Category: Beer Tasting Notes

Wisnia w Piwie

Kormoran: Wisnia w Piwie (Poland: Fruit: 5.2% ABV)

Visual: Lovely clear cherry red. Strawberry yogurt coloured inch of froth in a milkshake style. moderate carbonation, head leaves suds around the glass.

Nose: Initial clean lager, then cherries. Black cherry yogurt.

Body: Black cherry and glacier cherry.

Finish: Black cherry. Strawberry milkshake. Red cherry. Light clean lager air.

Conclusion: Ok, this may be short. This is basically alcoholic black cherry and cherry juice. Not really much else to add.

Ok, erm, well, this thing is a wonder on the eye. Seriously so. The head looks like mounded strawberry milkshake and the light plays though the deep red body wonderfully. The weissebrau glass seems to have definitely helped the aesthetic as well.

The fruit is fresh and sweet, though manages to keep away from being syrupy. The only real evidence of the underlying lager is in the feel and general air, it has that smooth edge drinking texture, and just some small thing of lager seems to lightly float over the other elements, hinting at a beer, but never really showing it.

Though, as I hope comes across on this blog, I am not one to decry something as “Not beer” for being different from the usual real ale, but I do like to get something out of the fact I am pouring a mild poison into my body, some extra flavour I can’t get from, say, fruit juice.

This does give a little, it is pleasant, just somewhat simple. It has none of the extra layers of the better fruit based beers, and nearly no hints of the lager. It is kind of like a not crap alcopop. Despite having tried them as a kid, I really don’t get alcopops – they seem to be for people who want to get drunk, but don’t like the taste that comes from making an alcoholic drink. It is pretty much the polar opposite of my worldview, but similarly I can’t get any outrage against them. This feels more natural than those alcopops, less sickly and sugary. So, I can see how it could definitely appeal to those who want to move onto something that tastes a bit better but without the other elements. As a beer, for me, it is not fantastic, however as just a drink it is kind of fun.

So, I would say offer it to people who like the sweeter alcohol drinks, and I’m guessing you could get a few converts, or hey, if you just want a bit of childish glee and fruit with no worries about a complex beer.

Background: Second of the Polish craft beers from Independent Spirit. Erm, not much more to say but that. So, erm, beer. Enjoy beer. Yes I do make several references to drinking as a kid. I drank from very early teens, and now I like to think I have a fairly sensible outlook on alcohol so I have no issues with that. It’s the faux “mature” culture that ties booze and getting pissed to being an adult and some messed up image of masculinity and strength that worries me.

Magic Stone Dog

Stone: Magic Rock: Brewdog: Magic Stone Dog (Scotland: Belgian Ale: 5% ABV)

Visual: Banana to gold. Small white bubbled dash of a head. Some carbonation. Hazier with the last of the bottle’s pour.

Nose: Orange peel. Light funky yeast. Soft lemon. Gingerbread. Passion fruit late on.

Body: Light prickle. Slightly sour grapes. Cheesy puffs yeastiness. Spritzy. Slight greenery hints. Dry passion fruit. Kiwi.

Finish: Cheese puffs. Spritzy first, then dry later. Coriander. Clean alcohol touch. White wine. Passion fruit. Turmeric.

Conclusion: I am 64% sure this should have a white wine barrel aged variant. Ok, admittedly that is barely above average certainty, but both white wine barrel ageing, and light beer barrel ageing can be a bit of a shot in the dark. For example Everyday Anarchy did not feel like it benefited much from the wood. However, here, this beer not only distinctly calls to its two inspirational elements, that of a rustic saison and a hoppy pale ale, but it also has distinct white wine like characteristics. I would just be intrigued to see what adding to that would do.

It is an interesting mix already, especially considering that my favorite saisons tend towards the hoppy end of the spectrum anyway. Here however it uses the hops differently, giving more soft fruit from the American hops, though often in a drier style than usual. The saison funkyness is gentle, the spice similarly so. It all gives just a gentle spice warmth and a slight earthiness, along with very small greenery notes.

The wine I mentioned before shows in a spritzy clean white wine like feel, and slight sour grapes mid body, fruity but tangy.

It’s odd, all the elements are eclectic, but blended together it feels very easy to drink, and yes is very gentle. It is hard to pin down exactly – it feels very fresh up front, very dried fruit on the tongue, but finishes earthy and spiced.

