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De Molen Zomerhop (2012 -)

Formerly brewed at Brouwerij de Molen
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Bodegraven, Netherlands
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 46   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
bergamot fruit, yeast (top fermenting). EBC 25 15.6º Plato Pale & Cara malts. Sladek Columbus & Cascade (late hop).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (17341) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 14, 2012
bottle at home ... golden amber ... bubbly tan head ... soft zezty peppery hop nose ... juicy fruits ... quite bitter ... soft tofee fop ... quite peppery ... light oily orange ... little too bitter in linger for me

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (14648) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2012
Bottle @ Carlsens kvarter, Odense. Pours cloudy Golden with a White head. Nose is grass, grapefruit and a bit of leather. Freshly hopped. Grassy and dry Flavor. Peach and melon. Perhaps the cleanest non black De Molen beer so far. Smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
HermanW (1046) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2012
33cl fles @home. Alweer een IPA van de molen.niet erg sterk IPAish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11786) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2012
Bottle at Carlsens Kvarter. Hazy amber with a lasting white head. Aroma of grass, peach, orange peel and a little yeasty phenolic note. Sweetish malty flavour with toffee and biscuit, along with citrus and peachy hops. Grassy/herbal and quite bitter hoppy finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (7575) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 3, 2012
Bottle from Yamaichi. Fruity, hoppy nose, orange, grapefruit zest, honey, caramel, hay, grass. Cloudy orange-amber witha a tall, fine head. Light, sweet flavor, caramel, sweet orange. Grassy, nicely bitter. A bit metallic. Decent, nice summer beer, as per the name, and quite tasty to boot. Good citrus character.    

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10793) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2012
Bottled. Amber coloured. Unclear. Dense light beige head. Aroma: citrus, flowers, sweetness,. flavour. Herbs. flowers, caramel, light grass. Medium bodied. Ends grassy bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (35128) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2012
33 cl bottle. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is citrusy and crisp grapefruity. Peachy, grapefruity and citrusy. Smooth fruity, light bitter and crisp hoppy. Bitter and citrusy into the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcr (2346) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2012
Bottle. Deep golden body with amber highlights. Huge, frothy white head with light gold highlights. Big aroma of citrus, flowers, orange peel, lemon zest, toasted grain, candy, bread. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture turning fizzy in the finish, lively carbonation. Taste of citrus with just a hint of husky grain. Nice lingering bitterness. Overall, crisp, well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
FlacoAlto (3850) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Bottled 27th of April 2012; Sampled September 2012
Another excessively foamy beer, I wasn’t quite quick enough and lost some foam to the floor before I could get this in a glass. A very soft pour still nets a five-finger thick, and growing, pale tan tinged head that overflows my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer is light amber color that shows a clear, almost orange tinged, gold / pale-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of candied tropical fruit, grassy herbs, dried hay, chewy cracker like malt, citrus scented honey, kumquat zest, and a huge floral note that leans towards peach blossoms. There is an almost spicy cinnamon like note to this beer after it warms up.

A bit spritzy in its carbonation, the beer is light, but has a fullness to it that keeps it from being watery. The hops have a sharpness and perhaps an astringency to it, but this certainly has a bitter bite. The malt provides a dusty, cracker like pale malt character and it mixes with the floral hop character to contribute a soft honey like note. The beer is quite dry, with more of a malt fullness than a malt sweetness. Herbal hop notes provide a touch of grassiness, as well as a touch of sharp menthol, some tree sap leaning towards pine notes, and a hop fruit character that at times struggles to come through the dryness that this beer has; this last contributes flavors of lychee, kumquat, fruity-floral peach. Hot alcohol notes lean a bit towards curing plastic in the finish, and really is what makes this a bit harsh, and even tongue numbing in a lingering sort of way.

I was hoping for a bit more here, this is not a bad beer, but in the end it doesn’t quite mesh together, and the hotness / plastic notes in the finish are what makes this disjointed. The malt character and hops are really quite nice, and if the yeast character had played along this would have been quite spectacular. If this was intended to be purely bottom-fermenting / Lager yeast used here, then something unintended has clearly happened to this beer. I have a feeling it is only going to get more phenolic and hot with time, so I would recommend drinking this sooner rather than later.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (11150) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 8, 2012
Bottle Orange color. Grapefruit, pineapple, grassy hops and earl grey tea in the aroma. Firm hopbitter flavor with lemon and pineapple. Almost woody, earthy finish. A well behaving hoppy beer.

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