Brewed by Brouwerij Strubbe
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ichtegem, Belgium
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Dutch: Het Belgica IPA bier wordt gebrouwen in de originele ketels van de verdwenen Aigle-Belgica brouwerij. Deze ketels zijn verhuisd naar en worden nog steeds gebruikt door de 8 ste generatie van de familiebrouwerij Strubbe uit Ichtegem. De IPA bierstijl is onstaan aan her einde van de 18de eeuw in Engeland. Het bier bedoeld voor export naar de Indische Kolonie werd wat zwaarder gehopt en was daardoor iets bitterder en hoger van alcoholgehalte. Hierdoor kon het bier langer bewaard worden tijdens de lange zeereis. Deze typische Belgische IPA is opgebouwd uit fruitige. zoerte en aard-bloemrijke hop smaken. Dit in combiniatie met het hogere alcoholgehalte maakt het een sterk en complex bier dat vraagt om koel geserveerd to worden.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fatehunter (2517) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2013
A finger and half of head on a cloudy, apricot colored body. The aroma is walnut, orange and lemon. The walnut is an interesting note, but it fits. The taste is moderately bitter, orange sweet in the middle, then sour at the end. The profile seems disjointed but its unique. Crisp texture, moderate carbonation and medium body. A good and worthy IPA .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
diabel (1692) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2017
Clear amber body. Lightly hoppy nose. Off-white frothy head. Moderately bitter flavour. Quite OK, nog thrilling.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
77ships (9184) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 18, 2017
750 ml. bottle - tasting glass @ Meug Afterwork 2017. Totally 100 % clear golden, little white head. Nose is unpleasant green apple esters, cauliflower & unpleasant BE esters, cooked vegetables. Taste is sparkling poor green apple esters, cooked vegetables, green, BE esters, industrial, vegetables. Body is rubbish sparkling BE esters. I have no idea what this brewery means with the term Belgian IPA in the description. IPA is all wrong here, this is all Belgica in the worst way with unpleasant green vegetables BE esters. Very poor take on the IPA style, very poor beer in general.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (5087) - BELGIUM - APR 22, 2016
From a 75 cl bottle with cork and muselet; lots of pressure, but no gusher. Very thick, frothy, papery lacing, hops-enhanced, egg-white head over an initially clear, amberish orange blonde beer, becoming misty and more deeply orangey with deposit. Very earthy, saison-like aroma of dried nettles and other garden weeds, field flowers, moist hay, peach, gooseberry, red apple peel, pineapple, damp forest floor, soggy white bread, hints of lemon zest, clove-like phenols, cooked potato, wormwood, bitter honey, gin, raw carrot, black pepper, jute, old spinach leaves. Crisp, refreshing onset, estery with some subdued sweetness (peach, pineapple) but stronger sourishness (gooseberry, soapy starfruit) and medium to sharpish, bit minerally carbo; soft and fluffy breadiness in the middle while estery fruitiness plays along and some vague clove-like phenol spiciness shows up only to increase towards the end but not in a obtrusive manner; finishes earthy and bitter, lots of earthy, floral, slightly herbal and peppery hop bitterishness, drying and residing on the root of the tongue for quite a while, combining well with the ongoing Belgian yeast fruitiness and spiciness as well as the bready malt sweetishness. Alcohol is apparent in a late jenever-like flavor, but otherwise does not interfere; earthiness and bitterness remain key here. A bit wild perhaps but in that sense a perfect example - again - of a (sub)style Id like to be recognized here as Belgian IPA: fruity, earthy, rooty and yeasty, but with a - for Belgian ales - above average hop kick. The hoppiness could have been more pronounced here, but in all, this fits in well with the likes of De Ranke Hop Harvest, All Inclusive IPA (Plukker) or even Hommelbier Fresh Harvest. I first read about this in a newspaper a couple of years ago when it was still intended exclusively for the American market (so no, I did not associate it with that new "Belgica" movie like many other people may - to the commercial advantage of the brewery) and regretted things like this did not appear on the home market, but apparently this commercial shortcoming has been partially remedied now. This beer is indeed representative for Belgian IPA, which is altogether very different from American style IPA and in many instances lies closer to saison, so I can still see many people being disappointed by it when having wrong expectations, but for me its deeply earthy qualities and its combination of phenolic and estery Belgian yeastiness with earthy, spicy hop bitterness work just fine, though I would not have minded an even stronger hop character. In all: one of the more interesting Strubbe brews, but you will be much more pleasantly rewarded if you expect real Belgian saison than IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jerre (3275) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2014
Bought @ Rotsaert or Willems. Bottles 75 cl. Summer 2013. Darkgolden color, with a white head. Aroma sweet, orange, hops. Medium body. Taste: sweet, hops, (not like an ipa), fruits notes, bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VinegarStroke (412) - Napa, California, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Bottle (22oz): light haze, deep copper, thick head and good lace. Malty lift, citrus lift. Certainly not a US IPA. Dense and rich. Caramel. Dry, almost sour and bitter. Lacks mid palate so hollow. Good length.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - MAR 15, 2014
It has traveled and it shows. Aroma is a nice piney hop smell with a little exposure skunk in the background. Pours with a ton of head, that doesnt go away. Otherwise, a pretty clean IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ST247 (494) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2014
Bottle shared. Amber coloured with white foam. Aroma is fruity. Taste hints of abricot, fruity, light bitterness. Not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (7449) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2014
Bottle thnx to st247 Pours fuzzy blonde / brown , good white head Scent has a bit freshness . Good carbo Grains , bit bitter , fresh , full , bit sweet . Some hop , specific complex taste .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jazz88 (2675) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Bottle. Thanks to David Johnson for the birthday gift. A cloudy orange color with a white head. A light farmhouse aroma with a touch of floral hops at the finish. Smooth with a nice Belgian and light IPA finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 9, 2013
Would argue this is more Belgian pale ale than Belgian IPA. Spirited deep copper pour with long lasting head. Taste is Belgian fruits and spices over a solid pale ale base. What I'm missing are hops and bitterness in the flavor, as would be expected from an IPA -- little of the former and next to none of the latter. Overall, good and solid, but misnamed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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