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Beer delivery from Sweden

Sorry for the lack of updates again.

Today I will be kegging the rebrew of ‘From Seamless to Shameless’ I brewed two weeks ago together with some Cascade and Simcoe. Should make for a nice and easy to drink Pale Ale.

(Update: Gravity had fallen to 1.012 and the beer was tasting quite promising. A nice citrusy hoppiness coupled with a light maltiness. There was some acetaldehyde tones present as well, but luckily those will fade in a couple of days)

I’ll also keg the beer brewed with Saccharomyces eubayanus. I hope it has reached final attenuation already. It will be very interesting to taste that one! World’s first eubayanus beer?

(Update: Gravity had fallen to 1.016 so the beer was a bit on the sweet side. With the current gravity, attenuation is around 66%, which is in line with the 70% we have seen in the lab. Hopefully the yeast manages to drop some points still in the keg, but it was surprising to note that the beer was surprisingly drinkable. There was lots of yeast in suspension still, so S. eubayanus seems to flocculate very poorly. I saw similar traits in the yeast starter I made, as there was still yeast in suspension two days after I had kept it at 0 degrees C to allow for sedimentation. I’m extremely excited to try out the eubayanus beer in a couple of weeks!)

I also got a nice package in the mail today, containing some Swedish craft beer!

From left to right: Strömsholms Brygghus Gråskägg, Slottskällan Dubbel IPA, Slottskällan Zero, Nils Oscar Hop Yard, Poppelmans Nya Världens India Pale Ale, Nynäshamns Bötet Barleywine and Eskiltuna Anders Dubbel IPA. Thanks Henrik!

 

Omnipollo Mazarin

  • Brewery: Omnipollo (Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij)
  • Country: Sweden
  • Style: American Pale Ale
  • ABV: 5.6 %
  • Size: 330 ml
  • Bought from: Barley Wine, Copenhagen
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Omnipollo, aka Henok Fentie (the brewer) & Karl Grandin (the designer), are Swedish gypsy brewers that debuted in 2010. Their beers have just recently become available, and I bought home their Leon (a Belgian Pale Ale brewed with Amarillo & Simcoe, and fermented with champagne yeast) and Mazarin (American Pale Ale) from my recent trip to Copenhagen. Mazarin is a hop-bursted Pale Ale, that has been hopped with Amarillo, Chinook, Citra, Columbus and Simcoe to an IBU of 48, which borders to IPA territory. Sounds like my type of beer. The label is simplistic, and features only a sketch of a melting wax candle. Let’s see how it tastes.

[easyreview title=”Omnipollo Mazarin” cat1title=”Appearance” cat1detail=”The beer pours with a slightly hazy golden-orange color, and a fluffy white head is formed. The head collapses quite quickly, but it leaves patches of lacing along the glass.” cat1rating=”4″ cat2title=”Smell” cat2detail=”The aroma is dominated by a citrusy (mostly grapefruit and lemon), resiny, grassy, and tropical fruit-like hoppiness, that is joined by a light caramelly sweetness.” cat2rating=”4″ cat3title=”Taste” cat3detail=”The flavor begins with a very light toasty and caramelly maltiness, that gets overtaken by a floral and grassy hoppiness that features tones of grapefruit, peaches and resin. The hop flavors stay in the mouth for a long time, and they finish in a smooth and quite dry bitter finish. The flavors are very well balanced, but feels the flavor is still missing something. Still very tasty.” cat3rating=”4″ cat4title=”Mouthfeel” cat4detail=”This beer was also very easy to drink and refreshing, with its balanced flavors, medium-light body and medium-high carbonation level. Perhaps a bit too high carbonation level for my taste, but otherwise a great mouthfeel.” cat4rating=”4″ summary=”Overall, a very nice American Pale Ale, packed with hoppy goodness, but still remaining very balanced. I really liked Omnipollo’s Leon as well, and will be looking forward to trying more of their beers in the future. A shame that these aren’t more available in Finland. A great beer!”]

PS. Thanks to Manker Beer and Henok for sending me an Omnipollo t-shirt. Of course I had to wear it while reviewing the beer.

Nynäshamns Bedarö Bitter

  • Brewery: Nynäshamns Ångbryggeri
  • Country: Sweden
  • Style: Extra Special Bitter (or American Pale Ale)
  • ABV: 4.5 %
  • Size: 500 ml
  • Bought from: K-Citymarket Sello, 4.99 euro
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Since the Danish IPA I had earlier didn’t really convince, I’ll be having a Swedish ESB (with American influences) instead. This beer is sold in larger Kesko markets (e.g. K-Citymarket Sello and Iso Omena, and K-Supermarket Kamppi), so should quite easily be available if you wish to try it. I haven’t had anything by Nynäshamns Ångbryggeri before (this is actually the first Swedish beer I ever review), but their beers have been getting some good reviews, so am really looking forward to trying this beer. It has been brewed with Pale Ale, Crystal and Wheat malt from Thomas Fawcett, and has been hopped with Chinook and Cascade. Let’s see what it tastes like!

[easyreview title=”Nynäshamns Bedarö Bitter” cat1title=”Appearance” cat1detail=”The beer pours golden, with a slight hint of orange and minimal haze. A slight white head is formed, that collapses quite quickly, leaving some lacing along the glass.” cat1rating=”4″ cat2title=”Smell” cat2detail=”The aroma is dominated by a bready maltiness, featuring some hints of caramel and a floral, citrusy and spicy fruitiness. The aroma is quite light, but suitable to the style.” cat2rating=”3.5″ cat3title=”Taste” cat3detail=”The flavor begins with a slightly sweet and bready maltiness, that is joined by a citrusy (tones of grapefruit and lemon), fresh and grassy hop flavor. The flavor ends in a quite dry and smooth bitter finish. The flavor mend together well, and the maltiness is allowed to shine as well.” cat3rating=”4″ cat4title=”Mouthfeel” cat4detail=”The beer has a light body and a medium-high carbonation level. It is very refreshing and easy to drink.” cat4rating=”4″ summary=”A really nice and refreshing beer, that I probably will be buying again during the summer. The hoppiness isn’t dominating, but it is still present, and brings fresh, citrusy and grassy notes to the beer, that compliment well with the bready maltiness. The price is okay as well, but could be a little cheaper. Recommended!”]