Hail Mary Belgian-Style IPA | Cathedral Square Brewery

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Hail Mary Belgian-Style IPAHail Mary Belgian-Style IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cathedral Square Brewery
Missouri, United States
cathedralsquarebrewery.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Belgian-style IPA is brewed using four malts, three hop varieties and is fermented with authentic Belgian Trappist yeast. Dry hopping this ale ensures a highly-hopped nirvana.

Added by bort11 on 10-23-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
77
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
13.6%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of beergoot
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Orange-ish amber body with a thick, sculpted head; somewhat fizzy carbonation. Peach, yeasty, bready aroma; honey. Fruity flavors; banana and pear; well-integrated sweetness, not too much, not too little; bread crust; nice balance of hop bitterness. Heavy body; soft, velvety on the palate.

This is a very interesting beer with unique yet very approachable flavor combinations. It has great eye appeal and enticing aromas. It isn't too bold in the hop department yet seems prominent enough and adds delightful overtones to the malt and yeast qualities, and not too boozy, either. Bready, subtly sweet with a nice bitter counterpoint, and most importantly, stands out from the crowd (in good ways). Well worth trying...

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChinoBeano
4.94/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of LukeGude
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Belgian yeast is apparent on the nose. Not overly hoppy. Like a watered down tripel.

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Photo of BMart
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Suds
3.39/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a clear complexion. It has a thin head, but decent lace. The aroma is muted, but has background of musty hops, phenols, and Belgian spiciness. The taste is balanced, with some earthiness and richly toasted malt. The body is a bit thin, and the finish could be more flavorful. Still, this is an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of kinmundy77
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brauseboof
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IPA1978
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stlfatguy
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Great color, reddish amber Honey copper... everything others have said. Disappointing head on mine, almost nothing. Smell was great. Heavy on the bananas. It was like banana raisin nut bread with Some spices. Taste threw me off. Banana was still there but the spice really kicked in. Phased into more of the tangy, like a spicy sweet ipa. Aftertaste was plantains. Felt more bitter than it tasted. Like many, felt like there was a lot going on, not sure if tastes blended and complimented completely. I think that's more of a product of this style. Is it a hoppy ipa? Is it a Belgian ale with the distinctive yeast you expect? It's both poured into the same glass. If that's the goal, they pulled it off.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

A : An iced tea/mahogany blush with hints of honey and amber @ 80% opaque. The head starts off at 2 fingers and ends at a fluffy layer on top leaving some slight lace.

S : It smells like a Hefeweizen with some very faint hop behind it. Fruity esters - banana, dark berry, mandarin orange; with clove, yeast, and heavy maltiness.

T : Phenolic, acidic, with orange and yeast, but also a high hop presence from lemons, grapefruit rind, and dull pine. Ends with a faint iced tea earthiness, and a snap of fresh clove. Also, bread crust.

F : Floaty mouth feel, with relentless carbonation like 1,000 violent pins on the tongue. It's exciting if a little forward. The carbonation also aggressively burns throat like heartburn, and then also the stomach. It's actually unsettling. Ends semi-dry.

O : It's a balanced White IPA but I've got to believe there are better ones out there. The carbonation is too intense and while the flavors are appropriate they aren't mixed in with equality.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks attractive setting in the glass with deep honey amber in tone body. Head is half an inch of quick fading biscuity tan head. Nose is very sweet for the style with layers of sweet bread and rhubarb pie. Taste is oddly vegetative and tangy sweet. A bit of burnt molasses plays on the tongue as well. This is overall very odd even for a Belgium IPA.

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Photo of farmhaus
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sgttibbs
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eagleyes
2.91/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of 30helens
3.99/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boca-X
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a lot of love here on BA but I think this beer is really unique with several nice flavor profiles you don't get in your average Belgian style IPA.

Banana, apple, pear, vanilla...a very sweet, fruity brew that is smooth and easy to drink. Slight hint of belgian yeast...not overpowering like so many belgian ales. The finish is nice with just enough bitterness to clean the palate.

Had it on tap at a local brewery and will drink this again...

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Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of JeffH8191
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Navemates
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of avalon07
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a copper color and a mostly clear texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Fair lacing.

S: A strong aroma of fruity phenols and some yeast as well. The phenols dominated the aroma.

T: Like the aroma, the phenols were at center stage for the flavor. Bananas and some tropical fruits mix with yeast, light hops, and malt here. The main problem is balance. The fruit component tends to overpower everything else.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an above average beer with some good attributes, but it doesn't really shine.

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Photo of jharris0624
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

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Hail Mary Belgian-Style IPA from Cathedral Square Brewery
3.53 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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