For what seems to be the craft beer definition of session (because I refuse to accept any beer over 4% abv comes under an actual definition of session beer) it is a lovely session saison style beer, the flavour just never gets old because of that progression it takes.

It doesn’t win my heart in the way that Dupont or Fantome‘s Saisons have, but its twists means it is its own distinctive thing. It feels like you can have it on its own, to complement food, it is an anytime beer. Which should not be taken literally. Don’t drink and drive for one REALLY OBVIOUS EXAMPLE! But generally it is a beer you can enjoy any time you have a beer, and that is a good thing to be.

Background: Belgian Ale is such a generic beer description. This is an attempt at a mix between a saison and a Pale Ale. The guy at the bar was absolutely raving about it just before I picked this up, so I had to work hard to manage expectations. Anyway, is it just me or is the label on this very restrained for a Brewdog beer? I think it may be part of their maturing image as of late. I guess it had to come, they are the big dog of the British craft scene these days, and the rebel look doesn’t quite fit as well when you are the big dog. Still, if it is the way they are going I will miss the insane over the top labels. As always I am not an unbiased actor on Brewdog beers. This was drunk at Brewdog Bristol whilst waiting for mates to turn up.

Kormoran Krzepkie

Kormoran: Krzepkie (Poland: Imperial Pils: 7.4% ABV)

Visual: Yellowed gold. Large white bubbled head. Moderate carbonation.

Nose: Smooth. Crisp. Wheat hops. Soft caramel. Fresh floral lager character. Cake sponge.

Body: Smooth. Crisp lemon. Palma violet. Moderate hops but low bitterness. Fresh lime. Raspberry pavlova. Floral character. Small treacle like boozy back. Vanilla malt chocolate.

Finish: Custard. Palma violets. Smooth toffee. Hop oils. Some bitterness. Honeyed barley, or maybe golden syrup. Slight alcohol air.

Conclusion: Welcome to some heavy duty lager. This plays the lager style straight, no heavy hop exploration, no fruit infusions, wheat, or any other twists. Just careful brewing and patient lagering for maturation best I can tell.

It has a lovely crisp lager character and noble hop palma violet feel matched with soft toffee and custard sweetness which I take to be from the increased malt load. It gives a thick texture, matched by soft sherbet froth at the edges.

I am impressed, the sweetenss gives an almost pavlova feel at times that reminds me of Schneider and Sohns’ Hopfen-Weisse, in that element alone obviously. The other elements are noble hops pocked throughout that pushes a quality Poland lager feel, just bigger.

It is dangerously drinkable for the abv. It does have an occasional sign of alcohol, a treacle booziness mid body and a spirit air in the finish. Neither are common and they are both a minor flaw in that they mar the flavour, and a saving grace in that they remind you of the alcohol weight,

Overall it is an impressive lager, while it has a few harsh edges, the flavour and drinkability are such that I will not hold them against it. This is a big, malty sweet lager and it tries for nothing else, however it does that very well.

Background: I took a look on rate beer after drinking this, apparently they don’t rate it. collectively speaking. 24th percentile overall, 61st percentile by style, so just above average. Huh. Then again, much as I appreciate them as a reference I do have semi regular disagreements with the consensus. And that is fine, we all enjoy beer in our own way. Anyway, I went squee a bit when I heard Independent Spirit had some craft Polish beers in. It is my shame, that it all the years I have done this, I have never reviewed a Polish beer. Drank a few, but never reviewed. Poland has a great tradition of quality lagers, and now it seems the start of a craft beer scene – they do not deserve to be ignored. So I have redressed the balance with this long matured strong lager. I also gave their American IPA a try – pretty good, not world shaking, but a solid tasty IPA that can stand proud against the crowd. They also do a garlic beer – I have no idea what that is like, I am mildly nervous at the concept. Maybe that means I should try it and face my fears? Drunk while listening to Erocks awesome Sandstorm Meets Metal.

Blitz Passion
Brewdog: Blitz: Passion (Scotland: Berliner Weisse: 2.8% ABV)

Visual: Hazy apricot. Small dust of off white bubbles. No evident carbonation.

Nose: Dried mango. Sour grapes. Stewed apricot. Acidic, with soft lemon.

Body: Fresh. Acidic apple. Passion fruit. Stewed banana. Slight chalky touch. Dried mango.

Finish: Tart apples. Soft passion fruit. Chalky and acidic mix. Dried mango.

