ClubGonzo’s Good Ol’ IPA

ClubGonzo's Good Ol' IPA in the glass.

ClubGonzo’s Good Ol’ IPA in the glass.

Good Ol’ IPA by ClubGonzo, India Pale Ale, 7.2% ABV, 72.3 IBU.

Let’s see how ClubGonzo defines a classic american IPA! In the glass it looks cloudy and it has a medium amber to brown colour. The light tan head is large, and it leaves a good amount of foam on the glass.

ClubGonzo's Good Ol' IPA, batch 39.

ClubGonzo’s Good Ol’ IPA, batch 39.

The aroma is strong, sweet and overripe with little freshness. I get lots of sweet caramel, lightly roasted notes and overripe tropical fruits. The fruits are extraordinarily overripe for an IPA, this is close to barley wine style sweet overripeness, or at least a DIPA! But I like it. I should mention that I had this right after the amazingly crisp, light and überfresh Hazy Summer, so my impression might be a bit influenced by this.

Strong flavour of caramel malt and actually hints of coffee in the back. It’s very fruity as well, but this could almost pass as a coffee IPA. Ok, I’m of course exaggerating, but there is quite much roasted stuff in there. Also lots and lots of overripe tropical fruits. It’s a bit alcoholic, maybe a tad too much alcohol, but it’s clean. The taste is light to medium sweet and the finish is heavy bitter. It’s mid-bodied, it has moderate carbonation and a fairly dry texture.

Conclusion: A tasty, overripe fruity IPA with a solid malty backbone. A very good example of the classic American IPAs you get in Norway, in the sense that a considerable part of the fresh hoppiness has disappeared during the shipping from the US.

Aroma:      7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      7/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:    14/20
Ratebeer score: 3.6/5.0

ClubGonzo’s Hazy Summer

Hazy Summer by ClubGonzo, American Pale Ale, 5.1% ABV, 40 IBU.

The Hazy Summer pours a golden, slightly hazy body (who would have thought?) with an average-sized,  white, fairly creamy and fully lasting head that laces the glass well.

ClubGonzo's Hazy Summer, batch 41. American pale ale with lime juice, oats and rhubarb.

ClubGonzo’s Hazy Summer, batch 41. American pale ale with lime, oats and rhubarb.

The aroma is strong, pleasant, very hoppy and a bit grassy in a good way. And it’s very, very, very crisp. It’s quite obvious that some sort of citric fruits have been added to this beer, although I’m not sure if I’m able to pinpoint the lime. Another additive, rhubarb, is also present, but far from overwhelming. There are also more traditional APA notes, in the form of just ripe pineapple and spicy, just ripe mango.There’s lots of citrus, the rhubarb is present, and there are notes of tropical fruits.

This is what happens when a beer is too drinkable: it was almost gone before I remembered to take a picture...

This is what happens when a beer is too drinkable: I had almost emptied the glass when I remembered to take a picture…

The flavour is strong and again very crisp and citric. Wow, what a thirst quencher! The rhubarb adds just the right amount of acidity without being dominating (which was the case with my own Rabarbrapapa). The citrus and the rhubarb are in perfect balance with the fresh green hops. The taste is light sweet, medium bitter and very light acidic. Finally I should mention that the brew is 100% clean, without any nail-polish remover. Yay!

It has a very light and thin body, it almost feels like a 2.5% ABV beer. I guess the oats didn’t help. The texture is dry.

 

Conclusion: Crispness redefined. An absurdly drinkable summer beer, I’d easily pay good money for this one. If I had rated beers according to style and drinkability, this one would have been close to perfect. To bad I often need an «india», «double», «imperial» or «barrel aged» in the beer name in order to give a higher rating than 4.0…

Aroma:      7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      7/10
Palate:     3/5
Overall:    14/20
Ratebeer score: 3.5/5.0

TørsT IPA

Not extreme amounts of information on the label.

Not extreme amounts of information on the label.

IPA by TørsT, unknown ABV, unknown IBU.

This is the very first brew from the TørsT duo, congratulations! TørsT consists of my favourite ex-kindergarten employee Thea and her mysterious companion only known as Tarjei (I think). I don’t anything about this brew, apart from it being an IPA. I don’t know if this is an extract brew, a BIAB, a full grain or if TørsT made the recipe themselves.

TørsT IPA in the glass

TørsT IPA in the glass

The mystery beer pours a clear, medium amber body with large, dense and creamy off-white head. It looks very lively carbonated, and after I’ve poured my first small glass a 2 cm layer of foam forms in the bottle quite quickly. The second glass is cloudy due to the over-carbonation. The head is long-lived and settles as a thin layer, and it laces the glass well.

Strong aroma of sweet tropical fruits, with some vague hints of yeast in the back. The flavour is
fairly clean, but with traces of higher alcohols and a somewhat dirty yeasty influence. Still, the pleasant elements are dominating, and I get quite strong notes of tropical fruits, both peach and mango. Also some bitter herbs and grassy hints. The taste is light to moderate sweet with a moderate+ bitter finish. So, let me take a guess, 50 IBU and 6% ABV?

The beer is mid-bodied with a dry finish and a bit too lively carbonation.

Conclusion: a straightforward IPA with a tropical flavour profile, but with some minor impurities. If I had tasted it a couple of months earlier the hoppy contributions would probably have been even stronger and they would have masked the vague off-flavours even better. Anyway, far better than my first homebrew!

Aroma:      7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      5/10
Palate:     3/5
Overall:    10/20
Ratebeer score: 2.9/5.0