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Amager Orange Crush

Rating: 3.8

For the purpose to continuing the recent trend on here of reviewing two beers from the same brewery in turn, here’s my review of another beer from Amager Bryghus and again it is another collaboration from them. This time the beer in question, their Orange Crush session IPA, has been brewed in conjunction with Florida based Cigar City Brewing. Like the Wookiee IPA from Amager and Port City Brewing before it, this one is another beer that I managed to sample on-tap whilst in Copenhagen recently and at the time I was unaware it was a collaboration beer, I just selected it at random from the draft list in the city’s Himmeriget bar on my visit. Since returning from Denmark and looking into the beer a little further, I have discovered that it is quite a highly regarded beer and is currently ranked as the 29th best session IPA overall by RateBeer which isn’t bad going at all. Despite the fact that in the past I wasn’t the biggest fan of this style of beer, I’ve tried a few session IPA’s recently that have started to change my opinion of them slightly and this one certainly done them no harm; I really enjoyed it.

Amager Orange Crush

Appearance (4/5): Orange amber in colour with a few copper tinges, this one was quite a cloudy beer and it was topped with a centimetre tall head that was quite thick and creamy looking. Retention wise the beer held up very well with some great lacing sticking to the sides of the glass and very little reduction in the size of the head over the opening couple of minutes; very nice stuff.
Aroma (7/10): Definitely a fresh beer on the nose, this one opened up with some subtle pine and citrus hops along with a helping of orange which was to be expected given the name of the beer. There was some pleasant background fruits that included a little mango and a few tropical fruit hints as well but nothing seemed to overpower and the balance on the nose was a good one. There was a few touches of spice towards the end and overall the beer was quite refreshing and enjoyable on the nose.
Taste (7/10): Matching the nose in the early going, this one is again quite hoppy and fresh with some strong citrus notes and a bit of apricot and mango. Some further tropical fruits start to appear towards the middle of the beer and I also got a few caramel malts that weren’t present with the nose and which helped at a faint sweetness to proceedings. It wasn’t an overly complex beer flavour-wise but it was still a nice one that went down easy.
Palate (4/5): A very fresh beer that was also quite hoppy with a lot of bitterness and resinous pine showing throughout. There was quite a nice tang to the beer and it came through with a medium body that was quite smooth but sharp, There was light-medium carbonation and a good balance which helped make the beer an easy one to drink despite the strong bitterness.

Overall (16/20): This one was a very enjoyable beer, even more so for a session IPA though as it didn’t seem to compromise on flavour and there was plenty of bitterness showing throughout. Despite not being overly complex, the beer was fresh and came with a nice mix of tropical fruits and citrus as well as some faint sweetness around the middle for the caramel malts. It was an easy beer to drink and one that I’d happily go for again; excellent stuff.

Brewed In: Copenhagen, Denmark
Brewery: Amager Bryghus / Cigar City Brewing (collaboration)
First Brewed: 2014
Full Name: Amager/Cigar City Orange Crush
Type: Session IPA
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Draught (400ml)
Purchased: Himmeriget, Copenhagen, Denmark
Price: 45 Danish Krone (approx. £4.95)

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