Kalana | Põhjala Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Põhjala Brewery
Estonia
pohjalabeer.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named after a beautiful quaint village on the Estonian island of Hiiumaa (aka Dagö), this brown ale is brewed with hand picked pine needles from the village and some fresh vanilla pods.

Added by Ciocanelu on 05-04-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,920
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
12
pDev:
5.01%
 
 
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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of mishi_d
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color, tan head, aroma of chocolate, vanilla, coffeee, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, soft carbonation, excellent, like the other beers from Pohjala.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip nonic pint glass.

Lush creamy khaki colored head. 3 fingers with cake like tall puck. Beautiful burnt red rust brown dark color for the body.

Aroma is spruce tips, vanilla and toasty malt goodness. Hints cream rich with soft malt and nice hop spice to herbal tones.

Palate does not disappoint or stray from the nose. Real nice velvet mouthfeel, tickling pine and forest green flavors with a resin like pine hop and spice. Light milk chocolate with a bit of toast to match, flavors of cookie dough, cake batter, and hop stinging needles.

This is a great added brown ale full of flavors and character. This could be a mess but instead it's a well made symphony.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Metalsnota
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Houborg1
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AllHopsMatter
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BirdsandHops
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BucBasil
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 330mL bottle into a tulip glass at Buddies Beer in Jinqiao, Shanghai, China.

A: The beer is a dark ruby red, brown at first glance but pure red in the light. Head is off-white and dissipates somewhat quickly.

S: Very vanilla smell. Hints of dark fruits - prune and slight sugary rum and some yeast. Malts are strong here, bread and banana bread or almost like cake. Not much pine.

T: Pine shows up in the finish here as a slight bitterness. Sweet vanilla cake flavor, malty like eating vanilla cake, in a good way. Sugary and yeasty, almost a nutty note with some banana bread. This is a unique flavor. A bit of a boozy finish.

F: A bit strong carbonation but nice.

Overall: This is an interesting dessert beer, but I'm not sure I'd get it again. Interesting concept but a bit cloying.

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Photo of WhiskeyMax
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy brown color with a tan head that goes away rather quickly. Aroma has mostly milk chocolate with some vanilla and roasted malt. The taste follows with milk chocolate, cacao, sweet coffee, some vanilla in the background but towards the finish it gets more roasty with a woody, resiny hop bitterness. Medium body with low carbonation. Quite tasty but it's not a beer you could drink very much of.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of qrazvan
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark coulors, medium head and carbonation.
Nice herbal smell, combined with some coffee.
It tastes like a black IPA, without a lot of coffee/chocolate in, very balanced. The pine needles are hidden in the background, but the vanilla is more present, giving a nice harmony to the overall taste.
Well done!

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Kalana from Põhjala Brewery
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 12 ratings