Hail Mary Belgian-Style IPA | Cathedral Square Brewery

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Hail Mary Belgian-Style IPAHail Mary Belgian-Style IPA

Brewed by:
Cathedral Square Brewery
Missouri, United States

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

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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of ChinoBeano
4.94/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TSJ4000
4.6/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What an awesome beer. I totally taste the Belgian yeasty flavors but it has a lot of hops to this beer as well. Very complex and since I found it in Missouri it was cheap. I got a 6er of this for $8.99 and I think that was a great price for this beer. I will look for more of there stuff if available here. I had never really had this style before and i can't think of much like it. It was totally different but cool. PFA. Pretty Freakin' Awesome.

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Photo of jharris0624
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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4.18/5  rDev +18.4%

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 TheSarge
4.06/5  rDev +15%
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 sgttibbs
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of FlussigkeitMut
4/5  rDev +13.3%

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

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 JeffH8191
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%

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

Photo of birchstick
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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 bort11
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
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 PEIhop
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of BetterBeerPlz
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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 rrski198
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Done from brief notes at a beer festival

A: dark amber colored with a nice big white head.

S: Toasted biscuit and malt with a subtle leafy earthy hop scent.

T: I am getting a nice toasted malt flavor and the subtle hops, but I am left wanting more of the traditional belgian yeast flavor. Bitterness is very subtle.

M: Light, fruity, and bitter. The bitterness sticks around but not overwhelming. The beer has a nice body, not to much, not to thin.

D: This beer will not blow you away, but it has some decent flavors that are nicely balanced. I would have again.

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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

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Hail Mary Belgian-Style IPA from Cathedral Square Brewery
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