ClubGonzo’s Bryggselv IPA #3 – The Girl From Ipanema

Bryggselv IPA #3 – The Girl From Ipanema by ClubGonzo, India Pale Ale / Spice/Herb/Vegetable, 6.2% ABV, 60 IBU.

A light IPA

A light IPA

Bryggselv IPA #3 - The Girl From Ipanema, Batch no. 59 - Contract brew no. 11.

Bryggselv IPA #3 – The Girl From Ipanema, Batch no. 59 – Contract brew no. 11.

Another take on the Bryggselv IPA brew kit (here’s the last attempt), this time it’s spiced up with habanero chillies. The readers of this blog will know that I’m a sissy when it comes to chilli, so let’s see if I survive this one…

To my surprise the Bryggselv IPA #3 looks nothing like #2, this one is much lighter, it has a clear, pale amber colour, almost golden. The averaged-sized head is off-white, long-lasting and laces the glass well.

The aroma is quite strong and to my relief it doesn’t smell much like habanero. Instead it’s a rather standard IPA aroma, in other words fairly sweet tropical fruits, orange, and caramel in the back. Or are there also hints of something vegetal (in a good sense) far in the background?

But hey, once in the mouth it’s pretty obvious that there are chillies in this one! And it works! Sure it’s hot, but not undrinkably so. Instead the habanero contrasts the sweet tropical fruits and the light caramel, giving a refreshing and palate-cleansing brew. It’s difficult to give a qualitative description of the bitterness level of this one, since the spiciness governs the aftertaste. The brew is mid-bodied, moderately carbonated and have some sweetness in the initial taste.

Conclusion: hot and spicy, but also refreshing and tasty! The reasonable amounts of habanero has resulted in a spiced IPA, not a flaming hot chilli beer with hints of hops. 

Aroma:      7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Taste:      7/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:    13/20
Ratebeer score: 3.5/5.0
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One comment on “ClubGonzo’s Bryggselv IPA #3 – The Girl From Ipanema

  1. I was intrigued towards your liking to this one Terje. Turns out it was mellow enough on the chili to not scare you off, and with enough hop flavor to safeguard its IPA status. 🙂 Pretty satisfied with the result, although I did miss the target initially regarding scoville-burn; at first it was bordering on undrinkable, the habanero came out way too much. Fortunately, this version fermented out better then the previous versions, leaving me with room to maneuver. I simply added 3 liters of water to the fermentation bucket, increasing volume, decreasing ABV, FG and IBU (without reducing it to the point where it could no longer be considered an IPA). The result was a less sweet, less bitter and less alcoholic version which left the chili burn in the back of the beer and not up front. That’s also probably why the color is slightly lighter-hued than the other versions. 🙂 All in all, a pretty successfull beer and also the last in the series (as I am no longer doing brewing courses for Smaksselv).

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