New Belgium Mountain Mantra

Formerly brewed at New Belgium Brewing Company
Fort Collins, Colorado USA
6.3% India Pale Ale (IPA) | 15 Ratings | Special Release |
The color - copper rouge (like an old penny). The aroma - Wow! The amazing synergy of isoamyl acetate (Belgian ester - bananas), phenolic (think pink bubblegum) and FRESH hops - it melts into one beautiful, complex aroma. The taste is initially spicy-sweet, followed by hop bitterness. The afterbitter is soft yet aggressive. The mouthfeel is at first creamy, then warms from the alcohol and finishes crisp from the hops.

This is the second offering in our small batch beer program. Brewmaster Peter Bouckaert encourages his crew to take chances and experiment with any style (or lack thereof). Mountain Mantra is our own Chris Holbrook's interpretation of a Belgian twist on a west coast IPA. Kind of a triple hybrid. The real fun of this beer is that Chris' love for fresh, aggressive hops and spices does not muddle the distinct Belgian aromas. This beer truly speaks to both sides of Chris' beer love without tearing you in two!

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Aroma is one of beer's most complex features. Aroma is propelled by lively CO2 and dampened by pillowy heads - especially nitrogen foam.

Malt
caramel bread hay cereal chocolate coffee nuts toast roasty

Hops
resin floral grass spruce citrus herbs

Yeast/Bacteria
dough barnyard cheese basement aromas leather earthy leaves

Other
alcohol banana bubblegum butterscotch clove cooked vegetables cough drop ginger licorice raisin rotten eggs soy sauce skunky smoke vanilla woody
Appearance is how a beer appeals to the eye and includes notes on color, the liquid's visual texture and the head -- the beer's foam top.

Color
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Liquid
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Head
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Taste is what can be appreciated with the tongue. It's easy to mistake aromas for tastes -- the tongue only senses sweet, bitter, sour, salt and umami.

Sweet
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Bitter
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Sour
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Other
salty umami
The palate includes touch sensations on the lips, tongue, gums and roof of the mouth.

Body
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Texture
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Carbonation
fizzy lively average soft flat

Finish
astringent bitter abrupt long

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