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Combat Wombat

Rating: 3.65

Following quickly on from the Human Fish Pale Ale that I reviewed here previously, this one is my second beer from Slovenian based Human Fish brewery and is a session IPA from them that I sampled whilst in Ljubljana in August of this year. After being somewhat disappointed by the brewery’s pale ale offering I immediately attempted to set things right by trying their session IPA in the hope that I’d find it more enjoyable. Thankfully this one was a lot better when I tried it despite the fact it was far from a classic, it’s still another new beer from the country though and one that I’m glad I got to try considering how rare craft beers seem to be anywhere in eastern Europe.

Combat Wombat

Appearance (4/5): Light amber colour with some straw tinges and a thin, bubbly white head that’s more a surface lacing than anything else and sits on top of a clear body.
Aroma (6/10): Quite hoppy on the nose to begin with, there is some hints of fresh pine and citrus along with the odd funky note and some grassy notes. Some floral notes appear around the middle with a mix of basic malts but it’s definitely not the most complex aroma really.
Taste (7/10): Hoppy tasting to start with some nice citrus and pine hops, and to a lesser extent some grapefruit too. There was some floral flavours sneaking in around the middle and I managed to detect some good bitterness towards the end with be beer tasting quite fresh.
Palate (4/5): Light-medium bodied with strong carbonation and a very bitter feel early on with the hops coming through strong. The beer was lively and refreshing with a sharp, dry finish.

Overall (15/20): This one got off to quite a nice, hoppy start and definitely seemed better than the Pale Ale from the same brewery that I reviewed here previously. There was a nice mix of citrus and pine hops, plenty of bitterness early on and quite a good balance. Overall the beer was a decent session IPA and one of the best from Slovenia that I’ve reviewed up until now, although granted the competition hasn’t exactly been the most fierce.

Brewed In: Vrhnika, Slovenia
Brewery: Human Fish Brewery
First Brewed: 2014
Type: Session IPA
Abv: 4.8%
Serving: Draught (280ml)
Purchased: Premier Pub, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Price: €2.60 (approx. £1.91)

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  1. April 25, 2016 at 08:11

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