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Jacobsen India Pale Ale

Rating: 3.45

Another double in quick succession, this time it’s the turn of another Jacobsen beer from the Carlsberg brewery and this one follows hot on the tail of their Saaz Blonde that I recently reviewed. I actually managed to try this one, the India Pale Ale of the range, later the same day in Copenhagen bar that I managed to stumble across. Since the majority of the bars I visited were craft beer ones, I didn’t actually see too many Jacobsen beers on-tap whilst in Copenhagen so this was the only other beer from the Carlsberg brewed range that I managed to try, a did of a shame I guess but hopefully I’ll get another change to try some more from them at some point. Anyway, this one is their take on the English IPA style of beer and appears to have been introduced for the first time back in 2014 in Denmark but like the rest of the beers in the range, it’s not one that I’ve seen back in the UK and I doubt I will any time soon either; here’s what I thought of it.

Jacobsen India Pale Ale

Appearance (4/5): Bright orange to amber in colour and sitting with good clarity in the glass, this one is topped with a foamy white head that is about a quarter of a centimetre tall and leaves a touch of lacing down the sides of the glass.
Aroma (6/10): Not a particularly pronounced beer on the nose initially, this one was kicked off by some light malts and a few earthy notes along with a citrus and light floral backing. There was a lot of grassy hops showing around the middle as well and some subtle background fruits as things progressed, with oranges being the strongest but it was fairly light overall with only a touch of caramel in there as well.
Taste (6/10): Thankfully the taste of this one came through stronger than the nose but it was otherwise fairly similar with a few nice pale malts and earthy flavours to kick things off alongside some grassy hops. This was quickly followed by a fruity sweetness that came through with touches of citrus, oranges and a few floral flavours as well. There was the odd touch of biscuit malt and spice towards the end with a faint caramel taste and some moderate bitterness but again it was quite light overall.
Palate (4/5): Quite a crisp and fairly dry beer with a light-medium body and a moderate tang off the back of the oranges and citrus flavours. The beer was light and fairly basic but there was some nice floral flavours and a pleasant bitterness towards the end that helped things along.

Overall (13/20): Not a bad English style IPA at all, this one started with some nice citrus flavours and pale malts before a background sweetness and some moderate bitterness came through. The beer was crisp and came with a nice tang & the balance seemed pretty good too. It was fairly easy to drink & similar to the brewery’s Jacobsen Saaz Blonde in a lot of ways, mainly in that it was enjoyable without it really standing out or being one that I’d pick up again; not bad though.

Brewed In: Copenhagen, Denmark
Brewery: Carlsberg Brewery
First Brewed: 2014
Type: English IPA
Abv: 6.6%
Serving: Draught (400ml)
Purchased: Cafe Hvide Lam, Copenhagen, Denmark
Price: 45 Danish Krone (approx. £4.95)

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