De Ranke H.O.P. Flower Power

750 mL bottle that came from Green’s on Buford, Atlanta, GA, USA. In the $14-15 range.
As expected, a very interesting beer.
The beer pours a very nice, deep orange color with a decent head that is well formed and leaves some nice lace.
Nose has a very distinct aroma that to me, is not especially hoppy. It’s more of a sinus clearing white pepper effect.
Tastes are very dry with a distinct pepper note and a definite soapy presence that reminds me (strangely) of a Courage Best Bitter from years and years ago! Very odd. Quite a large portion of dry grapefruit also cuts in and is very prominent in the finish.
I’d be interested in finding out the hop profile for this beer, since it seems to remind me of an English Bitter or Pale in in many respects. At the time of writing the De Ranke web site is of no help.
Interesting beer with a dry finish and lots of astringent bitterness. Definitely more “Saison” than “Belgian IPA”.

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03/21/2010
Format:
bottle
ABV: 6.0 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 4.5
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 4
Overall: 4.5
Total: 4.33
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