Infidel | Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company

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3.93/5
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108 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
Idaho, United States
selkirkabbey.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Lakes on 07-01-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,424
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
108
pDev:
12.47%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
23
Trade:
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Photo of BeerBrah
4.88/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance:
Slightly hazy Bright orange with fluffy lasting head that has a Death-Grip for lacing
Aroma:
Hop forward with citrus, tangerine & pineapple notes. Underlying notes of Belgian spice. Very rich and floral
Taste:
Nice BIG hop hit but super balanced. The Citrus fruit from the aroma is right up front with the Belgian spice and a subtle malt backbone.
Palate/Mouthfeel:
Rich and velvety, Smooth and nicely carbonated
Overall:
This is a sexy, dangerous beer that is WAY too easy drinking for its 8.2% ABV. New "go to" IPA.

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Photo of Lakes
4.87/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a pint glass at the grand opening.

Very clear orange-golden color with a nice thick white lingering head that left a wonderful lace.

Aroma is spicy resiny citrus and very hop forward. The taste is exceptional. Big hit of the resiny hops but nothing even approaching astringency. Superbly balanced by both the malt and the Belgian yeast. The yeast is present throughout but doesn't dominate or overpower either the malt or the big hop hit. The mouthfeel is pretty big but balanced by the carbonation. Rhis is my new favorite IPA.

I'm drinking this till they ask me to leave.

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Photo of Chrisbaggz
4.79/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Went to check out the new Growler station at Magruder's DC today... Glad I did, as I was able to grab the last 64oz of this keg! The aroma and mouthfeel are so crisp and so clean, I feel like I'm in an cool evergreen forest where the air is fragrant, cool and dry. The taste is full of crisp, citrusy hop notes of grapefruit and a little pine. The favors of a fine but muted Belgian Ale come through the pallet from sip to swallow in a way that no other Belgian Style IPA has accomplished (most Belgian IPA's tend to be a little too Belgian and not enough IPA). This is one of my favorite beers of all time! The alcohol is hidden well and it is as refreshing as it is easy to drink. Cheers!

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of GypsyGirlJ
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

beautiful deep amber orange color with the slightest bit of haze. creamy, thick head with a good retention (i waited for a full minute before i gave up and drank through it.) the subsequent lace on the glass was crazy! in the nose i caught some floral notes, bold citrus and a touch of pineapple. a deep sip revealed bold hops with no astringency whatsoever, balanced grapefruit and this tantalizing little hints of pineapple with out it being too sweet. there are those interesting little notes of spice from the belgian yeast that compliment the citrus of this beer so well. i loved how the hops are very evident but don't overpower the other flavors of the beer. the belgian yeast seems to add a nice smooth finish to this beer, making it a lot more drinkable than some of other IPAs around the same IBU. the mouth feel was pure velvet, full but not heavy. very much enjoyed this beer!! my new favorite IPA by far!

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of VABA
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent!

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of MikeDAdams
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of beertraveldude
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a dark bronze amber with a fine one finger ivory head with great retentiona and lacing. Looks nice. Aroma on pouring dominated by citrus and tropical fruit and citrus hops; after pouring more classical Belgian spicing, coriander and clove and saison yeast with hints of citrus hops. Wow, quite unexpected and complex flavor. Starts with sweet fruit, citrus rind, leaning tropical and orange citrus, becoming increasing cherry and stone fruit esters with peppery spices and citrus hops developing to finish hot spicy with Belgian spices and peppery, mildly citrus hop bitterness. Medium bodied with pleasant light creaminess and good carbonation. I've never had anything with this flavor profile before. There is a lot going on here, with sweet/sour fruit, hints of citrus rind, peppery and Belgian spicing and hops contributing more bitterness than herbal flavors (although it's hard to figure out where all the flavors are coming from, so perhaps this is also an unusual hop profile). Can't say I've been as startled but pleased by an ale flavor before. They say they are trying to produce a Belgian ale / American hop hybrid, and they nail it, but there is an intriguing fruit flavor underlying all that pulls this together. I found this and a couple other varieties 300 miles across state from me and now regret I can't try more from this brewery and soon. For me, a "wow" beer, I am very impressed.

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Photo of Suptfgv
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Complex flavor with extraordinary citra hops flavor

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Photo of ckollias
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rarigney
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Keepnitrl
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MDDMD
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-nice golden color with a long lasting white head and good lacing

S-grainy malt, yeasty, spices, tropical fruit

T-pineapple, orange, toasted bread, yeasty, coriander, light pine,moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-outstanding Belgian IPA, really enjoyed this, great belgian character

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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Infidel from Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 108 ratings
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