Shark Pants | De Struise Brouwers

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
struise.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mar02x on 09-26-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
118
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
10.41%
 
 
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21
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16
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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 38
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's (from notes).

A: Dark brown amber. Nice lacing.

S: Piney goodness with a bit of spice.

T: Nice solid even IPA. Subdued pine. Lots of flavor with a bit of yeast. Quite belgian.

M: Strong even carbonation throughout.

O: An excellent IPA.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i couldn't resist adding a bottle of this to a recent de struise order. a collaboration with FFF? 300 IBU? HELL YEAH!!!

a - opened the bottle and filled my blue point snifter. beer poured a murky orange brown that settled in the glass as a deep crimson red. there was a pretty generous two fingers plus of frothy off white, almost beige IPA head. puffy and chunky...like milkshake. this one looks like a beast. visible carbonation could be seen racing up the side of the glass to the surface upon closer inspection. to the light almost pink.

s - smells really nice. very barleywine like. caramel vanilla with chunky sweaty bittered hops. some big belgian sweetness. not classic ipa, but wonderful for what i like.

t - BAM. that's what i'm talking about. BITTER hop explosion. nice belgian sweetness. but BAM that's bitter baby.

m - bitter, but palatable...but BITTER! finishes nice and sweet after the bitter slap.

o - overall interesting. smells like a picture perfect barleywine, but then knocks you out with bitter. the belgian twist of the sweetness saves this and makes it pretty good. glad i got a taste...oh, and KICKASS label.

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Photo of Fux
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a orange color with glints of ruby. Thick, quite creamy white head with very high retention.

S: As hoppy as announced, fruited (citruses, orange peels, tangerine, slight red fruits), resinous also, and eventually a bit herbal, earthy. The bitterness is - a bit -hidden behind a malty, resinous sweetness. Quite boozy too.

T: Bitter, so bitter ! But also yeasty, with some boozy tartness and malty sweetness. But overall, an overwhelming bitterness that last for long, so long !

M: Medium to full bodied, with high carbonation and a sharp attack. Powerful, lingering aftertaste.

O: An extreme bier. Probably a bit too much alcoholized, a bit too much bitter, a bit too sweet. But this is a very original brew and to this extent, it would be a pity to be on your way from it !

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3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Served in a tulip glass, slightly hazy, dark amber color, nice fluff of white head that retained moderately well and left a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma is a bit subdued, sweet with malts, brown sugar, fruity, yeasty. Similarly, it's pretty sweet taste-wise, almost a little too sweet for me, malts and sugars, peach, pear, cherry, yeast, spice, with a slight hop bitterness finishing things off. Alcohol is pretty tame. Mouthfeel is on the chewy side, medium body. Quite enjoyable overall, but one glass was enough for the session.

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Photo of DARIVA
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a beautiful light yellow color with a beautiful head.
Beautiful full beer with a slight carbonation.
Beer is fairly sour with a slightly bitter aftertaste.
Furthermore, I taste raisins, almonds and some fruit tones.
Taste remains long in the mouth.

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Photo of haz77
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy red-tinted copper, with a beautiful thick, towering light tan head. This takes some time to recede. There is no visible carbonation. A powerful start.

S - Resinous and citrus hops, plasticky phenols, green apple, some breadiness. Disappointingly restrained.

T - Initial flavour is grapefruit and lemon, before bready malt takes hold. Molasses and some fresh dark fruit are present in the middle. A phenolic note runs throughout, sometimes platicky and other times more medicinal and slightly boozy. The aftertaste lingers with resinous hop and caramel.

M - Medium mouthfeel becomes richer once the soft tingle of carbonation disappears by the middle of the drink. Not as outrageously good as many De Struise beers, but certainly better than most.

D - Hoppy, but in a restrained manner. Belgian flourishes throughout, with the alcohol masked well enough to catch you out. Certainly interesting and one of the better interpretations I've had of a Belgian-style IPA.

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3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a murky orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of deep Belgian malt with some caramelized notes and light floral hoppy notes. Taste is also a mix between some deep caramelized notes with more residual sugar then I had expected with some floral and light piney hoppy notes. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Overall, this was enjoyable though a bit too sweet for my taste and lacking some floral hoppy notes.

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Photo of warnerry
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy orange-brown with a ridiculous four fingers of frothy off-white head. Head lasts forever and completely coats the glass in lacing.

S - Smell is a combination of sweet caramel malt and bitter hops, with a bit of mustiness thrown in. Some citrus and pine hops with a bit of alcohol.

