Ølfabrikken 100 Gram India Pale Ale - Ølfabrikken
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Reviews by zealot:
3.43/5 rDev -10.9%
Appearance on this was a shade darker than what i would expect from an IPA. This is a Danish take on an American Double IPA, so I expected there to be some variation, just to set itself apart. It was not unappealing, by any means, however.
Aroma was also nice, although a little different from what I am accustomed to: a healthy helping of pine, with some the requisite Cascades thrown in to adhere to style. There seemed to be something else in the nose, but I'll get to that later.
Taste, again, was what I expected off the bat, and then it took an odd twist. The secondary wave of the flavor came and it seemed very watery, like the hops and the malt just disappeared, and then the malt came back noticeably, just to die away into what my friends and I decided was an over-steeped tea bag. It was grassy, herbal, and a little tannic.
I couldn't take a whole lot of it. It's not that it was bad, it just didn't seem right.
Here's my guess on this beer. They extended the boil and loaded up on bittering hops. This would account for the darker color profile. The grassiness may come from the long boil doing something funky to the hops - much like over-steeping tea would take away the desirable flavors, and leave the dried out, watery qualities that seemed to make an appearance here.
I might be wrong on this, but there was definitely something very different going on in this beer.
Now that I feel like I've bashed it, I recommend giving it a try. It is an interesting beer, and one that should be experienced.
11-28-2007 05:23:49 | More by zealot
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4.28/5 rDev +11.2%
We need more European breweries to jump on the hop bandwagon!This poured into an oversized wine glass a hazed brown orange (my favorite beer color) with a tight clingy 1/2 finger pillowey white head.Ahh beautiful hop aromas very resiny with notes of pine and apricot along with some overripe pineapple a hint a hefty dose of caramel malt as well.Big heavy mouthfeel and alcohol punch keeps the drinkability in check wich actually be a good thing,just a staggering array of hop flavors going on ranging from intense resin to delicate lingering tea flavors with big citric flavors in between all held up with a big sweet caramel base.Its sticky and oh so good quite honestly Iam suprised its not a BA top 100 thats how much I thinks this beer just rocks!
12-27-2007 22:32:29 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +3.9%
From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:
Hopped continuously throughout the entire boil, with hop additions made every three minutes and increased by 100 grams with every new addition. Hold on. If the boil was, say, for one hour, wouldn't they want to call it "2,000 Gram?" Okay, enough geekin' out.
Hazy orange-amber with a tight, creamy foam head with lots of leg. Pungent, purfumey citric oil with a floral note that tears you up and massive orange character. Solid medium body, and the smoothness has some depth with a creamy mouthfeel. Massive bitterness, though it never becomes too sharp, big orange peel flavors. Hop flavors are off the hook, incredibly dense and resiny. Some mint, soft oily pine, earth and then more orange peel. Floral honey. Bone-dry finish with a ton of resin and ash in the linger.
Alcohol is well-hidden in this intensely orange hop bomb, which is not as insanely bitter as loyal followers of the style might be accustomed to, but man is it packed with a hop flavor that pummels the palate into submission.
11-13-2009 19:31:26 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.68/5 rDev -4.4%
Golden color with a white head and some lacing. Smells of pineapple, orange, and some other tropical aromas. Taste is much of the same flavors. Medium carbonation and medium bodied with a bitter fiinish. Pretty drinkable, but I don't know that I'll be drinking too much of this.
12-28-2008 01:36:44 | More by badbeer
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
Thanks to Secret Santa biegaman for a bottle. Cheers.
The bottle was not dated. Typical dark amber color for a DIPA. Lots of piney hops in smell. Slight lacing as you drink it. The taste is all pine hops with a good bit of bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and this is a thick beer in mouthfeel. You can fel the ABV burn a bit. A pretty good DIPA. Glad to have tried it.
12-27-2007 21:23:41 | More by SkinnyElvis
4/5 rDev +3.9%
A Danish West Coast IIPA? Why not. Pours cloudy orange-gold with a frothy white head. Sticky, thick lacing. Aroma of resin, pine, bitter grapefruit, with a little bit of bread dough. Huge, rich flavor. Grapefruit, strawberry-like fruits, and caramel up front with a huge hop bite of resin, lemon, and more grapefruit in the back. In the end, this drinks like a West Coast IIPA with sharper resiny tartness than normal. Loved it.
12-05-2008 21:52:19 | More by magictrokini
3.58/5 rDev -7%
Just picked this one up a couple of days ago at West Lakeview Liquors in the Chicago area. I have to admit I was really excited to find this one along with North Bridge Extreme. However, I wasn't excited about the prices...100 Gram was $11 (I think), and North Bridge was around $15.
