, leaving behind very good lacing

S - Very subdued hop profile with a heavy caramel malt nose

T - Much too sweet up front, with almost no initial bitterness or hop flavor. However, the bitterness does catch your palate upon finish

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O - This is definitely not comparable to your typical American DIPA. A very mellow hop profile was overpowered by the sweet maltiness of this brew. It wasn't unenjoyable by any means, but if you're looking for a very hop-forward DIPA, this isn't going to cut it for you.

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Photo of Mar02x
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Almost no head on this one, low in carbonation too. The color is light brown amber.

S - Nice fresh beer with hops.

T - Nice soft hops, strong bitter after taste though.

M - Nice soft carbonation.

O - A nice beer to drink when eating Chinese food.

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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 nrbw23
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Well, this is probably one of the ugliest DIPA's I've ever had. Pours a murky reddish brown color with a fairly thin tannish colored head. Head turns into a ring of bubbles and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Caramel malts are really jumping out at me. Picking up some yeast, bread, and toffee too. A light touch of hops, mainly herbal, piney and flowery. So far this isn't reminding me of an IPA let alone a DIPA.

T- Well, its better than the nose. Picking up some hop bitterness. Still quite a bit of sweetness, toffee and caramel. Floral hops are here for sure. I actually don't mind the taste it all goes together pretty well.

M- A touch on the fuller side of medium and lighter on the carbonation.

O- This beer is ugly and doesn't really smell like a DIPA, but it does taste pretty solid. This isn't something I'd seek out, but its not the worst thing out there either.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Tribeca. Didn't make the cut of beers to take back to Australia, so I drank it on my last night in New York.

Pours a very viscous and thick reddish amber colour, with a fine but patchy head of white. Body is really nice and thick and heavy, and I like a bit of deeper colour in a DIPA. Minimal lacing. Fine carbonation. Looks pretty good all up.

Nose is green and prickled with noble hops, giving a crushed vegetation character, with clipped grass and leafy tannins. Grainy malt character comes through as well, with a rustic funk that's almost like a saison. Interesting take.

Taste is clear and hoppy, without being really that bitter. It certainly has a kick to it, but this is probably the combination of low-alpha European varieties, and the extra sting of alcohol. A hint of phenols as well. Finish is rather sweet, with a golden malt character coming through stickily on the end. Feel is light but slick.

Not a bad brew all up, and an interesting European American IPA, as if that makes any sense. Let's call it an American IPA with European ingredients.

That still doesn't make sense, but I'll stand by it.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a lightly hazed Copper color. The head was minimal. Not much lacing either. The smell was hoppy and had a decent amount of malt. The taste gave off a pretty good hop flavor but nothing too intense like I was hoping for. The mouthfeel was smooth and lightly carbonated. Overall it's not too bad but there are better choices.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This double IPA from Emelisse has 7.9 % abv.. Quite a difference from the appearant 11% DIPA that has been reviewed here allready. Looking at the website, the variation in % looks to be no exceptions from this brew.
But it made me enter it as a new beer.

Looks orange brown, thin head.
Smell is very floral, with some fruits like apricot in the background.
Taste is good and bitter, with a mild flavour of what I imagine flowers.
Overall, good but not great in the IPA style. It's nice , but too simple.
It could be more complex.

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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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Photo of ewright
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from CBX in June 2011. The beer pours an opaque deep amber with notes of burnt sienna. A small off-white head forms and quickly dissipates to a thin ring plus a small island clump of bubbles in the middle. Nice bits of foam cling to the side of the glass as the beer disappears, but its not exactly what I'd call lacing.

The nose is nice, but awfully faint. I get faint citrus notes; clementine perhaps? Just a hint of earthiness, but no noticeable contribution from the malt.

After the relatively weak aroma, the flavor is unexpectedly bold. Nice dank hop flavor up front with rather more minty characteristics than the nose intimated. Decent malt backbone that is solid, but stays out of the way of the hop flavors.

Finish is relatively dry, but not West Coast DIPA dry. Moderately low carbonation is sufficient to keep the finish smooth. This one begs to be drunk posthaste.

I can let the appearance slide, but this one really needs a better aroma to be called outstanding.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this bottle while in Amsterdam. Poured into a tulip. Opaque rust color. A crisp white head is 1 finger in size and fades to a ring through the rest of the session.

Smelled of earthy hops, but there's just as much sweet malt in there to throw you a bit as you compare this to American IPAs you've had. The malt reminds me of dutch stroop; caramel with marmite and molasses notes.

The taste serves up an oily, earthy hop profile along with caramel sugar that interplay with each back and forth until the hops prevail, leaving you with a heavy dose of bitterness that lasts long on the finish.

Full body yet with a crisp snap on the tongue.

Overall pretty good, and very interesting. However, what makes it unique might be seen as a muddled unfocused recipe. Good enough to try.

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Photo of MacQ32
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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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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Photo of titosupertramp
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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Emelisse Double IPA from Bierbrouwerij Grand-Café Emelisse
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 72 ratings
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