Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Lakewood Hop Trapp Belgian-style IPA

Lakewood Hop Trapp Belgian-style IPA, Lakewood Brewing Company, Garland, Texas. (Thanks, Dan!) 6.4% ABV.

Clear, crimson-colored, ivory head atop.

In the nose: Belgian yeast funk hits first, fruity and slightly sour, with hops coming in from behind. Bright, fierce, fascinating.

In the mouth: Lightly bitter, with increasing hop presence. More fruit, more funk. Medium bodied. Fully flavored. Rich and delicious. Tasty, tasty stuff. Good Belgian IPA and you can drink it.

Gobbledygook: We're no monks, but our Belgian-style IPA gives a tip of the hat to our divine brethren. Brewed with rich malt, noble hops, Trappist yeast and a kick of coriander, this is one complex beer. Rather than make a beer that's more of a dare to drink than a pleasure, balance was the priority here. We wanted a beer for "hop heads" and novices alike. Hop Trapp pours with a refined bitter backbone, floral hoppy notes and a decidedly Belgian finish. This brew is worthy of some serious contemplation.

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