Ægir India Pale Ale | Ægir Bryggeri

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Ægir India Pale AleÆgir India Pale Ale
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Brewed by:
Ægir Bryggeri
Norway
aegirbryggeri.no

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by drpimento on 09-16-2009

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Ratings:
31
Reviews:
11
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
7.91%
 
 
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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well this is a new brewer in my lexicon, my brexicon if you will: Ægir Bryggeri. This Norwegian brewpub has been touted as one of the world’s most beautiful, situated at the foot of a fjord with mountains all around it, the building itself has been built in the style of a medieval stave church - it looks like it belongs in an episode of Vikings. Anyhow Ægir India Pale Ale, named after the Norse god of brewing, is an American IPA made by Ægir Bryggeri’s American ex-pat head brewer. Apparently it is a West-Coast style IPA. TBH I was hoping this beer would be something Norwegian and crazy like the stuff Haandbryggeriet brew with Sea Buckthorne or Juniper twigs, but I’ll settle for a US-style IPA (if it’s decent).

Poured from a 330ml can (ooo, it has the same lids as Colonial that lift off the can!) into a nonic pint.

A: Cloudy deep amber body with a two centimetre off-white cappuccino foam head that leaves some decent lacework on the side of the glass. Proper looking IPA this is, I think Ægir himself would approve (if he even drinks IPAs… of course he does! What kind of brewing god wouldn’t like an IPA? Maybe Bhairava…). 8/10.

S: Hmmm, piney and earthy definitely, but there’s something quite sweet in there as well… orange Starburst candy with a slight butterscotch character (Diacetyl likely). Understandably this brew has traversed quite a distance to get here so it’s not likely to be a miniature hop garden, however it doesn’t stand up to a few of the better West-Coast IPAs out there like Deschutes, Sierra Nevada or Stone. 6/10.

T: Interesting dryness throughout the palate, which is driven by piney/earthy hops with a dried herb bitterness that is slightly assertive but well within the scope of an IPA. What I originally whiffed as butterscotch is actually caramel malts, and there is also a blood orange bitterness in the finish. Aftertaste is drying herbal notes and bitter blood orange. This is different from most IPAs with its focus on drier herbal characters setting it apart from the pack. 7/10.

M: The body is a real winner with this brew being medium bodied, with a decent amount of hop oils and a light but dense carbonation. 8/10.

D: A reasonably tasty IPA, though the hops have definitely altered during the long voyage to Australia, this still managed not to be a waste of time, and in fact I felt like I could down another 5-6 of these before I was truly over it [most beers fail to hold my attention for 2-3 beers these days anyway]. 7/10.

Food match: Great Odin’s Raven, roasted, along with some French fries.

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3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange, slightly hazy. Can with big opening

sweet, slightly vegetal aroma with touch of lime, fairly low by modern IPA standards

Taste is similar but better with a decent bitterness and dryness to counter the sweetness

Light body, nice carb level

Decent but doesn't stand out in a sea of good IPAs available

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Photo of stephenlee
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great blanketing lace from a moderate head. Slight haze to the light amber color.

Mild aroma. I detect true flowers as opposed to a floral hop aroma. Lavender?

Crystal malt start--slightly sweet with toastiness. Licorice, bitter hop flavor transition. Moderate aftertaste of white pepper. Rich body with a below average carbonation level.

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4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.16/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

what i imagine to be a very norway beer, although i have never been there, and still, know not much about culture and tradition there. this is far from an american ipa. it has a bold rusty red color, with a pure white head with some of the best retention ive ever seen, it just stares back it me, thick as cool whip. ice cold, it has a muted nose of floral hops, mild pine board, soft bitterness, and a strident minerality that gives it an earthy luster, more in taste than smell. the hop flavor is all forward, where the malt takes the finish to a fresh baked place. its the reverse of the conventional ipa as far as tasting order goes, and its a welcomed change of pace. i love the density to the body, super full and sturdy, but fluffy too, and not limiting the way this goes down at all. its refreshing for being so big, and i think the alcohol strength is right where it should be. a unique ipa that lack bitterness in the end, even when it comes up to temperature a little but, it stays tame in that regard. both beers i have had from these guys have been memorable, this is a place i must visit in the future. really nice take on a style that has the tendency to be generic.

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3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of nice floral citrus hops with some light floral undertones. Taste is also dominated by some nice floral notes with citrus hoppy notes and light sweet caramelized malt undertones. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Enjoyable but hops punch is a bit lacking which may be due to the trip this bottle had to make before getting to me.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of rarbring
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The ale is clear amber, has an off-white head with little lacing but good curtains.

A grassy hop character, spices, nettles and resin.

Sweet honey and toffee start, then pepper, nettles, spices and lemon seeds.

Medium carbonation, soft and smooth texture, a good body and dry finish.

Not really a west coast AIPA in my world, more a well hopped EIPA.

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