1. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $14.99 (US/print only). Offer ends April 30. Subscribe now! (Because great beer deserves great stories AND readers.)

Cervesa Del Montseny + Lupulus - Companyia Cervesera del Montseny

Not Rated.
Cervesa Del Montseny + Lupulus
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
74
okay

43 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 43
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 20%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Companyia Cervesera del Montseny visit their website
Spain

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: atis on 03-19-2009

This is an "Iber Ale" (lager malts but top fermentation).

Malts: Pilsen, Wheat & Caramalt
Hops: Cascade, Fuggles, Nugget, Target & Celeia
View: Beers (8) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 25
Reviews by Flounder57:
Photo of Flounder57
3.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy two finger head that has reduced a little and left some crazy lacing on the glass. It is a pale yellow color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready and cereal malts, grassy hops, some citrus, and sweet honey and caramel malt notes too.

Taste: Some citrus and resiny grassy hops, pale and bready malts, some chocolate. Very interesting taste to this beer.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, medium to full bodied, a little dry, and strange at the same time.

Overall: Not sure what I think about this beer. I pocked it up in the make a six pack part of the store, but bought it because I have never seen it before. Interesting and strange beer indeed. Wouldn't mind trying a fresher version in Spain.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a very thin watery looking yellow, thought this might be an interpretation of AAL at first, but then here I am reading that this is supposed to be an ipa. Not impressed. Aroma lacked any real substantive hop aroma, just bland.

Taste was fine, again, for something that I thought was a lager, it had this weird bitter yeast flavor that didn't seem all too attributable to any kind of ipa hopping. Easy enough to drink, but at $4 a bottle, really, you're getting a very watered down version of style. Did like that it didn't have a heavy soggy wood feel like many euro ipa's do, but really this tastes similar to an adjunct lager with a little more bitterness.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at a random bar in Barcelona.

Pours a hazy light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pale malts with hints of bread and good amounts of light citrus and earthy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Medium pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of earthy hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hop flavors turn more toward the citrus side of things and carry through to a mildly dry and bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this beer from northern Spain - it's got a nice dose of hops and goes down easily. Worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- The long strands of microbubbles in the deep golden-yellow body are hidden by the hazy of the second pour. There is a thick soft peak meringue of snow white that sticks to the glass in sheets.

S- The nice Pils malt is full but lagered and has an interesting spicy lightly toasted malt note to with a floral green hop finish. There is a grassy note to the hops that grows as it opens.

T- The nice peppery malt flavor has some hints of cream then a soft dry dark green hop finish. There is some slightly earthy green floral notes to the hops with a green bean vegetable quality to the hops when it warms.

M- The light mouthfeel has a scrubbing fizz in the finish.

O- This beer is fresh and rich in simple malt flavors and hops with some unique qualities to each. There is a nice unique spice note to the malt and the hops have some interesting depth. This is very tasty and also interesting enough to be pretty sessionable.

Photo of rsdaugherty
2.35/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Bottle into pint glass
A – Upon opening foam expanding out of the bottle, small pour to pint filling head… something with the Denver altitude & the carbonation? Lacing as I would expect with the massive amounts of head, has staying power. A dull hazy straw yellow with substantial sediment. 3.5
S – Mostly citrus and florals, but also grains & yeast, reminds me of saison more than IPA 3.5
T – Hmmm… Lemony floral and herbal bitterness, does not flow well and is a work in progress 2
M – Loads of carbonation is very excessive, light body, I’ll drain pour what is left in my glass 1
O – Drinkability is not good, difficult for me to believe that this would sell well in Spain or the US, I’ll not buy this again nor would I recommend it 2

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.85/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Pint glass. Enjoyed on oct´11. Pale gold in color, foggy appearance. Dense, off-white in color, froth creates a lasting rocky head with incredible lacing collars, spots & flakes on sides. Smooth upfront followed by increasing estery citric flavor. Earthy bitter mouthfeel. Light body, medium carbonation. Rough bitter finish. Slightly astringent & subtle malt. Easy drinkability. A refreshing beer met in 2009 Summer has become a classic drink to me in summer days.

Photo of Cresant
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 11.2 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was bright white/yellow. The creamy white head grew to over an inch and left sheets. The fine cap remain (with a little help from the glass nucleation).

Smell was subdued. Soapy, light malts.

Taste was earthy, lemony. Sweetness was somewhat balanced by the muted hops. Floral notes. I'd bet this one tastes a lot better closer to home.

Mouthfeel was medium to light bodied. Some carbonation zip. I'm glad I tasted this one but I wont seek it out again.

