Brewed by Thiriez
Style: Imperial IPA
Esquelbecq, France
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 162   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   IBU: 56   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
American-inspired Double IPA with three American hops (Nugget, Simcoe and Citra), and an Alsatian hop (Aramis).

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (4999) - BELGIUM - MAY 21, 2016
DIPA from one of the more progressive French breweries, hopped with American hops as well as some rather unknown French variety. Medium thick, off-white, moussy head breaking in the middle but well retaining on the edge, lightly hazy peachy orange blonde robe, cloudy with a darker pinkish hue with deposit added. Aroma seems to have more in common with Belgian tripel than with American DIPA, yielding impressions of banana (even bubblegum), peach, orange flesh, paprika, ripe gooseberry, sweetbread, honey, white pepper, jute, marmelade, sweet white wine, dry hay, tulips, toasted white bread, yellow plum, ginger, horseradish, very weak toasted onion and grapefruit peel. Fruity, estery onset, hints of gooseberry, sweet ripe banana, pineapple and peach, with a redcurrant sourishness surrounding it; medium carbo. Slick, slightly oily, supple but full caramelly and even honeyish malt sweetness with a toasted bittering accent, while fruity esters as well as phenolic spiciness dance on top. Finishes in a thoroughly earthy, spicy hoppiness, gently tonic water- or grapefruit-like but nowhere near as firm as one would expect from a beer calling itself double IPA; retronasally, I get notes of citrus peel and even some very subtle pine, but not enough to save the day. Caramelly malt juiciness comes through, accompanied by the earthy hop bitterness. France is slowly becoming aware of the craft beer revolution - but very slowly indeed; if even Thiriez is uncapable of evoking the American IPA experience, then who remains? This is not a DIPA: this is a Belgian IPA at best, in other words: a tripel adorned with far too moderately applied American hoppiness. Bittering, sure, but where are the New World hop effects in the nose and what is that truckload of isoamylacetate (banana) doing here? Reminds me a bit of Brabants Platos Cave, but less daring and way too Belgian to qualify as a DIPA. By itself not a bad beer by any means, but I expected something way more American so in that sense, a bit of a disappointment. Regard this as a Belgian IPA and youll enjoy this a lot more, I think.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Patrik (724) - - MAY 2, 2016
Flarra. Syns stoora bubblor kallas kolsyra. Doften pminner om engelsk pub Ale , Lager. Smakar lite Pilsner viss syra sen kommer aromatisk lite rter ja underlig smak. Nj lite plast , syntetiskt och mest pilsner. Kanske kanske r det nt fel p len ocks.. Skit l

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mortlach (2217) - Rome, ITALY - APR 25, 2016
330ml bottle bought @Johnnys Off License (Rome). Pours deep golden/light amber with a medium and persistent off-white head. Aroma is malty, sugary, resin, pine, citrus. Flavour has a strong malt profile with a decent bitter end, a bit unbalanced. Medium body, light carbonation. No.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjogro (3430) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2016
At bruine kroeg, bottle courtesy of Maakun. Almost clear golden brew with huge fluffy white head. Sweet fruitiness, chalkiness and comfortable bitterness. Medium sweet, medium bitter. Smooth carbonated feel. Like it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lilja (3061) - Malm, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2016
Flaska frn Saveur Biere. Smak och doft av humle, malt, karamell, grapefrukt, citrus med toner av honung, apelsin och persika. Stor stma, fruktig, beska med smak av grapefrukt och toner av tall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ignorant (113) - madrid, SPAIN - MAR 30, 2016
Slightly cloudy yellow with white foam appreciable layer that leaves some loop. maltose candy and biscuit, and a blanket of pine and resins (perhaps also some grapefruit) that play on the palate sensations and bitter resinous characteristics of an IPA, complemented with notes and spicy wild plants. With a dry, bitter and earthy end, leaves a long lasting refreshing mouthfeel,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChtiBreizh (456) - Rennes, FRANCE - MAR 16, 2016
33 cl bottle. Hazy orange with a thick frothy head. Yeasty, doughy, citrusy. Very sweet, sour and bitter finish, from bittering european hops. High carbonation, quite heavy stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Julioo (4) - FRANCE - FEB 16, 2016 does not count
Nice banana taste, small nose, could have more aromas. Sweet beer, medium bitterness, nice yellow body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mr_Pink_152 (4472) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2016
Bottle from the real Ale store, Newark. Very nice strong IPA. Rich golden colour with a foamy off white head. Aroma fruity, berry and citrus. Taste bittersweet citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maakun (4752) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 20, 2016
Bottle at home. Clear amber with cream colored full head. Lots of caramel, lemon, sweet grains, some vegetables, orange juice, resin, pine cones, some dried mango and brown sugar. Over medium sweet and lasting bitter finish. Over medium bodied with syrupy feel.

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