Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA | New Belgium Brewing

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Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPAHop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
297
Reviews:
69
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
13.45%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 297 |  Reviews: 69
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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2.75/5  rDev -23%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with "08DEC13" marked on the label, which I can only assume means "best by" December 8th of this year. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler.

Appearance - Pours a jewel-like peachy orange hue, tending towards some amber compliments in the shadows and the faintest of toasted bread color around the edges. The foam is a healthy one-finger head of cream white, frothy with a moderate amount of pocking. Retention is decent, with a little bit of lingering lacing and a partial film atop as the head fades.

Smell - A nice and bright IPA aroma, lead by notes of lemon zest, fresh-cut grass and wildflowers, as well as some peppery notes punctuating the fruit and hermal elements. While the primary aromas are that of the plant variety, there is an underlying biscuity element as well, almost like butter crackers.

Taste - Quite easy drinking, but still with plenty of character. Lots of the same flavor profiles from the aroma are here in the taste. Light citrus and faint pine resin, along with a nice healthy malt backbone that doesn't overpower, but imparts a subtle bitterness like burnt sugar.

Mouthfeel - A little bit juicy, with a body on the light side of medium and moderate carbonation. Mostly dry finish.

Overall, this is the second installation of the "Hop Kitchen" series by New Belgium and as far as I'm concerned they are two for two. This is a nice, easy drinking IPA with a good hop presence that doesn't overwhelm. And at $4.99 for a bomber at my local bottle shop, this was an outstanding deal.

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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 ssteakley
2.66/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I bet this beer taste good with a fine steak, or some Theo chocolates, or some gone cheese. Just the beer though is not what I consider a PNW IPA. Perhaps it taste better in Belgium? I am really trying it but it just isn't working....the aftertaste is like begging for replacement, pass the cheese please.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of rangerred
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy light gold with a one finger white head. Good head retention and plenty of splotchy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma of lemon, grass, and herbs. No malt at all and a little bit of earthyness. Fairly average.

On the flavor, a hit of lemon right off the bat that is quickly followed by a medicinal flavor that reminded me of cheap hand lotion or dish soap. Some grass and herbs/weeds. Very chalky mouthfeel and even a chalky taste. Mouthfeel is extremely dry and bitter, almost puckering.

Overall, not a fan at all. That odd medicinal/lotion/soap flavor just really throws me off. Don't really want to finish this one.

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3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of mentor
3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of fine off-white head over a hazed straw liquid. Smells straw, melon, delicate berry, noble earthy, red orange, creamy wheat. Lavender. Teak wood as it is being sanded.

Tastes strawberries, green melon, earthy noble hops. Wet in the mouth is cut by flat grassy hop bitter astringency. This astringency is augmented by fine sharp carbonation. This is not the type of hop bitter most of us are accustomed to. Poorly made tea. The hop flavor and creamy sweet malt work pretty well together, but the whomp of bitter steps in and over-dominates. Imagine chewing on a healthy bite of grape seeds. Not tannic, but has some similarity. Near the end of the beer now, the flavor comes across sort of old-lady candy/medicinal. Disjointed. The aroma is quite nice, the hop bitter leaves something to be desired. Md light in the mouth that is somehow a bit creamy. Moderate carbonation, but plays bigger in the presence of the bitterness.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy deep gold color with two fingers of rocky off-white head. Generous lacing left behind.

Sweet caramel malts light citrus and grassy hops upfront.

Taste matched the aroma. Caramel malts dominated upfront followed by lighter amounts of citrus and grassy hops. Not as hoppy as expected. Light bitterness to finish.

Medium bodied and a bit dry with moderate carbonation.

More malt-driven and less hoppy than expected. It was worth a try.

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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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Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA from New Belgium Brewing
3.57 out of 5 based on 297 ratings.
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