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Artezan Pacific Pale Ale

Rating: 3.4

Another beer from one of the biggest craft breweries in Poland, this one is my second beer from the Artezan brewery based just outside of Warsaw and is another that I tried whilst visiting the city last month. I grabbed this one on keg at the Drugie Dno bar on my last night in the country having made a point of stopping by the bar on my travels and being influenced by the good online reviews this beer received, it looks like it previously featured in the list of the fifty best American pale ales on RateBeer (although it no longer appears on the list today). Following on from the brewery’s Mera IPA that I had tried a day or two before this one, I was particularly looking forward to seeing how this one would turn out when I ordered it last month; here’s what I thought.

Appearance (4/5): A bright amber coloured beer with a cloudy body, it has quite a foamy head that is white and starts about half a centimetre tall before fading to leave a bubbly lacing after about a minute, but one that still manages to cover the surface well.
Aroma (6/10): Hop-filled with a lot of floral notes and some citrus to kick things off, there was some bitterness off of the back to these too. The beer wasn’t overly strong on the nose sadly but some pineapple and lemon notes did some through and were easily detectable. These were followed by some lighter pine notes and then some biscuit malts that added a little to the sweetness before a few tropical fruits seen things out. It was a nice beer on the nose with enough going on to keep it interesting but it seemed a little weak for my liking I’m afraid.
Taste (7/10): The taste was slightly more malty than the nose had been but the pine and tropical fruits did carry through well. These were followed by some pleasant orange and lemon flavours too but neither seemed overly pronounced, a few touches of peach and grapefruit did back them up though. Towards the end there was the biscuit malts from the nose making an appearance alongside an earthy bitterness before the faintest of caramel touches seen things out.
Palate (3/5): Not as fresh or as lively as I’d hoped going into this one, the beer was sweet with a nice combination of tropical fruits and biscuit sweetness working well together. The body was light medium with average carbonation levels for the style and there was a slight tang at the end on top of what was a fairly dry beer overall.

Overall (14/20): This one turned out to be a slightly underwhelming offering from Artezan and not as good as their Mera IPA that I reviewed here previously, particularly considering the fact that I ordered this one based on how good some of the online reviews of it had been. The beer opened with some biscuit malts and the odd tropical fruit flavours but I was expecting more in the way of a juicy hop taste and nice bitterness, neither of which materialised. It was definitely a beer that could have used being a little stronger and carbonation levels could have been increased too but as it stands the beer was quite an average one and probably not a beer I’d go for again.

Brewed In: Błonie, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland
Brewery: Browar Artezan
First Brewed: 2013
Type: American Pale Ale
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Keg (300ml)
Purchased: Drugie Dno, Warsaw, Poland
Price: 10PLN (appox. £1.96)

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