Style American Pale Ale · ABV 4.8% · 330 ml bottle
Brewed by Gotlands Bryggeri · Visby · Sweden
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I must admit, I’ve got something of a soft spot for Gotlands Bryggeri. Story-telling and location wise it’s no disadvantage being set up on the beautiful island of Gotland, no less being located in the pittoresque medieval town of Visby. I’m a fan of many of their beers, Wisby Pils to mention one.

My sister Daniella, who I’d like to think I’ve inspired to drink more craft beer, bought a box of 24 btls. One day she came by and gave me a hand full to enjoy, thanks sis! By the way, she also took the picture for this post.

Appearance 2/3

From the brewery’s distinctly unique bottle flows a effervescent dark amber brew with a reddish tint to it. The pour yields a finger of foamy off-white head which disperses within a couple of minutes leaving behind a bubbly lid.

Aroma 9/12

A light and fleeing malt note topped with typical American hops attributes like citrus, grapefruit, sandalwood and a distinct piney hop aroma. Dry bitter hops follow paving the way to a beautiful finale to this nose.

Flavor 14/20

First thing I notice is a dry bitter hop sensation. A dry bordering to alkaline, yes a bit sour and metallic. To be honest it makes me think of Aspirin effervescent tablets dissolved in water. The caramel malt flavor is weak and brief. The following flowery and citric notes too.

Mouthfeel 3/5

A light medium body with high drink-ability. Aftertaste is dry and slightly bitter but not much. Some of the Aspirin is found here too.

Overall impression 6/10

At SEK 17 (approx USD 2 1/2) a pop it’s a very affordable and solid pale ale. You definitely do get your money’s worth but there of course some things to wish for.

I love the fresh balanced aroma and the ease which this beer goes down. Flavor wise I did expect a fuller and longer taste. What I like the least though, is that alkaline/baking soda off-flavor. If they sort out that little detail I reckon they’d have one hell of monkey, I mean APA. As the beer warms the flavors becomes fuller, so be sure not to have it served at fridge temperature alright?

By the way, it goes great with spicy Asian stir-fried noodles.

When in Sweden order it by the box (24 btls) at Systembolaget.

Total Score 34/50

Very Good – Generally within style parameters, some minor flaws.

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