548. Cathedral Square Brewery – Hail Mary Belgian-Style IPA

548. Cathedral Square Brewery - Hail Mary Belgian-Style IPA

It’s Sunday night, and I’m finally getting a chance to sit down and relax after sending the kids up stairs to get ready for bed. I’ve found another corner of the beer fridge, with some beers (like Perennial Hommel Bier) I brought back from my many trips to St. Louis to see my dad. I’m not sure how long these St. Louis beers have been in the beer fridge, since they don’t seem to have dates on them, but since I’m not sure how long they’ve been in there, I’ll start working on them soon. The bottle says, ” This Belgian-Style IPA is brewed using four malts, three hop varieties and is fermented with authentic Belgian trappist yeast. Dry hopping this ale ensures a highly-hopped nirvana.

Location: Poured into a slightly curved pint glass from the 22oz bottle at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 7% ABV, 210 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s copper-red in color, and the first pour was extremely clear, with a lot of carbonation. It’s got a thin off-white creamy head with a fruity, slightly spicy aroma.

Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouth feel is quite crisp from all the carbonation in it. I could make out a little bit of caramel breadiness behind the crisp bite upfront, but the middle arrives with a kick of hoppy bitterness. There was a little bit of piney-resin-like hop flavor, but it was mostly the bitterness that carried through the finish. In the finish, there was a little bit of Belgian-like spiciness which accompanied the bitterness, but the bitterness is what lasted in the aftertaste for a minute or so.

Food Pairing: This was primarily a bitter beer with a little bit of spiciness and piney hop flavors. I’d pair this with a thick, juicy cheeseburger, as the bun and burger would mix nicely with the caramel breadiness up front, and would knock down the bitterness a bit.

Overall Impression: I was unsure of the age of this beer, as it had a good amount of bitterness, but the hop flavors seemed to take a back seat to the bitterness. It was still a tasty beer with a decent malt backbone and a smooth Belgian spiciness in the finish. Overall, it was a good beer, but there wasn’t much that stood out about it to me. I enjoy this style, so I’ll have to get my hands on another to see if it tastes different when I know it’s fresh.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Author: Kevin

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