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Artezan Mera IPA

Rating: 3.7

My first beer from Poland’s Artezan brewery now and what will be only my eighth beer from the country in total, it follows closely on from the Samurai Rebellion from the Raduga brewery that I had previously. This one is the second beer that I managed to try on my recent trip to Warsaw and is one that I picked up in Brewdog’s Warsaw bar on my first night in the city. The Artezan brewery is one that was started by members of the Polish Homebrewers Association and is also one of the first craft breweries in the country, although I don’t believe many of their beers make it abroad all that often. Over the course of my weekend in the Polish capital I managed to find Artezan beers on-tap in almost every craft beer bar that I visited but I sadly only managed to try this and one other beer from the brewery, although luckily this one wasn’t too bad in the end.

Appearance (4/5): Quite a light beer with a golden-yellow to golden coloured body, this one is topped with a thin head that is white in colour and sits about a fraction of a centimetre tall initially; there is some nice lacing on the sides of the glass as well.
Aroma (6/10): Light hops on the nose initially with some floral ones coming through alongside touches of pine and a sprinkling of grassy hops. The beer is fresh smelling with some citrus in there, mainly lemons notes that hint at some further tangy touches though before some bitter hops bring things to a close. It’s definitely not the most complex beer out there but it was a pleasant enough one on the nose and it seemed quite fresh and lively at least.
Taste (7/10): Opening with a nice floral bitterness that matched the nose well, thus one had a combination of lemon and orange that was again relatively fresh and lively. The beer had some grapefruit around the middle with touches of pine backing it up and a couple of grassy hops in there for good measure too. It was quite an easy going beer on the way down with some hints of malt adding a subtle sweetness nearer the end.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied, maybe just a touch lighter than that but very lively and strongly carbonated with some fresh citrus adding a nice tang and some sweetness from the malts too. The beer was crisp and quite dry with a solid hop bitterness in there as well.

Overall (16/20): Quite a nice first beer from the Artezan brewery, this one wasn’t an overly complex offering but it seemed to be well balanced and came through nice enough; it was certainly the best Polish beer I’d tried up to when I ordered the beer. Coming through quite fresh and lively, there was some nice floral bitterness to go with the citrus tang and the odd tropical flavours or fruit managed to sneak in as well. It’s not an absolute must try from the brewery but I did enough it and wouldn’t be against having it in the future either.

Brewed In: Błonie, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland
Brewery: Browar Artezan
First Brewed: 2015
Type: American IPA
Abv: 6.5%
Serving: Keg (Pint)
Purchased: Brewdog, Warsaw, Poland
Price: 15.20PLN (appox. £3.08)

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  1. April 21, 2017 at 09:28

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