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De Molen Zomerhop (2012 -)

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88
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Formerly brewed at Brouwerij de Molen
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Bodegraven, Netherlands
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 46   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
bergamot fruit, yeast (top fermenting). EBC 25 15.6º Plato Pale & Cara malts. Sladek Columbus & Cascade (late hop).


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcr (2365) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
FlacoAlto (3881) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (11210) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheCametron (2116) - CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 22, 2012
Bottle. Golden Amber with a White head. Aroma of passionfruit. A tiny little bit of plastic. Flavour is lead by citrus hops. Lemon, grapefruit leading to a very pleasant bitterness. Pretty nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thijs (15) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 20, 2012
Light orange color, fairly large foamy head. Aroma is fruity, hoppy and a little of the bergamot. Taste is medium sweet, malty caramel and medium bitter, good balance. Fruity and also some of the bergamot. Nice IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle from Nina’s. Pours a light golden colour with a decent white head. Aroma of pineapple, passion fruit, caramel and alcohol. Similar flavours with mild bitterness. Moderate carbonation and a lingering dry bergamot character. Well balanced alcohol. Lovely.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dEnk (4199) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 15, 2012
Multiple bottles & superfresh draft. Aroma is fruity hops, loads of citrus, faint bready malt note. Flavour is again citrussy hops, very big but only medium bitter, nice malt note. Good on bottle, but superb fresh from draft.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (7125) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 15, 2012
Bottle shared with Deanso. Pours cloudy golden amber with a large off white head. Aroma is dominated by citrus with a small malt and caramel backup. Flavour is light to medium sweet and moderate bitter. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (6722) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 15, 2012
33cl bottle shared with Kermis. decent white head. Hazy amber pour. Nice and refreshing. Citrus bitterness. Very nice

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
erickok (4322) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - AUG 14, 2012
Light hazy, orange, smell hazy. Very aromatic citric character, well developed. Just enough bitterness, just enough malt backup. Accessible bit still flavourful, quite an achievement. Well carbonated. Well made. (At the De Molen tasting)


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