Schönramer India Pale Ale | Private Landbrauerei Schönram

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Schönramer India Pale AleSchönramer India Pale Ale
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Schönramer India Pale AleSchönramer India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Private Landbrauerei Schönram

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Ciocanelu on 04-23-2014

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of Snowcrash000
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber, orange coloration with a small, fizzy head. Smells of biscuity malt and citrus fruit: tangerine, grapefruit, with a hint of tropical fruit: lychee, perhaps melon, mango and pine as well. Taste follows the nose, with a nice balance of biscuity malt and citrus hops: tangerine, grapefruit, complemented by light tropical notes of lychee, perhaps melon, mango and just a tiny hint of pine. Finishes with a dry, medium bitterness. The recipe for this was changed in 2015 to only contain German hops and the result is quite impressive, actually. For an IPA by a traditional German brewery, using only German hops, this is surprisingly nice. They seem to be making a big secret of the exact hop bill, but it's probably safe to assume that there is a LOT of Mandarina Bavaria in this. Maybe some Hallertau Blanc? Huell Melon? Who knows, but the result is clearly one of the better German IPAs, great stuff.

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Photo of ingoa
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl brown glass bottle from Ambrosetti in Berlin. Has a nontraditional label design and a branded pry-off crown cap. Best before: 18.06.16.

8.0% ABV.

Reviewed live as an IPA per the name and label (and ABV, for that matter). Served cold into a pilsner glass - it's all I have on hand.

APPEARANCE: ~5-6cm wide head of off-white/pale khaki colour. Nice consistency with fair froth. Could be more robust. Has nice retention - ~5-6 minutes.

Body is a dull pale copper. No yeast can be seen within.

Appears adequately carbonated. Far from unique or special looking. I'd like to see a livelier more vibrant appearance in future batches.

AROMA: Pulpy citrus, rindy fruit. Has a tropical bend, veering into mandarin orange and even lychee territory. Kumquat, perhaps?

Not the hop profile I usually see, which helps this beer stand out from the herd. There seems to be adequate pale malt sweetness to balance out the hop bitterness. This suggests an IPA with an interesting hop profile but wanting intricacy of build and depth of flavour.

TASTE: Taste matches the aroma, with a lychee and mandarin orange-forward hop profile backed by subsidiary notes of pulp and faint rind. Tropical without delving into nasty notes of boozy pineapple or the like. It's balanced nicely, with pale malt sweetness taming any overt hop bitterness, and it never gets too sweet (e.g. via overdone caramalt).

Could be juicier, more ripe, more fruity, etc. But it's a nice interesting hop profile, simple and shallow though the build may be overall. It's not the most intricate IPA I've had, but I find this much more balanced than other German IPAs I've had (from both this brewery and from CREW Republic). Likable in spite of its shortcomings.

TEXTURE: Slightly oily and pulpy, though I'm not sure that plays to its notes better than an ordinary clean, smooth, and wet texture would. Carbonation is high but appropriate. Aptly medium-bodied, with adequate heft and weight on the palate to support its bigger flavours. Somewhat coating, but not chewy.

A cleaner, juicier flavour profile would be the right play here, ideally with a lighter body and a more refreshing presence on the palate. This is a bit sloppy as-is, with its pulpy thickness distracting from the bright lychee and mandarin orange hop characteristics. Still, it's decently executed and I've had worse.

It's not astringent, harsh, gushed, hot, boozy, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: ABV is hidden somewhat well, though there is a blip of alcohol warmth about the climax and lingering into the third act/finish of the beer's structure. It's drinkable, though not highly so, and has enough flavour to cater to drinkers familiar with the style in its international iterations. Easily above average (especially in terms of the current German IPA market), though this beer will struggle when faced with the many superior IPAs currently battling it out for consumer support in the global arena. If price were a factor, this IPA would score higher. But it isn't, so it doesn't.

High C+ (3.25) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of iftcoach
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of samEBC
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drmeto
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

-pours a clear amber with a medium,creamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
-grapefruit,orange zest,pine,resin
-medium-high carbonation,medium body
-alcohol well hidden
Somehwere between a single and double IPA.
I'd say it's in my Top 5 german IPAs

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Photo of mlstorm50
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of poskok
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heymikew
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pleasant surprise to find this German IPA in the Berlin KaDeWe store.
Had no expectations but it is surprisingly good!

Being a California IPA fan, this is a different interpretation of the style. Stronger and with more malt notes, it has a good balance...

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Photo of aleigator
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Has an orange, amber color, with a decent froth crown.

Aromas contains a fruity hop nose, with mango and kiwi, and also points in a floral direction at the same time.

Has a toasty malty beginning, which soon gets washed away as the tastebuds get hit by a surpringly intense hop bitterness. Floral hop notes get wrapped up by wooden, piny malts, which results in a very smooth mouthfeel with a dry aftertaste. This actually breaks with the habit that german IPAs tend to be lovely, and more on the sweeter side, as this ale is uncomprimising bitter and hop-driven. Malts tend to evolve in a slick molasse direction, while the focus is thoughout on the hops. Long, bitter finish.

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Photo of clarknova
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sfprint
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Oidmoe
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of dcmchew
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear orange, foamy two finger head with nice retention.
Typical hoppy smell (peach, citrus, pine), a bit sweet, some nice caramel and grainy biscuits.
Taste starts with soft sweet citrus (honey tangerine, sweet orange juice) and also some peach and apricot. Green notes start to show up, from light leafiness (plus some grapefruit peel) to some strong pine and hop oils later on. Malts are present just as a light biscuity blanket on which the hops dance around, but it sure helps glue things together with a bit of extra sweetness. Bitter finish, not a wrecker, leaving some fruitiness to the aftertaste.
Medium, a bit oily, body, low to medium carbonation. Not one to gulp down when you're thirsty.
Still tasty enough to drink at a slower pace. Quite enjoyable, nice balance.

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Photo of vagonchik
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of cbnz
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Schönramer India Pale Ale from Private Landbrauerei Schönram
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 18 ratings