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Hop & Liefde

Rating: 3.8

An eighth beer from Dutch based De Molen brewery, a brewery that I’ve always enjoyed trying new beers from and one that is easily the best brewery in the Netherlands of those I’ve sampled beers from thus far. This one is a lighter than usual beer from them, an American pale ale that comes in at just under 5% abv. and is a bottle that I tried over Christmas when I received it as part of a gift. It follows on from the bottle of De Molen’s Heen & Weer tripel that I tried at the end of December last year and quite enjoyed. As I’ve already mentioned, I’m a big fan of De Molen beers and I believe I still have another two from the brewery that I’ve not tried yet so hopefully I’ll get round to trying them soon as well.

Hop & Liefde

Appearance (4/5): Quite a bright but slightly cloudy amber with some touches of red and a huge, two-inch head on top that is a foamy white and holds very well; it actually looks to increase in size initially before settling down some. There is some nice lacing on the sides of the glass and this one looks great in general.
Aroma (7/10): The beer is kicked of with some strong hops initially, I managed to get some nice bitterness along with plenty of tropical fruits and some nice citrus hops. There was a little lemon zest coming through alongside touches of pine and a bit of caramel towards the middle as well. The beer was definitely fresh on the nose with some pineapple, grapefruit and some further dried fruits that all added some additional sweetness before a hint of grain seen things out.
Taste (7/10): The taste, much like the nose, is kicked off with some strong hops and a lot of tropical fruits coming through; there was some nice pineapple and a bit of grapefruit from the nose alongside some apricot and mango. The beer seemed bitter with a nice caramel sweetness and some biscuit flavours around the middle before some dried fruits and further citrus seen things out.
Palate (4/5): Smooth with a medium body and strong carbonation, there was quite a crisp and dry feel to this beer with the balance seeming to be a good one. The tail end of the beer was a slightly oily one but on the whole the beer was an easy and sessionable one to drink.

Overall (16/20): This was a very enjoyable beer from De Molen and one that actually seemed more like an American IPA than pale ale in places but one that still had some nice sweetness and biscuit malts coming through. The balance was a good one and it proved easy to drink with some great tropical fruits coming through from the start as well; another excellent offering from De Molen and one well worth looking out for.

Brewed In: Bodegraven, South Holland, Netherlands
Brewery: Brouwerij de Molen
First Brewed: 2013
Previously Known As: De Molen Pale Ale Citra
Type: American Pale Ale
Abv: 4.8%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Beer52.co.uk
Price: Gift

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  1. April 26, 2016 at 08:14

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