Monthly Archives: May 2011

Grassroots Pikkulintu Triple IPA

 

  • Brewery: Grassroots Brewing
  • Country: Denmark
  • Style: Imperial IPA
  • ABV: 12%
  • Size: 500 ml
  • Bought from: Olutravintola Pikkulintu, 10€
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  • This Imperial IPA was brewed by Grassroots Brewing to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Olutravintola Pikkulintu in Helsinki, Finland. The beer is 12% ABV and is advertised with a massive 180 IBU! The beer is unfiltered and bottle-conditioned and was brewed with the following hops: Simcoe, Chinook, and Citra.

    [easyreview title=”Grassroots Pikkulintu Triple IPA” cat1title=”Appearance” cat1detail=”The beer has a orange-amber color, and is slightly hazy. The beer has an almost non-existing head, that leaves some lacing along the glass.” cat1rating=”3.5″ cat2title=”Smell” cat2detail=”The aroma of this beer is very fruity, with hints of tropical fruits (passionfruit) and citrus (these aromas are very characteristic of Citra hops), as well as caramelly and malty.” cat2rating=”4″ cat3title=”Taste” cat3detail=”As you take a sip, you are first met by a sweet and caramelly taste, which follows with some fruitiness from the hops and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Surprisingly low hop flavour and bitterness for this beast. I have really difficult time believing this beer really is 180 IBUs, as I’ve had beers with Sub-100 IBUs much more bitter than this. This beer is extremely well balanced though, as there is no overpowering flavour, and it is very easy to drink for a beer with 12% ABV (there is no indication of this high alcohol level at all). I would have wanted some more hop flavour from this one, but it is still tasty.” cat3rating=”3.5″ cat4title=”Mouthfeel” cat4detail=”The beer has a quite full body with a medium-low level of carbonation. The beer is quite oily from the hoppiness, but very easy to drink considering its properties.” cat4rating=”4″ summary=”Overall a good beer, but am still slightly disappointed with this beer. A ‘triple’ IPA like this should have a more hop flavour and bitterness, and it might be that the bottle I received wasn’t super fresh. The beer is very well balanced, and enjoyed drinking it. The selection of beer at Pikkulintu is fantastic and will definitely have to come back for another beer some day.”]

    Weekend beers

    Had some different beers this weekend, some of them very good. First up was a Dixie (by Dixie Brewing), which is an American Lager that was quite tasteless, but very easy to drink. Would probably make a good thirst quencher in the summer, but otherwise it was nothing special.

    Next up was an Anchor Porter, which is an American Porter. The beer poured very dark brown/black with a tan head. Flavour was sweet, roasted, and chocolatey, and the beer had a thick creamy feel. Not a big fan of darker beers, but this one was really tasty.

    Next up was a Bitter & Twisted (by Harviestoun Brewery), which is an English IPA. The beer poured a golden color, and had a very citrusy (lemon) aroma. The taste was malty with hints of grassy and citrusy hoppiness. A tasty English-style ale.

    Then it was time for a Sierra Nevada Hoptimum from Oluthuone Kaisla. This huge (10.4% ABV, 100 IBU, 660 ml bottle) Imperial IPA is a limited edition release from Sierra Nevada, hopped with Magnum, Simcoe, Citra, Chinook, and a new unnamed hop variety. The beer poured an amber color with a minimal head. The beer was full of fruity, piney and citrusy aroma and flavour, balanced with a sweet and malty backbone. A fantastic beer, that is one of my absolute favorites. Unfortunately the beer is limited, hard to find (only available in Kaisla), was expensive, and was a bit big to drink on my own.

    Next was a visit to Olutravintola Pikkulintu, where I had a Pikkulintu Triple IPA (brewed at Grassroots Brewery). A full review of it will be posted later.

    Finally I had a Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA, which was a bit fresher than the last one I had last weekend, but it still disappointed me a bit. Almost no hop aroma, and taste was lacking as well. I remember it being much better. Maybe I’ve just been unlucky receiving another one that has gone a bit bad.

