Brewed by Black Rooster Brewery · Frederikssund · Denmark
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It’s yet another Thursday evening and summer has given way to fall. A season which requires mushroom picking and so twice this week I’ve been out in the forest, harvesting its fungi gold. Marcus came by and was good enough to prepare an amazingly delicious yellowfoot and parmesan soup. While he was cooking, I was digging through my fridge and luckily I found the Hoptimizer IPA lying around on a shelf.
Served in a jumbo wine glass is a semi-transparent amber to brown (gradient goes from bottom to top) ale. Circa one finger of head, bright beige in color. The head flattens pretty fast. Long curtains that drop fast too.
Dominant hops and vanilla in perfect unity! The vanilla aroma reminds me of custard. It’s round and sweet. There are also notes of apricot fruits and citrus.
Once again the hops take a central position, there also spices that make themselves known. The alcohol does carry a lot of the flavor here. Other than that I sense pink grapefruit peel, a drop of dishwashing liquid and some of that aroma vanilla is still being present. The sweetness is honey like.
Pleasantly coarse due to the vast amount of hops (Cascade and Chinook) used for hopping and dry hopping, the bittering hops paralizing the top of the tongue, There are alot of small bubbles as well as prickling but fast diminishing carbonation.
Overall impression 8/10
Sometimes it’s the little things make me happy. A hopalicios IPA from a small craft brewery in neighboring Denmark is one of those. I had no idea what to expect from this Black Rooster roster which is why I jumped out my chair with surprise once I had a first snift. This is nothing I for the novice beer drinker, but a pleasure ride for a hop head, like myself.
Total Score 42/50
Excellent – Exemplifies style well, requires minor fine-tuning.