Omnipollo Magic #90000 Bilberry Smoothie IPA

Brewery: Omnipollo
Country: Sweden
ABV: 7%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: Brewed by Omnipollo at De Proef Brouwerij (Belgium)

Brewer Description: (from website) Part of Magic Numbers, a dreamy small-batch series: 90000 is an IPA brewed with bilberries, crushed pecans, almond flour, vanilla and lactose.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.45
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.2

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 5th August 2016 and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
Appearance: It poured a murky red purple colour with a one finger lightly pink head that dissipates quickly but leaves some nice lacing.
Aroma: Guava, blueberry, raspberry, pineapple with hints of almond and orange.
Taste: It starts off pretty good with some blueberry, Ribena and cranberry before some light grapefruit bitterness and then just falling off to nothing pretty fast.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: I wasn’t a fan of its appearance and while the aromas were good, the quick fall off in the taste was a bit disappointing. Perhaps my hopes were too high to start since I really enjoyed Magic #4:21 but since then some of these ‘experimental’ Magic brews haven’t quite matched #4:21’s must buy status in my opinion.

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Mikkeller Citra Session IPA

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 4.5%
Style: American IPA
Other Notes: Brewed and bottled by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij.

Brewer Description: (from Mikkeller blog) Bitter notes on the nose from the Citra hops combine with an earthy and citrusy palate to create a fresh session beer at only 4.5% abv.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.64
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 4th June 2017 and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
Appearance: It poured a hazy golden orange with a big puffy three finger white head with great retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Great tropical Citra aromas of mango and peach with a hint of citrus orange and grapefruit.
Taste: Much like the aroma with tropical mango and some light citrus orange. But the flavours don’t stick around for long and only hang around for a short time.
Mouthfeel: Dry, medium to light bodied with moderate prickly carbonation.
Overall: This was a pretty good Session IPA that drank extremely easy. Flavours were nice but didn’t last long though.

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Brewdog Albino Squid Assassin

Brewery: BrewDog
Country: Scotland
ABV: 7.4%
Style: Rye Beer
Other Notes: Red Rye IPA

Brewer Description: (from Brewdog webshop) This tentacled terminator packs a punch – ten punches to be precise. Each hop addition adds to the intense layers of depth in this red rye IPA. Toasty caramel & cinder toffee from crystal malts, cacao richness from intensely roasted malt and the spiciness of rye. Zesty pithiness from citra and the robust resin of chinook. This small batch exclusive brew is up-front intensity matched with twisted complexity.

My rating: 2
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.11
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.1

Intro: A 330ml can with a best before date of 16th December 2016 and poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
Appearance: It poured a very nice clear dark amber colour with a two finger beige head that had good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Nice tropical aromas of mango and pineapple with a hint of caramel, spice and alcohol.
Taste: Some light but sweet mango mixed in with toasty bread graininess and a long lasting piney grapefruit pith bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light carbonation.
Overall: This was only ok for me. Looks and smells great but I thought that the taste was a bit light (cancelled each other out) with too much grain and pith and not enough fruit.

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Birra del Borgo Prunus

Brewery: Birra del Borgo
Country: Italy
ABV: 5.8%
Style: Fruit Beer
Other Notes: 21 IBUs

Brewer Description: (from website) Prunus (from the cherry’s bothanical name, Prunus Avium or Cerasus according to variety) is made adding to our spelt beer Duchessa about 20% of fresh cherries with their stones. Differently from the typical Belgian kriek, it is not too sour as it keeps some of the Duchessa’s smoothness. Yet it’s not sugary indeed, thanks to the well balanced bitter aftertaste.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.92
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of September 2017 and poured into a Duvel tulip glass.
Appearance: It poured a hazy orange golden colour with a thin white head that doesn’t stick around and only leaves some light lacing.
Aroma: Tart, sour, cherry, apple vinegar and light funkiness.
Taste: Like the aroma, taste is tart, sour cherry, sour apple and lemon.
Mouthfeel: Dry, crisp, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nice and easy to drink, but I preferred Rubus slightly more.

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Birra del Borgo x Dogfish Head My Antonia

Brewery: Birra del Borgo x Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Country: Italy
ABV: 7.5%
Style: American Imperial Pilsner
Other Notes: 76 IBUs. Continually-hopped Imperial Pils

Brewer Description: (from website) 10-28-2008 was a great day for me… Sam Calagione from Dogfish Head Brewery, one of the most well-known American brewers, came to Borgorose to create and brew a special beer in collaboration with us. We chose a style: a Pilsner. But obviously not a regular one… we designed a something stronger, around 7% ABV and of course it had to be hoppy! We choose the malt: Pilsner and Cara-Pils. Easy! Sam chooses two hops, Simcoe and Warrior, I choose the third one: Saaz. Traditional and new ingredients together. We start the mash, then we lauter and start the boil, the crowning moment. Before the boil started Sam mixed the hops creating a wonderfully perfumed potion. Once the mix was ready we started hopping. A fistful of hops was added every minute for 60 minutes… The result? An intriguing beer, extremely perfumed, where floral and resiny notes mix together. The mouth feel is explosive but balanced at the same time. The honey notes form the malts and the peppery ones from the hops mix in a very elegant and precise finish. I can’t stop drinking it, it’s my new favorite…

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.79
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of October 2016 and poured into a Mikkeller pint glass.
Appearance: It poured a hazy golden orange colour with a two finger slightly off white head that had great retention and left thick sticky lacing.
Aroma: Citrus lemon and orange, some pineapple and a hint of grass and herbs.
Taste: Sweet honey, lemon and orange with a hint of grapefruit and herbal bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light carbonation.
Overall: This was a great and refreshing Pilsner. Aromas were a bit weak but it looks and tastes good.

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