The 100 Gram has a very complex aroma. It has a strong (sweet) aroma of caramelized tropical fruits mixed with American hops...very interesting! It doesn't look all that great with its cloudy dark-ish amber color and a thin ring of a head, but looks aren't terribly important to me. The taste is the main thing.
The taste (like the aroma) is heavy caramelized fruit, but with something else lurking in the background followed by a hefty bitterness. The taste is hard to accurately describe, but the closest thing I can think of is caramelized pineapple with something else as well. It has a bit of an earthy flavor in the aftertaste...almost woody (or even aged?). Whatever "the other" flavor is, I'm not liking it too much. The mouthfeel is quite heavy, and carbonation is fairly low. This beer definitely leans toward the sweet side. For the most part, this brew doesn't seem to fit into the IPA/DIPA category. I'd probably just call it some sort of strong ale. On the other hand, this is a very interesting beer, and it's great to see something unusual like this showing up in the States from Denmark.
In the end, it all comes down to "would I buy this one again"? The short answer is "no". It's too rough (and slightly odd) for my tastes. There are so many other great American-style DIPAs/strong ales/etc. out there which I enjoy much more and are much less expensive.
10-11-2007 21:40:30 | More by ohmybock
3.55/5 rDev -7.8%
Sort of a typical DIPA cloudy orange/gold with a half finger of white foam that melts to leave lots of sticky lacing.
Aroma is all about the hops...citrus peel and pink grapefruit sweetness.
Taste is sweet pale malt (a little too sweet) that blends and gets ultimately buried by the citrus peel hops. Hops taste very fresh and clean. Malts are just a tad too sweet for me.
Aftertaste is bitter hops.
02-03-2008 21:48:23 | More by IntriqKen
4.13/5 rDev +7.3%
Olfabrikken- 100 Gram IPA
A- Deep orange/ copper with a thick creamy head.
S- Strong fruits like Grapefruit and Orange. Pine cone aroma.
T- Oily pine resin, sweet grapefruit rind, and dried fruits like raisin and pineapple.
M- Sweet throughout with a thick oily pine finish.
Overall- Very good, A Danish brewed American DIPA., Is this strange?!
Regardless, buy this if you see it, good stuff here!!
11-26-2007 22:17:49 | More by NJpadreFan
3.83/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours a deep cloudy orange brown with a nice fluffy white head and good lace. Nose is extremely sweet and quite hoppy. Wow! As the nose suggested, this is one malty mofo of a DIPA. Super big malt backbone here. Good hop presence, but the malts are a bit overdone here I think. Very resinous hop flavors, citrus, pine, and spice. Mouthfeel is a bit too viscous here I think. Drinkability is hampered by just that, as well as the sweetness which is almost cloying. This is a good beer, but flavorwise it is bordering on american BW territory. Defenitely an interesting brew and a neat concept, but I dont think I will seek this one out often. A fine beer, and one I would buy in lieu of many other IPAs, but not one I will seek out regularly.
08-11-2008 03:02:20 | More by AKBelgianBeast
3.95/5 rDev +2.6%
Thanks Crushinator. Cloudy yellow with a wonderful head. US hop aroma but European hop taste. A good bitterness, this is well hopped. The caramel is not so noticable and it served to create balance. Lots of lines of lace. A refreshing IPA. Oh its a DIPA, even better, quite drinkable then for its style.
07-18-2008 12:20:46 | More by Sammy
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
Pours an effervescent apricot with one finger of beige head. No head retention or lacing, WTF?
S: Biscuitty malt, faint pine & citric hops
T: Piney hops, grapefruit, caramel & breadyness up front. Puckery, resiny hops dominate as this warms, along with toffee, grapefruit, tobacco, ghost booze, followed by warmness & figs. Finishes with toffee, orange peels, pine sap & kiss of figgy booze
MF: Chewy, sticky, with low carbonation, skews pretty hoppy, but enough malt to make me happy
The hoppyness & complexity slows me down a bit, but hop heads will think otherwise, I'm betting . Good not great as DIPAs go,
07-14-2008 01:45:11 | More by russpowell
4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
Another example a smooth. Smell was honey and hops. Taste was about the same with a sweet taste that becomes more intensely bitter the more you sip of it. Somewhat smooth and creamy, medium body. For such a strong beer it goes down easy making it one I could drink all evening long.
10-21-2009 02:25:44 | More by hdofu
3.78/5 rDev -1.8%
A special thanks to Sephiroth -- not only for letting me try this bad boy, but also for warning me that it only tastes good warm. Lemme tell ya guys, I've always insisted that a good beer is good both warm and cold but I've come to find that there is many a beer that is only good only one way or the other. This guy, I'd say warm.
