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Review of Emelisse TIPA

Hi guys.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Emelisse TIPA produced by Brouwerij Emelisse located in Kamperland, Netherlands.

I’ve never had a brew from these guys.  As a matter of fact, I had never even heard of them or seen a beer on the shelves, so when I saw it I had to pick it up and give it a try.

I found their website,, and I copied the commercial description for everyone.

Double is sometimes not enough. Besides the double India Pale Ale is now also the Triple IPA developed. And yes, that means that there are three times as many hops is used as usual. Take a sturdy chair, sit back and enjoy …

Let’s give it a try.

ImageThis beer came in an 11.16 oz. bottle and it boasted an ABV of 10.0%.

It poured a hazy, dull orange to caramel color.  The cap was of an egg shell tint, somewhat smooth and kind of soft.  It was sized well and the retention time was solid.  The lacing was thick and clingy and a lot was left on the sides of the glass as it worked its way down.

The nose burst with a strong caramel malt.  A hint or two of tropical fruit.  Mostly pineapple. Quite a bit of resin and earthy hops along with a robust bready malt and a light waft of booze.

The taste released a great shot of sweet caramel malt and bittering hops.  More pineapple, however with an additional relish of orange citrus.  Bold piney and resinous characteristics with definite savors of alcohol.

The mouthfeel was medium to medium/full bodied.  Smooth, sticky, chewy and thick.  Medium to low carbonation with a good deal of warmth and a ton of flavor left behind on the palate after the swallow.

Overall, I found this to be a very good beer.  It was hopped to death that’s for sure.  It was more of a sipper for me.  I could probably only have just one during a session.  It’s not too far removed from a heavily hopped American Barleywine in my opinion.  Just a little less intense.  It’s easily worth a try if you can get it.  I’d really like to try another brew from these guys to see what else they are concocting.  So, the next time you guys go beer shopping, look for the Emelisse TIPA and give it a try.  I think you may like it.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.0 out of 5

Grade:  B+


Posted by on March 28, 2013 in Country: Netherlands, Emelisse

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