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Review of Norrebro Bryghus North Bridge Extreme

Hello everyone.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the North Bridge Extreme produced by the Norrebro Bryghus located in Kobenhavn, Denmark.

I, honestly, had never even heard of these guys and when I saw a bottle or two sitting on the shelf at the bottle shop that I frequently visit I thought I would give them a go.

The website, noerrebrobryghus.dk, was written in Danish, so I had to revert to ratebeer.com to find a commercial description of this particular brew.

Danish: North Bridge Extreme, was a present from the brewers to Brew master Anders on the first anniversary of Nørrebro Bryghus. Inspired by the Southwest Californian triple IPA’s, it is brewed with British ale malts, adjusted with several colour malts and spiced with extreme amounts of hops.

A dark golden extremely bitter ale (9,5 % ABV) with a prominent hop aroma. Should be enjoyed as the final beer of the evening – Your taste buds will no longer function after drinking this ale!

Ok.  Let’s give it a try.

This Imperial IPA comes in a 20.3 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of 9.5%.

The North Bridge Extreme poured a murky, deep brown to caramel color with touches of ruby dancing around the edges.  The crown was light tan and decently sized.  The texture was a mixture of soapy and creamy with both large and small bubbles throughout.  The retention time was so-so, but the lacing looked pretty good I thought.  It left several patches of foam all along the sides of the tulip glass.

The nose brought forth a very strong malt presence combined with heavy hints of dark breads and toffee.  Scents of raisin and sweet molasses as well.  A very light hint of booze hid underneath.  Earth and pine provided a nice take on the hop profile.  This brew smelled very similar to an American Barleywine in my opinion.  Overall, very well balanced and complex for an India Pale Ale.

The taste let loose more of the dark breads (wheat) as well as some toffee and caramel sugars.  I got a slight taste of rum too.  As the beer warmed I began to distinguish a very nice savor of fresh peanut brittle.  The bitterness seemed to come on a bit stronger as it warmed also, and again, piny and earthy hops tickled the taste buds of this rather rich and bold flavor.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Very dry, chewy and sticky.  A minor touch of warmth was felt at the back end.  The carbonation seemed a bit low, however a great deal of flavor was left behind long after the sip.

Personally, I think we have a very nice beer right here.  It’s not your typical Imperial IPA that’s for sure.  Like I mentioned earlier, it seems a little more geared to the American Barleywine style.  That’s quite alright with me though, because I love American Barleywines.  The heavy malt delivers a great deal of sweetness, although the drinkability remains quite high.  It’s not a beer to rush through in my opinion anyway.  One needs to sit and let this beer breathe a bit to really gather all the subtle nuances like the earth, peanut brittle and pine.  I’ll say that I wouldn’t have a problem recommending the Norrebro Bryghus North Bridge Extreme to anyone looking for a different take on the style that’s for sure.  If you are able to obtain this brew, pick it up and give it a try.  I would be interested in hearing what you think about it.  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know.

Thanks for reading everyone.  Feel free to leave feedback at any time.  I enjoy the interaction.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.0 out of 5
Grade:  B+   

 

Review of Sixpoint Apollo

Hello guys.  I hope you all are enjoying your Memorial Day weekend so far.  Well, for today’s craft beer review I thought I would sample a beer that would be perfect for the unofficial beginning of Summer.  It’s the Apollo brewed by the Sixpoint Brewery located in Brooklyn, New York.

As I may have mentioned before, we have just recently started to get Sixpoint in our area, so I hope to be enjoying their brews for years to come.

Let’s get to the website, sixpoint.com, and see what we can find out about the Apollo.

The unmistakable flavor of a Bavarian Wheat, but with a clear golden brilliance and a Sixpoint twist. An entirely unique canned offering for the sun-worshipping ale lovers.

Let’s get Summer started shall we?

This brew comes in a 16 oz. can and it has an ABV of 5.2%.
It poured a slightly hazy, golden/orange color with some burnt yellow highlights showing through around the bottom of the glass.  The cap was bright white, fluffy, soapy and of decent size.  The retention time was not as good as I was hoping for, but the lacing seemed alright though.  
The nose brought about a nice dose of banana and lemon citrus.  Strong wheat characteristic intermingled with fresh grain.  A touch of clove and a light bubble gum essence completed a very well balanced and pleasing aroma.

The taste was more of the same.  Sturdy hints of banana along with satisfying wheat and bready facets.  The bubble gum intricacies were not as forthcoming in the taste in my opinion, however I felt that the clove was a touch stronger.  Either way, it was still a very tasty take on an American Wheat beer.

