IPA - Camba Bavaria
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Reviews by boddhitree:
4.6/5 rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Notice the similarity of the label to the Pale Ale. Again, we get the earthy, emotive aspect, the grungy, almost smeared use of color, monochrome again, but this time with a pic of a hop emerging from the chaos. Green is an good color for a beer in Germany that emphasizes the hops. Again, no brewery name on the label except on the neck. No words whatsoever, none. You feel the nature, yet no appeal to Heimat here, by which I mean no name written hugely on the bottom of theel of the town Camba Bavaria's located in written hugely on the bottom of the label: Truchtlaching. Above I said no words, but cleverly they pu AI PI AI on the label. It's the German phonetic pronunciation of the English letters I, P & A. Cute, eh? It gives it indeed a sense of Heimat, stating that though this is truly an American, i.e. foreign style, we're bringing you the German version designed for your tastes. At least that's what I get out it as a studied oft practicing artist and wannabe graphic artist.
So. Does it live up to my expectations of the label? The head is huge, a dirty white foam mountain on top of an orange-yellow colored, verging on amber body that's clear as a bell. Basically the same color as the Pale Ale.
Aroma is equally powerful. Tropical fruits, maracuyá, a little strawberry, citrus behind it…. damn this smells a lot like my Axis and Allies IPA. It does a little malt note hiding, too (but not nearly as much as mine!) So far, it's really up there in the IPA pantheon as if it were straight outta the West coast. Their website claims Holunderblüten, or elderberry flowers, but I'm not getting that. Maybe Germans would, seeing as they're more familiar with this bloom's aroma. The website said it used Cascade hops, which really comes through.
There's lots of bitterness up front in the flavor, but not overpowering, not enough to scare the timid or newbie Germans away. The middle is some honey, but even more fruity flavors, lots and lots of tropical fruits, again, marakuyá, litchi, strawberry, all exploding on center the tongue, and also bitterness, almost biting, but not quite, just in the right amount. The back is more bitterness, a lot more bitterness, verging but never crossing the line to extreme, making you feel like a roller coaster of fake danger, just enough to scare you, but not enough to stop you from leaving your comfort zone. You get lots of malt notes here, too. I get some München malt, but more Pale malt here. It's extremely malty, and that's wonderful. The mouthfeel is like the Pale Ale, thick, warm,gemütlich,… hearty. The malt flavors and the "hearty" feeling in the mouth are the tell-tale signs of wonderfully done German beer, not an American version.
Overall, I really really like this beer. If it weren't for the malts and mouthfeel, it'd be an ABI (for those new here:"Another Bloody IPA," Andreas Seufert of Pax Bräu.) But it goes beyond that into WOW-land for combining the best of German and American beer styles. It's a straight up IPA, not mind-blowing, but it's no slouch compared to its American brothers. It's also not an ostentatiously look-at-me chest thumper like some American versions. It's strong but humble, and allows its German roots to underscore this beer with its malty backbone that is reminiscent but not quite sweet enough to be a Märzen. Lovely. However, it's not nearly as great as Pax Bräu's Cissy IPA, for it lacks the smoke malt, the roastiness and other German flavors (Münchner & Pils malt) added bubbling up and exploding around the hop goodies, which makes it a truly transcendent beer.
Serving type: bottle
09-11-2013 11:26:39 | More by boddhitree
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