Den Skjeløyde Mann Schmægir v2.0

Schmægir v2.0 by Den Skjeløyde Mann. With the label of the v1.0 brew, edited by hand...

Schmægir v2.0 by Den Skjeløyde Mann. With the label of the v1.0 brew, edited by hand…

Schmægir v2.0 by Den Skjeløyde Mann, India Pale Ale, 5.5% ABV, Unknown IBU.

Den Skjeløyde Mann’s first attempt at a Ægir IPA clone was not all that successful, but here we go again.

Look, I've got a new IPA glass! Yeah, I know, this blog isn't about me but about beer, but hey, A NEW GLASS!

Look, I’ve finally bought a Spiegelau IPA glass! Yeah, I know, this blog is about beer and not about me, but hey, A NEW GLASS!

In the glass it has a very hazy, almost cloudy medium to dark amber colour, with a large, beige, long-lived head that laces my glass very well.

The aroma is very strong, very fruity, very hoppy and absolutely clean, I get no traces of sweaty brewer’s hand this time. There are also lots of tropical fruits and caramel.

The flavour is pretty strong, but it’s a bit simple and it could need even more distinct and fresh tropical fruits. There is a firm malty caramel background, with hints of bitter burnt sugar. Finally I get faint traces of red berries. The taste is light+ sweet and the reasonably long-lasting finish is heavy bitter. The bitterness is not that amazingly pleasant, it has a slightly astringent 9V cell battery quality to it, it reminds me a bit of the feeling I often had when I tasted my very first IPAs. And do I detect hints of higher alcohols? Ok, I’m very strict now, it really is a nice brew, but since it’s so much better than v1.0 I’ll have to try to detect any flaws!

It feels like a real IPA on the palate, it has a light to medium body, the carbonation is moderate and the texture is dry.

Conclusion: A nice IPA, although not exactly world class. I could easily drink a few more of these, and I’m looking forward to v3.0!  It’s been a while since I tasted Ægir’s original, so I don’t know how close to the original Schmægir v2.0 is.

Aroma:      7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      6/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:    12/20
Ratebeer score: 3.3/5.0