Vuur & Vlam (Fire & Flames) tasting notes
Vuur & Vlam is a classic IPA with a tropical touch by De Molen. Pours a hazy golden with a medium cream head and sticky lacing. The nose is tropical fruits like mango and passionfruits, grapefruits, caramel and hops. Taste is ballanced, with some hoppy bitterness and fruity sweetness, then caramel, citrus and bitter hops giving a lingering bitter finish with some hints of orange and grapefruit. A medium body highly drinkable Imperial Pale Ale.
Modern IPA's are decidedly hoppy and bitter, with strong hoppy and floral aromas, specially from American hops such as Citrus and Mosaic. Some versions are dry-hopped to get an even more intense aroma. Its color ranges from medium-gold to amber and even to dark brown and black in the case of Black IPA's. The body is medium-light and the ABV is not very high, in the range of 5 to 7,5% ABV. The English styles have a more sweet character derived of the malts used (giving them a caramel, bread, and toast touch).