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

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of emerge077
3.09/5  rDev -12.5%
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 zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
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 ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -15%

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

Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev +4%
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 Mebuzzard
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
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 Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of PEIhop
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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 jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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 Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Lukass
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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 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 BeerAdvocate
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
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 Monkeyknife
3.53/5  rDev 0%
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 sgttibbs
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 bnes09
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant hazy orange with some visible yeast. Mountainous unrelenting head with blanketing patches of lacing. Truly a beautiful brew.

Aroma is fresh with plenty of raw hops and underlying Belgian yeast.

Spicy, pungent hop flavor dominates the taste. Raw pine needles and soap are the predominant flavors. Some bready malt flavor but it is way overpowered. Not too much yeast flavor either.

Medium body. Solid level of carbonation adds to the spiciness. Bone dry finish.

This brew is descent. A little overdone on the hops and could use more malt character to balance. Still pretty drinkable.

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