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Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPAHop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A drier IPA for the summer, brewed with French Aramis hops to create an aroma of fresh cut flowers and garden herbs.

Added by Humulus85 on 06-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.47/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$4.99 for a 22oz bomber @ BevCo. Brewed with Pale, C120 malt and oats. Hopped with Bravo, Czech Saaz and French Aramis. 6.7% ABV, 75 IBU's.

Pours out to a slightly hazy burnt orange, with little flittering bits of something floating around, forming a voluminous white head with excellent retention and lacing in part due to it's brisk carbonation ~3.0 carbs or so. The nose is quite interesting...I get pale grain husk up front, then some lemon and orange zest, some Darjeeling tea, this nice perfumy herbal bouquet like saffron, then this really cool Saaz hop like it was just picked off the bine. The mouthfeel is soft and lighter in body than I would expect given the ABV. The taste is wonderfully unique...there is this great delicate hop flavor wonderfully balanced by this lemony herbal note. The malts are wonderfully in balance and the moderate bitterness holds it all together, finishing dry and crisp with that delicate lemon and hop character hanging on in the aftertaste.

This is a very unique beer. Wonderful, elegant, and easy to drink. A perfect summer beer. Definitely worth trying. Highly recommended.

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Photo of SBXLII
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a round bottom, and settled with an excellent head. Laced with every sip.
The smell is a lot juicier and fruit dominant than your ordinary IPA. Couldn't stop smelling it after opening the bottle. The taste is very similar. It was tough pinning what the flavor was really, somewhere along the lines of tangerine or apple, a whole mixture. An almost creamy, chewy body - very impressive. The malt never intruded, and it wasn't missed.

Can't say enough about this, about anything by New Belgium, a job well done for sure -

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Photo of Auraan
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a pale orange, with a thin ring of white head. Standard for an IPA in appearance, though more head would be welcome. Scents of herbal hops, floral hops, cardamom, slight perfume notes and earthy yeast. Very pleasing, almost tea-like, like a good herbal tea. Flavor consists mostly of herbal hops, with some floral hop notes, a good hit of earth yeast and a very, very, very slight bit of citrus. There is a slight biscuit malt backbone that supports the herbal flavors. It's a good IPA style flavor, but one that is very different from any IPA I've tried. It's mild and herbal, but assertive in it's own way. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with low carbonation. About right for an IPA, it drinks quite easy and feels right on the tongue. Overall this is an excellent IPA. It's different from any other IPA I have tasted and has a nice herbal tea and floral character that makes it almost soothing to drink. I'd recommend trying it, for it's uniqueness, if nothing else.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes. L: hazy gold, 1” foam cap, persistent, lacy. S: Fruity nose, grassy hops, some pepper, spice. T: Very yeasty, moderate malt backbone, fruit, pepper, herbal hop accent on the finish, finishes dry. F: medium carbonation, medium body O: A dry, refreshing American IPA

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Photo of mverity
4.21/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle share at Proof. Hazy creamsicle color with thin white head and thin white collar. Aroma is vaguely tropical fruit hops, and a good medium malt presence. Taste follows aroma very closely. Good medium body, medium carbonation. Surprisingly good. New Belgium is hit or miss for me, and this was a hit.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says enjoy by Dec/08/13.

Appearance: Pours a fairly hazy copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A fairly hop forward aroma with lots of floral and herbal grassy hints and a solid malt balance. Big hints of floral hops, herbal hops, grass, and some pine. Subtle citrus presence with hints of orange and lemon. Pale malt background with hints of biscuit, grains, yeast, caramel, and cracker. Pretty dry scent. A very herbal and floral aroma. Interesting and solid smelling.

Taste: Like the scent gives off, a very herbal, floral, and grassy hop driven aroma with some nice backing malt notes. Lots of earthy hops upfront with notes of grass, floral rose hips, and herbal hop notes. Also some citrus notes of orange, lemon, pineapple, and light grapefruit. Bready pale malt background of biscuit, grains, cracker, yeast, and caramel. Very dry and fairly oily tasting. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very clean and smooth. Somewhat oily. Finishes pretty dry.

