Infidel | Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company

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Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
Idaho, United States

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

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.28/5  rDev -15%
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.)

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Photo of ccrida
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
2.25/5  rDev -41.7%
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.

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Photo of Moose90
3.07/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

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Photo of Ego
2.99/5  rDev -22.5%
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)

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Photo of SAWright88
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a half finger of head on a cloudy dark straw colored body.
The aroma is danky pine, lemon and pineapple.
Despite the high bitter content, the malty sweetness is ever-present. It has some nice spice with some tropical fruit in the background too.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Quite good.

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Photo of draheim
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz into a tulip. Pours a clear amber w/ a sudsy white head.

Aroma is floral and a little perfumy. A hint of pineapple and citrus.

Taste is floral with a touch of clean sharp pine. Belgian yeast softens the edges. Hop bitterness is balanced by the substantial malt bill. Has a vaguely tea-like quality I can't quite identify.

Mouthfeel is soft and medium-bodied.

Overall a well-crafted imperial Belgian IPA.

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Photo of stevoj
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice take on the IPA style. Belgian yeast plays well with the American hops. Mild hoppy bitterness with a touch of the normal Belgian dried fruit sweetness. Very interesting.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
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 CalgaryFMC
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a 22 oz bottle poured in increments into a Belgian-style goblet, shared with a beer savvy buddy who brought this over for a dinner party that started off as a tasting and ended as a Phillips Hop Circle quaffing session. Fortunately I took decent notes during the tasting portion. Cool succubus type demon (or angel?) on the label. This Belgian IPA is a cloudy orange amber color with a nice robust beige head. Aroma is sweet and fruity, with some tropical fruit, floral, and spicy notes along with a spike of menthol, pleasant and assertive but not aggressive. Palate hits all the right buttons for a well-crafted Belgian IPA, with some citrus rind, unripe pears and apples, mixed peppercorns, fermented pineapple, herbal licorice, earthy black tea, and mellow pine resin all combining to yield an overall sweet, sour, perfumed, and spicy effect with less pungent alcohol than you often get in Belgian tripels and associated hoppy versions. The malts provide an unassuming sweet brown sugar note coasting along in the background. Thinnish well-attenuated body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly crisp and dry finish, with lingering sour fruit and tea-like hops tickling the palate. A very enjoyable Belgian, nice hop flavors with a little resin, a refreshing unripe fruit and citrus quasi-sourness, and downplayed alcohol taste that enhances drinkability. Apparently Idaho is about more than just potatoes.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at SP taphouse in a 10oz. wide mouth short glass

A-pours a golden orange color with a finger and a half of white head that retains well and leaves some spotted lacing on the glass.

S-Aroma is pleasant with some pine, grapefruit and hints of yeast.

T-Taste is a grapefruit and pine hop bitterness with a light fruity and malty sweetness.

M-Medium bodied with generous carbonation leaving a nice tingle on the tongue.

O-A nice Belgian twist on an India Pale Ale. I'm curious how the other brews by Selkirk are

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. An abbey brew, wherein "it's not for the masses, it's for you." Awesomesauce. Wow - there's something in Post Falls other than outlet malls?

This beer pours a cloudy, murky dark apricot amber hue, with two fingers of bubbly, loosely foamy dirty white head, which renders some decent multilayered disintegrating cloud lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs out of sight.

It smells of musty orange, grapefruit and more esoteric tropical fruit, leafy pine needles, earthy yeast, a laid-back creamed caramel malt, bready crackers, a mild clove/white pepper spiciness, and further soft herbal, weedy hops. The taste is more mixed citrus and pineapple-heavy exotic fruit, bready caramel malt, a twinge of saltwater taffy, forest floor detritus, spicy coriander and multicoloured ground pepper, phenolic Belgian yeast, and more herbal, musty hops.

The carbonation is light, and more playfully frothy than anything, the body a plain medium weight, and sort of pithy in its otherwise unassailed smoothness. It finishes off-dry, just, as the malt sort of sputters, while the hops and yeast kick it up a notch or so, battling for supremacy to the end.

A pleasantly balanced and tasty Belgian-styled IPA. Not too yeasty, not too hoppy, but well organized and easy on the tastebuds and overall psyche for this general nonbeliever. This is the part where I usually have to justify why this unholy melding of styles is unnecessary, and well, makes baby Jebus cry. Not here, boyos (Flogging Molly is weirdly on repeat in the background), here we have a defiant usurper of the status quo, one I can duly get behind.

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Photo of cavedave
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

This is getting redundant but geez some more delicious beer courtesy of beertunes my brother from another mother.

Nice cloudy gold with a thin off white cap that shrinks pretty quick but leaves behind bas relief mountain silhouettes on the glass.

Light/medium aroma with some mildly round tart, sweet grain, citrus hop, and lemon, with just a hint of herbal bitter in there.

Not a strong taste, but with some really tasty and balanced players. All the flavors of the aroma with some additional lemon presence, and a nice rooty herbal finish that doesn't overpower.

Very light in mouth, a bit too light, low carb. yet still a touch of carbonic somehow, and a nice finish. Its worst characteristic.