    Brewdog Mikkeller I Hardcore You

     

  • Brewery: Brewdog & Mikkeller
  • Country: Scotland & Denmark
  • Style: Imperial IPA
  • ABV: 9.5%
  • Size: 330 ml
  • Bought from: Germany, 3.79€
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  • “I Hardcore You is a 9.5% Imperial India Pale Ale, an international collaborative effort between 2 of Europe’s most rock ’n roll brewers. This beer is a blend of BrewDog’s Hardcore IPA and Mikkeller’s I Beat yoU. After the blending, the beer was then dry hopped a further twice. Making I Hardcore You a beer which has been dry hopped four times, or maybe even six times. We kinda lost count.”

    [easyreview title=”Brewdog Mikkeller I Hardcore You” cat1title=”Appearance” cat1detail=”The beer has an amber color, and is slightly hazy. It has a centimeter-thick tan head, that collapses quickly, leaving some lacing along the glass.” cat1rating=”4″ cat2title=”Smell” cat2detail=”The aroma of this beer screams hops, and is full of caramelly, ‘tropical fruity’, citrusy (especially grapefruit and orange), and piney tones. This smells delicious!” cat2rating=”4.5″ cat3title=”Taste” cat3detail=”The initial taste is sweet and caramelly, but the tongue is quickly attacked by the huge amount of hops in this beer. Fruity, herbal and spicy hop flavours mix together with the malt backbone, while the bitterness ‘burns’ the tongue as the flavours disappear. This is a quite complex beer, with lots of different flavours mixing (with the hoppiness dominating), but it is still surprisingly well balanced. The high alcohol content is hidden well by the maltiness and hoppiness, and overall this is a very balanced beer. Maybe just a bit too much hops (As a hop lover, I didn’t even think that such a thing could be possible).” cat3rating=”4″ cat4title=”Mouthfeel” cat4detail=”The beer has a full body with a low level of carbonation. The body and the hoppiness gives the beer a thick and oily feel, but it is still very drinkable.” cat4rating=”4″ summary=”I expected a very hoppy beer, packed with lovely American hop aroma and flavour and I Hardcore You delivered. This is a very tasty brew that I’ll definitely drink again (I have two bottles left in storage, hurray!). A well balanced and hoppy Imperial IPA, with my only ‘complaint’ being just a tiny bit too much hoppiness.”]

    Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA

     

  • Brewery: Flying Dog
  • Country: USA
  • Style: American IPA
  • ABV: 7.1%
  • Size: 355 ml
  • Bought from: Germany, 2.19€
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    [easyreview title=”Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA” cat1title=”Appearance” cat1detail=”The beer has a clear golden-amber color, with a centimeter-thick white head, that leaves nice lacing along the glass. There are visible signs of carbonation, with small bubbles constantly rising to the surface.” cat1rating=”4″ cat2title=”Smell” cat2detail=”The aroma of the beer is sweet, caramelly, and malty, with slight hints of hops (herbal and piney aroma). Hop aroma could have been stronger in my taste.” cat2rating=”3.5″ cat3title=”Taste” cat3detail=”The taste is similar to the aroma, as the initial taste is quite sweet and malty, with some herbal, piney and grapefruit hop flavour. The beer leaves a quite dry and bitter aftertaste, making me think this IPA should be a bit more balanced. I’d prefer some more hop flavour and maltiness, as this beer is quite boring as is, and not very drinkable.” cat3rating=”3″ cat4title=”Mouthfeel” cat4detail=”The beer has a light body with medium level of carbonation, which together with the quite harsh bitterness, makes this a difficult beer to enjoy.” cat4rating=”2.5″ summary=”I was very disappointed with this one, as I quite like Flying Dog’s Double Dog Double Pale Ale. This one was difficult to drink, didn’t have much of the hop aroma and flavour I so much enjoy, was imbalanced, and overall was very boring. The beer was quite fresh, but there is always a chance that it has lost flavour and aroma during transport and storage.”]

    Tasty IPAs at Hilpeä Hauki

    Had some good beers yesterday at Hilpeä Hauki, a beer restaurant in Kallio, Helsinki (part of the ‘fish restaurant’ chain (Kalaravintolat)). I noticed they had one of my all-time favorites, Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA, on the pricelist, so had to have one of those again. The bartender also revealed that they had some hoppy beers from Victory Brewing Company: their HopDevil (American IPA) and Hop Wallop (Imperial IPA). I only had time for one other beer, so went for the HopDevil (after reading many good reviews on it). I wasn’t disappointed, as it was fantastic, and will definitely have to come back and taste the Hop Wallop. Below are some short comments (won’t be doing any full reviews, since I had nothing to take notes on and was a little drunk).