Conclusion: My views on this changed a bit over the period of drinking, not in quality, but in style. Initially this seemed to be one of the tartest of the Blitz beers I had encountered. Quite surprisingly so as passion fruit is not something I associate with tartness. It could, of course, be that time has just eroded my memory of the sharpness of the others.

As I say, I have never associated passion fruit with tart, but here it delivers. Either that or it just doesn’t get in the way of the base berliner weisse and therefore allows it to express more of its character.

The fruit does seem to have its own separate character away from the sharpness, which seems to back this hypothesis. It is this kind of thick stewed fruit character. There is obviously passion fruit in the flavour, but also dried mango and stewed apricot characteristics. It is quite soothing in the middle of the beer, contrasting the sharp cider like introduction and exit. It is both a moment of relief and a release.

As I get used to the beer the character changes, the heavy sharpness and tartness soften significantly, making me wonder if it was just initial shock that made it seem so sour. In fact, when you get use to it, the softness of the middle becomes less a release, and more a point for greatest exploration of the flavour.

It is an interesting progression, which first wakes you up, and then soothes you down, for an always refreshing and yet surprisingly easy going drink by the end. More sessionable than you would initially think – it’s closest comparison is the Brodies vs Brewdog Berliner Weisse, but it doesn’t quite reach those high levels. The fact that it is close enough makes it something worth appreciating. Sharp, then mellow, and always very nice.

Background: I have also seen this listed as Blitz Passionfruit. No that doesn’t really make a difference but I have to put something in this section. The latest in an ongoing lien of berliner weisse beers with added fruit. So far they have been pretty good. I think I mentioned before, for ages I thought I hated berliner weisse beers as the first time I had them they made my mouth feel like pure agony. Turns out I had a cavity and pouring a quite acidic beer into that didn’t help. Anyway, I eventually realised my mistake, and now can enjoy the slightly odd style with ease. As always I am not an unbiased actor on Brewdog beers.

Cobra Zero

Coors UK: Cobra: Zero (England: Low Alcohol Lager: 0% ABV)

Visual: Pale yellow. Moderate bubbled head.

Nose: Dry cake sponge. Malt loaf. Wet cardboard. Wort.

Body: Lime. Cake sponge. Wet cardboard. Wort. Sulphur.

Finish: Cardboard. Wet air. Granite. Sulphur.

Conclusion: 3.4 seconds. That is how long this beer had me fooled. 3.4 seconds. Rounded to one decimal place. You see, despite an indifferent aroma, the first few seconds of this beer sitting on my tongue showed some appeal.

There was a Czech crisp character, a touch of lime, and hints of well used pilsner hop styling. Yeah, 3.4 seconds that lasted. Then the actual beer hit. Well, I say beer, this thing is more like the wort you get in a mash tun. Indistinct, vaguely malty and rough flavour. Here it is “backed” by the joys of wet cardboard and granite. Worse still they have another element from wort, that kind of sulphur element, here it is possibly best described as if someone just farted in your beer.

No that isn’t a compliment. Not even if you have a fart fetish.

Anyway, this shouldn’t have been a surprise to me. The rough wort character was there from first sniff, I was just trying to give it the benefit of the doubt. Giving it a chance to impress me. It didn’t.

It feels unfinished, unpleasant, and hangs around far too long. I’ve both heard and used the term “wet cardboard” before, but never as appropriately as here. It tastes bitter like chewing on bitter leaves rather than like hops, and gives nothing worth a damn past that 3.4 seconds. No it isn’t worth it for those 3.4 seconds.

It is like someone scooped unfinished wort out, then chemically extracted the alcohol, as if they were impatient to get this crap away from them as quickly as they could.

And for that alone I can’t blame them.

Background: So, I was in the supermarket. All my usual low abv beers had sold out. So, I thought I would experiment – what is the worst that could happen? Anyway, despite what I think may be Sanskrit on the bottle ( I looked up and couldn’t find an exact match but it looked close to one of the words for snake) this is brewed in the UK. I’m shocked, shocked I say. Anyway, after grabbing it I hear that apparently recent Cobra advertising has been pretty darn sexist. I’ve not managed to find the advert so I couldn’t say myself. Probably for the best, I don’t need more things to piss me off. This was drunk while listening to Bratmobile – Pottymouth. Yes I’m back on a riot girl punk kick again.

Weird Beard Boring Brown Beer Bourbon Barrel Aged

Weird Beard: Bourbon Barrel Boring Brown Beer (England: Brown Ale: 8.2% ABV)

Visual: Cloudy dark brown. Moderate beige wet bubbled head.

