Palm Hop Select
Brouwerij Palm NV

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Belgian Pale Ale
Ranked #364
Ranked #41,553
3.56 | pDev: 10.96%
Brouwerij Palm NV
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Photo of Beneluxor
4.51/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was quickly struck by the top-fermented Palm Hop Select as the Belgian beer some of us were awaiting ... a richly-flavoured beer that goes well with food, quite unlike the typical Belgian premium beer - very often an ale, or other type more exotic - that tends to have idiosyncratic, non-food-compatible flavourings & a high alcohol content. The balance here in the Palm Hop Select is 'just right' ... 6 % alcohol, nice look & aroma, a rich hoppy taste that is straightforward & full, & the ability to complement almost any meal or snack, even a spicy one. Offered in the ideal-size one-third-litre bottle. Has become my main beer to keep in supply at home & for guests.

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Photo of janubio
3.14/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Deep golden colour, witha small head that fades soon. Not much lace. Aroma of hops, resine, grass, fruits, a bit medicinal. Medium body, thick palate. Taste is a bit roasted, sweeter than expected, fruits. Correct, but not great, IMO.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip.
Pours cloudy orange-amber with 2-finger off-white head, moderate retention, some laces.
Smell - belgian yeasts, apple, peach, honey, herbal hops.
Taste - worse, a bit hoppier Palm, caramel, apple, vague aftertaste with some hop presence.
Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of Zet
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Didn't really know what to expect, but this is surprisingly good. Smells like fresh grass, subtle hop flavors and a malty aftertaste. This is a nice refreshing beer, similar to a maibock. I would recommend ordering this on a cafe terrace in springtime.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Basically a Palm with some more hops. In this case, it certainly improves the beer. How much does it improve the beer? On the one hand, it makes it a pretty drinkable, but very forgettable ale. On the other hand, I can't imagine I'd ever buy one again. There are just too many good Belgians to waste time with the mediocre ones.

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Photo of Wanne
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice beer. The addition of the extra hop ( Hallertau Mittelfrüh ) makes this Palm variety more refreshing than a regular palm. It adds a slightly herbal/grassy taste to the original, which makes it slightly more enjoyable to drink, despite the (sometimes) metallic aftertaste.

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Photo of Macko
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle into its own Palm Hop Select Glass

A- Amber Golden, cloudier than expected with inviting creamy head which lasts very well.

S - The hops permeates everything. 2 feet away, I can still smell it, and not much else when I close up.

T - Given the strong smell, was surprised the taste offered much more. Tangerine in particular came through and it also bore some resemblance to the regular palm, which is no bad thing. Lost a tiny few marks with a metallic hint which I would have preferred without.

M - Served cold and it sure was refreshing. Retained good carbonation throughout, little bit of creamy aftertaste which was also a nice surprise.

O - More than pleasantly surprised. This is a damn good offering, and I hope it stays around. Perfect for lighter drinking, with food, in Summertime... more than pleasing.

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Photo of Takahiro
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: golden, with bit hazy that seem to come from yeast sediment that was poured in. thick foam.
S: metallic/rusty, fruity hops
T: zesty citrus/lemon peel hops, caramel malt, followed by hop bitterness. some alcohol notes.
M: bit sticky from caramel, but good representation of west-coast IPA. well balanced with hop flavor and bitterness.
O: i think this is a very nice homage to an american IPA (west coast) by a big Belgian brewery. I am very happy to find this beer in the local super market, where hoppy beers (in general) are hard to come by (in the Netherlands). i hope they keep on making this year round.

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Photo of Filosoof
4.34/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Palm introduces a new beer. And though the Royal isn't very special, this Hop Select is a nice complement in Palm's stable.

L: almost perfect; the top could last a bit longer;
S: also almost perfect; nice grasses, nice tartness and the well known flowers of the Palm yeast; every time you smell, the smell discloses other elements;
T: round, grassy, a tiny lemon, but maybe a bit siruppy;
M: there's something lacking in the middle, the alcohol is a bit too low; the drinkability is great for a hop beer;
O: good stuff, a lot potential to become a commercial sale wonder.

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Photo of Maakun
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden color with a nice white head. Very clear too with little visible carbonation.

Smell: grassy, some very light yeast. Smells a lot like pilsner.

Taste: bitter at first, then some tart fruits. Green apple and some citrus. Aftertaste is a bit sharp and bitter, almost chemical tasting.

Mouth is a bit thin, though it does cout the mouth slightly. Quite a lot of carbonation now. doest really fit such a light mouth.

Overall: a bit thin and sharp. It's drinkable but nothing special.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Palm is a resepctable beer when you can get it fresh, but the words "hop select" on a beer label makes me do that Tex Avery wolf howling thing. Going 330 ml out of the bottle into its own glass at Cafe Botteltje, on to the beer:

A lovely amber orange color in the glass, topped with a 1½ inch rocky head with good retention and attractive bubbles running throuhg its body. The aroma of fresh grassy and herbal notes hit the hop thing we. Complimenting those aromas are gentle fruit notes and a little tangerine.

Whether your palate is Belgian or American, the hop flavor is strong. There's a big bite of spicy grass first, followed by soft esters and toast. There's a spicier kick towards the end, which leaves a pleasant mark. The two sides work well together. It's medium bodied, spicy, with a buzzy sensation.

Pleasing "fresh hop" beer by Palm. I think it wil be a matter of when, not if, it hits the US market.

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Photo of samEBC
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The name suggests this will probably be a hoppier version of the regular Palm.
The label states this beer is thrice hopped with Hallertau Mittelfrüh.

A: dark golden colour, rocky white head, leaves a beautiful lacing on my glass

S: caramel maltiness with a subtle fruitiness, mostly banana, grapefruit, some mango

T: malty, bubblegum, grapefruit, ending in herbal hops, medium bitterness not much else and absolutly not as explicitly hoppy as the name suggested

M: light to medium body, medium carbonation, dry finish

O: fairly decent, subtle, hoppy session beer, just lacking a bit of power but refreshing and easy to drink

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Palm Hop Select from Brouwerij Palm NV
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 56 ratings