Brewery: Närka Kulturbryggeri
So I bought in this beer as the “orange element” in our pride tasting. I think the name might be a slight giveaway as to why I bought this into the tasting. I also thought it fitted quite nicely into the range of beers we had for the night as we had a session IPA and a lime DIPA but no standard IPA. I knew hardly nothing about this brewery when I ordered in this beer. Sometimes you just have to go on faith that what you’re ordering in will work out. Most of the time it does and on a few rare occasions it can be a bit of a misfire. This to me fell into the latter category unfortunately.
It was indeed clear golden to amber in colour so the colour was perfect. There was high carbonation present, with bubbles shooting their way up the glass. The aroma was a quite complex, with good and bad notes found such as old pineapple, marmalade, wet newspaper and some herbal notes. The taste as well was indeed a mixture of many different elements, such as pine, blackcurrant leaves and resin all swirling around a floral perfume core. The aftertaste was rather short, with warmth found which was quite surprising for a 6.8% beer.
This wasn’t for me it must be said. I’m not a bit fan of big floral notes in beer, and when I drink IPA I tend to fall a lot closer to the juicy, fruity varieties of the genre. I’m not saying this was bad, as it was well crafted and many in the tasting enjoyed it. It just wasn’t my cup of tea I’m afraid.