Gypsy | Adelbert's Brewery

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Adelbert's Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Jame515 on 11-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Color- cloudy honey nectar gold. Full head.

Aroma- floral hops and hint of evergreen.

Taste- a gentle, mild, and smooth Belgian IPA. Starts with subdued floral and piney hops transitions nicely with a mild cascade hop finish. Balanced and smooth from start to finish.

Purchased locally in Austin. Tasted on 3/7/2014.

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass)

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7% ABV. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle served into an Avery stem-tulip. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average.

Batch #002. Bottled 10/30/13. Label identifies it as a Belgian IPA.

Served chilled.

Cork gives easily by hand, yielding a satisfying pop upon removal.

A: No bubble show.

Pours a three finger wide head of white colour. Soft and fluffy. Decent creaminess. Could be thicker.Has a nice smooth consistency. Head retention is pretty good for the 7% ABV - about 7-8+ minutes. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. It's a bit soapy overall, but not real frothy or foamy.

Body colour is a predictable clear translucent copper-gold of above average vibrance. Appears well-carbonated. Quite clean looking; no floating yeast particles or sediment is visible.

Overall, it's above average for the style, but isn't unique or special. I don't notice any overt flaws.

Sm: Citrusy notes are the first thing I notice - lemongrass, mango/mango peel, and tangerine. The remainder of the hop character is your usual floral character, which is complemented nicely by a Belgian pale malt foundation with some starchiness and crackery malts in there too. Not as soapy as the appearance suggested, but I do suspect it spent a bit too long in primary. There's a faint hint of vitamin-y lightly biscuity Belgian yeast, but I don't find any funkiness or farmhouse character here.

The floral notes are dominant, offering a perfumey bouquet to the drinker.

No alcohol or other off-notes are detectable.

It's a pleasant, inviting aroma of mild strength. Despite its yeast presence, it doesn't seem all that alive.

T: The head sips soft on the open, joined by some timid cream - of which I want more. Luckily, there's no overt soapiness or any other off-notes per se. It's got some faint lemongrass, other assorted grassy notes, floral hop character, Belgian pale malts, faint traces of vitamin-y Belgian yeast, wheat, and a kiss of Belgian biscuit malt. Has a very buried hint of pine hop character too. Starchiness and crackery malts don't work so well here.

I'm a bit surprised at its relative lack of complexity and depth of flavour. It's a fairly straightforward - dareisay shallow - Belgian IPA. There're some traces of subtlety, but this is far from the classic I anticipated. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

Far from insipid, but not as flavorful as I'd hoped. The starchiness present throughout really holds it back.

No alcohol comes through.

I do like it, but it's pretty middle-of-the-road for a Belgian IPA. There's nothing here to set it apart from the hoi polloi.

Balance is pretty standard; it's not a seamless brew with perfectly integrated facets or anything. The malts and hops play well together for the most part, but they don't feel like a perfect marriage of flavours. It's a cohesive beer, but not a gestalt one.

Mf: Has a nice softness, but I do want more. It's just a biteen scratchy and coarse on the palate - probably from the starchiness - which isn't ideal for the style which is meant to be refreshing and light. But don't get me wrong - it is both of those things, but the faint coarseness gets in the way. It also has that distinctive Belgian dryness - a characteristic few American breweries would dare go for in an IPA. I happen to like it. Otherwise, it's very approachable. Has an appropriate thickness and body for the style and flavour profile. Just a bit overcarbonated. Nice presence on the palate.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, harsh, or stale.

Overall, the texture suits the taste well but never feels custom-tailored specifically to it. Above average execution.

Dr: I'll easily kill this bottle alone; it's very drinkable but not quite effortless. It hides its ABV well and while I'm not sure it's worth a second purchase at this price point, I'm glad I got to try it once and it will please - but not impress - fans of the style. I guess I expected an instant classic given Celis' involvement, but I didn't get that. What I did get was an aboveboard Belgian IPA which plays it safe but feels a bit tame. It could certainly be more inspired; I wouldn't call it boring but there's just nothing fresh about it. I wouldn't recommend it to friends.

I'm surprised Christine Celis chose such a new style for the revival of such a traditional brand. Why not a witbier? If Celis is going to try to play catch-up to new industry trends rather than going back to the respected mainstays Pierre revitalized, consider me uninterested. I respect the decision to keep operations in Austin, but maybe pick a less mediocre brewery to do your collaboration with.

The cynic in me suspects the whole "collaboration brew" angle is just a farce, and that this is merely a glorified Adelbert's contract brew.

Low B-

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Golden/amber color with huge white head. Aroma of citrus and pine from hop, and aroma of fruits from belgian yeast. Taste is malty sweet with fruity citrus notes and hops freshness. Medium body , moderate carbonation. Grapefruits bitterness in finish.

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