Today I thought I’d attempt to write about a brewery that I’ve not tried before. This blog page as titled will be on beers by Haandbryggeriet from Drammen in Norway. The brewery was founded in 2005 by home brewers Jens Maudal, Rune Eriksen, Arne Eide and Egil Hilde. In December 2008 the brewery was upgraded and can now brew as much as 400 000 litres annually
The two beers which I’ve managed to get my hands on are Fyr og Flamme & Røyk Uten Ild (Smoke Without Fire). Both purchased at Dunnottar Wines & Spirits in Stonehaven.
I’m going to start off with the lighter Fyr og Flamme, the winning intepretation of Vuur & Vlam at the 2010 Borefts festeval, hosted by De Molen is an American IPA in style and 6.2%.
This beer unlike most IPA’s will settle with age becoming sweeter and highlights just how well this berry fits in to the IPA category providing sweetness but not to the point where it’s overpowering. On this particular beer a lot of credit must be given to the brewer who has shown a tremendous amount of skill and subtlety.
Another blog based on an exciting brewery from the UK. This time it’s the Kernel who’s brewery is based a stones throw from the river Thames in London.
I’ve tried a number of their beers but I wanted to focus on this one as this is a beer is an illustration of how far British brewing come in a relatively short period of time.
The brewer has made made things a little easier by leaving us a clue as to which hops are in this beer.
SCCANS is an acronym for Simcoe, Citra, Columbus, Apollo and Nelson Sauvin. Some of my favourite hops so this was a beer I was very excited about!
This beer has a light almost delicate smell which doesn’t hint at the larger alcohol content of this double IPA. With nose containing some pine, citrus fruits and touches of grapefruit and orange. There is a grassy almost floral note but my residual thought is how clean and fresh this smells.
The colour is amber to light orange with a foamy white head that stays well, this beer is aesthetically pleasing.
The beer has a slightly stronger pine taste than the smell led me to think and paired with some citrus taste leading you to think of little orange and lemon. It’s a beautiful balance of sweet and bitter with some sugar and finished off with some tropical fruits. This has no hint of the alcohol that this beer contains.
Full mouth feel is bitter and has an almost syrup quality.
An excellent beer from start to finish, this one has a great balance to it and goes down wonderfully. The alcohol is there but well hidden and the bitter pine and fruit flavours work very well together without overpowering you.
I’d rate this beer around 83/100
I indulged myself yesterday and bought a bottle of Alesmith’s summer incantation of their holiday beer YuleSmith the ingeniously titled YuleSmith summer.
Alesmith’s most popular seasonal ale, YuleSmith is brewed twice a year in two different, yet similar, styles: For summertime, it’s an Imperial/Double IPA.
After a fantastic afternoon I was ready for the launch of San Diego Scotch Ale a collaboration between Brewdog and Ballast Point. The beer it’s self is made with Challenger, First Gold & Amarillo hops and then aged in whisky casks with raisins soaked in Ballast Point Rum.
The nose for me is peated whisky with a touch of rum and raisin ice cream.
My name is Magnus I’m a beer fanatic based in Aberdeen Scotland.
This is my first attempt at what would resemble a blog. In my head this was probably a lot easier than it’s turned out.
In this blog I’ll be rating Beers, Bars and Brewery tours.
I guess the best way to do this is to start with the beer / brewery that excites me most at the moment. That being The Cromarty brewing company (http://www.cromartybrewing.co.uk/). They are based about 25 miles north of Inverness and are producing some of the most exciting beers in Scotland at the moment.
The beer that I’m going to baptise my review with is their “Red Rye Hop Extravaganza” Red Rocker: