I like single hop series of beers, though the current Mikkeller lineup of 19 varieties is perhaps a bit too much.
For once, BrewDog is a bit more moderate. (Who thought I’d write that in the same sentence?) Four single hop beers, brewed to the same recipe. Sold as a set. Which is not allowed in Norway, for some reason. Actually it is not allowed in Sweden, either, but the Systembolaget decided to be a bit elastic for once.
I picked up my four-pack in Ølbutikken, Copenhagen. Cheaper than begging the brewery for free samples and then paying hundreds of kroner in duties and fees.
The Sorachi Ace has loads of fruit aroma, peaches and apricots. Roses and perfume. amazing fruit punch flavour. Very sweet, though some earthy elements in the tail. No dryness to speak of.
The Bramling X has orange and almonds in the nose. this one is also quite sweet. Oranges, sweet malt, peculiar dryness in the tail. Not really impressive on its own.
The Citra has a mouthwatering fruity aroma, grapefruits are dominating. Grapefruit and orange palate, but this is also on the sweet side. Very seductive.
Nelson Sauvin also has grapefruit and sweet oranges. Ripe orange flavour, opening into more bitterness. Some bitter almonds. Great beer, the best of the four.
It is very educational to try oth these beers side by side, and it could be an idea for other types ob beer, too.
So, there isn’t much of a chance of seeing this on the Norwegian shelves. But there are other BrewDog beers on their way.
Expect a slightly weaker 77 Lager. In cans for the supermarket shelves.
And Alice, which has sold very well in Sweden, will be available here, though with another name.