Belma IPA | Country Boy Brewing

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Brewed by:
Country Boy Brewing
Kentucky, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 1 | Ratings: 11
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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More than just a delicious taste that alleviates the thirst for Zombie Dust and Tasmanian IPA, Country Boy's Belma (single-hopped IPA) is also an education into the aroma, taste, and bitterness of this newly introduced hop varietal.

Like many of those well constructed, hop-forward ales, the beer is lightly hazy and glosses a light amber hue. Somewhat orange and golden in its highlights, the beer seems to glow in the glass. It's capped by frothy white structures that ensure its long-lived foam stance and clings to the glass with broken rings of lace with each sip. It certainly fits the IPA look even though it seems a little light on carbonation.

Medium intense aromas of fruit fill the nose with a blend of citrus and tropical varieties and a touch of orchard fruit as well. Backed by supple caramel and honey, these seem to give a juicy scent to those fruits which resemble grapefruit, pineapple, mango, apricot, peach, apple, grape, and blood oranges. Herbal with stemmy character, a lemony sassafras note emits from the hops and gives the beer an acidic tinge.

Vibrant with fruit flavors, all that range of tropical, citrus, and orchard fruit of aroma manifests in ripe, juicy fashion. Supported by light caramels and thinned honey taste, the sweet grains are careful not to step on the foot of hops. Though bright in its early and middle palate, the beer's fade to dryness is only moderately accompanied by hop bitterness. This light bite keeps the beer friendly and focused on hop aroma and flavor, and then only moderately reliant on bitterness. This smooth finish closes with dry malts and pine-like resin dryness.

Medium in body, the beer's early creaminess dissolves headed into middle palate and allows the beer to dry out slowly and evenly. Alcohol warmth grows gradually, just as the hops develop the resin dryness and soft bitterness.

The Belma hops seem to give me a bright tropical, citrus, and peach tone with lemon and fragrant wood character. But its use in beer is likely well suited for stronger bittering presence to go along with the zesty aroma and taste.

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Belma IPA from Country Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 11 ratings