Närke Kulturbryggeri AB

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #603
Ranked #14,490
4.09 | pDev: 10.76%
Närke Kulturbryggeri AB
Very Good
Notes: Brewed with 100% Amarillo hops.
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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 17
Reviews by Ljunkan:
Photo of Ljunkan
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap @ Bishops Arms, Karlstad.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a small white head, leaving some lacing.

Smell is wonderfull of hops: pineapple, tropical fruits, citrus, grapefruit & apricot. Smells exactly as I want a american pale ale/ipa to smell.

Taste is pretty much the same: tropical fruits, pineapple, citrus, grapefruit and apricot, just as the aroma. Slightly sweet with a very good bitterness. Refreshing, a bit like lemon-juice or maybe tropical juice.

Very nice mouthfeel, quite much carbonation, filling and mediumbodied. Very refreshing. I really love this beer, it is extremly good.

Extremely drinkable! A session beer indeed. I love it!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of baggio
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[email protected], Copenhagen

A: Golden yelow with a nice white head.

S: Exotic fruits, hops, citric notes.

T: Exotic fruits, Hops, Berries, White bread, Mandarine.

M: Very refresing with lots of carbonation. Nice balanced bitterness at the end.

One of the bet APA's i've had in a long time. More please!

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Photo of tpd975
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Diego for this one.

A: Pours a nice goldish hue of yellow with a nice tall white head. Left plenty of chunky lace behind.

S: Wonderful hoppy aromas. Lots of lemon and orange, subtle notes of pine.

T: Great tasting and refreshing, great way to kick of Hunahpus morning. Wonderful zesty lemon, hints of orange and pine sweetness. Subtle grassy notes as well. A very very well made pale ale, one of the best I have ever had quite honestly.

M: On the lighter side of medium, perfect carbonation.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Monk's Cafe in Stockholm. It's a continuously hopped amarillo beer with additions every six minutes. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Two fingers of meringue-like foam that had incredible retention and lots of sticky lacing. The body was a hazed peach color with a few stray bubbles here and there.

S - All the amarillo trademarks are there - orange zest, some herbs and earth, a bit of pineapple, and perhaps a touch of soapiness that I thought was Cascade-y before I chatted with the barkeep. There was minimal malt backing to this - I was actually a little surprised to see it listed as an APA, because it's much more IPA in character. In any case, it smelled really good.

T - Lots of orange zest, spice, lemon, with a decent of amount of residual bitterness. Again, there's not much in the way of malt sweetness. Really unbalanced for a Pale Ale, although the use of Amarillo is distinctly "American".

M - The mouthfeel was more interesting that a lot of APAs. Lovely dry finish that complements the residual bitter aftertaste, but still loaded with some oily hop resins. Moderate carbonation - maybe a tiny bit too much for my liking.

D - The ABV and taste are pretty good, but the super zesty and bitter residual flavors combined with the slight carbonation burn make this something I wouldn't really want for a session. Still - worth checking out if you're in the neighborhood.

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Photo of mothman
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this one.

Poured into NB Globe Glass. Pours ½ finger of white head. Fades to a thin layer. Leaves some lace. Color is a slightly hazed sunset golden orange.

Aroma: Lemons and then some. Lemon citrus and lemon drops are the first thing I get. It has some orange peel as well. There are some fresh floral and herbal hops here. No malts showing. I like it.

Taste: Very unique taste. It has flavors of an APA, but the lemons really shine through. Lemon zest and lemon drops are big. It does have the orange peel flavor again, but the lemon citrus really sticks out. It does have a touch of bready malts showing. The hop profile is all herbal here.

Mouthfeel: A bit bitter, a bit creamy, and refreshing. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. A good feel to it. Ends a bit sticky with some hops showing.

Overall, it is an interesting APA. It is pretty good and it is pretty drinkable as well. I would like to try this on a hot summer day. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of Bananaman
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this one on-tap @ Bishop's Arms - Karlstad. It is always nice to try new beers from Närke Kulturbryggeri since they're one of the best breweries in the nordic countries, at least in my opinion.

Hazy yellow/orange color with a nice white head. Doesn't look very special really.

Smells amazing! Lots of pine apple, tropical fruits and lots of Amarillo hops of course.

Tastes great of tropical fruits and those typical American hops (Amarillo). The bitterness is very high but is balanced up with a slightly sweet malt background.

This one would do great on a hot summer day for sure.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jrallen34 for sending a bottle of this out my way.

