Friday, 19 July 2013

Amager Bryghus - IPA

I was happy to see this one and others from the Amager Bryghus main range in the supermarket today. Perhaps they have increased brewing capacity to do so or it was a beer friendly supermarket franchise manager that got them in especially ? At least the price of a bottle was a good bit lower than bottle shop prices which in some cases are ripping the piss out of my own opinion of course. Anyway, a welcome addition to the beer aisle from a good local brewery.

Not wanting this to be a habit but the the blurb on the label goes...

'Forget about India Pale Ale being an English beer, which should be robust enough to withstand the long sea voyage from England to India. Our version of an IPA is totally inspired by the new interpretations, especially those found on the U.S. west coast. A solid malt base, combined with Simcoe, Amarillo and Cascade hops and then just dry hopped enough to ensure that the hop burn is thorough. It is fruity and fresh, it’s bitter like hell and it is strong enough to give you a little kick if you drink a couple of bottles or three. This is how we make a great IPA at Amager. We don’t have a single doubt that you will enjoy our IPA , because it is a damn good beer. Cheers!'

There you have it, will it blend ?...

Very nice wafts of peach syrup, malt, grapefruit and hops from the pour.

IPA pours a cloudy deep dark amber with a creamy off-white head. Roasted malt, bitter bitter hops, grapefruit and pine on the intake while the finish is very dry and spicy almost down to the pit of the stomach, hop burps anyone ? Grapefruit and some floral hops linger in the long dark bitter aftertaste. Quite an oily mouthfeel on this one without being too cloying. Despite the highish ABV no alcohol shines through.

Now and again you find a gem of a beer in the supermarket aisles that put a smile on your face. The last time around it was the American craft promo which was a total bonus as far as I was concerned. This time it is one very much closer to home and extremely fresh ale to boot. As much as I like this it is not one I could drink a lot of, the hoppy bitterness would get too much in the long run. I have no problem with buying or drinking another...which I already have by the time you read this. :) Summary, extremely, with capital letters, decent way above average IPA that might be a bit of a bitter hop bomb for some.

This scored 7.5/10 on the 'don't try kissing the wife after burping this, she will not be happy' Beerometer.

Alc : 7%
Where to buy CPH : Superbrugsen

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