Kaapse Brouwers

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American IPA
Ranked #5,382
Ranked #34,039
3.61 | pDev: 13.3%
Kaapse Brouwers
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2.92/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this one at the Duvel guy.

From a bottle into a snifter
Best before 9 February 2017
EBC: 57
EBU: 39
The brewer describes this as a Strong IPA and not necessarily an American IPA

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1 finger, thicker, bubbly, off-white head with good retention. Deep rust orange in color with no carbonation evident. Looks a little flat off the pour, unfortunately. Head recedes to a bubbly cap. A bubbly ring remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass. A little lack luster for the style.

SMELL: Toffee, some butterscotch and red fruits on the nose. Missing what you'd expect from the tag "IPA." Still smells nice enough.

TASTE: More toffee and caramel up front with some lighter floral notes as well. More sweetness at the swallow with a big and lingering finish of toffee, butterscotch and, oddly enough, Werther's Original candies. I like those candies but they're not really what I expect in an IPA.

PALATE: Fuller body and lower levels of carbonation. Weighty on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a bit sticky. Nice, though almost flat, which isn't kosher for the style.

OVERALL: Not a bad beer at all, and something I rather enjoyed, but it's not really and example of an IPA. If anything it's more of an English IPA off the cask, as the taste profile is not at all American and the feel is almost like they pulled it from the cask. Granted the brewer calls it a Strong IPA and not an American IPA, so there's no fault there per se. Then again, at 6.5%, I'm not sure it's all that strong by today's standards either. In any case, this was a nice beer but not quite what I was expecting. Approach with an open mind.

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Photo of safaricook
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky red brown, beige head, layer remains, some lacing
interesting aroma of ripe pineapple, toasted malts, papaya, maybe a little oxidized
bitter, a little lingering, fruity, toasted malts
medium to full body, a bit to low on carbonation, a little alcohol warmth
Pretty nice tropical IPA, good balancing malt body, tastes big but is moderate in alcohol

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Photo of biboergosum
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle - another Dutch contract brewer gettin' 'er done at de Molen.

This beer pours a hazy, murky dark bronzed amber colour, with a fistful of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves a decent band of Swiss cheese lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of bready caramel malt, zippy earthy yeast, muddled citrus flesh and pith, a further pineapple-accented tropical fruitiness, and softly herbal piney and grassy notes. The taste is semi-sweet orange and red grapefruit citrus, plain caramel malt, ethereal yeast, an additional candied orchard fruitiness, and still laid-back piney, leafy, and herbal hops.

The carbonation is duly present, and kind of lightly borne in its frothy nature, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth for an IPA, the fruitiness staving off any meddling bitterness here. It finishes off-dry, the weirdly muted caramel malt still showing some stamina, abetted by the lingering fruitiness.

I don't know what it is (probably the yeast) about IPAs made at the big Low Countries craft brewers, they just seem to have something missing, a certain je ne sais quoi, even though they employ the same heady Yankee hops used stateside. Lost in translation, whatever, I don't really see wanting another go around with this one.

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Carrie from Kaapse Brouwers
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 12 ratings