Nose: Citrus fresh. Roasted nuts. Malt. Sourdough. Dried apricot.

Body: Vanilla. Roasted nuts. Kiwi. Cherries. Malt chocolate. mint leafs and dough. Citrus edge. Slight alcohol burn on swallow. Toffee.

Finish: Malt chocolate. Spirit air. Bitter and charring. Prickly tingle. Bitter hops. Toffee.

Conclusion: I am a sucker for a bit of tongue in cheek. *rereads first line* Maybe I should rewrite that…nah it’ll be ok. Anyway, a barrel aged “Boring Brown Beer” that has to be…

Eh, ok, kind of dull.

Ok, that was harsh. What we have here is a brown ale. I’ll call it an American style brown ale as it seems to lean more to the malt chocolate interpretation over the slightly refreshing UK fare. The base style has been enhanced with a few soft vanilla oak aged notes, thought it doesn’t seem to be a heavy influence. The bigger alteration is the large infusion of hop bitterness. The roasted nut style it has calls a bit back to the UK style, but mainly I see USA influence.

It is ok, but I think they made a mistake with the base beer bitterness being a bit high. I get a lot of the generic hop bitterness character in the main play, but the more interesting notes are lost out at the edges.

Hmm again maybe a bit harsh there, there is a sort of mint leaf prickle very subtly done low down in the beer, and the hops do give a bit of citrus and kiwi at the edges, or so it seems. They aren’t very well pushed so it is hard to say. I think because they threw everything and the kitchen sink at the beer, I can but feel disappointed that it us just ok. Not actually really dull, but in no way lives up to its idea.

It is an ok brown ale, a bit spirity in the finish, and some of the flavours don’t mesh, but ok. There is a kind of sour dough element that just doesn’t work here, but the rest mainly holds up. Overall, probably not really worth grabbing I would say. Not bad, but you can easily find better. I still love the idea though.

Background: Ok I bought this because of the name. Ok, and because it sounded cool. Huge IBU, bourbon aged, chinook hop brown ale. Sounded fun. I really should get around to reviewing Weird Beard’s “Little Things That Kill”, which is an awesome beer. So awesome I tend not to wait until I am in a reviewing mood before drinking it. Anyway, trivia! I bumped into Bryan Spooner from Weird Beard at GBBF once. My attempts to subtly work out if he was who I thought he was resulted in him thinking I was hitting on him. So, that’s my meet the brewers tale of the day. Oh, the heat wave was back while I drunk this. Which is not nice. Drunk while listening to “Suffer” And “Recipe for Hate” from Bad Religion. “Recipe for Hate” is still probably my favourite album of BRs. Oh, also this was bought at Independent Spirit.

Wiper and True Sorachi Ace IPA

Wiper and True: India Pale Ale: Sorachi Ace (England: IPA: 7.1%)

Visual: Cloudy banana to apricot. Large tight bubbled froth head of a toffee touched hue.

Nose: Toffeeish malt. Lemon grass. Crisp hops. Bubble gum. Vanilla.

Body: Good bitterness. Greenery. Lemongrass. Tannins. Dry attenuated malt body. Sour cream. Dried apricot.

Finish: Lemongrass. Seaweed wrap. Bitter hops. Charring. Sour cream and chives. Malt chocolate. Toffee.

Conclusion: This is a pretty heavily attenuated beer by the taste of it. It reminds me as much of the style’s close cousin , the APA as it does an IPA. While, because of this, it lacks the sweetness of IPA Is Dead’s Sorachi Ace, it is probably equal in how well it manages to express the hop. Lots of lemongrass and general grassiness or greenery, along with that slight bubblegum weirdness.

There is differences in the expression, here, from the interactions with the attenuated base, it gets a slight sour cream and chives style which leaves you in shock as your dry mouth fills with this new flavour.

I do prefer the IID version, but this has a sheer balls out harshness to it that actually appeals rather than repulses. It isn’t a refreshing beer, quite the opposite, nor is it an easy drinking beer. I am however happily drinking away at it as it does horrible things to my mouth.

Maybe I’m just a masochist. Which would explain a lot. Like why I’m getting topped by a beer.

Or maybe it is just that this takes an already marmite crowd splitter of a hop and doubles down hard. For fans of sorachi ace this is harsh but fun, for people who were on the fence … well, this may not be for them. By which I mean run while you still can.

