Svea IPA
De Struise Brouwers

Svea IPASvea IPA
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Belgian IPA
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3.64 | pDev: 12.64%
De Struise Brouwers
Svea IPASvea IPA
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY. I love De Struise, so I picked this up on a whim. Unfortunately after deciphering their bottle code, I determined this bottle is from March 2012. So take this review with a grain, or entire shaker, of salt.

This one pours a murky dark-ish brown, with a few yeasty chunks, and a small head with no lacing.

Smells a bit oxidized, unsurprisingly, with some rye, caramel, and slight grassy hops.

It's amazing that this still has any hop character left at all, but there is some grassy bitterness still left here. There's some clovey Belgian yeast character, heavier oxidation than the aroma, spicy rye, and some kinda weird herbal character that I can't place. This is certainly not the ideal condition to enjoy this beer, and it's not great, but it's surprisingly not as bad as I would've figured.

This is medium bodied, with a herbal bitterness that lingers for quite a long time. There is a lower level of carbonation.

This has fallen off mightily it would seem, but I didn't super hate it.

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Photo of jotafq
2.79/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Using an unusual combination of four types of malt barley, oats, wheat and rye. Malty profile with hops extremely timids, always in the background.
A: dark amber body with a good and persistent head.
S: Not quite what you would expect from an IPA. Sweet caramel notes and some citrus in the background and something with peach fruit notes.
T: follows the smell with an entry malty caramel and a final herbal hops were slightly dry. Herbal and resinous hops in aftertaste with some metallic notes. Some sweet notes of what appears to be Belgian sugar and orange marmalade.
F: Medium body and medium carbonation.
O: Disappointing due to lack of strength.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33cl Bottle: Lot 15 from 12/2011, best before 31/5/2014. Poured into a Forbidden Fruit chalice on 18/10/2013 during a random beer tasting with myself. No idea where I got it from, most likely De Bierboom in Brugge?

The beer sat there quiet content, I opened the bottle and still all is calm: tilt to pour and the brew rushes out like a gushing volcano, huge cream coloured head and half a chalice of beer! So the first (half) pour gives the big head and a clear amber body, the second brings the sediment, extra smells and oomph.

Intense spicy hop aroma, even from the first pour, yeast esters and a malty undertone come as the beer warms a little.

The taste is hop led, but a semi-sweet maltiness arrives mid-sip: I think the brewers like to play with the beers names and brew whatever they wish before choosing a style/name to hide it under.

I enjoyed it, like all the Struise beers I've had so far (I think).

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Pours a murky, unfiltered light brown with an off white pillowy head. There is a light yeast sediment which was not unexpected.
SMELL: Bready malts and floral hops, blanketed by a rustic Belgian yeast.
TASTE: Nutty malts, dark fruit, and a citrusy, earthy hop profile are the major players in the taste. Bright hops in what seems more like a dubbel than pale.
FEEL: Medium bodied brew, prickly, semi dry carbonation and mild hop bite.
OVERALL: Deeper colored Belgian IPA with good character. Dark, toasty bread and tropical citrus. Quite good and unique.

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Photo of safaricook
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: off white thick head, copper body, some chunks of sediment

S: bready malts, phenols, hop aroma is faint and uncertain: spices, pines, oranges, get some alcohol and ethylacetate as well but not in unpleasant amounts

T: caramel malts, moderate to low not resiny bitterness, there is some spiciness I am not able to name and that comes not from hops - Almdudler anyone?

O: IPA, really? Basically a good beer but if you call it something you expect to get it or you are somewhat disappointed. Spiciness is nice, drinkability good. I would drink it again, spice could get you somehow, though I am not overly excited.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(3.5) A: Rich and dark amber with a generous cream coloured foam head. Decent retention and streaky lacing.

(3.75) S: Pine, toffee, nutty qualities, and hints of dark fruits (cherries & dates). Tends toward the malt side (Belgian IPA side) with a caramel-toffee backbone.

(3.5) T: Similar to aroma with a caramel backbone, dried fruits (dates & figs), pine, and hazelnuts. Interesting as the caramel evokes a sweetness but a very earthy/herbal bitterness takes over. The flavours independently would taste very good, but when brought together I feel this tastes a little off.

(3.75) M: Med-full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Velvety and rich texture.

(3.5) D: A decent malty IPA but likely not something I would revisit.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: quarter finger head on a slightly hazy copper amber body. scattered lacing.