Overall: A pretty tasty and interesting take on an IPA. Laid back on the citrus esters but very forward with the grassy and floral notes. A nice change of pace for the style.

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Photo of RockAZ
4.14/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Interesting beer, surprised me coming from NB. Lighter mouthfeel and body than the usual IPA's, scented with the expected IPA hoppy pine smell but weakly, IMHO. This is a refreshing beer, I would like to have more of it. There is an interesting spice flavor in the aftertaste that I cannot quite identify, but it is complimentary to the flavor whatever it is.

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Photo of teromous
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy body that is a darker shade of gold. The head is fluffy and white, leaving frothy lacing on the glass.

S: There is a nice fresh hop scent that is very clean, but unfortunately faint. A light hint of malt sweetness penetrates the citrus aroma.

T: The taste has a very nice balance between the sweet biscuit tasting malt flavor, and the light citrus flavor. It has a bit of passion fruit flavor to it. This Aramis is a very tasty hop. It's actually a pretty tame AIPA. The bitterness is fairly low, leaving very little aftertaste bitterness in the mouth. A bit of lime flavor in there as well.

M: The mouthfeel is superb. It's nice and smooth, bitter without being too harsh or intrusive on the palate. It's very easy to drink, very clean. It's not completely dry.

O: Overall I really liked the beer. I think that people who are used to stronger and more bitter AIPA's will find this fairly weak. Personally I thought the flavor was good enough for the beer to stand on its own regardless of the style or what is the "norm" for many AIPA's.

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Photo of Adrian-Mociran
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fruity Pebbles!!! That was my first thought on the first sip! Would definitely buy it again, especially at $4.99 a 22 oz. bottle. Very awesome lacing, good head retention, very fruity on the nose. The taste,,, definitely French Aramis hops, sweet hoppy flavor, very good brew!!

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Photo of shleepy
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to trappist-style ("chalice") glass, purchased at K&L in Redwood City (if I'm not mistaken). Previously tried on tap at the Olde Depot in Oakland but did not review at that time.

A: Golden, clear, with a nice, white head.

S: Fresh and "soapy" floral hop notes.

T: Hard lemon candy and matcha green tea, which are very strange flavors for an IPA. The hops are not actually very bitter, by my standards, and the taste is very different from the smell.

M: Feels light and drinkable for an IPA (presumably due to how dry it is). Medium carbonation, but a creamy texture is somehow achieved. Very pleasant mouthfeel.

O: Very solid IPA, albeit not too representative of the style.

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Photo of Humulus85
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 22 oz bomber into my tasting snifter.

Pours a hazy medium gold, with a nice, dense, two finger, egg shell white head. Great retention and lacing.

Very floral, very herbal. Very unique hop profile. Getting some pine, some rose hips, some grass, spice, hop oils. Not much malt detectable.

Wow, that is different. Tons of fresh cut grass and garden herbs. Smells like an old world hop garden. Like an American IPA with Nobel hops. Slightly vegetal. Great spicy bitterness. Hints of lemon zest. Modest pale malts help round it out. Lingering bitterness.

Light to medium with ample, tight carbonation. Very dry, bone dry. Hop oils coat the mouth and leave an herbal aftertaste. Very drinkable.

Overall this one really impressed me. Very unique. With all the big tropical, citrus, candy hop bombs on the market this is a welcome change of pace. Not the best straight IPA out there, but I love the old worldly hops done in an American style. This is a winner from New Belgium. Recommended to all IPA fans. Cheers!

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Photo of vkv822
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz : tulip
best by: 12/03/13

Pours a clear, burnt orange with a dense, foamy white head and pleasant lacing.

Sweet oranges, herby, medicinal notes. Quite interesting, and enjoyable.

Herbal, peppery notes upfront with flora, orange notes in the finish.

Medium+, smooth body. Mild, foamy carbonation.