Now, there is some toffee sweetness but it gets drowned out more often than not. To my mind this is a desiccated, drying, grassy, lemon touched beer. It almost demands food accompaniment in order to contrast its uncompromising edges. While I prefer other beers, I have to respect that. Quality and full of character.

Background; You know, I can see what they are doing with the labels, having a label style by beer style rather than a different one for each beer. Makes it easy to pick out beers by style. Yeah. Great, but IT MAKES IT BLOODY HARD TO TELL WHICH BEER IS WHICH AT A GLANCE. I almost missed this, before noticing that as well as being an IPA, it was a sorachi ace IPA. I’m a big sorachi ace fan, and Wiper and True have been spot on with most of their beers. So I grabbed it. Drunk while listening to some Streets of Rage OCR Remixes. Because I never claimed not to be a geek. This was grabbed from Independent Spirit. Yes again.

NZ Wai Iti Surgery

James Street: NZ Wai Iti Surgey (England: Golden Ale: 5.8% ABV)

Visual: Cloudy lemon, small white to meringue head that leaves large sud circles.

Nose: Lightly grassy. Wheaty. Dried passion fruit.

Body: Pineapple. Custard cream centre. Juicy peach. Light resin. Sweet fruit syrup. Palma violets. Bamboo. Lemongrass. Kiwi.

Finish: Light hop bitterness. Clean gooseberry and green grapes. Lemongrass. Dry passion fruit. Late on there is tart mouth filling grapefruit and palma violets. Dry hop character and bamboo.

Conclusion: Back to the cask. Here we have a good complement for a summers day with an NZ hop golden ale. Now I’ve not run into these hops before, and from this beers example, I must say they bring a very interesting game.

To me a NZ hop says gooseberry, grapefruit and pineapple – tart and refreshing. Something perfect for a summer beer, and this definitely brings that. The real ale character soothes it down, takes away the sharp edges and just leaves a refreshing easy drinking tartness. However, that is not all the hops bring. There is a slight resinous and palma violet character that I would normally associate with the noble hops of the czech pilsner. These leave a slight hop oil feel on the way out and give it a touch of the pils easy drinking feel. Then there is an almost sorachi ace like lemongrass, or just plain grassy character, with light bamboo notes. Very natural grounding notes, lightly done to add a bit of texture and contrast.

Am I done yet? Nope. Right in the middle of the beer is a very American hop style juicy peach and fruit syrup sweetness mixed with green kiwi fruit, it makes for a cresting high point to what the beer has been building up to. This really is like a world tour as imagined using only NZ hops. Brilliant refreshing with lots to find and enjoy.

So, I am enthusiastic. Any issues with the beer then? Well, the aroma is a bit muted and doesn’t offer much. I don’t know if it just needs more dry hopping or what, but it could do with something to give more to drag you in. Once you have that first sip though all problems vanish. This is a lovely fruity, summer fresh, big and well rounded beer. Again the James Street Brewery show why their limited run beers are where they really shine. An excellent beer.

Background: NZ Wai Iti is a new hop – I presume from New Zealand because of the name. Don’t think I’ve run into a beer with it before. It is also made with Dr Rudi hops, also NZ, but they don’t mention that in the name. I saw a tweet saying this was on at Bath Brew House a few weeks ago. By the time I got to the pub it was all gone, so when I found it back on again, I quickly grabbed a pint for review. Gave me a chance to do a cask real ale review again. Yay. Anyway James Street Brewery is the brewery of out local Brewpub Bath Brew House, and while there mainstay beers are only ok, their one offs are generally absolutely great.

Siren Maiden 2013

Siren: Maiden 2013 (England: Barley Wine: 11.1% ABV)

Visual: Dark red brown. Large coffee froth brown frothy head. Cloudy.

Nose: Shortbread. Bitter red wine. Raisins. Gin. Green grapes. Slightly dusty. Barley. Cherries. Choc orange and toffee.

Body: Raisins. Malt chocolate. Bitterness. Resin and hop character. Cream. Honeyed barley. Light cherries. Light bitterness. Madeira.

Finish: Charred oak. Malt chocolate. Flavoured vodka. Bitter. Slight resin. Toffee liquore.

Conclusion: I’m still drinking as I wrote this, still trying to work out the final piece of the puzzle. Still letting the beer warm and seeing where that takes me. Mainly because it feels like there is more to come, but I want to get my ideas down while they are still fresh.

