Hail Mary Belgian-Style IPA
Cathedral Square Brewery

Hail Mary Belgian-Style IPAHail Mary Belgian-Style IPA
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Style:
Belgian IPA
Ranked #301
ABV:
7%
Score:
82
Ranked #43,099
Avg:
3.5 | pDev: 13.71%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
78
From:
Cathedral Square Brewery
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
82
Good
Hail Mary Belgian-Style IPAHail Mary Belgian-Style IPA
Notes: 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.
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Reviews by Franziskaner:
Photo of Franziskaner
3.14/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Copper penny hued with a spotless complexion. There's a fingernail of tan around three-quarters of the rim. The aroma is of sweet Belgian triple yeast. The flavor is absolutely dominated by the fruity Belgian yeast and seems very one dimensional. Where are the hops? The finish is very dry and there's a faintly noticeable booziness.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #54 (July 2011):

A Belgian style inspired by American brewing that’s becoming more popular. Killer suds stickin’ on our glass; hazed amber color. Dry-hopping drops a thick yet soft resin of mint, evergreen, grapefruit and peppercorn in the nose. Some ripe fruit and toasted malt in the aroma as well. A bit slick, with a full body and smooth carbonation. Very hoppy from start to finish—biscuity malt and some caramel sweetness provides a big enough foundation. A bit estery, fruity and spicy in the middle. Hops stick to the palate far into the drying aftertaste. Simply good drinking for hopheads and Belgo-fanatics.

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Photo of Suds
3.39/5  rDev -3.1%
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 SPLITGRIN
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
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 TheSarge
4.06/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Given this brewery another chance, let's see if they piss this one away!

This actually looks quite decent. A nice fluffy three finger thick fluffy pillow of a head of an off white color, and has a murky copper colored body.

Aroma wise it's a bit on the orange rind side along with some floral notes.

Taste wise it's on the grapefruit side with some estery tones from the yeast. A little tart in the end too.

Feels a bit coarse and powdery... Leaves the palate dry in the end. This is the best beer I've had from these guys yet, which isn't saying a whole lot, but I'd buy this beer again.

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Photo of emerge077
3.09/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle still says brewed in Weston...

Attractive reddish copper orange with ascending trails of carbonation. Good clarity, slightly hazed with micro sediment in suspension. The initial pour yielded about a finger of off white foam, leaving a transparent skim across the top. Crown of lace is style appropriate.

Aroma is mildly vegetal, some sweet caramel hints, and a bit grainy. Too raw, muddled and indistinct. Doesn't really harmonize well, or showcase the Belgian yeast or hops.

Flavor is moderately bitter, a little bit of dried fruit and spice, bubblegum and aspirin. Bitterness seems to build more in the aftertaste, leaving a harsh aspirin and hop pellet taste stuck on the palate. Fairly full bodied, though not carbonated like a Belgian IPA or as dry as it could be. Hops seem a little jarring and ham-fisted, but generally it's still drinkable.

Probably not one i'd return to, but i'd try something from this new brewery again.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Labeled as a Belgian IPA, this beer lacks a significant 'Belgian' kick from yeast.
Pours a hazy yellow-orange, clears up a bit later on. Small but dense head, some rockiness and nice lacing.

Aroma is stale pine with a hint of caramel and bready yeast. Somewhat nutty.

The flavors are just strong enough to discern them, but nothing takes a hold. Slight citrus makes the pine a bit stronger, the end flavors seem to beg for attention, which is when the semi-spice and breadiness come into play.
A tad dry on the end, ok drinking. If a bit more yeast was used, this could be a nice BIPA...as it is, it's average.

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Photo of bort11
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus goblet. Due to the size and shape of the glass the head was not very tall, but it has a lot of body. Egg shell white in color, it leaves ropes of lacing around the glass. The body color is a lot darker than what I expected. Slightly hazy but still allows plenty of light through. When held to the light it glows a honey amber color. I really like the way this looks.

The mixture of hops and Belgian yeasts gives off a sharp and dry bitterness. The bottle says they use four different malts and three different hops. I would like to know which ones to help pinpoint what I'm smelling. To put into perspective it's like a very hoppy Triple. Taste is just like the smell. It has a dry, slightly aspirin flavor from the yeast, but the hops give it more texture than that.