Pours a light, pale yellow with a nice white head and a tad bit of lacing as it goes down. Nose is really refreshing and quite interestig. At first, definite hop notes with some floral characteristics. As it warms, starts to smell almost like actual flowers as opposed to simply floral hops. Taste is really nice and subdued, but not quite as pleasant as the nose. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp with good carbonation. This is nice and simple. Drinks well and is quite unique.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Unlabeled courtesy of bosse. Poured into a NB tulip glass a hazed amber color with a whispy medium sized bubbled head. Very interesting nose with notes of lemon, citrus rind, and pine. The nose reminds me of lemon pledge but in a good way. Medium mouthfeel with some carbonation. The taste is lemon sweet goodness with orange and grapefruit rind bitterness. Not really overly bitter by any means. Ends kind of flat and clean. This would be a great summertime beer.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jason (jrallen) for this. 1st bottle opened as apart of our Epic Chicago Tasting. Poured into Rochefort tulip.

A - Pours a hazy yellow, fizzy foam, lost of bubbles with a thick ring of lacing along the sides of the glass.

S - Light hops, light malts, floral notes. Really nice, nothing overwhelming, all just right. Very nice balance.

T - Again, a light balance of hops and malts mixed in with some floral notes. Dry hay notes, reminds me of the country. It's all very-well done and the balance of this beer is amazing.

M - Light, crisp, refreshing with a clean finish.

D - Super-easy, nothing uber-crazy, but very good.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this at Narke with Hans, bottle into a Narke tulip.

This beer is one of beers all brewed the same but with different hops, this one with amarillo, Sim-ko with comco and slattol.

The beer pours a nice light gold with lots of white carbonation. Ok retention and lacing...This beer is all about the arom and taste. A super refreshing easy to drink pale ale. Light citrus on the front with lemon, and a super smooth hop finish. Enough to give it taste, but super easy to drink. This beer is awesome, second only to the Kagge.

Seek this beer out in Stockholm or Copenhagen if you're lucky.

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Photo of OskarL
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy golden yellow with a big head and theit lacing sticks.

Smell - The hops are dominating the smell! Lots of exotic fruits like passion fruit, grape fruit and pineapples.

Taste - A bit disappointing because the it doesn't taste as much as it smells. Taste of sweet malts with a slightly bitter aftertaste passion fruits and green apples.

Mouthfeel - Dry, carbonated and a light body.

A good beer, would have preferred the hops to be more present during in the tasting the whole time I drink of it.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First bottle popped at our Epic Chicago Tasting. Thanks to jrallen34 for sharing this treat.

A - A very light straw color to an almost perfectly clear beer. There was minimal head on mine that dissipated to a thin ring on the edges.

S - There is some subtle hops with a bit of floral notes. The malts are light as well, and balance out the hops nicely. Everything about this beer screams "light" and "easy drinker."

T - I think the best part about this beer is the balance. This beer is quite subtle, with the hops and malts blending nicely together. Nice grassy and floral notes, this is quite an easy drinker for an APA as I am used to generally more hoppy varieties like Alpha King and Daisy Cutter. Although it lacks the bitter bite that those have, this definately is not worse for it, as it gets better as you drink it and start to pick up on the nuances more.

M - A nice, refreshing light beer, that is clean throughout the drink but has an interesting abrupt finish for me.

D - Highly sessionable and easy to get down.

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Photo of dqrull
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy, really bright hay-coloured yellow, with a massive snow-white head that left fine lacing on the glass, especially the colour is really nice!

The smell is phenomenal, with LOADS of tropical fruits, pineapple, passion fruits, grape, mango and green apples. This boquet is really amarillo, and everything amarillo can be. Any possible malt-notes in the nose is totally subdued by this awesome onslaught of amarillo!

The taste... hmm, I guess it wasn't unexpected, but this is really unbalanced in favor of the hops, and at a cold winters night like this, the malt abscense is a little disturbing. It starts with the same kind of fruits as in the nose, maybe with the green apples a little more prominent, and finishes off really dry, with little to no sweetness and a light bitterness that is reminiscent of green apple peels, the bitterness could have a bit more punch to it though, to balance out the hop-taste.

A pretty crisp mouthfeel, with a bit stingy carbonatio, small sharp bubbles, makes it foam up nice in the mouth.

I can imagine myself drinking buckets of this on a hot summer day, a great thirst quencher!

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Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Rating from notes taken Summer 2015 in Helsinki:


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Photo of acurtis
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light on color and taste, decent aroma

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