Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA | New Belgium Brewing

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Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPAHop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA
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Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPAHop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA

Brewed by:
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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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Best by Date: December 6th, 2013.
Poured into the Dogfish Head/Sierra Nevada tulip glass.

Appearance: (4.5)
Pours a bright and hazy sunset yellow with a huge, thick, 3 fingers tall pure white head. The head has excellent retention and when it does finally recede, it leaves absolute curtains of lace along the edges of the glass. Aesthetically, it doesn't get much better than this for IPAs.

Aroma: (4)
Woah, absolutely waves of slightly dank, floral hops with a sweet herbal edge; Juicy peach, lemon zest, rose petals, dried tea leaves and basil, light pineapple and pine resin. Very floral smelling IPA, with a faint cracker like maltiness lingering in the background. Pretty unique.

Taste: (3.75)
Herbal hops hit your palate immediately; notes of lemon peel, rose, light pine and tea leaves. Middle of the taste, there is a flirt with sweet bready malt before the drying, lightly bitter finish. Lingering notes of oily pine, rose petals, lemon, herbal tea leaves and biscuit-y malt.

Mouthfeel: (3.25)
Light bodied, oily with hop resin and soft carbonation

Overall: (3.5)
Not the best example of an IPA, but it is certainly unique and definitely worth trying, just to get to know the very floral, herbal yet resinous Aramis hops. I'd love to see these hops used in a stout. I think they could really meld well with roasted malts.

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of BucBasil
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a tulip-style glass at the Federal in North Hollywood.

A: Slightly hazy bright orange. Pure white head that was 2 fingers and dissipating quickly. The lacing comes in layers down the glass.

S: Surprisingly sourish note in there. Other than that a typical citrusy hop. Not a strong aroma, but not bad overall.

T: Pretty balanced with notes of citrus all around. Orange/tangerine in there dominantly. Finishes with a bitter sap wallop at the back of the throat to keep you anting more. The malt backbone is somewhat sweet but overall a nonfactor. Just enought to balance. OK.

M: Slightly drying with a medium body.

Overall: This one surprised me. Very refreshing. Good summer beer for what it is, but in other areas just typical.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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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%

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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 Zorro
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed light orange colored ale with a small white colored head. This is in the Spectrum of IPA Orange.

Smells strongly of grapefruit and cedar plank. Woody with a strong tea aroma. GTrassy some mild saffron scents.

Starts out sweet with a strong grassy flavor. Strong flavor of Cedar plank. Earthy flavor of Mushroom and wood. As it warms the flavor of oranges appears.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty IPA. On the sweet side for the style though.

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3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber served cold into a tulip glass.

French aramis has a hazy pale amber color with thick white hea. It h good retention and leaves some spotty lacing behind.

Aroma is mildly hoppy and very floral with a light tropical fruit character.

The flavor is more of the same with stronger tropical fruit notes, some citrus and floral, but very little bitterness for what they've labeled an IPA.

Mouthfeel is balanced but certainly sweet for the style. Good carbonation and drinkability.

Overall it's not a bad beer but too similar to other New Belgian offerings and not hoppy in the traditional IPA sense. Maybe worth a try but not one I'll be coming back to.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ccrida
2.89/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draught at The Bier Stein, appearence is hazy pale orange with a creamy off-white head, leaving foamy lace.

Smell is mildly hoppy, a touch earthy, a little orange. Weak.

Taste is similarly faint and lame for an "IPA". Kind of malty, some lime and orabge zest, a hint of resin, but overall, a boring american pale ale. Dissapointing.

Mouthfeel is off dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is ok, clean but boring by pale ale standards. As an IPA, fail.

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3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark orange pour, two finger head, beautiful in the summer light

Smell: Malty with floral undertones, bitter Aramis hop follows

Taste: Slight hoppy kick in the beginning, followed by malt mixed with an earthy bite, finished with almost a hint of citrus taste

Mouthfeel: Smooth! Very drinkable in the hot humid Indiana weather

Overall: Introducing New Belgium's Hop Kitchen Series creating a borderline session IPA. I could see myself drinking a bomber or two mowing the grass, or sipping on during a nice afternoon bicycle ride.


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2.73/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Very light amber that is crystal clear through the glass. Very pretty, three finger, white head that leaves some thick lacing on the glass.

S - Very floral, just like advertised. Also picking up some malts in there which I wasn't expecting in an IPA. Not really sure if it's a good thing but it's a little too floral, kind of like a Glade air freshener.

T - Well, I don't really know how to describe what I'm tasting. More bland than a Sierra Nevada Pale, but leaves a dry, malty flavor lingering on your taste buds. Is "very unique" a compliment? Just doesn't have enough flavor for me.

M - LOTS of carbonation, which I really like in an IPA. Very dry finish.

O - Nothing special and not something I would buy again. Plenty of other summer beers in the world that are cheaper and taste better.

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of PieOhMy
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into New Belg goblet.

A Murky golden orange. Half inch white foam. Thick lacing down the glass.

S Hints of malt. Some pine. Not a whole hell of a lot.

T Much like the smell (boring). Kind of sweet. You can taste the hops but nothing in your face. Not much lingering bitterness.

M Malty. Especially for an IPA. Finishes clean and watery.

O The Hop Kitchen started pretty good with Hoppybock. This one does not match the not too lofty heights of its predecessor. Where are the hops, Hop Kitchen? This one will be a forgettable representative in the series.

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Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 297 ratings