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!
It 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