Shark Pants | De Struise Brouwers

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BA SCORE
74.6%
Liked This Beer
3.91 w/ 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
Ranking:
#8,647
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
118
Liked:
88
Avg:
3.91/5
pDev:
10.49%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of haz77
3.87/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of dglgmut
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of ironfistmargate
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Morningstorm
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of russwbeck
4.85/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really nice orange color with at least a finger of white head. Retention and lacing are great.

The aroma is musty and sweet, focusing on citrus and belgian yeasts. Very nice pine, fruit, sweetness balance.

The taste is light, bright, and delicious. This is exactly what I want a Belgian IPA to taste like. Sweet and bitter. Belgian yeasts, clove, citrus, orange, pine, and hop resins.

Medium body with a perfect amount of carbonation. Slightly chewing. Dry aftertaste.

Just a wonderful Belgian IPA. Quickly became one of my favorites in the style.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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 John_M
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Apex yesterday. Was told this was a De Struise/3 Floyds colaboration beer.

The beer pours a slight hazy amber color with reddish hilights. The beer has good head retention and lacing as well. On the nose, this beer is quite attractive. It smells a lot like vintage pannepot, but with with some underlying citrus as well. In any event, I pick up a nice array of cherry, light vanilla, milk chocolate, light brown sugar and dry citrus. As good as this beer smells, it's even better on the palate. The flavor profile tends to replicate the nose, but I love how the hoppy bitterness kicks in on the finish, drying out an otherwise moderately sweet beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, spice filled, hoppy/bitter finish. Alcohol is VERY well integrated into the flavor profile, and there's no heat whatsoever on the finish.

This is a very nice beer... the bartender at Apex indicated that only two kegs came into Oregon, and that Apex snatched them both. Smart move on their part...

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Photo of kraddel
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jwat
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Heretic42
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of mrpibb1206
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: I knew this wasn't a standard IPA as soon as I poured it. The color is a dark reddish amber and it's quite cloudy. There is a finger of off white head that sticks around pretty well.

Smell: This one smells like a Belgian Dark Strong ale than an IPA. Very sweet with caramel and some dark fruit. I am getting some hop notes, but there is also a hint of port or another sweet desert wine.

Taste: The hops show up here a bit more, but this is still more like a highly hopped strong ale. Brown sugar and dark fruit sweetness along with some bitter hops. There is some warm alcohol along with the sugar and bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit syrupy with aggressive carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: This beer was nothing like what I expected. Very sweet yet highly hopped. Quite complex and unlike anything else I can remember. I'd have another.

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Photo of pixieskid
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deeply resiny with restrained "Belgian" character, this battle between malt and hops shine with the best of strong ales done the American crafted way.

Pouring with a muddled yeasty haze, rust coloration, and a well headed cap of creamy yellowish foam, the beer carries a good deal of visual weight despite the heightened carbonation that reminds me of its Belgian roots. The sticky foam both retains and laces remarkably, resembling a mousse more than beer foam.

Strongly aromatic with a depth of malt complexity and certainly enough hop character to rival. Malt richness of toffee, bread crust, and medium kilned barley provide a strong underpinning while the strong hop character of grapefruit and pine do much more than balance the beer- very barley-wine in character, except for the complementary notes of fruit and spice that sing the praises of Belgian ales.

Flavors continue the dialogue of hops and malt with every bit the intensity of American-style barley wines. Tasting somewhat salty and metallic at times with the back and fourth action of malt sweetness and richness with the sharp resiny bitterness of hops. Toffee, sorghum, bread, and yeast buffer against the strong onslaught of white grapefruit pulp and pith, spruce tips, and pine sap for ultimate balance and intrigue. Decorated with the spicy and fruity interplay from yeast continue to complement the flavor spread with accents of aniseed, fennel, pepper, dried cherries, dates, and pineapple. As the beer opens up it seems to deliver wave after wave of flavor that varies with each sip. The descriptor words seem endless.

Very richly textured, the embedded carbonation holds its structure throughout and releases only late in finish with the help of resin dryness from hops and strong alcohol dryness as well.

To find comparable beers, you'll have to turn to Stone's Old Guardian Belgo. But the flavors of malt remind me of imperialistic amber or red ales with the punch of American barley wines and a dash of Belgian carbonation, fruit and spice.

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Photo of MaseFace
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly murky hazy orangish copper color with a huge foamy white head. Head has great retention, becomes a thin cap and leaves some nice spotty lacing.

S- Smell is pretty solid. Picking up some pale malts, tropical fruits and grassy/floral hops. A good amount of Beligan yeast in spice here too.

T- A great balance to this one. Nothing really takes over. A good mix of sweetness and bitterness. Follows the nose well.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

O- I really enjoyed this one. Really glad I got to try it.

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Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of woosterbill
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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 JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Riggsy
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Cstromberg57
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained form the De Struise bottle shop. Freshness date 30/11/2014.

Poured into a Tripel Karmeleit chalice, has a massive sudsy head over an opaque light brown body. Very good head retention and lacing.

Nose is wet hay, pale malts, very citrusy, with grapefruit, a little brown sugar and butterscotch.

Taste is quite malty with a big citrus hop profile. Sweet upfront from the malts, with an underlying note of milk chocolate, then citrus-orange peel notes. Mid-palate is really hoppy with grapefruit rind, and bitterness, balanced by the malt/candi sugar sweetness. There is a bit of spiciness in the finish, and a long, lingering bitterness. Overall, a good complex taste that reverberates between sweet and bitter.

Body is medium as is carbonation, producing a lightly creamy mouthfeel.

A very hoppy bitter ale, on the dark side for an IPA. Has some elements of Dreadnaught, but sort of on steroids.

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Shark Pants from De Struise Brouwers
Beer rating: 74.6% out of 100 with 118 ratings
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