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Fritzale India Pale Ale



  • Brewery: FritzAle
  • Country: Germany
  • Style: American IPA
  • ABV: 5.5%
  • Size: 750 ml
  • Bought from: Berlin Bier Shop, Germany
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    Next up is another beer that I brought home from my recent Berlin trip. Another German-brewed IPA, that was brewed with Pale Ale, Munich and Caramel malt, and hopped with Amarillo and Simcoe to an IBU of 59. Let’s see if the Germans can brew a tasty IPA!

    Fritzale India Pale Ale
    The beer has a golden orange color and is slighty hazy. The beer has a white-colored head, that quite quickly collapses, leaving some lacing along the glass.
    The aroma has some fruity and floral tones, but is overall quite light. Not getting that much of the resiny and piney tones usually present in Simcoe-hopped beers.
    The flavor begins with a slight sweetness, that then is joined by some light fruity and citrusy tones from the hops. The flavor ends with a surprisingly dry and bitter finish for a 59 IBU beer. I feel the beer could have a lot more hop flavor and some more body to balance out the bitterness, and improve the flavor overall.
    The beer has a medium-light fullness, and a moderate carbonation level, making it quite pleasant to drink. I feel the finish is a bit too dry, but it isn't all too bothering.
    A drinkable India Pale Ale, that isn't amongst my favorites though. I thought the flavor was too weak, and the beer felt a bit watery overall. Still, probably one of the best German-brewed IPAs.

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