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Todd the Axe Man

    Brewery: Amager
    Country: Denmark
    Size: 33cl
    ABV: 6.5%
    Price: 36kr
    Systembolaget: 32964

    I have always had a bit of a strained relationship with Amager beers due to their quality, or should I say the lack of continuous quality. I’ve tried at least 8 Amager beers over the past few years and they always seem to fall into two categories: excellent or disappointing. It’s so hard to know which way it will go until that bottle is open. I picked this up due mainly to the cool name in the hope that it would fall into the former category. Unfortunately though it fell firmly in the latter.

    It was deep hazy dull gold with a white head that didn’t hold. It appeared to be medium in body. The carbonation level was quite hard to tell due to the haze. The smell wasn’t exactly pleasant and it was reminiscent of tropical fruit juice mixed with cheesy hops and a low-level moss. Even though it had a distinctly underwhelming aroma, I hoped the taste would improve the beer. Unfortunately that too was so muddled and nothing particularly felt in focus.  It tasted like sucking on a dry hop pellet and felt completely unbalanced. The sensation of stale bread and old grapefruit rolled around the mouth, with a bitter and unrefined aftertaste that was frankly quite unpleasant.

    I’m not sure if there was something wrong with the batch or Amager totally failed on this beer quite frankly. This was dull, boring and stale. One thing is for certain though, I threw mine away as it not worth drinking. At the beer tasting only one person in the room said they enjoyed it, so it didn’t seem to be just me who thought so. Such a disappointment from such a well-known brewery. I will keep trying Amager beers because I know they can make some damn fine stuff. For me to drink this one again, I think I would need Todd himself standing over me with his axe to force me into it. Avoid.