So, there is some beer snob in Antwerp right now drinking some American takes on Belgian style beers and is commenting on them. Really, it would be more like some beer geek in Sevilla drinking a American take on a Belgian beer when he normally drinks Belgian beers . . . or something like that. Look, I don't really get the connect-the-dots here, but what is lost (gained?) in translation is important. Why? Because this beer relies on the British ale strain and British malts to provide its backbone. I had it after a Fullers ESB and I got the connection. The hops, however, are American. So you have a massive beer, which is atypical for the base. The yeast are pleasantly reminiscent of whitbread, actually. You know, just the right amount of fruitiness but not too much. The malts are rich and caramelly. Really classic British malts, but lots and lots of them. Far more malt than British brewers would normally use, but it remains quintessentially British nevertheless.
Enter the hops. Wow. Totally American. Lots of citrus, predominantly grapefruit but there is also plenty of tangerine. The way it mingles with the British ale is really amazing, it works I like it. Yeah, a dose of pine a well, but no where near as much as the citrus. Really good.
A good, solid beer. Especially since it is a foreign take on the style. All the basic native components are there, don't get me wrong, but there is also a cultural divide that allows for whole new flavors to develop. I like that area to play in. Good call.
01-21-2008 01:53:33 | More by shbobdb
3.63/5 rDev -5.7%
Poured from a 22 oz bottle to a pint glas the liquid is a cloudy light brown with good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers, light tan and leaves some nice lace.
The smell is big earthy hops with a sticky malt send and a soapy note.
The taste is good, lots of bitter earthy hops and a huge lightly toasted malt. The balance kinda goes towards the malt yet it does not seem sweet nor very complex.
The mouthfeel is big thick and sticky, with ok carbonation, not much finesse.
The drinkability is ok if you are looking for a bid brutal hopy brew. I would look else where first however. Prosit, MK
03-24-2008 06:34:28 | More by MuenchenerKindl
4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
A 600 mL bottle with the telltale Capone's price tag still on it.
A: The ale pours a beautiful tequila sunrise color, copper red with iced tea brown notes.
S: The beer gives off a floral aroma, noticeable from an arms length. Pine and citrus abound in the glass. Even with the ale cold, this one packs a wallop of grapefruit and flora.
T: The mouth has the grains to stand up to the hops. Thick cereal and biscuit flavors define the malt, strong enough to be a barleywine or strong ale. The hop bitterness is intense, overtaking the malts early in the sip. They are resiny and thick, almost chewy (and I've never tasted chewy hops). Fruit rinds add a pleasant tang. Some pine and lots of citrus (grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine) leave the tastebuds hopping.
M: Mouthfeel is bitter, ill-defined upfront before settling into a firm herbal/floral taste. The finish seals the deal.
D: The nose is great; the taste is a rollercoaster, all over the place with moments of brilliance sprinkled throughout. I'm gonna check this out again for the aroma and the hop finish.
01-17-2008 13:17:41 | More by akorsak
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
Pours into a tulip a deep crimson amber tone. Somewhat hazy and rich in appearance. A small amount of foam with some spotty lacing. The glass was rinsed prior to use, which may have a bearing on head retention.
Aromas of candied fruits, floral hops, mild phenols. Pine and potpourri.
First sip had a very literal toffee note before the wave of hops hit. Subsequent tastes had no toffee at all. Bitter, herbal hops, it reminds me of Ricola cough drops. Really earthy, almost chalky dry in the finish. Slightly syrupy, but lifted by a low level of effervescent carbonation.
Strength is there, but it's not overtly alcoholic. Definitely warming after the bomber though. One is enough due to the richness and high abv. This is a well done DIPA, not my favorite, but worth a try.
11-15-2007 02:19:04 | More by emerge077
3.73/5 rDev -3.1%
I was really looking forward to this brew after reading how they did the hop additions. They start with 3.5 oz's of hops and continually compound every 5 minutes throughout the boil.
Appears a semi-transparent copper with a small, soapy, off-white head that quickly fades into a mild cap. Small streams of CO2 slowly rise to the top. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of sugary candy oranges, juniper berries, and lots of pine sap, caramel, brown sugar, cut wood, earthy, citrus, herbal, with black pepper.
Taste is of the same aromas but more balanced with a piney bitter blast. It sort of reminds me of that brand new, fresh out of the box sneaker smell that's a mix of leather and sheen.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fruity, with citrus, pine, and sugary bitterness hanging in the balance more towards the bitter end.
Overall, not bad but it didn't knock my socks off, as anticipated.
