Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company

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Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
Idaho, United States
Belgian IPA
Ranked #35
Ranked #15,322
3.92 | pDev: 12.5%
Sep 05, 2021
Jul 01, 2012
Very Good
Notes: Unbowed and unrepentant, this free spirit makes no apologies and asks for no forgiveness. Infidel is an imperial Belgian style IPA that set the standard for the style. Its rich satisfying flavor of spicy citrus, pine and grassy earthiness are carried by a malt bill and abv big enough to run with it.
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Lasting, thin, off-white head. Medium, golden orange clear appearance. Slight dried apple? aroma, with subtle malt. Yes, this is a Belgian dubbel, with a solid hop bite. The IPA part is a bit of grapefruit peel. Finish has good malt, with a citrus bite.
Sep 05, 2021
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Reviewed by MattHersey from Idaho

4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Looks very red/coppery, very inviting

The smell is incredible, perfect blend of hops and belgian sweetness

The taste comes across very sweet

Feel is gentle alcohol and carbonation

Overall a really top notch beer. Would drink over and over again, that unique combination of sweet and hoppy is a perfect treat.
Aug 15, 2019
Rated: 3.49 by Donkster46 from Washington

Jul 14, 2019
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Poured from bomber into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a copper-amber color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head fades very fast to leave a tiny bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a caramel and dark fruit aroma of cherry and plum. Along with these smells comes some notes of boozy alcohol and a little bit of a Belgium spice of coriander and clove.
Taste – The taste begins somewhat bready and slightly fruity and caramel sweet taste with the fruit being of a dark fruit flavor of cherry, plum, and raisin. There is very little hop tastes upfront, but as the taste advances some hop of a herbal and grassy nature come to the tongue. At the end of the taste a rather strong boozy alcohol taste comes to the tongue and with a little bit of a floral hop and some spice, one is left with a warming and hot, lightly hopped, and somewhat malty taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is rather thick with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher. The higher carbonation is great for a Belgium style IPA (if you want to consider this an IPA), but with the hot boozy, fruity sweet, and light hop flavors, a thinner body and slightly lower carbonation level may have been a little bit better overall.
Overall – For a 8.2 % brew it is rather hot, and for an IPA it is rather weak. It was worth a try, but is not really a great Belgium IPA overall.
May 09, 2019
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
22oz bottle served in a big snifter. Not poured completely, so if there's sediment, it should still be in the bottle. Gift from a friend at work.

Pours a rich ruby color, pretty clear, with very little head and not a lot of carbonation after the initial movement. Smell is a little bit of toffee, some hoppy bitterness, and a hint of funk if I sniff it a few times.

Taste is very "imperial red IPA" in profile -- hoppy, caramel and toffee, some nut, moderate to high sweetness. But, it definitely has some funk, but it's not overpowering. Brett comes across subtly.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick, a bit too still. Overall, this is probably one of the better tasting Belgian IPAs I've had, but it could use a little bit more carbonation.
Apr 05, 2019
Rated: 3.61 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

Aug 11, 2018
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip. Very cool artwork... no freshness date.

L: Hazy amber/copper pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head... falls fast with thick sticky lacing.

S: Spice and sweet malts... caramel and light citrus.

T/F: Sweet and spicy.. Belgian candy sugars... light citrus, tea leaves, and grass. Earthy... very mild evergreen, but mostly sweetness and spice. My first sip was 'ugh too sweet' but after a few minutes it started to grow on me a bit. The hopping is subtle... definitely not bitter. Creamy carbonation... light bodied.

O: Not bad and not sure what to make of this beer. Not much of an IPA... more of a sweet saison with belgian sugar and spice. I didn't love it... wouldn't seek it out again... but am glad I got to try it. Interesting brew.
Apr 04, 2018
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Reviewed by wowthisisactualgarbage from Canada (NU)

5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Amazing brew, made better by the incredible nature of the nomenclature for this product.

Smooth mouthfeel, coupled with a light effervescent aura and faint chocolate, prune and walnut undertones provides an enjoyable drinking experience. Big plus as you can pretend to be a Christian crusader lording over the Outreimer realms while enjoying this timeless product.
Jan 21, 2018
Rated: 4.36 by rarigney from Washington

Mar 13, 2017
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
A - Medium amber hue with thin, dense lacing and light carbonation.

S - Belgian candy sugar malt, citrus, all with some mild spiciness. Nose overall is on the lighter side.

T - Sweet malt throughout, some citrus, light spiciness, light pine bitterness on the back end, some woodiness, and some alcohol presence. There's an off-flavor that I can't pinpoint.

M - Thick medium body with gentle carbonation on the tongue.

