Ei Pi Ai | Camba Bavaria

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20 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Camba Bavaria
Germany
cambabavaria.de

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by boddhitree on 09-11-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
20
Reviews:
4
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
13.02%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by Ciocanelu:
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color with white head. Aroma has earthy, resiny hops with some overripe fruits. Taste is very balanced at first, a bit sweet with slightly fruity hops and the finish is bitter with an earthy, resiny note. Body is medium with crisp carbonation. ABV is well hidden, making the beer easy to drink for 8%. Really well executed DIPA.

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Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Fitzpat4
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drmeto
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a hazy golden-orange with a big,frothy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-grapefruit,oranges,tangerines,lemon,mango,piney,papaya,peach
T:
-Mostly citrus fruits and some peach sweetness
-low to medium bitterniss for the style
-finishes dry
F:
-medium carbonation
-medium body
-alcohol noticeable
O:
Really nice,couldve used a bit more bitterniss.

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Photo of safaricook
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

orange body, dense off-white foam, poured the sediment and therefore body is murky with lots of fine carbonation.

aroma is orange, grapefruit and Litschi. This is a few days before expiration date. It was much more intense when I had it couple of months ago. Still nice.

I like the balance of caramel malt and bitterness, some fruitiness too, Litschi again.

High drinkability for the ABV, even refreshing due to the high carbonation, bites you like a million fine needles.

This is probably the best (double) IPA that I have had from a German brewery. Excellent and highly recommended. As always with hopforward beers, try to get it fresh for full satifaction.

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Photo of iftcoach
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TobeerAs
2.49/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Great fruity nose, but too strong for me.

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Photo of mytu420
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clarknova
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BreweryRun
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of boddhitree
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ei Pi Ai from Camba Bavaria
4.07 out of 5 based on 20 ratings.
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