11-08-2007 15:05:14 | More by weeare138
4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
Poured from a 22.3oz bottle into two tulip glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!
A: Pours a dark orange color with a murkiness not unlike cloudy honey or spiced cider. Bubbly light tan head that leaves very sticky lace. Very still.
S: Big nose of pine and cirtus hops with sweet caramel, honey and brown sugar.
T: See above with the addition of sweet ripe grapefruit, and even more hops, caramel, and honey.
M: Smooth and slick from the caramel and bitter and prickly from the hops.
D: This one just glides down the throat. Incredible.
11-22-2007 13:40:40 | More by GbVDave
4.22/5 rDev +9.6%
1 Pint, 6.3 oz bottle purchased from State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland for $9.99...
Pours a murky, dark-orange, deep, ruddy, copper colored hue with a minimal head that lingered on for a bit before slowly dissipating and leaving a fine amount of lacing around the edge of the glass...
Upon removing the cap, I was bombarded with a powerful burst of fresh, wet hops, citrus, and florals...
The taste, likewise, was replete with strong, powerful hops, florals, and caramel nuances, along with a hint of vanilla...
Creamy, rich, hop-filled mouthfeel, however the drinkability took a hit due to the high ABV and rich, hoppy flavors...
05-13-2008 18:07:40 | More by dsa7783
4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass.
A: The beer is a dark amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is full of floral hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.
T: The taste has some strong flavors competing for dominance. There's an intense piney hops bitterness that you'd expect from the style. There's a heavy sweetness from flavors of citrus and caramel. There's a hearty malt character and a slight sting of alcohol. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.
M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.
D: Very flavorful with a good complexity, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is definitely the hop-bomb you look for from a 2IPA. Although there are better ones out there, this beer is worth drinking for a while.
10-09-2008 01:15:31 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.38/5 rDev +13.8%
Copper/orange in color with the slightest bit of cloudiness. Little head to speak of till I get very aggressive with the pour, then I get 2 fingers of fluffy white that with moderate speed dissipates down to a nice ring with thin white film of head. Nice sticky lacing down the sides of the glass.
The smell is of immediate hops with a nice smack of citrus and pine, that is followed with slight caramel sweetness. If this is a preview of what's to come, then I'm in for a treat.
The taste is grapefruit zest with a spicy herbal bitterness, followed with a piney resin and burnt sugar. A little bitterness on the back outer edges of the tongue and malty sweetness through out the entire drink.
Nice full body that goes down easy, with a little booziness at the end, but not that much. Good drinkability with nothing really holding it back, 22oz is no problem.
Overall, I like this one very much and I'm not sure if they're taking a tip from DFH with the continuous hopping, but who gives a shit, because it works...
03-09-2008 01:02:09 | More by irishmoss
3.5/5 rDev -9.1%
Pours a slightly hazed orange-amber with a rather weak head that fades. Mild, spotty lacing.
Aroma is all hops. An intense blend of pine, citrus, grassy, and tea aromas. Distinct sweetness is present.
Malty sweet upfront, a big bitterness sets in quickly. Lots of IBUs, but not a harsh bitterness. Boatloads of hop flavors - pine, citrus, grassy, and tea flavors eclipse any trace of malt.Finishes sweet with mild bitterness that lingers just slightly - although a rather clean finish overall.
Full, sticky body. Mild carbonation.
Overall, a decent DIPA that manages to show some degree of balance. Fans of West Coast style IPAs should be satisfied by this imported offering.
12-18-2007 03:08:14 | More by MaltyGoodness
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
This is a new arrival to the Raleigh/Durham area, and I just picked it up on my way home from Sam's Quik Stop (where else!). Because of the extraordinarily warm weather we're having today, an IPA seemed just right, and a new offering from northeastern Europe is always intriguing.
It pours a cloudy dark amber, with a head that just won't go away! Seriously, the head that formed was at least two inches thick (on a slow pour), and the retention was quite unbelievable. I waited at least ten minutes for it to subside before tasting. This brew contains aromas of seasonal clementines and a brilliant blend of malts and hops. A nice sweetness is also present; subtle hues of Belgian-style bubblegum and dried fruit dominate the background.
Flavors of tart citrus consume the front; medium malts take over the middle; all these yield to a moderate piney hops character at the finish. Grapefruit flavors are present throughout, although more dominate at the front. What impresses me most about this beer is the intense maltiness that remains throughout; whereas many American Double IPAs concentrate mainly on the hoppy finish, this one allow the malt backbone to provide a nice, full body to the entire taste experience. It's a refreshing change.
01-09-2008 23:08:54 | More by CWiggins
Ølfabrikken 100 Gram India Pale Ale from Ølfabrikken
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