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Carlsberg Brewmasters Collection IPA

Rating: 3.2

Another new beer from Carlsberg now and the only beer from their Brewmasters Collection series that I managed to try whilst in Copenhagen recently. This one is the brewery’s attempt at grabbing a piece of the craft beer market with a dry-hopped, American style IPA that was developed at the brewery’s Copenhagen location but is apparently brewed around Europe and under a few different names in different markets but either way, I think it is the first IPA from the brewery that I’ll have tried other than their Jacobsen India Pale Ale which I also sampled over in Copenhagen. This particular offering was introduced in 2014 and is a can that I picked up in a 7-Eleven store one even after spotting it in a number of different shops throughout the city but only being inspired to grab a can after releasing I’d tried the rest of 7-Eleven’s pretty poor selection of beers already; as always though, it’s a new beer so I won’t complain too much.

Carlsberg Brewmasters Collection IPA

Appearance (4/5): Quite a clear, bright beer with an orange to amber body and a thumb sized, creamy coloured head that’s thick looking and holds fairly well over the opening minutes; this one definitely looks better than I’d expected it would.
Aroma (6/10): Light citrus notes and a decent amount of caramel open things up here, there was some solid sweetness coming through alongside a few tropical notes and a touch of pine. Towards the middle the sweet malts and earthy notes started to take over but some background fruits persisted. It was a decent smelling beer overall, almost seeming more like an American pale ale than an IPA but it was enjoyable nonetheless, despite the fact it could have benefited from being slightly more pronounced as well.
Taste (6/10): This taste of this one matches the nose well with a nice caramel sweetness and malty flavours to start things off. There was a couple of earthy flavours and some bread in there as well before grains and a faint citrus featured towards the middle onwards; most notably some orange and the odd floral flavour. Again it wasn’t a bad beer at all but like the nose, if it’d had been slightly stronger that would have been nice.
Palate (3/5): Medium bodied and coming through with a moderate bitterness, the beer was easy to drink but it seemed a touch watery in areas without seeming overly bland. There was moderate carbonation and the finish was a semi-dry one but there wasn’t too much excitement about this one really.

Overall (12/20): Quite an average beer from Carlsberg on the whole here, there was some nice bitterness and a strong caramel sweetness but it was a little weak and watery in areas which was disappointing. The aroma was quite good to start but like the taste, it too faded towards the end and nothing in the beer really stood out or grabbed your attention. Definitely a step up from a regular Carlsberg, but then again most things are so this isn’t really a beer to look out for I’m afraid.

Brewed In: Copenhagen, Denmark
Brewery: Carlsberg Brewery
First Brewed: 2014
Full Name: Carlsberg Brewmasters Collection India Pale Ale
Type: American IPA
Abv: 5.2%
Serving: Can (500ml)
Purchased: 7-Eleven (Copenhagen)
Price: 20.95 Danish Krone (approx. £2.39)

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