La Suprise Houblon IPA
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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IPA - Belgian
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4.16 | pDev: 0%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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BieresDesMoines from Iowa

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly pale golden color with a nice sized white head and good lace. The aroma is fruity with mango and pineapple along with some citrus zest and a bit of yeasty spiciness. The flavor is plenty fruity and dry with a lot of citrus, mango, and fruit rind. The beer has a nice spiciness, some pineapple flavors, and a very nice level of bitterness. Really a top class Belgian inspired IPA.

Feb 03, 2011
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader."

--Robert Frost

Ripe pumpkin orange that gradually became bright butternut yellow as the eye traveled down to the lower tapering portion of the glass. The pearl colored cap started as a slim disk, faded inside of two minutes, and left a smattering of filmy lace.

The nose was impressively tropical fruity: lemon, orange and juicy pineapple The spicy Belgian yeastiness wasn't as prominent as in some beer of this style, but it was easily prominent enough. Good things were expected on the palate. And good things were delivered.

The quality and drinkability of La Suprise Houblon IPA was not a surprise because I have fairly extensive experience when it comes to Eric's ales. This finely crafted brew is yet another beautiful drinker that has no faults... not even minor ones.

The sugar cookie-like malts had no trace of toasted breadiness or earthiness. The hop bill could have included any number of varieties, but let's go with at least one of the C's and Simcoe. Maybe Amarillo too, since orange peel was front-and-center, along with lemon, pineapple and banana. Spicy clove and a pinch of white pepper rounded out the flavor impressions.

The mouthfeel was at least medium for the style and had the sort of fine, lightly tongue stinging bubbles that are a great complement to hop resins. The 10-ounce snifter was gone in a flash.

La Suprise Houblon is a wonderful American-brewed Belgian-style IPA. The name is great, but a more appropriate moniker would have been La Routine, since delicious beer like this is the rule rather than the exception at my local Rock Bottom.

Dec 12, 2010
La Suprise Houblon IPA from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 2 ratings