Very drinkable, nicely refreshing, middle of the road and tasty beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clearish orange body with good head and lace ring around glass. A pleasant aroma that mixed wet, citric hops and a touch of yeast and some tropical fruit and possible sweet candi sugar malts. This is a really good beer that balanced both styles quite well, although at times I found it more hoppy. The typical wet, piney, citrisy American hops are there, but so is yeast to smooth the beer out, and there is a medium-bodied, bready/chewey mouthfeel to the beer. Also a touch of sweet malts and some minor tropical fruit flavors and the beer finishes easy and dry. ABV well hidden b/c not once did I even get a touch of booziness or alcohol burn. This was quite the unexpected find at the grocery store.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled Aug 23, 2013.

A real nice body color deeper than most Belgian's somewhat orange amber and peach colored, with some dark brown edges. Transparency is a bit hazy and dull. Head is creamy tan and off white makes two fingers and whips up like frosting with some good clumping action. Some nice light and fine carbonation rising in the middle. Looking nice and ready to go here.

Nose is fairly basic. Some sweet cream sensations, a woody malt and a little bit of citrus hop muted quality. All nicely balanced, but not sensing so much Belgian character here, but quite solid.

Palate is a bit of disappointment on first sip. Incredibly thin body on the palate feel with little sense of carbonation surprisingly. Flavors are extremely chalky and wet. Aftertaste has a bit of hop American bitterness somewhere between pine and citrus, but it's also faint and just leaves a indescernable bitter bite which isn't that pleasurable. Malt depth and sweetness seems to be missing and gone nowhere.

Overall, it's not a horrible beer, but the Belgian character of malt and sweetness doesn't seem to be defined and the American hop used doesn't really seem to be that enjoyable to me.

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Photo of Chrisbaggz
4.79/5  rDev +24.1%
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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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up tonight at the COOP for about $7.. Poured into my HotD goblet... nice 1" foamy white head.. great lacing with pretty good retention.. the brew is lightly hazed orange.

The nose is really well done for a Belgian IPA.. restrained American fruity hoppiness with a nice yeastiness... great balance between the citrus/tropical fruitiness and the clovey/pink bubblegum phenols... Smells great.

Flavor leans more toward the yeast profile but is still well balanced.. a bitterness shows up front just long enough to allow the lite pale malts and Belgian phenols sing.. very drinkable, finishes pretty dry and begs for another sip.

Body is medium/lite with a good amount of small bubble carbonation that helps lift the palate. I cannot believe this is 8%+.. NEVER would have guessed it.

I have enjoyed a few of Selkirk's brews on tap/growler now and am super stoked to see the first bottles.... I know more are coming and cannot wait. This is very well done for a style that is easy to get out of whack.

All 4's.

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Photo of woemad
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler purchased at Selkirk Abbey Brewing in Post Falls, Idaho, for $12. I've had this before three or four times at the brewery, and once at Manito Tap House. Soon, it should be available in bottles. Incientally, the brewery calls this a "Belgian Imperial IPA."

Poured a hazy, golden-orange color, with a sudsy, off-white head that hung around for a few minutes, the receeded to a thin skiff on the sides of a nonic pint glass.

Spicy and fruity in the nose. The fruit scent is more like tangerine than the usual grapefruit encountered in IPAs. The spiciness seems to balance the sweetness of the fruit scent well.

More bitter in the taste than in the smell. The bitterness starts things off, but is immediately paired up with the tangerine-like sweetness, which balances things nicely. In the background, the Belgian yeast provides a spicy cloak to wrap around the proceedings without ever coming to the fore. Big dry zap at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a coating, resiny mouthfeel.

I really like this beer, though my favorite SA beer is the St.Thomas Black Saison. Drinking either one doesn't exactly ruin my day. Hooray for Selkirk Abbey's new bottling line! Hopefully I'll be able to pick this up at Huckleberry's soon on a regular basis.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had this on-tap at the brewery during their 1 year anniversary party. Beer was served in a clear plastic cup; they weren't using normal glassware during the party.

Appearance: murky orange hue with a thick cap of frothy ivory foam. Quite attractive.

Smell: bright and fruity, with a candy like tangerine character. Sweet and enticing!

Taste: sweet and fruity, like the aroma. Tangeriney with a piney finish; one of my favorite IPA hop combinations. Bitterness is good and smooth. It's not super Belgian-ey, other than its candy like character. Delicous anyway!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation for the style.

Overall: quite refreshing and drinkable for a beer of its strength. I like tangeriney IPAs anyway, so this really floats my boat.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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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Photo of GypsyGirlJ
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
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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Photo of BeerBrah
4.88/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy Bright orange with fluffy lasting head that has a Death-Grip for lacing
Hop forward with citrus, tangerine & pineapple notes. Underlying notes of Belgian spice. Very rich and floral
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.
Rich and velvety, Smooth and nicely carbonated
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 beertunes
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris and Sarah for bringing back this treat. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a cloudy orange color with over a half-inch of of off-white head that had very good retention and lacing.

The aroma had a nice yeast scent upfront, a good grain base, a bit of spice and a light fruitiness. There was just a bit of citrus and floral hops in the nose as well. The flavors started out the same, the beer had a distinct Tripelish taste, but then the hops kicked in and the beer really perked up. The yeast really meshed very well with citrusy hops, and there was definitely a nice bite on the finish.

The body was very good, full, yet not heavy, and had a nicely dry finish. Drinkability was great, if this were available to me regularly, I would have it my starting rotation. Overall, a very fine brew. Hopefully we can sweet talk these guys into sending some beer over to us on the Wet Side of the Cascades. A must try if you see it.

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Photo of Lakes
4.87/5  rDev +26.2%
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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Infidel from Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 108 ratings.
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