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Archbeer.com is an independent informal site for beer enthusiasts, providing information on specific beer brands tested by guitarist Archaon of the Norwegian black metal band 1349.

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)

IPA

With a fancy can like this featuring a cat (Little chubby cutie) on the label, this seems promising for a cat lover and beer geek. The kind of beer that has potential outside it’s current boundaries, even for many that are not yet won over in the beer scene. So this hazy juicy neipa from Haand… some thing that they have not done before I believe? Clocking on a 6.7 ABV, I’m excited to try this. The color is beautifully hazy yellow and it’s pours a great head on top. As far as nose and aromas goes, we find here pineapple, citrus/orange, summery that sends associations to a varm summer beach. Now, let’s try it!

Light carbonization, easy notes of both fruit and earth, great subtle hoppyness. Lightly creamy, nice body (giving the impression of being lightly thin at the same time. Great balance between hops and sweetness in this one. Oh yeah it’s fresh, and it places Haand on the NEIPA-map like never before.

Photo: M. K. Burheim

 

 

 

After a good 14 days (and then some), the bearded gent Westum himself, decided to “celebrate”… Or shall we say, mark that day and occation. With the entire world being quarantened up, I suppose it would be a great time to brew a beer, keeping several imprisoned souls happy. The time has come to finally taste it…

Presented in a highly stylish can with fitting label concept, the beers actual colour is light yellow, pouring small head. Hazy and murky indeed. Nose is highly priomising, with light citrusy elements such as lemony hints, pineapple and deep down, tempting distinguishable orange. One will hold back no more.

Perfectly carbonated, light appearance with remarkable bitterness that stings for a good while. As for taste elements, it’s overall hoppy, more so emphazizing bitterness than the more typhical-in-haze, fruityness that defuses the “hop-attack”, enhances by pine needles. It’s still containing those fruity elements in a developed scale, with crescendo in the aftertaste, blending orange and bitter hops perfectly. Stunning. I for one, will not complain as long as beverages like this in my hand now, is within reach.

 

 

 

Photo: M. K. Burheim

As one would with such a hyped item, this beer has been looked forward to consuming a long time. Being one of the pretty difficult ones to get hold off out there, expectations are high when pouring this deep murky yellow perfection in the gloss. Aromas of citric fruits, piney notes and mango strikes the nose instantly, all the way from can into glass. Powerful indeed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murky-looking, perfectly carbonated, fresh albeit broad and bold, this masterpiece first teases the palate with a swift sweet brush, before all hell breaks loose- cause that is indeed what happens here. I mean sure, yeah- it’s an incredible double IPA, but the grip that the stingy hop has on the tastebuds cannot be described along anything else than stormy, yet still evolving. It’s one of the best examples of how this style’s mastery can be: Complex, all over the place, multi-dimensional and violent to the palate… Completely insane.

Looong after the swig, it keeps on stinging the back of my tongue, like a swarm of miniature hop-bees, ravaging. And several minutes after, it’s slowly fading out, with a sweet fruity  touch closing. This was actually worth the wait. Supreme.

 

Photo: M. K. Burheim

Already on the roll, why not have another one? This time, their Mettle-series. More correctly, the Heavy one. With a nice, light head topping the golden-yellow beverage, I explore the nose here. Quite subtle, but there’s some light sweet sommerly fruity notes here.

With regards to taste, it must be said that the carbonization provides great amount of freshness to it. At first, a hoppy sting attaches to the palate. Then sweet, very subtle caramelish hint emerges, before blossoming in a furthermore sweet fruit middle, all the while underlined by a distinct hoppy sting.

The bitterness becomes full circle in the aftertaste, like a deadly scorpio clinging on till your final breath. Almost too much, I feel all numb now… RIP, dear palate. You’ve served me well throughout the years.

 

Photo: M. K. Burheim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Always exciting to try a new from these guys, although it might be hit & miss sometimes. And rightly so: This one seems very promising from start. Deep yellow colour and puré’ish consistency, this hop-juice promises a lot, and then some…

Fragrancy is first and foremost fruity notes of mango, mixed with sweet hints of vanilla, but also exciting piny hints. So present, it hits the nose from far away. As for taste, the layers are even more distinct, overlapping each other in what sums up in an explosive, creamy palate-fest. It starts off with citra fruit, before taking a turn to a honey’ish sweet layer, before concluding on a high note of bitter hops, that escalates & lingers into the aftertaste. Loooong lasting.