Photo of twelvsies
4.18/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I was expecting a sort of unique IPA, this being a Spanish brewery, but this is a pretty zany brew. Very light in color, very fizzy, yet not in a feeble way. The bubbles keep coming, the head is huge, this beer has some life in it. Champagne like. Aroma is lots of noble-ish hops, some dust, faint sweetness. I'd have a hard time telling you what kind of beer this is, with out a label. Nice and hoppy, dry, earthy, dusty. And a really interesting fruity character from the yeast, very lively, almost sour. A lot of flavors going on, but nothing overly bold, and a nice balance not only between malt and hops, but also yeast flavor. Prickly and light on the palate, fun to drink. Could probably convince me that this was a light Belgian golden ale. Or even a hoppy German lager. I might not believe you if you told me this was an IPA. I guess the simple answer is that it's a Spanish craft beer, and it's good. Interesting to see how many different ways people can use 4 ingredients all over the world. Mmm... Cervesa!

Photo of jmdrpi
4/5  rDev +29%

330 ml bottle, poured into glass

hazy golden color with orange highlights. Nice pleasant hop aroma - a bit of citrus. taste is hop-forward as well in the flavor, with just a touch of biscuity malt flavor to back things up. nice taste. medium bodied.

overall - I'd say this is much more American style than English.

Photo of atis
3.57/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle from the brewery. They call the style of this beer "Iberian Ale".

Pours light hazy orange with white half finger head that fades to patchy and foamy layer, soma patchy downsliding lacing. Aroma is fresh citrusy and flowery hops with malt, some fruity esters and it seems there is presence of some spice.

Taste is rather clean bittery citrus hops with light sourness, sweetish and dry finish, light bittery citrus aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium with average carbonation.

Overall, not bad and quite refreshing; I think this is the best of Montseny's brews.

Photo of janubio
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy pale yellow colour, big dense head. Smell of hops, citrics, hints of tropial fruits. Medium body, good carbonation. Taste of tropical fruits, citrics, hops.
Refreshing.

Photo of hwwty4
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 330ml bottle into my New Belgium globe.

This beer pours a hazy honey wit a MASSIVE 5 inch head that completely consumes the entire glass. Maybe only 1/2 inch of actual beer and the rest head. Nice lacing is left around the inside of the glass. Good head retention. The aroma is nondescript citrus hops and pale malts. I'm really torn on the flavor. It really reminds me of cheap white wine mixed with cheap lemon soda. There is a odd club soda bitterness at the finish. I find it interesting but I'm not so sure that I actually like it. I'm not sure that I dislike it either. The mouthfeel is average. Decent amount of carbonation and it finished decently dry. The dryness almost reminds me of a red wine. Overall, this is just a mediocre beer.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.51/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy sunshine with piles of lumpy off-white froth that leaves lacy trailers.
Steely cut grain and slight wazy lemon zest on the nose.
Hint of papaya but mostly saltines up front with a big squeeze of grapefruit.
Lemon Starburst finish and nectarine skin linger. Light, oily, fizzy.

Citrus hops are there, but a couple of issues: it’s rough, like the brewers aren’t technically accomplished, it’s too fizzy (i.e. what Spain likes) and the lager malts deprives it of a solid base. Crafty, but ultimately too lightweight.

A poor US APA or a great regional brewer’s gateway beer, depending on your point of view.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Probably not a good idea to try Union Jack before this, but whoever said I knew what I was doing? Unusual IPA here. Very citric-centric with lemon tones really dominating throughout the whole ride. Mild hop spicy tones. This is a bit of a different kind of IPA, but hey, it's Spain. You have to realize they'd produce a different type of beer catered to their more local beer drinkers. I can appreciate it.

Photo of DoubleJ
1.54/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

There's never a dull moment seeing craft beer from abroad, especially from oddball beer countries like Spain. From a 330 ml bottle, on to the beer:

A little bit of a gusher out of the bottle, this beer looks more like a hefeweizen than a hopped pale ale with its glowlight blonde color. Head forms large on top and retains well. The nose is interesting, not good, just interesting. It features some lemon peel and white wine notes, and some astringent notes. Don't get too excited for the rest of the review, this is as good as it gets.

Taste? What taste? Insipid would be a compliment to this Iberian ale. There's almost no taste besides the tons of carbonation that are present. Its mouthfeel is like supercharged club soda; anybody got some gin and a slice of lemon I could throw into this? It won't matter, because after two sips it gets the sink.

The overall score speaks for itself. Time to open a can of CoCoNuT Porter and forget about what just happened.

Photo of rudzud
3.06/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a very nice pale crystal clear yellow with a thin two finger head that fades to leave a light blanket.

S - Rather cereal/grainy, light grassy hops, super super faint citrus, malts. Just meh.

T - Taste is like the nose, rather malt heavy, light citrus, grass notes, mostly malts and grain.

M - Mouthfeel is higher carbonated, almost distractingly.

O - Overall, very meh beer. Just way too malt heavy on this one. Needs more citrus.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Hazy golden with a rocky white head that leaves a few spots of foam behind.

S - Light sweetness with herbal, earthy hops.

T - Lemony, earthy hops with some yeasty notes. Somewhat strange for what I was expecting from an IPA.

M - Medium light with lively carbonation.

D - A weird beer that doesn't seem like an IPA but I am not sure what I would consider it.

Photo of Kshock
2.51/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- very light straw yellow, no retention, no lacing.

