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Ratings

The beers reviewed are rated on a scale ranging from 1 to 6 based on the following parameters:

  • Color
  • Consistency/texture
  • Fragrance
  • Elements of taste and aftertaste
  1. Disgusting (rather drink water)
  2. Poor/boring (somewhat drinkable, but nothing more than that)
  3. Ok (meets expectations)
  4. Good (above average and high quality in terms of taste)
  5. Splendid (top notch; a joy to consume every drop)
  6. Out-of-body experience (absolutely supreme taste and presentation)

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IPA

Founders DoomAs I am familiar with some of their other brews, expectations would be reasonably high from the start here. Adding to that, the fact that this is an Imperial IPA from the brewery’s Barrel aged-series, stakes are dangerously high… First off; the label design is cool. There is a tipsy reaper lurking beneath the beer bottle, all barely visible in this dark artwork. So, let’s get down to the real deal, shall we? A fine, smooth golden look, pouring equally esthetic head in the tulip glass- just a tad mirky… Like watching a still flame. Nose is an incredible blend of hops, resulting in foresty smells, including flowers, spruce and almost caramelish notes of sweetness. I’m incredibly eager to drink this! When the first drop comes in contact with the tongue, there’s maturity fusing with an incredible bitterness, vanilla hints comes into play in the background. It’s quite strong, as one would expect from an imperial IPA to be. Still, very very nice balance of each of the elements featured. The taste lasts for an eternity, like a dark long catacomb from here to the underworld. Pretty astonishing stuff, as I thought.

 

(Photo: M. Brochs)

Dark yellow on the verge of orange by looks, and quite mirky. Pours little head, looks like a pale ale I’ve seen many times before… Anyways; As far as aroma goes, this is a highly tropical infused one (which interestingly is) combined with 3 different types of hops, creating a fruity tease. Let’s get to the actual taste: A very tasty, hoppy IPA with lots of pine-hoppyness, combined with grapefruit, pineapple and with a somewhat sweet undernote. The bitterness lasts for eternity though! Perlerforsvin

BREWDOG_PäiviDark, mirky yellow- on the verge to brownish colour. Pours small head which settles quickly. Nose is highly fruity- somewhat toffee/caramelish, hints of a subtle sharpness of sweet dried fruit, as dates and figs. Suits autumn and winter perfectly, contrary to all the recent summer beers that has been consumed… When it comes to taste, carbonation freshness is peek-a-boo’ing, but is gradually giving way to the immense sweet malt body. Very solid, lies steady and authentic for a good while before rounding off in a mildly hopped fruityness.

HumlekraftDeep, yellow-brownish colour with quite a bit of mirkyness. Nose is lightly floral, but clearly spiced, with deeper fruity notes of fig or plum. Very, very high level of carbonation going on in this full-bodied deliciousness. Tastewise it is moreover a  freshly caramelized hopbomb, pretty bitter as it develops in the mouth. Morphing into a somewhat liquorice-like saltyness that is smoothened out in a long finish. Nice! :-)

TOCCALMATTONow, here we have a pleasant surprise from the IPA-dimension! This delicious beverage has an inviting intensely yellow colour to it, accompaniedby a large, creamy head topping it. There’s a vast selection of fruity features here spanning from mandarina/orange to passion fruit, with hints of lemon underneath. This is quite reversed in the tasteprocess, where the lemon comes out marginally dominating, followed by melon’ish fruit and an evolving bitterness that is not disturbing at all, just overall a great balance from start ’till finish. The aftertaste is also really nice, leaving a tenderly bitter sting on the tongue.

Jack HammerThis one has a great nose to it. It’s promising fruity, bitter taste with sweet toffee features and the bitter ending is good. But first & foremost, I find the beautiful colour really inviting, with lots of foam. It’s not as easy to describe right away, but after a short while, it’s there: Grapefruit. Thereafter, a second of caramel followed by an increasingly bitter taste. Swallow once more, and the bitterness grows into a powerful tasty aftertaste.

ToddHere we have Amager’s tribute to overlord brewer, Surly’s own Todd Haug. Visual presentation is lightly yellow in colour and with nice head. Extremely citrus-aromatic, like snorting the florality from a whole forest. Tastewise it is at first fresh and sweet, then a tad bitter… However, not in an extreme sense. I never thought I’d say this but… You taste fabulous, Todd! There’s some orange in here too. but mostly lemon. Sweet at first, then sliding over in that bitterness.

imageGoldlike yellow colour, on the verge to light brown and highly inviting. Looks very smooth judging by the head when pouring, almost creamy-like. Nose is delicious, lighly fruity behind a veil of sweet summerly hints. Massive malt body entagled with a well tasting ale, which is given a untraditional charater by the tea-taste… Kind of reminds me of a hybrid merge between ice tea and beer, but in a successful manner. Summer, flowers and night-time tea is pretty accurately what comes to mind here. Eceptionally great experience.

Code blackA black IPA is what we’re confronted with here, quite mild as British IPAs tend to be. The carbonation is way too intense, producing a large head, not only when pouring but even in mouth, by each sip. The aroma gives little, but some traces of the liqurice and coffee. Besides that, I find it hard to get much. That also goes for the taste, even though there’s clearer references to roasted malts and fruity hops… For a split second, that is. Somehow thin bodied, I find little generosity even hops-wise here. Gives little way to aftertaste- despite well-tastyness, it is too shortlasting & a tad bland for my taste.

Anticosmic_IPABrewed for 1349′s appearance at Hellfest, this IPA seems to have more a UK than US orientation. The colour is somewhere between dark red and dark yellow. Pours very little head. The nose is fruity notes, Heavily maltorientated with a delicious taste and small degree of bitterness. More like an English IPA for sure, however a bit shortlasting… Quick flash of hops before the malts take over. Wish it’d lay longer on the tongue. But for a homebrew to be, this is fantastic.

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