    This is an aggressively hopped American IPA (6.7% ABV), with a hazy amber color and an almost non-existing tan head. The aroma was citrusy and piney, and the flavour was also dominated by fruity, citrusy and piney hops. It had a very aggressive, but pleasant, bitter bite on the tongue. A very good beer, would definitely drink again. Unfortunately only available from restaurants.

    This is also a aggressively hopped (Magnum, Crystal and Citra) American IPA (sometimes classified as a Double IPA), with an amber color. Unfortunately the bottle I received has its best before date a month ago, so this beer had lost a lot of its aroma and flavour. You could still get some of the fruity and citrusy Citra aroma and flavour, but I was very disappointed. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to drink a fresher Torpedo soon.

    Brewdog Punk IPA

  • Brewery: Brewdog
  • Country: Scotland
  • Style: (American) India Pale Ale
  • ABV: 6.0%
  • Size: 330 ml
  • Bought from: Germany, 2.79€
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    Brewdog’s Punk IPA recently had its recipe updated, and with that the alcohol percentage was lowered to 5.6%. This review is on the old version boasting 6.0% ABV, and according to Brewdog contains: Maris Otter Extra Pale Malt, and is hopped with Chinook, Crystal and Motoeka. IBUs are 65. The new version has a different hop profile, containing: Simcoe, Ahtanum and Nelson Sauvin hops, with 45 IBU.

    [easyreview title=”Brewdog Punk IPA” cat1title=”Appearance” cat1detail=”The beer has a golden-yellow translucent color, with a couple centimeter thick white head that falls quickly, leaving some traces of lacing along the glass. There are signs of carbonation, with bubbles rising to the surface.” cat1rating=”4″ cat2title=”Smell” cat2detail=”The beer has a quite present piney, floral and citrusy hop aroma, with hints of sweetness and maltiness.” cat2rating=”4″ cat3title=”Taste” cat3detail=”The initial taste is sweet and malty, with initial notes of caramel, but a piney hop flavour quickly takes over, leaving a bitter and citrusy aftertaste on the tongue. The beer is not overly bitter, and is well balanced.” cat3rating=”4″ cat4title=”Mouthfeel” cat4detail=”The beer is smooth, with a medium body and carbonation level. The drinkability is good, but the carbonation and bitterness takes it down a bit.” cat4rating=”3.5″ summary=”A nice beer and attempt on an American IPA, but would have wished for stronger hop aroma and flavour, with slightly lower carbonation and just a hint more malt complexity.”]

    Note: I also had a bottle of Punk IPA, coming from the same shop and probably around the same batch, earlier this week, that tasted like ****. It had probably gone bad, even though it was still within the best before date.

    Altenmünster Winterbier Dunkel

  • Brewery: Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
  • Country: Germany
  • Style: Dunkel
  • ABV: 5.5%
  • Size: 500 ml
  • Bought from: Gift from Germany, price unknown
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    [easyreview title=”Altenmünster Winterbier Dunkel” cat1title=”Appearance” cat1detail=”The beer has a dark amber-brown translucent color, with a slightly tan head that falls quickly, leaving some traces of lacing along the glass. The beer was served in a Grolsch-style flip-top bottle.” cat1rating=”3.5″ cat2title=”Smell” cat2detail=”The beer has a quite weak aroma, with some hints of malt, bread, caramel, and (slight) yeast.” cat2rating=”2″ cat3title=”Taste” cat3detail=”The taste is malty (though not too sweet), with initial notes of caramel, moving towards bread and cream, and then ending in some nuttiness. Not much hoppiness present. There are some hints of roasted malts.” cat3rating=”3″ cat4title=”Mouthfeel” cat4detail=”The beer has a medium body (not all too sweet), with a medium-low carbonation level. The beer is easy drunken, and alcohol is not very present.” cat4rating=”3″ summary=”An easily drinkable Münich Dunkel, that lacks a bit in the taste and aroma department. Not my favorite style of beer, but could drink again. Can’t comment on quality to price ratio, as this was a gift.”]

