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Wookiee IPA

Rating: 3.95

This one is another beer that I managed to try on my recent trip to Copenhagen and it is actually a collaborative offering brewed by Amager Bryghus, based in the Danish capital, and San Diego based Port Brewing which will make it my first beer from either brewery. Prior to my trip I had actually been looking to try Amager’s regular IPA but I was unable to find it anywhere while in the country and this was the closest to it. I stumbled across this offering on-tap in Ørsted Ølbar on my penultimate day in Copenhagen and was drawn to the beer since it was an Amager brewed one. The beer is a West coast style American IPA that appears to have been brewed on a semi-regular basis since 2011 which is unusual given it is a collaborative offering but I would assume that the brewery is now done solely by Amager and I’ll list it as a Danish offering from them for tracking purposes here.

Wookiee IPA

Appearance (4/5): Sitting a slightly darker than average copper colour in the glass, this one has quite a hazy body and a thin, quarter centimetre head on top that is foamy and white looking. Head retention is okay with this one with it starting to fade to a patchy surface lacing after a while but it doesn’t look too bad overall.
Aroma (8/10): The nose of this one kicks off with some good tropical notes and pine, there is a good sweetness off the back of the apricot and mango notes that started to come through towards the middle as well. I got some grapefruit bitterness in there too before some subtle malts and caramel notes showed themselves, some vanilla and butterscotch smells weren’t too far behind either and the beer had quite a complex, varied nose that also had some touches of spice right at the end.
Taste (8/10): Quite a bitter taste to open things up here, this one came through with plenty of resinous pine flavours and some grapefruit hops that featured alongside the tropical fruits that carried through from the nose. Towards the middle there was quite a floral feel to proceedings with some caramel malts starting to appear as well and add some sweetness. This was followed by a little biscuit and bread, a few earthy touches and further sweetness from the vanilla and butter wasn’t too far behind. The finish was again quite bitter with some mango and apricot reappearing alongside touches of pineapple and various other tropical fruits.
Palate (4/5): This one was a medium bodied beer that was incredibly bitter, it was perhaps a touch overdone but the beer still went down well. There was plenty of resinous pine bitterness and a floral feel with a very sharp, dry ending but thankfully some sweetness from the malts and vanilla also came through to balance things out some and the finish was quite crisp. Overall the beer was well carbonated and fairly easy to drink but the hop bitterness was definitely the dominant one here.

Overall (15/20): Definitely a beer that I enjoyed, this one was an intensely bitter and strongly hopped beer that came through with plenty of variety, flavour and complexity whilst also providing a nice kick thanks to the alcohol and the citrus tang. There was a lot of tropical fruits coming through from the start and I got a nice amount of sweetness from that as well as some caramel malts, vanilla and even some butterscotch which helped keep things balanced and interesting. I felt the bitterness could have perhaps been toned down a little but it didn’t take too much away from the beer and it was still a very enjoyable one that I wouldn’t mind having again at some point; it would also be interesting to see how the regular Amager IPA compares to this one as well.

Brewed In: Copenhagen, Denmark
Brewery: Amager Bryghus / Port Brewing (collaboration)
First Brewed: 2011
Full Name: Amager/Port Brewing Wookiee IPA
Type: American IPA
Abv: 7.2%
Serving: Draught (400ml)
Purchased: Ørsted Ølbar, Copenhagen, Denmark
Price: 60 Danish Krone (approx. £6.60)

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  1. April 13, 2016 at 09:38

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