T - While it is definitely bitter, it doesn't scream 300 IBU to me. Up front there is actually quite a bit of sweetness, mostly caramel malt. Orange zest and a touch of pulp, along with some grassy hops and a strong herbal character. Bitterness really starts to come in just before the finish, which is quite dry. Definitely has a barleywine taste to it.

M - Medium, resiny mouthfeel that finishes with a long lingering bitterness.

O - Can't say I've had anything quite like this before. Surprisingly well-balanced for a beer that seems to want to appeal to the bitter-azi. And the label is so great I may need to keep the bottle.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2014. Acquired from a Belgian webshop. I've been looking forward to trying this ever since I first heard about it. Great pic on the label!

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A deep, hazy reddish-amber colour with medium carbonation. Produces a humongous head of creamy off-white foam that fills the entire glass and subsides slowly. Aroma of aromatic hops and fruity Belgian yeast; notes of oranges, tangy citrus and yeast esters. Less hoppy than might be expected.

Tastes of sweet malt, overlayed with intense aromatic hops and a bitter finish. Notes of citrus and orange peel, followed by dry, fruity yeast esters. A tangy, spicy quality. Mouthfeel is smooth, thick and tingly. Highly astringent; dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops.

Pretty good - plenty of aromatic hops. Rich and intense, probably the hoppiest Belgian IPA I've tried (which isn't many). The aroma seems subdued; yeast esters dominate and the hop notes don't come across that strongly. However, the flavour is solid. An impressive beer that is well worth your time.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This IPA presented itself boldly with a robust amber or rich copper hue. The head was thick, off white and it laced well.

The scent was primarily caramel malt with some earthy hop and pine. I do catch a grain and cracker scent.

The taste is more malt-centric with the caramel, grain and roast coming out first. The piney hop flavors expose themselves nearer the end of the sip. Not overly complex it's a smooth easy ride with little after taste.

My expectations were high on this but it simply did not live up to them. The hops don't jump out, or create enough diversity to set it apart, but it's still a pretty decent ale.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

33cl Bottle: BBD 30 Nov 2014, poured into my 'Forbidden Fruit' chalice on 5th Aug 2013 during a Belgian Beer Evening I had with myself.

Deep amber body: no sediment left the bottle (I think), so it was almost clear in looks with no haze or cloudiness. On top a full and deep head of cream coloured foam.

Intense hop aroma, with a mixed bag of sugared fruit thrown in.

The taste was also hop infested with sweet fruits eating away at the hop flavours, add some caramel and toffee onto the tongue and you are half way there taste wise: interesting brew.

The alcohol is evident but not in a nasty way and the body depth carries it well: I liked this beer.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to JAHMUR for sharing.

A: Clear pale amber body with some dense tan foam on top. Good retention, spotty lace. Just fine.

S: Sweet fruitiness, with vanilla on top of strawberry, grapes, tangerines, and pineapple. Like some powerful fruit roll-up. I like it.

T: Opens with hoppiness, then quickly transitions into sweet fruitiness. Heavy bitterness on the finish. Ok.

M: Frothy, lively medium body. Nice.

O: This one was way over the top, but in a pretty good way. Awesome label.

Cheers!

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Photo of jlindros
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dfclav for this one, thanks Mike. Shared with rudzud.

Huge fluffy pillowy 1+ finger head, fades slowly with tons of lacing, murky dark mahogany copper thing-like color.

Nose is very Belgian like, funky yeast, De sruisse yeast typical, fruity and nutty, caramel and candy molasses-y aromas, light bready biscuit, etc. Then hops but not as hoppy as I expected for a supposed 300IBU beer, with earthy chewy syrupy hops, candy syrup light nutty thing going on.

Taste fluffy malt, candy sweet flavor, nutty, caramel, toffee, syrupy biscuit toffee like flavor. Then Belgian yeast flavors, Light spices, biscuit, esters, light phenols, candi syrup, etc. Then booze, some warming booze but plenty of phenols and esters, some sweetness. Nutty flavors, stone fruits, toffee, burnt brown sugar. Bitterness is there but not anything like I expected, more like dry bready earthy chewy spicy candy hop flavor with a decent bit not huge bitterness. Eventually, bitterness ramps like crazy, eventually almost ridiculously bitter, spicy earthy chewy hops, but not palate destroying crazy bitter.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, syrupy sticky, decent carb, some warming booze.

Overall ok but nothing like I expected, nothing too special, but cool to try.

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Shark Pants from De Struise Brouwers
3.94 out of 5 based on 118 ratings.
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