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Reparationsbajerr

Rating: 4.05

Translated as “repairing/recovery beer” and apparently created for the day after a good nights drinking, this American pale ale offering from To Øl will be my third from the brewery and follows on from their Cloud 9 Wit that I tried on-tap in early 2014 and the bottle of their Fuck Art – This Is Architecture that I tried in the summer of 2013. It’s a brewery that I’ve seen quite a few bottles from in various shops over the years but because neither of the two beers from them I’ve tried have blown me away, I usually find myself grabbing a Mikkeller beer when I’m looking for something from Denmark. Despite the fact that To Øl is a Danish brewery, this one is brewed at the De Proef brewery in Belgium which is the same place that the bottles of Christoffel Bier and Green’s Premium Golden Ale are brewed as well. Previously a gold medal winner at the Stockholm Beer And Whisky Festival, this one comes highly rated online and was one that I was looking forward to when I received it as part of a Christmas gift in the hope that it would be a beer that would finally inspire me to try a few more To Øl beers; here’s what I thought of it.

Reparationsbajerr

Appearance (4/5): Pouring a medium amber colour, this one is a fairly bright looking beer and it is topped with a fairly large, two-inch tall head that is quite foamy looking and holds pretty well. There is some nice lacing sticking to the sides of the glass as the head slowly halves in size whilst still looking quite thick.
Aroma (8/10): Quite a fresh and hoppy beer on the nose, initially there is some strong tropical fruits coming through with mango, apricot and grapefruit seemingly the most pronounced. I got some floral notes around the middle of this one and there was a few dried fruits as well before a nice helping of caramel malts added some sweetness to the nose. It was definitely a fresh and fruity beer to smell with some resinous pine bitterness towards the end.
Taste (8/10): The taste kicks off with some tropical fruits that match the nose well, the mango and apricot are both present along with some peaches as well. There was a nice resinous pine kick around the middle with some orange zest and grapefruit backing it up but it didn’t seem quite as strong as with the nose. There was some sweet malts and caramel along with a little biscuit making themselves known towards the end with this one and I got a heavy bitterness coming through to see things out.
Palate (4/5): A very refreshing and crisp beer with good carbonation throughout and plenty of bitterness as well, particularly towards the end. There was some nice sweetness in places and the beer held a good balance with a dry, slightly oily texture but on the whole the beer went down well.

Overall (17/20): This one was a very nice and quite hoppy beer that had some nice bitterness throughout and is easily the best of the three beers that I’ve tried from To Øl so far. I enjoyed the fresh, lively feel to the beer and the balance was good too, allowing the beer to go down easily. An excellent, all-round offering from the brewery and one that I’d look forward to having again.

Brewed In: Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark
Brewery: To Øl
First Brewed: 2011
Type: American Pale Ale
Abv: 5.8%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Beer52.co.uk
Price: Gift

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