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Orbit Duke

Rating: 3.35

Time now for the first of several beers that I picked up on my visit to Brewdog’s BottleDog shop near Kings Cross in London last month and what will be my second beer in quick succession from the London based Orbit brewery. This one follows on from the bottle of Ivo I tried from the brewery whilst in London and since that was a beer that I quite enjoyed I opted to grab another from Orbit when I spotted this one in the Brewdog shop. The beer is a dry-hopped hefeweizen that I believe was only introduced in mid-June so it’s a fresh offering and one that I’m interest to see how it tastes; it should be interesting at least.

Orbit Duke

Appearance (3/5): Darker than your average hefeweizen, this one pours a fairly dark orange colour and it cloudy and topped with what must be said was a disappointing head for the style, it starts about half a centimetre tall before disappearing a few seconds later to leave little more than a soapy patch of lace in the middle of the beers surface.
Aroma (6/10): Really hoppy to begin with, there is a lot of orange and citrus notes straight off the bat with plenty of pine as well before some faint tropical fruits come through. The hefeweizen side of things is started off with some banana around the middle but this plays second fiddle to the hops and the beer doesn’t seem much like your traditional hefeweizen at all. There’s some floral notes and a little spice towards the end but it was a little one-dimensional for me.
Taste (7/10): Like the aroma the taste starts off with some citrus and pine hops but thankfully they are toned down some from the nose with the banana more noticeable this time round. I got some bread and a little coriander to give it more of a wheat beer feel, although still not in the traditional sense at all, it’s almost of a similar style to the bottle of India Pale Weizen from Brewdog and Weihenstephan that I reviewed here late last year. The beer was rounded of with some bitterness and a little spice plus a touch of clove; an improvement on the nose but only just.
Palate (4/5): Light-medium bodied and fairly smooth, there is a nice tang to the beer from the citrus and hops which also provide a good amount of bitterness towards the end, a bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. There is some spice in there too and the finish is a crisp and really quite dry one that is more reminiscent of an IPA than a hefeweizen but it’s a nice beer on the palate with good carbonation too.

Overall (13/20): This one was a fairly unusual beer, it started as more of an IPA than a hefeweizen and I initially felt they had overdone the dry-hopping with this one as it was just a little bit too strong for the style. Thankfully things started to settle down some with the taste and the balance definitely improved but it was only an okay beer at best and not one I’m likely to try again; the Ivo American pale ale from the same brewery is a much better beer in my opinion.

Brewed In: Southwark, London, England
Brewery: Orbit Beers
First Brewed: 2015
Type: Hefeweizen
Abv: 5.2%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: BottleDog (London)
Price: £3.00

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