    Dark Star Espresso Stout

  • Brewery: Dark Star
  • Country: England
  • Style: Stout
  • ABV: 4.2%
  • Size: 500 ml
  • Bought from: K-Supermarket, 4.97€
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    [easyreview title=”Dark Star Espresso Stout” cat1title=”Appearance” cat1detail=”The beer has a very dark brown color (well, black), and when held against the light the beer is still black and non-translucent. The beer also has a nice tan head, which leaves lacing.” cat1rating=”4″ cat2title=”Smell” cat2detail=”The beer has a nice roasted aroma, with some slight hints of coffee and chocolate. The coffee aroma is present, but not overpowering.” cat2rating=”3.5″ cat3title=”Taste” cat3detail=”The initial taste is burnt/roasted with slight sweetness and maltiness. The coffee flavor creeps up and is present. The slight sweetness, balances the bitterness of the coffee, earthy hops and slight hints of chocolate well.” cat3rating=”3.5″ cat4title=”Mouthfeel” cat4detail=”The beer has a medium-low body, with a medium-low carbonation level, which helps with drinkability. The burnt and roasted flavors aren’t too dominate.” cat4rating=”3.5″ summary=”This coffee stout actually tastes of coffee, and is well balanced, making it drinkable. The price is on the high side, but overall a good beer.”]

    Thanks to Pia for buying me this one! <3

    Great Divide Hercules Double IPA


     

  • Brewery: Great Divide
  • Country: USA
  • Style: Imperial IPA
  • ABV: 10%
  • Size: 355 ml
  • Bought from: Germany, 3.29€
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    [easyreview title=”Great Divide Hercules Double IPA” cat1title=”Appearance” cat1detail=”The beer has a amber-brown color, and is only slight hazy, with an almost non-existing white head and minimal lacing.” cat1rating=”4″ cat2title=”Smell” cat2detail=”The beer has a strong hop aroma, which can be expected from a beer of this type. The aroma is dominated by resiny pine and citrus (grapefruit), with some malty sweetness hiding behind.” cat2rating=”4″ cat3title=”Taste” cat3detail=”The initial taste is slightly sweet and malty with a huge presence of citrus and pine hop flavour. The bitterness and high alcohol content starts creeping up, but is not at all unpleasant. Well balanced and no flavour is overpowering.” cat3rating=”4″ cat4title=”Mouthfeel” cat4detail=”The body is medium full, and the carbonation level is quite low, making it feel quite smooth. The presence of hop oiliness and high alcohol content is observed.” cat4rating=”3.5″ cat5title=”Overall” cat5detail=”A good tasting and well-balanced Imperial IPA at an affordable price, makes this a beer I definitely will drink again. The level of hoppiness is great.” cat5rating=”4″ overall=”false”]

    Hornbeer Kiss The Frog

     

  • Brewery: Hornbeer
  • Country: Denmark
  • Style: Fruit Beer
  • ABV: 4.6%
  • Size: 500 ml
  • Bought from: K-Supermarket, 6.39€
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    The beer is described as a “beer with cherries”, and contains cherry juice.

    [easyreview title=”Hornbeer Kiss The Frog” cat1title=”Appearance” cat1detail=”The beer has a reddish-brown color, and is very hazy (the beer is unfiltered and bottle-conditioned). The beer formed a couple centimeter thick pinkish head that quickly collapsed (leaving some lacing along the glass).” cat1rating=”2″ cat2title=”Smell” cat2detail=”The beer has malty, slight acidic and fruity (cherry) aroma. The cherry aroma isn’t as pronounced as in Krieks. (Note: I currently have a cold, so my olfaction isn’t at its best)” cat2rating=”2″ cat3title=”Taste” cat3detail=”The beer initially has a quite sweet taste with an acidic bite, with a very slight aftertaste of cherries. The flavour is quite bland, and it is very difficult to chart the different taste components. The cherry flavour could definitely be more present, and the acidity could be slightly lowered or balanced with some more sweetness.” cat3rating=”1.5″ cat4title=”Mouthfeel” cat4detail=”The body is quite light, with moderate-high carbonation. Together with the acidity it isn’t easy to drink.” cat4rating=”2″ summary=”I’m not a great fan of fruit beers, but this beer did definitely not reach the level of Krieks. The flavour is lacking and not pronounced, and the beer was quite expensive. Would not buy again.”]

    Thanks to Pia for buying me this one! <3