A really unique hop profile that I hope I am able to try more examples of. Blends well with a solid malt base.

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Photo of avalon07
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to pint glass. Had a copper color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a good amount of time. Excellent lacing.

S: A good aroma of hops, citrus, and a big floral quality.

T: Tasted of light hops, a little bit of malt, citrus, and like the aroma, a powerful floral quality. The lack of hops is jarring at first, but the other elements make up for it. A mellow, likeable flavor.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a silky finish. Light-bodied.

O: An atypical American IPA, but this isn't bad thing. Drinkable.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours amber with a nice, fluffy off-white head, which lasts a bit. Lacing as the beer is enjoyed. The nose detects some floral hops. The mouth enjoys the welll balanced flavor. Yum!

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Photo of falloutsnow
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: Best by 2013-12-08
Glass: Standard US pint glass

French Aramis is a solid IPA from New Belgium. Does it stand out from others in a similar range and influence? not really. It does, however, comes across as very well constructed beer, is strongly hoppy without totally wasting the palate or one's sobriety. I've enjoyed the Hop Kitchen series so far, and hope that New Belgium continues it.

Pours a 2cm tall head of off-white foam, made up of small bubbles for the 3/4 of the height, medium and large for the top 1/4, creating an interesting, frothy-soapy appearance. Retention is excellent, the head lasting over two minutes as it slowly descends to a thin cap of foam atop the body of the beer, thicker around the perimeter. Lacing is excellent, with thick and complex patterns clinging to the sides of the glass, looking like the "caverns" swallows build into sand dunes. Each sip reveals very good cascading foam action, enjoyable to watch. The body is a deep golden orange, bordering on golden brown, with light bringing out paler golden yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the nearly opaque (70-80% opacity) body, moderate in amount and activity.

Aroma is like a flowery, slightly grapefruit-like, hoppy, fresh wort, with the hops lightly resting above a fairly rich pale malt sweetness. Nothing amazing, but well above average for the style.

Overall flavors are hoppy, with herb, floral, and citrus flavors, which rest atop a body of pale and slightly caramel malts. Front of palate picks up generous pale and caramel malt flavors, with an herbal (sage, yarrow) and floral hop contribution. Mid-palate finds medium to medium-high bitterness as if from both herbs (yarrow, dandelion) and hops with pleasant pale bread and light caramel malt flavors. Back of palate experiences a tingly, bitterly hoppy taste with floral and herbal qualities and much reduced malt presence, only a light pale malt sweetness being present. Aftertaste features medium to medium-high bitterness with herbal and grapefruit flavor and a slight pale maltiness.

Beer is medium bodied, with carbonation of medium to medium-low intensity, resulting in a gently foamy, smooth beer that's quite pleasurably on the palate. The hop bitterness provides a light tingling sensation, which is also quite pleasurable. Closes quite dry, a combination of hop bitterness and medium-level stickiness on the palate and lips.

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Photo of bsp77
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic pint.

Appearance: Hazy goldfish-blonde with good sized, sticky, stark white head and decent lacing.

Smell: Odd herbal smell. Hard to describe, but interesting.

Taste: Toasted malt backbone with a very interesting hop character. Mostly herbal and citrusy, with a spicy, somewhat bitter finish. Maybe a touch of pine. Overall, I find the French Aramis hops to be both subtle and complex.

Feel: Smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Interesting IPA. It is always fun to try new hops, especially when it is single hopped.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: clear amber/orange with one finger head that dissipates to a thin layer that is retained throughout, moderate amount of lacing, light carbonation.

SMELL: not overpowering hop profile for an IPA, flowery, mild pepper, lemon.

TASTE: piney hops, pepper, bread, everything understated.

PALATE: lightly carbonated, alcohol is well hidden, lighter body for the style.

