Pete's Support Belgian IPA | Firehouse Grill & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Firehouse Grill & Brewery
California, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Bubba83 on 09-18-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of ngeunit1
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly cloudy golden orange color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down slow leaving behind some nice lace.

S - The aroma is a mix of belgian yeast, citrus hops, some sweet caramel malt, and some spice.

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malts with some grapefruit and citrus hops and some belgian yeasts. Through the middle, some bitterness comes through along with some yeast spices. The finish is a mix of hops, caramel malts, yeast, some bitterness, and some lemon peel.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a nice dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balance of IPA elements with Belgian elements with the hop and yeast flavors.

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Photo of kdown
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of drummstikk
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells like Citra (or Nelson Sauvin) hops and Cascade
Hazy gold with a creamy dense head (small bubbles)
Smells fruity and citrusy -- interesting and wild fruit flavors
Tastes phenolic and warm, supreme bitterness but very little resin flavors. Serious hop esters -- some pineapple. Some hot alcohols, some melon (probably from yeast) and white wine grapes. Some intense citrus fruit peel flavors. Body is full and creamy -- carbonation is tingly and lively, hot alcohols are not too strong, but warming. Lingering taste of alcohol, fruit, and phenols.
Pale malts come through as a slight grainiess in the finish -- a subtle reminder of this beer's mind-blowing simplicity.
Hot alcohols could be toned down a bit, but phenols and hops blend beautifully. What a fantastic beer!

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Photo of Durge
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another brew enjoyed at the brewhouse in Sunnyvale, this IPA shows a pale gold color, a bit cloudy with a modest white fuzz on top and similar lacing. The nose picks up a distinct cat-pissy type hops which, as usual, is strangely alluring. A near pineapple-banana melange that is definitely intriguing. The flavor offers a near perfect match to the aroma with a banana pineapple clove blend with a cat-piss bite that delivers hop pleasure in a near syrupy sweet blend of biscuit-orange and dry grapefruit bite. It's solidly medium bodied with a crisp feel. Decent drinkability but there is a bit of intensity here, an alcohol hint that keeps it out of you session plans. A very enjoyable hop brew and one you should try when you have the chance.

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Photo of Bubba83
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Steve the brewer for the bottle so I could review. At this point the beer is something like 3-4 months old.

Pours a nice orangey yellow hue with bright white pillowy head. Decent lacing, and good retention. Pretty nice to look at.

Smells like tropical fruit, apricots, oranges, and some grapefruit. Underlying caramel notes are here too, but in general the yeast dominates the aroma.

Tastes a lot like it smells, but I'm getting a few additional flavors I did not expect. Mango, apricot, banana, and surprisingly, some mint. I don't know how the mint got in there, but I'm actually kind of digging it. Odd, but nice. There's a high level of sweetness in the malt profile, but it's well balanced with the yeast and there's a little bit of spicy alcohol to wrap things up. Very little hop flavor at this point in the beer's life.

Mouthfeel is good, but fairly thick and heavier than what I am used to for the style. Has a nice way of coating the tongue and bringing its flavor to the forefront.

Drinks surprisingly well for a 10% beer. There's not much alcohol heat here at all, so it's quite deceptive. I guess the yeasty fruity flavors have a great way of hiding that. I actually noticed a little more alcohol as it warmed, but still pretty quaffable. Overall well crafted and I wish I had tried it when the hop profile was a little more prevalent.

*Update* This beer just won a Bronze at the 2010 GABF for the American-Belgo-Style Ale category the day after I reviewed this.

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Pete's Support Belgian IPA from Firehouse Grill & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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