Totem Double IPA

Double IPA


Totem in Evergem, East Flanders, Belgium 🇧🇪

IPA - Imperial / Double Regular
ABV: 8.0% IBU: 100 Ticks: 11
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Appearance - 6 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 6 | Overall - 8.5

Can from Beers@Moviefun. Hazy golden, stable, frothy, off-white head. Aroma of yellow kiwi, grapefruit peel, lime, mango, lychee, unripe pear, pomelo, pine. Taste has sweetish pear, mango, grape and lychee; bitter core of grapefruit, pine and dank, slightly spice onion, shallot perhaps over cracker-like, bready maltiness. Piney, bit floral hoppy finish, lingering ripe grapes, melon & grapefruit, decently spicy, low in alcohol warmth. Medium body, oily texture, average carbonation. Deftly made DIPA, not entirely a 'Hazy' per se - it has everything what you want from a non-sessionable brew.

Tried on 31 Dec 2021 at 14:03

Appearance - 10 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 7 | Texture - 6 | Overall - 7.5

3/XI/21 - 33cl can from Bierhalle Deconinck (Vichte), shared @ home, BB: 15/IX/21, canned: 16/III/21 (2021-1237)

Pretty clear orange blond beer, huge creamy off-white head, stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: citrus, tropical fruits, juicy. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sweet start, lots of oranges, some orange marmalade, some sweet caramel malts, gentle bitterness, mango, hint of dairy, slightly metallic. Aftertaste: very bitter touch, sweet malts, more metallic, sugary touch, bitter finish, some ripe banana.

Tried from Can from Bierhalle Deconinck on 03 Nov 2021 at 21:00

Appearance - 7 | Aroma - 7.5 | Flavor - 7.5 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 7.5

Pours clear, medium dark blonde. Big, creamy and stable white head. Scent is malty- more so than your average IPA in 2021 . Hoparoma isn't lost either, but is more to the 'traditional' USA IPA style, rather than a NE style. Nice to have this again, in a market that seems to orient more and more around 1 specific IPA style. Taste is fairly bitter, creamy body, medium intense hoparoma (orange, papaya, mildly tropical ) . Very malty,greeen, earthy bitterness. Medium carbonation, body is fairly thick - accentuated by the creamyness.

Tried on 20 Sep 2021 at 10:04

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8

Can @ Belgian Summer Gathering Sept' 21, Evergem. Merci Lisbeth.
Pas certain que cela soit une neipa dipa - couleur dorée claire, pas de trace du trouble habituel de ces neipa, col épais blanc crémeux tenace.
Arôme est houblonné dank - agrumes, résineux, pin, fruits à noyaux, herbacé marqué sur la fin. Rétro malté

Palais est épais dank effect est bien là, c'est juteux et frais avec ce caractère dipa wests coast, finement huileux en bouche, agrumes et résineux. Le tout est ponctué par une belle rondeur des malts où la place reste aux houblons.

Tried from Can on 13 Sep 2021 at 06:59


Tried from Can on 11 Sep 2021 at 14:58

Appearance - 6 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 6 | Overall - 8

Totem’s latest creation, a second DIPA but to a completely different recipe than the first (and I am not even including Totem’s ‘first period’ as a gypsy brewer here). Thanks to the brewer himself for the can, enjoyed in his company at Dok’s premises in Ghent. Snow white, medium thick, small-bubbled, slowly opening head on a cloudy apricot blonde beer, turning a bit milky in the end – the looks of a NEDIPA for sure. Aroma follows suit: sweet red onions, unripe pineapple, orange juice, ripe melon, lychee, wet dough, apple peel, touch of stale armpit sweat dankness. Sweet and fruity onset, pineapple, rambutan, guava, melon – in a slick and oily, softly carbonated environment; lovely malt sweet core, sugar bread-like with drier cereally edges, carrying something minerally along the sides as well before it plunges into this mixture of herbal, grassy and tropical hops, adding retronasal impressions of pomelo, papaya, lemongrass, lemonbalm and dank overripe onion. A softish bitterness is deposited on the tongue’s root, making everything very quenching, and the alcohol, though considerable, remains almost perfectly hidden. Lovely citrusy impressions remain, making this perhaps even more rewarding than the first Totem DIPA – though I admit that comparing them is tempting more than justified; this is a perfectly focused, sophisticatedly executed, balanced DIPA compromising on different IPA traditions at the same time, as is so often the case in ‘international IPA’ these days.

Tried from Can on 12 Aug 2021 at 14:41

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 7.5 | Flavor - 7.5 | Texture - 6 | Overall - 7.5

Fluffy, cream-coloured head, extremely stable over copperish orange, clear beer. Intense hoppy nose, as well as asafoetida. Lots of lunaria, nectarine. Bit sweetish in the mouth, hints of muscat grapes, with a bitterish asafoetida finish. Not very carbonated, but with a very creamy feel from the stable head. All in all pretty classical - if to the sweet side.

Tried from Can at Café Pardaf on 15 May 2020 at 18:00

Appearance - 6 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8.5

1 February 2020. At Brugs Bierfestival. Cheers to Anke, Kevin, Niels & Cynthia! Hazy orange, unstable, foamy, off-white head. Aroma of hashish, ripe mandarin, mango, lychee, onion, pine resin. Taste has sweet mango & mandarin, bit sourish, quickly turning bitter thanks to grapefruit, pine & dank onion, soft biscuity maltiness leading the way to a bitter, dry, piney hoppy finish, grapefruity still, bit of a hop burn & hint of warming spicy gin alcohol. Medium to full body even, oily texture, soft carbonation. Very supple, 'rounded' DIPA, modern in all aspects.

Tried on 15 Mar 2020 at 15:45


Very nice for first can! Great job.

Tried from Can at DerPhilynck on 06 Mar 2020 at 21:57

Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 8

4/II/20 - 33cl can from Geers (Oostakker), shared @ home, BB: 1/XI/20 (2020-121)

Clear deep orange beer, big creamy irregular off-white head, pretty stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: fruity, bit oxidized, caramel malts, some honey, sweetish, diacetyl. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet start, malty, bit sugary, caramel, some honey, bitter notes, fruity, hoppy, resinous, some alcohol, sticky hops. Aftertaste: more caramel, alcohol, bit sugary, quite some diacetyl, bit oxidized, weird, not the regular Totem quality. Reported to the brewery, as it turned out there could’ve been a problem with the canning device, and some cans got oxidized.

6/II/20 - 33cl can from the brewery, shared @ home, BB: 1/XI/20 (2020-xxx) Thanks to Klaas for replacing the can!

Clear orange blond beer, big fizzy aery off-white head, unstable, dissipates quickly, non adhesive. Aroma: fruity, grapefruit, caramel, tangerines, bit piny, resinous, fruity. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: nice bitterness, fruity, melons, resinous, some caramel, malty, hoppy, grapefruit, nice stuff! Aftertaste: oranges, orange peel, tropical fruits, bit sweet, nice stuff, tangerines.

Tried from Can from Dranken Geers on 04 Feb 2020 at 20:00