S: bready hops, some yeast, no hops really, grains, bubble gum.

T: the hops provide mostly some resin and herbal flavors. the finish is very toasty and bready. the initial malts are more on the caramel end. Belgian yeast throughout and some peppercorn.

M: medium body and light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: Not very exciting, pretty plain actually although the flavors transition fairly well.

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Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An off white head on a slightly hazy, amber colored body. An aroma of caramel and toffee with little else. The flavor profile is pretty much more of the same with little in the way of hop character. Medium thick body, average carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish. Oddly malty for a so called IPA, there is almost no hop character at all even though it seems to have been well cared for.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Gawdamn this stuff is over carbonated! Giving me at least 2 inches of solid rocky head atop of a hazy dark demented amber brown. Big sediment floaties.
S - Not much hop presence just Belgium yeast and some bready malts, smell is somewhat spicy,
T - Well this must be very old because I get very little bittering hops, mostly bready malts, some fruity yeasts, and a clean finish. Not bad overall.
M - Medium bodied, somewhat chewy yet easy drinking.

Overall at this point it taste like a smooth Belgium pale ale which isn't so bad.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: This beer poured a three finger head that reduced to a puffy layer. Super bice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank. It is a hazy murky copper brown with tiny bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Tropical fruit, pale and bready malts, citrus, and spicy.

Taste: Same as above with some vanilla, bitterness, and Belgian candy. It could be a little cleaner in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, low to medium carbonation, and medium bodied.

Overall: A good BIPA. There are better ones, but I'm pretty content with this one.

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Photo of mick303
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Svea IPA.
330 mL bottle with no freshness date. Poured into a tulip glass. Produced a nice rocky tan white head, with quite good retention. Colour is a ruby brown, a rather dark shade with strong carbonation and good lasting film and lacing. 3.75

S – lemon citrus, also a lot of malty barley notes present, granary, fresh yeast notes, light florals, brown sugar, some of the sour rye character coming through. 4

T – not what I expected, a sour rye citrus candy character, a prominent floral character, a caramel maltiness, soft graininess and bitter grainy malt toast, crisp biscuit on the finish with a mild hoppy bitterness. Some firm yeast, with dry barnyard and some hay. Finishes with more lingering malt caramel and florally hops. 3.75

M – highly drinkable with an underlying sweetness, moderate body and carbonation, a slick hop bitterness on the finish. 3.75

The intriguing part of this is that it draws on so many divergent aspects, somewhat assertive pilsner hopiness, Belgian yeast, some rye sourness, and a lot of malt backbone. Altogether not sure how well this works or where to class it, definitely a unique offering. The flavor and balance are pretty good but complexity here is pretty limited, and I can’t really foresee returning soon. More of a unique experience than a well-crafted beer. 3.75

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Photo of beerpirates
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33 cl bottle poured into ly the bruery snifter

Head is almost white and settles quickly.
The beer is a dark, slightly hazy amber color.
Aroma is yeasty and sweet. Tastes a bit malty, sweet (sugar) and some hops. Carbonation is medium, overall a pretty smooth mouthfeel.
Finish has hints of sugar, smooth bitterness and a bit dry. All in all, this is a nice beer. However, not what I expect from and IPA.

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3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Wide Stem glass. Enjoyed on mar´13. Deep brass in color, orange to the light. Beige foam, wide creamy crown. Copious lacing rings. Amazing ripe fruit, caramel & toasted malt aromas. Toasted slightly sweet malt upfront is shaked by increasing citric/floral bitterness. Medium & flavorful body. Soft carbonation. Oily to watery mouthfeel. Citric astringency. Sweet malt finish. Orange zest & ripe fruit on the aftertaste. Well balance between sweet malts & sharp hops.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-chestnut brown with a thin cream colored head

S-smells like an aged IPA. very herbal with sweet gum and honey

T-well this doesn't taste like much of an IPA. comes in with a flavor of herbs, caramel, and a nuttiness. it's a faint flavor with a weak matching after-taste

M-thick medium carbonation with a watery finish

O-it's not a terrible beer, but it's not a good IPA. all of the flavors are muted, not very bitter, not hint of hops. i wonder what this tastes like very fresh though.

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Photo of brureview
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In a tulip, the beer poured a golden honey color with no head.

The aroma from the head was weak for an IPA, a light honey--fruit.

