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The Sinner Series - Envy - Amager Bryghus

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Reviews: 10
Hads: 37
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 6.28%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Evil_Pidde on 07-03-2013

Cain is said to have murdered his brother out of envy. At Amager Bryghus we believe that murder is taking things a bit too far. However, we admit to being envious because we weren't' the first brewers to come up with that beer style we admire the most: a crisp and hopped up West Coast IPA. We won't kill anybody because we didn't come up with the idea first, instead we present to you "Envy"-our take on this style. Humble-yet envious.
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Bottle: Poured an orangey color ale with large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and grapefruit hoppy notes is enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by some citrus and grapefruit notes. There are also some light sweet malt notes that are discernable with medium bitterness in the aftertaste. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. This is a very good beer but like mentioned on the label, the recipe book was not rewritten. (466 characters)

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A: The beer is slightly hazy dark golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with notes of piney hops and faint bits of caramel malts.
T: As in the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of bitter grapefruit rinds along with stronger notes of pine resin. There are hints of the underlying caramel malts and the hops contribute a moderate amount of bitterness, which seems to become a little stronger as the beer warms up and particularly linger through the finish.
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O: The hops in this IPA seemed to hold up well on its trip across the Atlantic as the beer is rather bitter and will make your mouth pucker.

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Its dry honey-like taste and cookie dough gives first impressions of malt, but more importantly makes the fruity hop flavor a riper and more plump seeming taste. Its delicious middle is teeth-grinding citrusy, fruity and tart- kinda like the sensation that's evoked by sherbet or cream sickle. But is dry finish turns decidedly of grapefruit pith, light pine, sawdust and musty lemongrass.

Though plump to the taste, the mouth sensations promote a drying effect very early on. Its dense creaminess is hurriedly airy, powdery and dry despite being also creamy. As the malts continue to dry, the resinous texture of pine and tannin prod at the back of the tongue with alcohol warmth, bitterness and with echoes of musty dried fruit.

Where many American microbreweries still hold citrus-focused hops and caramel malt in high regard, Amager is employing the newer tropical-type hops and a drier honey malt backdrop for even smoother taste, understated complexity and sheer drinkability. Won't be long before this IPA becomes the envy of brewers! (1,988 characters)

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Appearance: Clear, golden, dark straw color with very persistent, white head and beautiful sheets of lace.

Aroma: Smells just like the West Coast IPA that it is, with tangerine, tart citrus, and piney hop dominating the nose.

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The Sinner Series - Envy from Amager Bryghus
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