ClubGonzo’s Westbrygg

Westbrygg by ClubGonzo, Kölch, 5.1% ABV, 26.6 IBU.

This is a kölch made from Vestbrygg’s all-grain kit, but with a twist: ClubGonzo has added some American hops.

ClubGonzo's Westbrygg, batch 45 aka. contract brew no 8.

ClubGonzo’s Westbrygg, batch 45 aka. contract brew no 8.

A pale one with a huge head.

A pale one with a huge head.

It opens with a loud hiss, and when I pour the beer a huge white head forms easily. This is one aggressively carbonated brew! In the glass it looks fizzy, very pale golden, and slightly hazy. A decent amount of the foam sticks to the glass, and the head is fully lasting.

The aroma is strong and crisp, with lots of citrus, generic light fruits, a yeasty touch that to me seems almost a bit Belgian (which I assume is not the case), and a faint but nevertheless somewhat disturbing, stinging solventy background.

The solvent is far more present in the strong flavour, and regular readers of this blog will know that I don’t take this kind of off-flavour lightly! Other flavours include light fruits and citrus. The taste is light sweet and light bitter.

It’s light and dry on the palate with a lively carbonation.

Conclusion: A bit messy with too much off-flavours, but I can easily imagine that this was a crisp and refreshing brew before the infection(?) took control.

Aroma:      6/10
Appearance: 3/5
Taste:      4/10
Palate:     3/5
Overall:    8/20
Ratebeer score: 2.4/5.0

ClubGonzo’s Bryggselv IPA #1

Bryggselv IPA #1 by ClubGonzo, India Pale Ale, 6.5% ABV, 75 IBU.

Bryggselv IPA #1, ABC Hop Sanatorium, batch 55, contract brew no. 9.

Bryggselv IPA #1, ABC Hop Sanatorium, batch 55, contract brew no. 9.

The brewer insisted that I should taste this beer as soon as possible, since it often takes a few weeks after receiving a new batch of beers before I find the time to rate them. Therefore, with hardly any further ado, here’s a rating of an almost fresh IPA.

In the glass it looks cloudy, a bit dirty and almost opaque, it has an amber colour and a quite large, light beige head that is very long-lived and leaves some laces on the glass.

The aroma is fresh, hoppy and very strong, with delicious notes of sweet tropical fruits in the front, and a firm malty backbone.

A refreshing brew a lazy summer evening!

A refreshing brew a lazy summer evening!

Very strong flavour of tropical fruits, especially spicy mango. There are also citric notes, orange being the most prominent. The heavy bitter finish comes with refreshing piny elements. All the hoppyness is elegantly backed up by caramel. The finish is quite dry, but the initial taste has a reasonably amount of sweetness. It’s a mid-bodied brew with moderate carbonation.

Conclusion: a well balanced IPA with the right amount of intensity both in the aroma and flavour. Too bad ClubGonzo didn’t make the recipe himself, I look forward to taste his upcoming variants of this brew. 

Aroma:      7/10
Appearance: 3/5
Taste:      7/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:    14/20
Ratebeer score: 3.5/5.0