The mouth feel is very tart.

The beer has a very unusual taste. Not very hop forward for an IPA, some fruit, but the alcohol masks the fruitiness especially as the beer warms.

Overall, unusual, interesting, but I prefer American IPAs, with strong fruit, strong hops, and more IBUs. There was too much alcohol presence in this beer. I won't try it again.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2014. Purchased from a Belgian webshop a while back and stored in my garage. Hopefully it hasn't aged too badly. The label mentions a ton of grains and hopping with noble hops (?).

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A darkish orange-amber hue with good clarity and plentiful carbonation. Yields a vast head of creamy off-white foam with good retention; this slowly subsides to a thick surface layer. Aroma of sweet, fruity Belgian yeast with notes of grass, mild citrus, earthy yeast esters, caramel and stewed hops. A warming whiff of booze in the background.

Tastes of fruity Belgian yeast with a restrained hoppy character and a dry finish. Notes of grassy hops, mild citrus, caramel, banana, a hint of clove and stewed hops. Quite sweet and distinctly boozy. A subtle dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with a faint spicy quality. Nice body. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of fruity yeast, sweet caramel and mild hop notes.

Interesting and rather nice. Pretty subtle for an IPA - the hop notes don't exactly break down the door. Although if noble varieties were used I suppose their flavour would be more delicate than a typical American IPA. Plenty of yeast character in evidence and the malt shines through well; a beer with good balance. The booze does come on a bit strong though, giving it a distinctly solventy twang. Worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of ccrida
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Svea IPA is a murky, dark orangish brown. Small off-white color and no lace.

Smell is herbal, fruity, earthy. Complex. A bit sweet, some orange candy, but mostly herbal. Fresh cut grass.

Taste is malty, earthy, sweet, bitter. Pretty complex english style IPA, nothing distinctly Belgian about it (some of the Brittish ale esters are as fruity as the Belgian's). The malt here is too dominant for my taste. Complex, but not really that tasty to me. A little uncured tobacco leaf.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a touch slick.

Drinkability is ok, not offensive by any stretch, and fairly complicated, but also not that enjoyable.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat dark amber color for an IPA. Floral hops for the most part with a bit of citrus peel and berries. Toffee and caramel malts give a pronounced sweetness as well. The flavor is lightly bitter with a moderate hop profile of floral and citrus peel notes. Minimal pine notes in the background. Sweet malt flavors of bread and toffee, a hint of caramel as well.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky amber with an enormous, pillowy off-white head.

S: Delicate aromas of candy sugar, biscuit, caramel, grass, citrus, and spicy yeast are present on the nose.

T: Notes of candy sugar, cinnamon, clove, biscuit, chalk, talc, lime, lemon, bitter orange, herbs, and grass wash across the palate. The finish is dry and chewy with biscuit, caramel, and bitter citrus flavors.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body, very dry, and very chalky. Carbonation is delicate and tingly. Alcohol manifests as a subtle warmth on the finish.

O: This is a fairly solid Belgian IPA, but I can't say that it really stands out in any meaningful way. Still, it's very much worth a try, though.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If highly hopped Belgian ales are going to make it out of the bullpen and into the starting rotation, they have this regal ale to thank. Struise has masterfully taken the recipe for Belgian pale ale and rearranged their proportions to meet that of the driest and hoppiest beers to be found.

Pouring a hazy rusty-bronze color, the beer's bottle conditioning is evident as the bulk of sediment is reserved for the bottle and not the glass. Nearly billowing over the snifter, the carbonation erupts into a high and airy froth. Decorated with yeast spice, the beer nearly equals rocky textures before receding slightly. Neither retention nor lace is a problem here as the beer carries its froth 'til the last sip with the adornment of lacing along the way.

The breadth of all-things-Belgian is captured in the nose. Wave after wave of malty caramel and bread crust first, then subsequent waves of winy fruit, spicy alcohol, earthen hops, grasses, and herbal all take turns challenging the sense of smell. The mild restraint from the full brunt of hop aromas keep the beer Belgian-balanced.

Flavors follow suit, but as soon as the expectation of malt sweetness of caramel, crusted bread or confection is anticipated... none- the bone dry malt taste passes by the front palate and ushers in the slight zinfindale must taste that borrows taste and textures of red grapes, dried apricot, and berry-like tartness. Met with the balance of yeast-derived white pepper and fresh cracked black peppercorn, the balance is pushed into overdrive with the hops. Very earthy from there on, the hops contribute flavors of muddled grasses and herbs with a stemy twig-like taste that hinges on sassafras, wood bark, and perfumy sandalwood.

