Mufloni CCCCC IPA | Panimoravintola Beer Hunter's

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Panimoravintola Beer Hunter's

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JTuomi on 02-21-2014

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4.25/5  rDev +52.3%

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2.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ah, the most well-acclaimed IPA in all of Finland. Let's give her a spin...

BOTTLE: Purchased at an Alko in Kuopio. Simple green and orange label art. Unbranded pry-off cap. Brown glass. 50cl. Best before: 09/15.

7.0% ABV. Brewed with: citra, centennial, cascade, chinook, and columbus hops (hence the name of the beer).

Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Kuopio, Finland. Expectations are above average given its reputation - though Beer Hunter's hasn't impressed me thus far. Reviewed live as an IPA per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~1 inch wide. Off-white colour. Has a thick creamy frothy consistency and a good complexion, with a soft fluffy appearance and an even layer of coating lacing. Retention is nice - about 4 minutes.

BODY: Deep dark murky caramel of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

It's a nice appearance for an IPA, but is pretty typical/average. Certainly not unique or special.

AROMA: Has a nice hop presence dominated by herbal and floral notes, with subsidiary notes of mild pine, faint grass, pleasant resins (probably from the columbus), and a hint of citrusy rind. I'm not finding the vivid citrus notes you'd expect in a Citra-hopped beer, and the Cascade seems similarly underdeveloped, but it's a pleasant hop aroma overall and the bitterness from the hops is balanced nicely by the pale malt and caramalt sweetness.

That said, I think the caramalts are unnecessary, and I worry this will err too far on the side of the malts in terms of the bitterness/sweetness balance. A sticky fragrant aroma of below average intensity.

No yeast presence, booze, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: It has a hop presence, yes, but the flavours from the hops are subsidiary to its general hop bitterness - which manifests far too much on the finish, leaving the drinker with the bitter aftertaste, an unfortunate effect given the coating sticky mouthfeel. That said, I do enjoy the resinous hop notes, shallow though they may be, and the glimmers of pine and herb are nice albeit inexpressive (and even reticent). The pale malt and caramalt base lends sweetness that fights against the hop bitterness throughout (until losing in the third act). The balance isn't quite right, and the hop profile is underwhelming, but it's not a bad brew and I do like it, simple and shallow as it is.

Flavour duration is above average. Flavour intensity is quite low for the style (and ostensible IBUs); this is a very neutral IPA, and many American drinkers might even find it insipid in comparison to their country's offerings in this style.

Lacks the complexity and subtlety noted in the best examples of the style. Moreover, as I feared, it favours the malts over the hops.

TEXTURE: A biteen overcarbonated. Not unrefreshing. Smooth and wet, with an apt medium body and a coating feel on the palate. Could be softer still, and the water hardness might be a bit off for an IPA. Has enough thickness and heft on the palate to support its flavours, but as those flavours are inexpressive the thickness and body might be unnecessary.

There's not a harmony of texture and taste, but the former does complement the latter decently.

OVERALL: Finland's best IPA? Definitely not. But that it is even in the running says more about Finnish IPAs in general than it does about CCCCC IPA. While I'd have to try this on-draught (ideally at the brewery) to really verify its alarming absence of evocative hop notes, based on this bottle I can honestly say it isn't a beer I'd buy again. There are better beers in the style available on Finnish shelves, but none of them are domestic. Those searching for exotic European IPAs that will impress the discerning drinker are better off turning to offerings from other countries (e.g. Denmark, Sweden, England, Scotland, et al.). I'm glad the Finns are trying, but this is rather underwhelming. Though it's certainly drinkable.

It is worth noting, however, that in Finnish Alkos (the state-run liquor store monopoly) no beer is refrigerated, which raises questions about whether this is an apt representation of the beer. As the brewery is obviously aware of how their bottles are being sold, however, and as this is well before its best-before date, I am forced to accept this for now.

Low C- (2.52)

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.8/5  rDev +36.2%
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Mufloni CCCCC IPA from Panimoravintola Beer Hunter's
2.79 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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