OVERALL: I enjoyed this beer, it's a good value at $2.99 and very drinkable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i know this was a summer release and I am a little behind the times one this one, but I just got back to Colorado, and there are still a few on the shelf. not sure the freshness, but the taste suggests its held up well, even by the pliny ultra purist types standards. clear honey colored and white heady on the pour, looks a lot like a good pils. the aroma is herbal yet still hoppy, a nondescript light grain bill is underneath with just a touch of sweetness. the hops are different from anything ive had, and this variety is totally new to me, the French aramis. not at all bitter, but summery and flowery, like I should be at a wedding, it has that vibe. a touch of ripe peach sweetness closes it out, and a real smooth medium bodied nectar washes down fairly clean. a little under carbonated, but its still real light, and I am left surprised and satisfied. I would like to see an even more aggressive use of this hop in something so I can further experience what it has to offer, but this is a hit from new Belgium in my book.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz with no date

typical ipa look with a small bone white head and very spotty lacing. smell is a spicy herbal aroma, faint and pleasant. taste is dry with herbal spicy hops and the typical 'peanut butter' New Belgium taste.

a pleasant enough ipa for the summer, tasty hops but not very American.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber picked up at Greens on Buford Hwy

A - Yellow blond, with lots of head and sticky lace. Impressive

S - Nice danky spicy hops! Bitter. Garden variety. Very nice

T - Spicy. Hoppy. Very tasty.

M - High carbonation. Sizzles.

O - A very good summer IPA. Definitely enjoyed the spiciness. Well done

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from a bomber into a sampler. A moderate pour produces about 1/2 inch of frothy white head. This dissipates but is relatively sticky, coating the sides of the glass with streamers of lace. The beer is a hazy honey-golden and lightly carbonated.

Lots of floral hops on the nose suggestive of mixed fruit. The hops smell fresh, very grassy and herbal tea-like- flavors which manage to overshadow the usual citrus and pine, and yet don't completely overpower the malt, which hints at subtle caramel. Just a brief aftertaste of floral bitterness, and then a rather clean finish.

I bought a few bombers of this on sale for 1.99 a piece (cheap!). This is pretty easy drinking for the style and well worth a go, even if you're not a hophead.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice complex hop aroma. Soft pale malt background.
Hay colored and slightly cloudy. White cap with some stamina.
Hop forward in flavors but very subdued bitterness. Soft doughy malt background. The hops by which it is given it's name must be the grassy flavor that is most upfront, but it is also spicy and additional hops are fruity and flowery.
Soft feel.
Quite drinkable (as are most NB beers) and went well with a rather salty and somewhat spicy food fare.

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Photo of Billolick
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bomber bottle, 09Dec13 on label, best before dating?

Pours heavily hazed medium apricot, under a long lasting and interesting looking lite tan head, goes to a small merainge and leaves all sorts of high sheeting and fields of thicker lace.

Lite grapefruit nose

Subtle and tasty. On the low end of the hop bomb scale, this one has elegence and grace and doesnt crush your senses. Notes of more pineapple with some mild piney hops. I like it, bring on the crusty bread, salads and cheese. This one went great with some ordinary cheddar I had lying around. NIce understated AIPA.

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Photo of Gavage
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a hazy golden yellow color with a 1" head that breaks down to spotty surface covering.

Smell: floral and earthy bitterness are easily detectable.

Taste: caramel, pears. mango, floral hop bitterness and a bit of earthy tones arrive late. There is a bit of spiciness too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a very dry and slight spicy finish.

Overall: a slower sipping IPA since the dryness is strong, but it is mildly refreshing. An interesting beer.

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Photo of dv8sean
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was a refreshing change from the grapefruit-pine hop bombs carpeting the West Coast these days. Not that I have anything against grapefruit-pine carpet bombing.

Appearance is homebrew cloudy. Pours well and leaves proper lace inside glass.

Smell is all tropical fruit. Floral, perfumy...delightful.

Taste follows suit with smell. Malt takes a back seat to allow the aromatic hops to fil your head. Again, a very refreshing change from the trend.

Nothing remarkable about the mouthfeel. Maybe just a little light on carbonation.

Overall, a very nice, most approachable, and wonderfully aromatic IPA.

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