Even with the complexity in taste and aroma, the real magic of the beer lies in its texture. The beer erupts with carbonation with every sip, pulling the terse weight of malt from the tongue and ushering in the evaporation of taste well before the finish. The beer whimsically dissolves on the palate like cotton candy, except with the warm, earthy spice and soft pang of alcohol, carbon, and pepper. Effortless in its ease of drinking, this beer captures all of what Belgian ales do best.

Where the IPA fan in me wants to see more tilt toward hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness; this more balanced option pulls my attention away from the expectation of hops and into the balanced world of fruit, spice, and earth and reminding me with each sip that this is the beer is controlled by Belgian artisans.

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Photo of largadeer
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Ruddy amber with good clarity and a tall lasting head.

Smell: Herbal, botanical, somewhat minty. Earthiness, bready malt, tea. Fairly clean.

Palate: Bitter herbs, black tea, earthiness and a touch of lemon. Very English, more reminiscent of an English IPA than anything. Pretty clean yeast profile. Slightly bready, but rather dry and attenuated. Bitter herbal finish, slightly astringent.

Overall: Decent, not really an enjoyable hop profile, but it's clean and drinkable.

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Photo of drpimento
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Neat and different take on an IPA. Poured at a good temperature with a voluminous, cream-colored, foamy, frothy, billowy, fluffy, textured head that just sits there and lots of clingy lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber with some particulates and oodles of extremely tiny bubble trails. Aroma is malt, hop, wet cardboard, resin, yeast. Flavor's like nose and has a very balanced package of sweet, bitter, and tang to appreciate. It's a little understated while delivering the goods. Body is good, although there is a mineral quality that accents some bitter & tang highpoints that are a touch coarse. Finish is like flavor, a bit boozy, and on the long side. Good beer.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, bottled december 2011

A- Foam immediately starts to gush out of the bottle and it doesn't stop to slowly flow out for a long couple of minutes. Final pour is a deep murky copper colour with a huge fluffy white head that shows decent retention and nice amounts of lacing on the glass

S- Pungent/spicy herbal hop notes, expecially pine, among an actually quite sweet grainy malts base, with a bit of yeast earthyness

T- Crisp grainy/crackery malts, with yeast and sugar in the mix bringing a persistent, sweet background feel. Hop notes are on the herbal side, with pine and maybe a slight touch of tobacco. Some background citric notes may be noticed on the tongue. Some bitterness in the aftertaste, but still overall sweeter than i expected

M- Medium to light body with quite high carbonation, as the appearance suggested. Overall i feel like mouthfeel is not very clean: i realize that this is belgian but yeast gets a bit too much in the way for the style in my opinion. High carbonation brings a lively feel and partially hides the yeast issue

O- Has great drinkabilty for it's ABV. A thirstquenching and somehow highly satisfying beer, despite not so high complexity. Perfect balance between it's bitter hoppy character and it's residual sugary sweetness, unless you are looking for a hop bomb

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3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice beer but not extremely special.
Sweet and sour taste which has got a good tingle.
The malt is also well represented with some flavor of crackers and raisins.
For me, this beer is just above average.
Also the yellow color and the foam looks very good.

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Photo of mulder1010
2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330 ML bottle poured into a tulip

A-- Poured pretty much all head. Literally a 5 finger head. Slight gushing from the bottle. When head receded it left a hazy, dark orange amber colored body. Huge, rocky light brown head. Great staying power to the head and retention. finally faded to a rocky collar. Lots of little carbonation beads and safe to say pretty lively.

S-- When opened the bottle got a lot of candied pine, grapefruit, and orange. Belgian yeast is very obvious. In the glass it was more about fresh cut grass, toasted carmel and candied sugar. Just quite faint in the glass. Not at all like when first opened.

T-- Bland, real bland. Some fresh cut grass and pine. Not much else.

M-- Far better beer in mid and back palate. Candied Orange, grapefruit, grass, and toasted carmel in the mid and black. Light bodied and medium carbonation. Dry in Front and mid palate, candied orange blossom in back with some residual sweetness.

O-- Decent but not real exciting. For the most part pretty bland until the back of the palate. Not enough to save this though.

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