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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.