Sunday, June 16, 2013
French Aramis India Pale Ale
One of the beers New Belgium sent me to check out prior to their Florida market entry was French Aramis India Pale Ale, the second in their Hop Kitchen series of beers. This beer was "brewed with French Aramis hops to create an aroma of fresh cut flowers and garden herbs." The label on Big 22 names the beer in a colorful and whimsical way, nothing too fancy. 6.7% alcohol.
Not a very powerful aroma--a little fruity, maybe some citrus and a little rosemary herbs. Floral flavors are very strong at the beginning but become second fiddle with the entrance of the Herb Garden Express. I don't know what this French Aramis hop is capable of, but this beer tastes like it has a tablespoon of Herbes de Provence in it.
Grassy, minty, and quite frankly, a bit unpleasant after a bit. Bring in the alcohol to accentuate the part I don't like and well, yeah. Hints of fruit and sweet honey smooth things out a little, especially with a little warmth. Very dry at the end with some of that herbal flavor lingering in the aftertaste. Just kind of weird. I really wanted to love this, too. Honestly, I think this probably would make for interesting beer cooking, if I had those skills.