This is very smooth, the aroma is light and subtle, though still shifts well enough to call to a wide range of notes. The body though, is somewhat less wide ranging. It feels just a mix of dark malt, resin and bitterness, with raisins pushed as the main flavour element. It mixes that smooth texture with a resinous touch and soft spirit prickle – it is a nice feel, easy to drink but warming so to warn of the strength, but it doesn’t seem to hook its flavour onto this. The base building blocks of flavour are too much of the show.

I’m swirling the beer, and still all I’m getting really is raisins and malt chocolate. It needs more. Interestingly it is more bitter than your average barley wine, more resinous and even with some hop character. It is a nice feel, but again it is all about the base, without the needed shine. The bottle promises a variety of oak ageing, but they take their time to show.

I say take their time, as literally as I wrote that, about two thirds of the way through the bottle, I’m finally getting a few more notes. I’m glad that I took to writing to slow down my drinking of this, as it seems to have given it what it needs to get going. It is still not a showstopper, but a light build up of toffee liquore is coming out. The resinous elements mean that is nowhere near as sickly as you would imagine, you still getting the charring and resin up front, but there is a creamy spirit just nicely adding to it now.

Now the barrel ageing seems to have added a nice contrasting spirit and smoothness. It has a quality, but it only shows late on. Here at the very end it transcends its previous limitations. Finally the creaminess has come, the raisins have become full on fruitcake and the spirit touch has become Madeira like. Everything has finally reached a satisfying crescendo.

Of course I am near the end of a strong beer, that could be the alcohol talking. I get drunk easily.

So, a beer of delayed enjoyment, and because of that I can’t whole heartedly recommend it, but when it finally comes through it takes all the elements and makes from them a very smooth, and interesting drink. A beer of final moments enjoyment.

Background: So far Siren have made a bunch of beers I have found interesting, none perfect, but never dull. So, when I saw they were doing a anniversary barley wine that had been blended from a bunch of different barrel ageings I thought I would give it a try. Where did I pick it up from? Why Independent Spirit of course. Drunk while listening to some “Heavens To Betsy”. Again you ask if I have been playing Gone Home recently … how does everyone know? Seriously, play Gone Home. Thankfully the heat wave has broken now, so I could enjoy this at a reasonable background ambient temperature.

Crew Republic Detox

Crew Republic: Detox (Germany: Session IPA: 3.4% ABV)

Visual: Cloudy lemon to apricot. Large sudded yellowed head. Unsure on carbonation due to the cloudy nature.

Nose: Pineapple. Pine cones. Custard. Sweet lemon curd. Crisp. Cream. Present hops. Apricot.

Body: Good bitterness. Malt drinks. Hop character. Slightly chalky. Dirty water. Kind of lemon touched.

Finish: Malt drinks. Bitterness. Granite. Dried apricot. Malt chocolate. Kind of floral.

Conclusion: Ohh, and it was doing so well! Interesting look on the pour, a nice hazy character and it follows that up with an appealing smooth, fruity, and slightly hoppy aroma. So, all that going on and it has a low abv that should make it a session beer.

Then I took a sip.

Yeah, well, you know what I said in my last review about beers that don’t live up to their aroma? That would be this beer. This so does not live up to its aroma.

The main body is just kind of malt drink, mixed with muddy water. OK, tad over harsh, it does have admittedly good bitterness, but the rest of the beer’s body is so leaden. It is so very disappointing. Then the finish just puts the nails in the coffin of the beer. It is just granite, malt and bitterness. There is no good hook to this beer. You can feel the ghost edge of fresh fruit flavour trying to push past the muck, you almost get lemon and apricot. Almost, but failing.

So, it is just dull, not chemically and offensive. The dirty water bit is pretty bad, but that is a quite minor touch thankfully, mostly it is just really dull. Like drinking stale bread and hops.

Ah well, can’t win them all.

Background: So this is called a session IPA. Now at 3.4% BAV it even fits my definition of session, but the idea of a session IPA confused me so I had a look and…that is an actual recognised style now? Ok, huh, erm, ok. But, but an IPA is supposed to be high alcohol, that is pretty much the definition! Ah screw it, I accepted Black IPA, White IPA, Red IPA and Brown IPA. I can live with session IPA. Anyway, on first glance I thought this was a Czech Republic, but no, it is actually part of the small craft beer scene of Germany. This was drunk while nursing my aching hands after failing to complete the final level of “They Bleed Pixels” with all pages after TWO HOURS. I have since managed it. Ouch that was hard. I’m just rambling now…Oh, did I mention I bought this at Independent Spirit? Because I did.


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