Mr. Nilsson (a.k.a. Har Ni Sett Min APA?) by ClubGonzo, American Pale Ale, 5.6% ABV, 43.1 IBU.
I should have seen it coming: a ClubGonzo beer brewed for the pun!
Mr. Nilsson looks pretty cloudy in the glass, it has a nice medium to light amber colour and is topped by a small, white, rather creamy, fully lasting head that decorates my glass with foam.
The aroma isn’t strong at all, but it’s pleasant. I get the regular tropical fruits/citrus combo with hints of malts in the background. However, the lack of intensity makes the impression a bit dull and uninteresting. Did you forget to dry hop this one?
The flavour is stronger than I’d dared to hope for, and once the beer is in the mouth I realise that I’ve missed the optimal temperature with a few degrees: this is too damn cold! Maybe that’s one explanation for the faint-ish aroma. The taste is moderate bitter, but it’s not a very pleasant bitterness. It gives me a put-tongue-on-9V-cell-battery feeling in the late aftertaste. There is not much sweetness. The flavour is nice though, again tropical fruits and citrus. Simple enough, but I guess that’s how an APA should be.
The mouthfeel is decent, but nothing spectacular. Again pretty close to most APAs, i.e. dry, fairly light-bodied and with a moderate carbonation.
Conclusion: a decent brew, but I must admit that I find it a bit boring. The aroma should have been much more intense: if you haven’t got the balls to use enough bittering hops to make an IPA, you should at least throw in a bucket of aroma hops and save a truckload for the dry hopping. And finally there’s this strange bitterness.
Aroma: 6/10 Appearance: 4/5 Taste: 6/10 Palate: 3/5 Overall: 10/20 Ratebeer score: 2.9/5.0