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Misty Contemporary IPA

Rating: 3.85

Another beer that I sampled on my last full night in Poland last month, this one is my first beer from the Trzech Kumpli brewery based not far outside of Kraków in the south of the country. I managed to try this beer on-tap at the Spiskowcy Rozkoszy bar in Warsaw and was somewhat surprised with it given I was expecting a hoppy IPA but it definitely had hints of a saison coming through at times which was unusual. Coming from a brewery that I’ve never heard of and one that wasn’t even widely available in Warsaw, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this offering but it did turn out to be a nice beer and I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for more of their stuff when I visit Kraków later this year.

Appearance (5/5): A light, almost yellow golden colour that is tinged with amber and topped with a bubbly lacing around the circumference in lieu of a head whilst the beer itself looked quite cloudy and unfiltered; definitely not the best of starts.
Aroma (6/10): Hints of a saison come through early with the nose and are backed up by some yeast and wheat before come citrus hops bring things to the middle. There was a slightly floral aroma to the beer but it was definitely more funky than I’d anticipated with a lot more tart showing than usual for an IPA. Towards the end some orange and lemon notes started to come through as well but for the most part the saison like aromas dominated.
Taste (7/10): The taste of this one was a slightly more subdued version of the nose that came through with some lemon and tart flavours in the early going but it definitely wasn’t as zesty as the nose had been. There was some wheat and hints of banana near the middle with some orange as well before yeast and the odd spice started to bring what was a fairly fruity tasting beer to a close.
Palate (4/5): Smooth and relatively crisp, this one was quite a dry and zesty beer with some funk showing but less carbonation than expected, it sat somewhere around light-medium in that department and could have used more. The balance of the beer was a good one however and it was relatively easy to drink into the bargain without being anything special really.

Overall (15/20): Quite a surprising beer in that it was labelled as an American IPA in the bar I sampled it in but when I actually drank the beer it was more like an IPA/saison hybrid with quite a lot of zesty fruits and citrus alongside some strong yeast and tart flavours. There was a nice balance to the beer with some subtle spices nearer the end as well, even some banana and wheat featured at times too to make it a fairly enjoyable beer without it being a classic.

Brewed In: Tarnów, Poland
Brewery: Browar Trzech Kumpli
First Brewed: 2017
Type: American IPA
Abv: 5.5%
Serving: Keg (300ml)
Purchased: Spiskowcy Rozkoszy, Warsaw, Poland
Price: 9 PLN (approx. £1.76)

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