Infidel | Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company

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3.93 w/ 108 ratings

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 108 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of dertyd
2.08/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of mactrail
2.25/5  rDev -42.7%
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 Jgotcher
2.75/5  rDev -30%

Photo of Ego
2.99/5  rDev -23.9%
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 RFL8
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of Moose90
3.07/5  rDev -21.9%
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 RBorsato
3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Photo of imbibehour
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
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 Juno_Malone
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of AWB3
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Magery
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jzeilinger
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
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 Taybeh
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Walshwi
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of LouZ
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Dilbert65
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of thebigredone
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of neckbeered
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of brpendergast85
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stevoj
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
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 cavedave
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
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 drinkin-beeers
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Infidel from Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company
Beer rating: 75.9% out of 100 with 108 ratings
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