O - Glad to have the opportunity to try this beer, wouldn't buy it again. (Unfortunately.)
Jan 10, 2017
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Reviewed by ccrida from Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Enjoyed this Belgian IPA in a large Piraat tulip. A burnt gold color shows the maltiness, but it's still pretty light mouthfeel in the digestible style of the Belgians, with an equally frothy head. Smell is fruity esters and hoppy, herbal and citrus. Taste is similarly hoppy and estery, but the hops are more continental, with a herbal finish that is just of touch sour / over-ripe fruit. Not the cleanest finish, but overall, as a fan of fruity belgian yeasts, complimented with a biere de garde malt base, it's a nice hoppy spin on a farmhouse.
Oct 16, 2016
Rated: 3.31 by Taybeh from Minnesota

Aug 10, 2016
Rated: 2.08 by dertyd from California

May 14, 2016
Rated: 3.28 by Magery from Kentucky

Feb 09, 2016
Rated: 4.03 by Bnoise11 from California

Feb 04, 2016
Rated: 3.95 by Dr_Fox from Utah

Jan 13, 2016
Rated: 3.21 by RBorsato from Virginia

Jan 09, 2016
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Reviewed by mactrail from Washington

2.25/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2
For a split second I thought this was the big fruity flavor of Mosaic or Nelson Sauvin hops-- but then it turns into some kind of spoiled fruit juice. It even has the suspicious carbonation of bad fruit. Aroma is indescribable. Is there such a thing as a metallic smell?

Well, this could be spoiled though it doesn't quite have the usual bitter-nasty bacterial taste. But as a warning to others, I bought this at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham.
Nov 24, 2015
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Rated by Mikenike from Washington

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
A good Belgian IPA. I would love to try this dry hopped.
Oct 21, 2015
Rated: 3.79 by zp6167a from District of Columbia

Sep 20, 2015
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Reviewed by Moose90 from Washington

3.07/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
22oz bomber

A — Pours a deep orange hued amber into the glass, some ruby edges to it. Puffy, khaki colored head sits on top and forms a little bit of lace along the inside of the glass.

S — Smells of bitter piney hops briefly, but it then is dominated by yeast and esters. Little bit spicy.

T — Tastes of citrus, piney, then quite grassy and earthy hop character. Big sweet malty balance dominates everything else though, little bit of a spicy yeast character as well.

M — Medium-full bodied, alcohol is well hidden.

O — Alright overall, borderline unbalanced.
Aug 29, 2015
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A-Pours an amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight citrus hints
T-Taste follows the nose with a slight citrus flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A decent beer
Aug 20, 2015
Rated: 3.87 by khmel from Ukraine

Jul 21, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by MjBrewhouse from Idaho

Jul 08, 2015
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Reviewed by Ego from New Jersey

2.99/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
3 bold fingers of head even on an easy pour, more bubbles than people in Idaho are bubbling up (as bubbles do) from the bottom, really craggy head with super lacing, orange hue with a clear disposition, a really nice looking beer

dark honey coated pine, a bit sweet and flowery, kind of strange, not much to it.

taste etc...
bright carbonation as you would expect from the visual presentation, sweetness comes in a bit too much and then is "offset" by bitterness... it all seems a mess to me, the two
dominant flavors are clashing rather than melding, you get some of that yeasty belgian
thing going but the bitterness just works against it.

not for this guy (using thumbs to point to self which is sort of an ancient selfie)
Jul 04, 2015
Rated: 4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

May 10, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by elglueckert from Montana

Apr 25, 2015
Rated: 3.74 by drinkin-beeers from Montana

Apr 13, 2015
Rated: 3.87 by Syracuse12 from New Jersey

Mar 16, 2015
Rated: 4.12 by Tim725 from New Jersey

Mar 15, 2015
Rated: 4.04 by bvilord from Idaho

Mar 11, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by djrn2 from New Jersey

Feb 28, 2015
Rated: 3.88 by naproxen from District of Columbia

Feb 03, 2015
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Rated by Suptfgv from Washington

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Complex flavor with extraordinary citra hops flavor
Feb 01, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by beertraveldude from Massachusetts

Jan 30, 2015
Rated: 4.15 by Hopmodium from Washington

Jan 29, 2015
Rated: 4.33 by Keepnitrl from Washington

Jan 12, 2015
Rated: 3.8 by misternebbie from Pennsylvania

Jan 04, 2015
Rated: 4.4 by ckollias from Maryland

Jan 03, 2015
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Reviewed by SAWright88 from Idaho

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
Some friends and I spent an evening sampling the beers at Selkirk....I'm pretty sure we tried them all, and the only one any of us enjoyed was the Infidel.

Luckily Albertson's by our house sells it......I enjoy Infidel. Is slightly hoppy, but mellow. The Belgian style hops add sweetness and amber color. All around, its pretty darn tasty.
Dec 12, 2014
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