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New Belgium Hop Kitchen #2 - French Aramis India Pale Ale

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RATINGS: 190   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
A drier IPA for the summer, brewed with French Aramis hops to create an aroma of fresh cut flowers and garden herbs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (4348) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2013
Bottle. The nose on this is very nicely hoppy, and hits you immediately with a great floral aroma. The taste is a little bitter, but reminds me a lot of Earl Grey tea, especially in the aftertaste. I happen to like Earl Grey, so that works, but I can’t quite get over the tea taste. Odd, but fairly pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jandd1983 (3831) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2013
It poured a clear amber color with a white head. The aroma was of herbal, floral hops and sweet caramel malts. The taste was of herbal hops and caramel malts. It was medium bodied with a decent balance. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2712) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Pours a lighter orange almost yellow color. Notes of grass and herbs with lots of catty hops and fresh air. Good back end hop bite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5858) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Pours clear copper / orange with a very soapy off-white head. The aroma is very herbal and fruity in the hop department. There is also a bit of tangerine and minor malt that offers some balance. It has a medium body with smooth huskiness and soft, but abrasive carbonation. Really like the mouthfeel. The flavor starts with a rough spiciness, earthy herbs, some nectar fruit, dry caramel malt and some berries. The finish has lots of dry herbal traits. Solid IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bule (1836) - California, USA - NOV 25, 2013
22oz bottle pours a pale amber color with a bit of head. Strong hoppy aroma. A little floral. Intense hoppy flavor without much depth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcr (2554) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Bottle. Cloudy gold/orange with a fizzy, off-white head. Delicate aroma of citrus, toasted grain, floral hops, grapefruit. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Lingering bitterness. The aftertaste leaves notes reminiscent of Fat Tire. A bit heavy-handed bitterness in the finish, but overall it doesn’t wipe out the taste buds.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nik925 (786) - USA - NOV 23, 2013
Super bright and clean all around. First thought is of perfume. Very crisp, clean malt that gets out of the way of the hops. Nice new hop option. This one will be showing up in a lot more beers. Just stoopidly great aroma. flavor doesn’t live up to it, but you get to smell it while drinking it, so that score goes up. A nicely made hop display - and great hop.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5681) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Hazy light golden coloured body with a pleasant two centimetre tall pale white head. Aroma of dry and grassy hops, light wheat and malts, all with a touch of peaches and apricots and a light citrus note. Light to Medium-bodied; Dry, herbal hop flavours at first with a grassy malt note, some light fruits and a subdued, yet refined finish. Aftertaste shows some dry and grassy notes with a hint of light herbs, some pepper and a relatively pungent yeast characteristic. Overall, a nice and refined IPA that shows more grass, herbs and saison than an hops and pure out IPA, but the balance is struck quite nicely and I’d recommend this if you can find it still! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Arrowine in Arlington, Virginia on 12-September-2013 for US$4.99 sampled at home in Washington on 17-November-2013.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Golden with good lace. Mildly sweet hop profile. Fresh and dry, earthy, hearty bitterness at the end, decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 12, 2013
A bit abrasive. Not your most floral hopfest. Bitter and chalk like, with notes of scotch tape. Finishes clean.

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