Shark Pants | De Struise Brouwers

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118 Ratings
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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
Gots:
16
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0
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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 38
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

Even with a gentle pour, a massive thick and creamy eggshell head nearly overflows my glass, which had about 9 oz. to spare with just the liquid in it. The beer itself is a dark and faded ruby color that does not allow much light to pass through.

The aroma is inviting and complex. Both the malt and the hop aromas require some focus to separate them. Toffee and bready malt work with the spices from the Belgian yeast, the dark fruits, and the tropical hoppiness. It is not an overwhelmingly bitter aroma, despite being listed at 288 IBU.

The flavor has a nice amount of sweetness all the way through. Toffee, toasted bread, cherries, red apples, and white grape all contribute to a nice sweet character. A bit of Belgian yeast spice precedes some mango, apricot, pineapple, and grapefruit hoppiness. The finish is lightly bitter. It seems like the bitterness has faded a bit with the age of the bottle, but it has definitely reached a nice balance of flavors right now.

This beer, like pretty much everything I have had from Struise, and to a slightly lesser extent Three Floyds, feels incredible on my palate. Ultimately smooth and creamy, the carbonation mellowed out a bit from what I was expecting from the appearance. It is a bit sticky on the lips, with a little bit of hop residue.

This is darker in color and has more dark fruit flavors than I would have expected out of a Belgian IPA, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of GuicYHops
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Strong IPA didn’t really feel it at first. But about half way in it really took off! Every sip was better and better, strong hop flavor but a tad bitter. Great buz, definitely a night beer, I was ready for a nap! Good not the best, definitely worth a drink!

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a deep amber almost purple in color with 3 fingers of creme colored fluffy head which left tons of sticky lacing on the glass. the smell is of alcohol, belgian yeast, banana, grassy hops. the flavor is still super hoppy for its age, lots of caramel, definitely an alcohol bite, sweet tripel-like flavor.. maybe from candi sugar? a resinouse lingering bitterness.
a heavier medium body beer with moderate carbonation, rich and creamy.

a very nice sipper. i can't fathom what this was like when it was fresh, 300 ibu??!! it definitely balanced out nicely over time, though the alcohol is very present.

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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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3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle.

A - Poured into a palm tulip a dark hazy chestnut hue with a massive two finger off white head that fades to leave super thick blankets and side lacing.

S - Aromas of de struisse yeast, caramel, slight citrus, not much hops.

T - Taste is tons of toffee! Soooo much burnt sugar and toffee with a bitter hop finish. Uhh....this is 300 IBU?! Bullshit. Also....this is a Belgian ipa....uhhh OK.

M - Mouthfeel is decent enough with solid carbonation

O - Overall I was slightly let down by this beer. Not much bitterness with Ltd of toffee and caramel.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a tulip

Orange tinted body with a deeper core of amber. A fluffy slightly off-white cap rises one finger and settles slowly, leaving spider web lacing in its wake. Orange, tangerine, pine resin, and a bit of an herbal note underneath. A sturdy caramel/toffee malt bill stands tall. Citrus invades the palate first. Sweet, juicy fruit up front with sturdy caramel and biscuit malt through the middle. The finish is bitter citrus and clean toffee. Medium body, good carbonation. Decent lingering finish of fruity notes and bitterness. This is missing some of the spiciness typically found in the style, but it delivers a hop bitterness I have not encountered before in the style.

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