The mouthfeel was medium to medium/thin.  Quite dry, crisp, snappy, refreshing and thirst quenching.  The carbonation was spot on and a solid dose of flavor was left covering the palate after each sip.

Well, without a doubt, this brew would pair up with Summer very well.  It’s solid all around, fits the style exceptionally and even though I don’t particularly favor this type of beer, the Sixpoint Apollo would be one that I would have no problem drinking again or offering a friend that favors Wheat beers.  The drinkability was terrific and with a relatively low ABV, one could set back several of these during a warm, lazy afternoon around that BBQ grill.  So, with that being said, pick up the Sixpoint Apollo and give it a test drive.  I doubt that you will be disappointed once it’s in your glass and the Sun is on your shoulders.   

Thanks for reading and commenting guys.  I really appreciate all of the interaction.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.85 out of 5
Grade:  B+   
 
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Posted by on May 26, 2012 in Country: USA, Sixpoint

 

Review of Southern Tier Choklat

Hi guys.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be sipping on the Southern Tier Choklat produced by the Southern Tier Brewing Company located in Lakewood, New York.

No need for small talk when it comes to Southern Tier.  We all know that they make great beer.

From the website, southerntierbrewing.com, we find this description of the Choklat.

The Popol Vuh, the sacred book of the Maya, unfolds a complex web of mystery around a beverage known as xocoatl (ch-co-atle). At Southern Tier, we’re not surprised that hieroglyphs of the ancient Maya depict chocolate being poured for rulers and gods. Even through the many voyages of Columbus, the mystical bean remained nothing more than a strange currency of the native peoples.

 

Moving through centuries, the circular journey of cacao has been realized in our brew house, encompassing the complexity of the darkest, bittersweet candy together with the original frothy cold beverage of the ancient Maya to bring to you our Blackwater Series Choklat Stout. We have combined the finest ingredients to tempt your senses and renew the power and interrelation of history in every bottle.

 

Let’s take a drink or two shall we?

 

 

This brew comes in a 22 oz. bottle with an ABV of 10.0%.

 

From a very easy pour this beer had a very dark brown to black color with absolutely no highlights showing through at all.  The head was tan in color with a very smooth, creamy and soft texture.  The size was about a finger and a half with an excellent retention time and real nice lacing.  Once the head settled it left a decent ring around the top of the liquid, which allowed for some beautiful alcohol legs to be seen when tilted from side to side.

 

The nose was….. well…. chocolate.  Exquisite hints of chocolate milk and cocoa.  It literally smelled like a liquid Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bar.  I did pick up on tiny bit of hops and roasted grain, but not much really.  The chocolate was, obviously, the star of the show….. and I loved it.  A beautiful smelling beer right here.

 

The taste was more of the same.  Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate.  The hops added a decent touch of bitterness while tones of grain and roasted barley kept it from being too one dimensional.  It’s sweet, but not near what one would think.  It’s very soothing and enjoyable without being overly rich in my opinion.  Don’t get me wrong, it was big and robust, however easily bearable.  Just a touch of alcohol started to become noticeable after the brew warmed somewhat.  Again, just an added characteristic that never overtook the chocolate.

 

The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied.  Smooth, chewy, thick, creamy and sticky.  The carbonation was about right for a beer of this type and more than enough flavor was left behind after each sip.  A slight burn of alcohol was felt with the first few sips, however my palate quickly adjusted and it became much less noticeable.  

 

Well, If you have followed this blog for awhile you are well aware of the fact that I love Chocolate Stouts, and folks……  this is a world class Chocolate Stout!!!  It has to be one of the best that’s produced.  I know I haven’t tried all that’s available, so I could be missing one or two, but this brew was a treat to drink to say the least.  For me, it ranks right up there with the Rogue Chocolate Stout (which is one of my all-time favorites).  If for some reason you have not tried the Southern Tier Choklat, I would highly recommend it.  It may be too much for some and the drinkability factor is a touch low, but if you are looking for dessert in a bottle, this beer is it.  It’s probably best suited for cooler weather, but I could definitely see myself enjoying this with some vanilla ice cream during the Summer months.  Have you guys ever tried the Southern Tier Choklat?  What did you think of it?  Be sure to let me know your opinion. 

 

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

 

Until next time.  Cheers.

 

Score:  4.8 out of 5   

Grade:  A+                                                                                                                                   

 
 
 
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