Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA | New Belgium Brewing

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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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Photo of litheum94
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle. No bottling dates.

The beer pours a hazy, golden body, with darker hues on the edges. A bubbly, bone white head forms, building up high. It settles to a pool of foam with bubbles clinging to the sides.

Floral aromas of gardenias and jasmine cross the nose. A light, peppery spice is there as well, along with some citrus fruit and pine.

Floral, garden-like flavors mix with some honeyed malts. A light, citrus zest and a kiss of white pepper pop up. A moderate pine bitterness swells and rides this out to the finish, which is almost bone dry.

This is an IPA to try if you're getting a little bored with IPAs. This beer has more of an emphases on floral and herbal flavors, and has a pretty dry body for the style. Worth seeking out for sure.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
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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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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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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Photo of GilGarp
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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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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Photo of UncleBart91
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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Photo of ThePaleRider
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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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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Photo of gatornation
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

on tap pint glass

A- pours a hazy garnet orange color with an off white head nice amount of lacing
S- floral grassy smells with a garden and fuity smell
T-a floral taste with notes of pepper and flowers and vegtables oranges and oats/malts
m- dry with medium carbonation a touch bitter
O- strange IPA it was a potpourri and a garden variety thin for an ipa i will have to try this one again

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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 Dakotah
2.43/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip (and then down the drain)...

A- Poured beautifully, not IPA-like but very nice. A light honey color with a big white fluffy head

S- Interesting. Bready, lots of floral notes, basically smells like a garden, with a bit of hops. Never thought i'd use "barnyard" as a descriptor for beer..

T- This got old really quick. fruity, floral, herby, slightly hoppy...

M- dirty. light, slightly bitter, but grainy and odd..

Not sure why or how they call this an IPA. I dug the first smell and sip experience, but it all got old very quickly and the majority of the brew went to the sink. more Belgian character than Inida..

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Photo of Murrhey
2.86/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a standard pressure-cap bomber into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger white head, thick and static. Not much movement. Golden-orange semi-cloudy color. Not great looking.

S- Oh wow. Never smelled a beer like this before. Earthy and yet floral. Herbs, parsley, citrus and flowers. Very appealing smelling brew.

T- Misses the mark here, the herbiness and floral notes that were so appealing in the aroma are bitter and ...yucky here. Kind of funky, very hoppy.

M- Light bodied and fluffy feeling. Carbonation tickles. Interesting.

O- Really missed the mark. Not feeling this beer.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden orange with a medium creamy white head that retains fairly well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is fruity flowery piney hops with some biscuity malts.

The flavor is biscuity earthy malts with some fruity floral hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an interesting hop for an IPA. I don't like the biscuit malt in the backbone. The hops are a bit too floral for me but interesting.

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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 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 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 ArrogantB
2.86/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle $4.49. I bought this because I was so impressed by the last Hop Kitchen bock but this was too weird for me. Appearance was good, light orange, might have been a little hazy, good head. Aroma was sort of grassy and perfume like, odd. Flavor was floral and also had this weird quality that reminded me of doughnuts and I don;t know if that was the yeast or the french aramis hops. Either way, I didn't like it.

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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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Hop Kitchen - French Aramis IPA from New Belgium Brewing
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