Brewery: Buxton / Dugges
Country: England / Sweden
I spotted this collaboration between Buxton and Dugges and so decided to invest in a bottle as I have been impressed with other beers from the same breweries. Even though I’m not massive hophead, it is nice to stay involved in the IPA world, just to see what is new out there on the market. The beer was named after a mountain near Gothenburg, and close to where the Dugges brewery originally started. Both companies started small and have slowly transformed into well-respected beer producers over the last 10 – 15 years, so it’s nice to see them working together.
The Ramberget had a golden colour with a light head. It became noticeably more cloudy towards the bottom of the bottle, but that was not surprising. It had a fair amount of fizz but nothing crazy. The blend of simcoe, centennial and motueka hops comes through strongly, giving off a strong hop oil scent accompanied by lemon, mandarin, mango and a small yeastiness. Dark bread, pine and boiled vegetables are there as the beer hits the tongue. The beer had a medium body which was slightly oily, but went down easy to leave a slight bitterness that clung to the back of the throat. The 7.2% ABV was rather well hidden except for the faintest hint of warmth in the aftertaste.
I thought that this was OK but not great to be honest. A pretty standard IPA that didn’t really put itself ahead of the competition. If you want to try something new then have at it but I think I would pick the Ballast Point Sculpin or Lagunitas IPA over this if I had the choice.