Svea IPA | De Struise Brouwers

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Svea IPASvea IPA
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Svea IPASvea IPA

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Brabander on 02-24-2011

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Ratings: 132 |  Reviews: 63
Reviews by hellhammermario:
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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Photo of jotafq
2.79/5  rDev -22.5%
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 GreenMountainBoy
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
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 mj001jk
4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very pleasant surprise.

This beer pours a dark amber with quite a bit of yeast sediment and cloudiness. It is well carbonated and forms a thick and creamy hazel-colored head.

Apple, biscuit and caramel aromas with a slight funk. Nice and complex nose that stays fresh. Flavors are smooth and very tasty. It is on the maltier side but there are some fruit and herbal components that brightens the experience.

There is some warmth from the alcohol but it's subtle, and comforting.

This is one of the better Belgian IPAs I've had, will definitely revisit soon.

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Photo of Mar02x
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - What a huge head on this IPA, a stayer too. - The Fluid is brown with yellow swirls.

S - Mostly pine and grass

T - A light sweet beer with fresh pine. A bitter aftertaste that doesn't linger around.

M - The body is a bit to thin as is the taste, but what do you expect from an IPA.

O - An OK IPA, but not in anyway special.

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Photo of mattfancett
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Palm Tavern. The one of two Struise IPAs I tried that worked for me. Decent bitterness with some citrus taste. Totally neutral smell. Black body with some head. Carbonation right there. Good drinkability. Another good creation from Struise and a happy find.

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Photo of BierMeJohn
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of JamFuel
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Neffbeer
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rattle n hum, served in a tulip.

A: it pours a murky light amber with orange hues. There is a small one finger head that lingers for a short tome and disappears leaving no lacing.

S: The nose is full of floral herbal notes strongly suggesting noble hops. There are also some doughy yeasty aromas wafting from the glass. The more it warms it has a candy like fruitless that develops. A bit reminiscent of bubble gum.

T: Upfront are the herbal hops, but there is a palpable hoppy fruitiness that comes with it. The yeast is a real force as well showing off a very spicy character, with cloves and black pepper being predominant. The brew finishes nice and dry with a nice crisp bitterness.

M: It feels medium to light bodied with bubbly carbonation.

O: This is a tasty beer, but not what I think of as an IPA. It is more reminiscent of a hoppy strong pale ale, ala Belgium. Good stuff that I would seek out again given the chance.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige/amber color ale with a super huge foamy head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma consists of dry hoppy notes with floral notes and some bready yeast notes. Taste is also a complex mix between a medium sweet caramel malt with recognisable notes of rye and oat with distinctive bready yeast notes (really love Struise house yeast) and a light bitter and dry hoppy finish. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good bottle conditioning with great carbonation. Easily drinkable with very nice complexity.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light in color with a good clarity to it. This led me to be able to see the streams of carbonation that were rising up from the bottom of the glass effortlessly. A nice light and white head came up over the top and settled down to about two inches before really faded away to just a broken crown after a space of two minutes or so. The aroma was light, hints of light coriander and peach were the most prominent, followed by a very nice touch of light grass in the finish. Quite complex and very well done I have to admit. The flavor was crisp, cleaning, light and very easy to drink, especially early in the session. Just the lightest amount of spice kicking up toward the finish

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Photo of RuudJH
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very complex and well flavourfull beer. 33 cl. bottle.

Colour red orange brown.
Nice big hoppy beer. Fruits like peach apricot, citrus. Gardensmell too: grass, koriander, clove.
Taste is full bitterness, with soft sweet background of malt and fruit.
Overall, especially the raw smell of unpasteurized beers makes this one of the best belgian ipa's you can find.

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Photo of JohnQVD
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of largadeer
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
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 BlackHaddock
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
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 pknyc
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Wide Stem glass. Enjoyed on marĀ“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 doopiedoopiedoo
4.31/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a few 33cl bottles at Dranken Geers in Ghent.

Poured into a snifter.

Comes out golden brown, a little hazy with a nice fluffy two finger head. The head is a little off white and decreases to one finger after a couple of minutes.

Malts, citrus and some pine on the nose with a promise of hops in the way back. Also notes of yeast.

A fresh and fruity taste. Pretty much follows the nose. The hop bitterness is well hidden in the back and creeps up on you. Flavors linger around for a little while.

Nice medium body with a perfect amount of carbonation. Medium to dry finish.

This is a perfect brew to have a couple at any occasion. Flavors are nothing too bold in your face but it's quality all the way. So when you are in the mood for an easy and drinkable IPA with nice balanced flavors this one you should try. Highly recomended.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Cloudy, amber-orange pour with off-white two finger head with great retention and lacing. Interesting nose with a good amount of citrus along with hints of grass, caramel, yeast, apple and herbs, with just a touch of rye and pepper. The taste is not far from the smell. Lots of citrus and bitter, tangy hops that are nicely balanced out with a good caramel malt sweetness. Very herbal with a hint of green apple sourness. Really refreshing crisp, dry finish with a great bitter hop bite. This really stands out as a very unique Belgian IPA. De Struise does it again!

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