Stunningly delicious, the bunch @ Trillium does it again, whipping up a top-notch DIPA next to very few, if none.

In all fairness: Having just been through “Triple Nelson Daydream” from Other Half, which was a very very good beer, expectations could’ve been lower, mildly put (almost unfair to not mention: I’d give it the same rating as this one… but already consumed).

Word on the street is huge. Having been around a couple of them now (and then some), I am awakened by the incredibly fruity nose here. It’s indeed summery. Peach, mango and mandarines… and moreover, vanilla comes to mind. The presence is stunningly beautiful like a good hazy NEIPA should be, the head is creamy and depth colour-wise. Enough chit chat- what does it taste like, this thing?

First associations is freshness. There’s good carbonation going on, vibrant but subtle fruity, hoppy notes. But midway a sweet layer, but what really makes this one strong is that clean, bitter sting before rounding off with a fruity end. Slowly fading into nothingness, after a lengthy aftertaste. There’s very little to improve here, that’s for sure.

Very f’ing good.

 

Photo: (*TheEvenMoreDelicious) M.K. Burheim

According to the name this is pretty misleading I’d say. Pretty freaking far from green, but very murky. Hazy. Mild aroma of hops & yeast. But can it live up to the hype? That’s the question, Hamlet.

First off: good carbonation going on. Refreshing first impression. But, having tasted so many hazy IPAs lately, expectations are skyhigh for this one… and of course it’s good. Just can’t beat the last couple of Trillium’s I’ve had… subtle all the way. Sweet’ish fruitiness, with a nice stingy hop-feature in there, really culminating at the end. I mean, not bad at all would be an understatement I’m quite unfair… This is good scheisse, folks.

 

(Photo: M.K. Burheim)

Oh my Lord… this yellow mushy refreshment, dressed in a beautiful white head, seems so inviting.

First off: the nose is nothing but extraordinary. Full of fruitiness, mango, oranges, piny/forest-like notes of late summer- let the bells of pleasure chime. On the palate, it works even much different ways. The refreshing elements are of course there, even almost milky intro. Then delish bitterness accompanied by freshness of carbonation transforms, as it entangles with the fruity tastes, before a throwback into absolute bitterness again. A massive angry fruit punch!

The aftertaste is also really bitter, slowly fading. It just goes to show, that some of these Tree House brews are far from overrated, but rather fantastic representatives of the current hip hazy-trend. I for one’ll let myself be led into these seductive vibes… I won’t fight it! Not at all.

 

Photo: M. K. Burheim

 

My goodness! Expectations are obviously rocket sky as the hype for this thing is pretty hot nowadays… I have myself been looking forward to try this one (shout out to Tomas Steinsland for the trade!) And as they say judging the book by its cover, makes me really really excited.

Murky but the distinct yellow color and with a nice white head when pouring, this is highly promising…

The nose is kinda tropical orientated with orange peel, peaches, mango/fruits of summer and lots of delicious citra hops. So how could one hold it any longer?

Very very smooth intro, sliding into hoppy sharp edge. The carbonization provides great freshness. The stingy bitterness sets in in less than two seconds, and slowly fades into a fruitpunch, still with a sharp edge to it. Not the best m, but amongst the top of the line still. Long lasting aftertaste into eternity.

A great IPA!

 

Photo: M. K. Burheim

Stunningly beautiful color of murky orange yellow crossover. Pours a delicious creamy head. The nose has a pretty high orange-orientation too. Absolutely splendid. I can wait no longer…

Oh my. Fresh it is! Great carbonation and distinct bitternotes of forest/sap from trees. What’s up with these fellas at this brewery?? Just nailing it, time after time. Amazing is all I can think of. Perfect degree of fruity touch to it, with those citrusy orange elements playing a great role in the picture. Hints of sweet pineapple subtly present. I freaking love this, and have no choice but to bow & join in on the hype train (whether I like it or not). Sooo good!

Supergreat outro as well. Fresh, mildly hopped bitterness lurking beneath, that lingers, fruity undernotes fading out slowly. Breaking my parameters-law here… It ranks at 3 of all their beers as for the ones that I’ve tasted from them, but I feel a Lille bad for rating it lower than top- because for an NEIPA to be, this is nothing but amazing.

 

(A salute goes out to Westum!)

Photo: M. K. Burheim

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