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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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

To my knowledge, I’ve never had a beer with this hop variety, so I’m excited to see what the Alsace hops are like – though if it’s like the other beers in New Belgium’s Hop Kitchen, I’m not sure I’ll like it.

Best-before date is about three and a half months after the date of this tasting: 12/08/2013.

A: Pours a murky, unattractive orange, but the aggressive pour teases out a frothy, beige head as thick as whipped cream. It remains as a bubbly cream for the duration, with webs of chunky lacing appearing as the beer descends down the glass.

S: A mild that focuses on a dry, grassy hop aroma: notes of floral potpourri, fresh-cut lawn, and leafy green tea. Still, as it was with the other Hop Kitchen brews, there’s also that raw, green, almost medicinal hop tone, like getting a whiff of some hop pellets before they go in the boil. It’s subtle, but it’s there. Malt sweetness is also subtle, coming off with a touch of honey.

T: This is a beer that blends into a single flavor, and it’s not a flavor I’m totally keen on. There’s a dry, slightly catty hop taste with notes of grass and apricot falling into a flat mold of chalky caramel and vanilla nougat malt tastes, like a Cow Tale. That, plus an overarching astringent taste of tea bag (likely from the overuse of whole hops), make this an IPA with strange bitterness. Finishes slightly sweet with a bit of a medicinal taste.

M: The thick, creamy mouthfeel is enough to turn me off – it’s almost slick at times. Doesn’t go well with the one-dimensional body.

O: The Hop Kitchen series of beers seems to be more like a soup of raw hops, and that doesn’t lend a great palate to any of the offerings. Here we have a unique, interesting hop variety, but a base beer that grabs negative attention instead of highlighting the novelty. Sad to say I won’t be drinking this again – I will, however, be on the lookout for more beers with French hops.

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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 Holmes698
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of jzlyo
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of ocelot2500
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear color with a soapy white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of light floral notes with a hint of sweetness. Almost perfume like.

Tastes of the light floral notes mostly. The hops lead off with some floral and grassy notes. A slight bit of sugar cookie like malt comes through and offsets the hops. Is fairly balanced, but doesn't have a lot of depth. Comes off as bland.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is okay, but it shouldn't be called an IPA, and it is fairly weak from a flavor standpoint.

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Photo of Dizzy242
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of baklo
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of eulerthegrape
2/5  rDev -44%

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3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Oelschlager
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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 beertunes
2.81/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a hazy, almost cloudy, pale gold, with about 1/4 inch of white head that had decent retention and good lace.

The aroma was mostly light pine, with some barely noticed floral notes, no malt, grain or yeast presence. Same dealio on the tongue yo! In addition to the pine, there was a weird, odd funk at the back of the palate. Not overpoweringly funky, just "off" enough to notice.

The body was decent enough, medium and smooth, with a dry finish. Drinkability was sort of a chore, that odd tang at the back made the beer less than pleasurable. Overall, I'd say you could probably safely skip this one. Or, try it and decide for your self. Either way really.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of russpowell
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BBD of 08 Dec 13

Pours amber with tiny bubbles & 3+ fingers of ivory colored head. Near epic head retention & lacing

S: Faint floral hops & grassiness, plus tobacco

T: Leafy hops, dryness & a touch of tea tanins up front. A light touch of oranges & more leafy hops as this warms, a faint bit of grapefruit pith & aspirin. Finishes with faint leafiness, some grapefruit & dryness & some Earl Gray Tea

MF: Medium bodied, delicate carbonation & alright balance. Gets a bit watery as this warms

Not a great IPA, worth a try

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Photo of heytomcat
4/5  rDev +12%

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 adam_e
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -16%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of tuckerlikesbeer
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of bdtva
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of 1424IpA
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of homebrew311
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is hazy orange with thin white head and a bit of lacing. Nose is heavy on lemon zest and grapefruit. Notes of mango and sweet fruit also present. Taste is fruity up front with a considerable amount of sweetness for the style. Hops are fruity with some firm bitterness to follow. The flavor starts off very light and gains flavor towards the finish. Not a whole lot in the way of malt profile here. Mouthfeel is light with moderate to high carbonation. Overall, not a standout brew but decent enough flavors here.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of MSandahl23
3.75/5  rDev +5%

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