The mouthfeel has a medium body with a soft texture from the carbonation. Very tight bubbles the smooth. Cathedral Square is still brewed and bottled at Weston. This is a very bold and challenging beer that was executed well

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Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a copper color with burgundy highlights. It had a one-finger, off-white head of foam, that left behind sheet of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of yeast, grasses and some fruity notes. The is some caramel sweetness in the background.

T - A very grassy, spicy hop profile with some yeasty notes. It has some dried fruit flavors typical of Belgian yeasts but it is not very prominent.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium bodied ale.

D - This is a nice Belgian-style IPA. It doesn't quite have the fruity flavor I expect, but is still pretty good.

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Photo of peabody
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light hazy amber color with lots of off-white suds. Nice lacing here.
Smell is light belgian yeast notes then sugar finishing with a sharp hop aroma.
Taste is mild belgian ale with all the spices barely showing up then the bitterness comes to light finishing with a piney bitter than sticks with the palate for a good while.
Mouthfeel is just a tad sticky but the bitterness at the end seems to clean all that up and what you are left with is just the hop stickyness.
Overall not a bad beer at all. I would drink this with a meal if I was at a restuarant that had this on the beer menu. Good price too.

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Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/2 head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, slight citrus, hops, strong yeast, spice, hint of tea, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, slight earthy malt, slight hops, spice, yeast, slight alcohol, slight tea, and a hint of citrus. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma and body, but blend favors the sweet malt and alcohol too strongly.

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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a cloudy, burnt orange color with a single finger of beige head.

Aroma of grapefruit, candy sugar and sweet caramel malts.

The taste is both lightly bitter and lightly sour. Grapefruit, lemon and Belgian yeast funk upfront while caramel malts and toffee follow on the palate. Finish is chocked full of heavy medicinal notes.

Medium bodied and dry with a moderate carbonation.

An interesting beer for sure but not really what I go for.

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Photo of EvanWilliams
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of birchstick
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow color with a huge head on it. Nose consists of fruity hops and yeast and a bit of caramel malts. Taste is similar. Opens up with citrus hops flavors that move on to bitter, sticky pine. The pine is overtaken by some nice fruity grapefruit flavors and a little bit of fruity flavors from the Belgian yeast. Ends bitter and fruit. OVerall, this is a nice Belgian IPA. Hops are crisp, juicy, and bitter and deliver a nice, refereshing beer.

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Photo of BetterBeerPlz
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of avalon07
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
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 meatmallet
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an amber color with a thin off white bubbly head. A little hazy.

Smell: Piny hops and grapefruit dominate. Also some sweet caramel malts. Very light.

Taste: Bitter and sour at the same time. I thin kit is more sour than anything. Citrus, pine, grapefruit, and a little bit of yeast.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Medium body with light carbonation.

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Photo of gigoat
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of brauseboof
3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bobbydigi
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz Bomber poured into my Goulden Draak tulip. It has a large lingering off white head, leaving behind some great lacing. The color when held up to the light is a great looking orange/red grapefruit looking color. Smelling this one you wouldn't know it was Belgian inspired but you do get some hops in the nose but nothing overpowering. After a few sips the flavor seems to follow the nose pretty well. Hops up front but also some sweet malts play just as big of role, also some bread from the yeast. This beer is silky smooth but for being a Belgian inspired beer it's a little under carbonated. This beer is good but I don't know if I would call it a Belgian IPA.

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Photo of scarfield
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

App- Pours a cloudy amber with a ridiculous head on the top in excess of 1.5 inches. Lacing is excellent through the glass.

Smell- Spicy hops come through in the nose, as well as a bit of the yeast coming through. Hints of bubblegum and banana after the hops subside.

Taste- Overall the malt and yeast comes through before the hops. Spiciness in the beginning, and the hops are evident more in the aftertaste than in the taste itself. The hops are citrusy, predominantly grapefruit, but not quite assertive enough for me.

Mouthfeel- Thick, chewy, as mentioned before the beer has a dryness to it.

Overall- one of the best looking beers I've seen. Has everything I look for in a beer, color, head, lacing. There was no date on the bottle, but it seemed to me that maybe the freshness was gone from it, which probably ended up costing the beer points in taste and perhaps mouthfeel.

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Hail Mary Belgian-Style IPA from Cathedral Square Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 78 ratings