S- dishsoap comes to mind. Doesn't really smell of hops, but a little malt sweetness. Not impressed.

T- not good. Weird earthy bitter something or other. Not impressed at all.

M- surprisingly med to full body.

O- pass

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, first off, I caught a bit of burnt plastic from the flavor fo this not good but I continued. It looks good, cloudy yellow, smells almost like a lager but also slightly lemony. The flavor improved after it warmed and was quite interesting, I wonder how old this is? honestly, this has a really weird flavor to it but it is not bad. For $5 this was a one-time purchase. If this was ina six-pack I would probably buy one now and again. Now that I think about it, this reminds me a bit of Jolly Pumpkin bam biere.

Photo of lonestar4lunch
2.55/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No date on the bottle. Pours a very light, cloudy golden hue with very minimal lacing. The aroma is of light citrus hops and a little bit of lemon. As far as taste it tries, it really tries. At first sip you get a hint of hops but then it quickly moves to straw and lemon. When the hops do show up but only when you take a large drink if that makes sense. A bit high on the carbonation side but it is very drinkable. This was an interesting find on a road trip earlier this year but as an IPA, not a winner.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.09/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle, great label,

A: Pours a lightly hazy yellow, bit of a gusher at first. Frothy head, big lace.

S: Earthy rustic nose with some nice herbs and grapefruit.

T: Earthy raw hop flavour with a lot of lemon. Definitely gets better as it warms up. Hop centered.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp carbonation, bright.

D: The problem with this beer is that the flavour isn't really good. Glad to see some hoppy beer coming out of Southern Europe, but they need to step up their game in the future.

Photo of WankelEngine
3.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a GI snifter

A: Pours a hazy golden amber color. There is a bubbly, light tan head that fades to nothing in about 10 seconds.

S: Mostly a bready lager sort of aroma with some herbal hop undertones. Sort of sweet with undertones of caramel.

T: A full pilsner malt flavor is matched by some English style grassy hops. Only slightly more bitter than it is sweet. Light fruit flavor from the yeast. Finish is lingering bread with a touch of alcohol and pine.

M: Low but foamy bubbles make the body feel somewhat heavier than it actually is.

O: Unremarkable. A little too much booze sweetness to be really drinkable but not flavorful enough to want to drink slowly. Tastes like a fuller bodied pilsner with some Noble hops thrown in. I actually think this would be a lot better if it was thinner and drank more like a summer Pilsner.

Photo of popery
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, home. This is an odd one. If I had tried this beer blind, I would have called it a pilsner with more than normal hopping and a mix of hops. The beer is pale yellow with an energetic, rocky white head. The aroma is mostly yeast with a touch of herbaceous hops. The flavor is quite dry. Notes of lemons and grass dominate the palate with some light yeastiness. There's definitely an odd mix of hops present but not nearly enough, or, perhaps, the trip from Spain isn't doing them justice. It has a slightly sour malt lager flavor. Feel is fizzy and a bit odd. The whole package is mediocre, particularly given the import price. It's fun to try beer from a Spanish craft brewer, but I'd recommend skipping this one.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.39/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fair take at a pislnerized IPA looking to please local palates...

Presentation: 33 cl green capped bottle. Unremarkable dark green label design with the illustration of hops over the Montseny rebranding. Back label notes main characteristics, intent, and ingredients. Shows best by date 08/Nov/11 and 5,4% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy deep gold pour with a generous frothy white head. Medium retention, nice surface memory and very rich lacing.

S - Faint aroma. Hopped lager nose, hint of pils with a touch of citrus.

T - Soft citric sense, with a lager touch, slightly pilsnerized around the malt sense. The hop bill while pleasing turns to general soft bitterness without much identity, and the malt offers a sense of caramel in the finish… even slightly burned.

M - Medium to medium-light body, with generous carbonation, almost exploding early on and settling to a nice and assertive texture.

O - All things considered it drinks fairly well… At a local level maybe deserving a higher score.

Notes: Now, for someone looking for an actual IPA, be on its US or English versions this will fall a bit short. The emphasis to stay safe and craft ale with Pilsner ingredients seems to try to please, giving something familiar, the most common of local tastes… But after having seen a few of the craft brewers in the region trying this approach I'm not sure it works so well, and certainly not for me...

Photo of MarshallMan
2.23/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

If I didn't know better, just from looks, I would say that I was drinking a Blue Moon or some other American "Wheat" beer. Very pale and semi hazy. Big head that dissipates quickly, no real lacing.

Smell is kind of hard to pinpoint. Not at all like most IPAs. Definitely more in the Belgian IPA than an English or American version.

Very much hop forward little to no malt flavor. Very shallow flavor, not much depth.

Some carbonation and hop bite but quite thin.

Not impressed with this beer at all. It's not terrible but I definitely wouldn't purchase another bottle. With so many great IPAs out there this one should be left on the shelf.

to view more.
Cervesa Del Montseny + Lupulus from Companyia Cervesera del Montseny
74 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.