Dr. M Lønn for strevet

Lønn for strevet by Dr. M, India Pale Ale, 6.3 ABV, 140 IBU.

Interleaved between all the Belgian ales that Dr. M usually brews, here’s an IPA!

IMG_8641It has a crisp, moderate aroma with a generic fruitiness, pale malts and faint citrus, and there are also some herbal traces. And then there is something strange… You know this beetle that excretes a not-that-nice-smelling liquid when disturbed? Just a moment, let me google that for you… Ah,  green shield bug, Palomena prasina! Yep, I actually find hints of bug excretes in this beer! You haven’t seen that one in a beer review before, have you? The lack of tropical fruits, pine, a citric punch or other elements that tend to pop up in IPAs, combined with the strange Palomena prasina makes the aroma very far from that of a regular IPA.

The flavour is a bit faint, with notes of pale malts, fruitiness and a bit unclean boozy hints. What kind of yeast have you used in this one? I get some yeasty notes that I don’t find very typical for an IPA, maybe I’m biased due to Dr. M’s previous brews, but I find it more Belgian than e.g. the good old US-05. Light sweet taste with a moderate bitter finish (I don’t believe for a second that this one has 140 IBUs!).

It’s mid-bodied, has a moderate carbonation, and there is a light dryness in the finish.

Overall: an unusual, faint and not too exciting IPA, with some strange off-flavours. Not undrinkable, though. Are you wondering about the name, Lønn for strevet? It turns out that Dr. M has added maple syrup to this one, but I fail to pick up any clear syrupy notes. Unless it’s what I identify as bug excrete.

Aroma:      5/10
Appearance: 3/5
Taste:      5/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:    8/20
Ratebeer score: 2.5/5.0

ClubGonzo’s Then We Take Berlin

Then We Take Berlin by ClubGonzo, Berliner Weisse, 3.2% ABV, 3.4 IBU.

Then We Take Berlin, batch no. 60.

Then We Take Berlin, batch no. 60.

Big fizzy head that lasts for 10 seconds.

Big fizzy head that lasts for 10 seconds. A ghostly pale body that still haunts me in my nightmares.

It’s never a good sign when the ABV and the IBU of a beer are comparable. And it’s never a good sign when the word “Berliner Weisse” is printed on the label. So, on we go with a totally unbiased review of a another beer of my least favourite beer style!

This is a fizzy looking brew has a very, very pale golden colour, with a large, white head that… oh, it’s gone.

The aroma is quite faint, and in addition to the mandatory crisp lemony notes, there is also an overly sweet and slightly unfresh background of overripe citrus.

There are of course not much flavour in this brew, and strangely enough there isn’t much acidity either, despite the fact that the brewer added lemon juice. The slightly exciting funky hints of sourness that was present in the First We Take Manhattan is not present in this water-meets-fermented-lemon drink. The most exciting thing about this one is the trace of buttery popcorn(!).

The mouthfeel is of course watery, but it’s refreshing in soft drink way.

Conclusion: please ban this beer style.

Aroma:      4/10
Appearance: 2/5
Taste:      4/10
Palate:     3/5
Overall:    6/20
Ratebeer score: 1.9/5.0

ClubGonzo’s First We Take Manhattan

First We Take Manhattan by ClubGonzo, Berliner Weisse, 3.8% ABV, 4 IBU.

First We Take Manhattan, batch no 58.

First We Take Manhattan, batch no 58.

Water? No, berlinerweisse!

I’ve never had a Berliner Weisse that I’ve really enjoyed, every single one I’ve tried so far have been plain boring. A noticeable exception was ClubGonzo’s S.C.O.B.Y. Doo, even though that was pretty far from a regular Berliner Weisse.

As expected the brew looks utterly uninteresting. It pours a clear golden body that is very, very pale, this one almost looks like water. The small, white, fizzy head disappears completely after a few seconds.

The aroma is pretty faint, but it’s actually quite pleasant. It’s crisp and refreshing, with notes of apple cider, apple cellar, lemon and traces of an interesting funky sourness.

The flavour is also rather faint, and I fail to pick up much else than what I got from the aroma.

It’s dry, fairly lively carbonated, and refreshing (in the same way as carbonated water with a drop of lemon juice is).

Conclusion: the vague funk sort of saves this brew.

Aroma:      5/10
Appearance: 2/5
Taste:      4/10
Palate:     3/5
Overall:    7/20
Ratebeer score: 2.1/5.0