Welcome to the latest edition of 'Piwo Uncut'!
In order to bring you reviews of the most interesting and flavour packed beers currently on the go, we've teamed up with Marynka Piwo i Aperitivo, the city's best venue for craft beer and tapas. Each month we visit Marynka Piwo i Aperitivo to sample the latest and greatest craft beer offerings from Poland and beyond.
This month we're reviewing Dwa smoki, Mera IPA, Sorachi Ninja, Ale po pieprzona and Końska dawka.
Dwa smoki, Pracownia Piwa (5.8%)
The ever reliable Pracownia Piwa brewery have produced another tasty beer in the shape of this Wit IPA.
Like any good Witbier, Dwa smoki has a golden colour (although this one is rather clear). Made with the standard IPA hops of Centennial, Chinook, Citra and Columbus, as well as wheat and barley and added ingredients of camomile, coriander and orange peel, Pracownia Piwa have tried to create an interesting fusion beer.
Dwa smoki's aroma is promising with strong smells of passion fruit, pineapple and grape juice. I find the beer to be rather juicy, with grapefruit and orange juice flavours evidently present. To add to that, the camomile mixes well with an understated wheat flavour. Meanwhile the coriander flavour seems to be more negligible.
The beer has a medium bitterness that starts off slowly (when the juiciness and wheat dominates) before slowly becoming more noticeable in the aftertaste.
Mera IPA, Browar Artezan (6.5%)
Here we have an IPA from Artezan brewery just outside of Warsaw.
Mera IPA has a light golden colour and is mildly hazy with a low white head. Its aroma is strongly hoppy with notes of apple, tropical fruit and orange. A sip of this (note the high alcohol content) brings flavours of lemon zest, pine, grapefruit and is somewhat dry, before heading towards a bitter finish.
It's worth noting that Mera IPA actually tastes more like a session IPA – it's a bracing beer and one to set your mouth alive, perhaps in addition to some herring.
Sorachi Ninja, Piwne Podziemie (5.3%)
Sorachi Ninja is a Single Hop Sorachi Ace Pale Ale from the Piwne Podziemie brewery.
The beer proves quite a mouthful (no pun intended). While single hop and pale ales beers are well known, arguably the same can't said about Sorachi Ace. This is a hop Japan have been producing since the 1970s, and it is known for its intense flavours of lemon, as well as white flowers, tea, dill and coriander.
In fact, in Sorachi Ninja, I could taste raspberries and strawberries on top of lemon and for that very reason, this beer has a nice sweet element to it that blends well with the bitterness provided by the hop.
Ale po pieprzone, Wrocławski Browar Rzemieślniczy (4.5%)
This steadily up-and-coming Wrocław brewery strikes again with this lager with added green pepper and lime kaffir leaves.
Ale po pieprzone has a light brown colour with a negligible head. Notes of caramel, yeast and malt are identifiable in its aroma and taste. The beer's aforementioned extra ingredients are hinted at in the flavour, while Ale po pieprzone's fairly low carbonation also makes it a drinkable session beer.
Końska Dawka, Browar Piwoteka (5.5%)
Last up this month is a Wheat Horseradish American Saison from Browar Piwoteka.
Yes, you read that right – horseradish was indeed used in the brewing of this beer. That will either intrigue you or put you off, especially when "Only for the brave" is written on the bottle.
Named Końska Dawka, the beer has a hazy, golden colour (perhaps appropriate to set one's in mind on the straw in stables) and a white head. Horseradish predictably dominates the aroma, with a bit of malt, biscuit and fruit on the side. Take a mouthful and your are immediately struck by the taste of the horseradish too. Then suddenly your brain seems to remembers that is a beer and the flavours of wheat, malt and orange come out. Sweetness is at a minimum and the aftertaste is tart and of spices.
If you indeed are adventurous when it comes to beer, be sure to try this. I do warn you however, I wouldn't have a pizza while drinking this, unless it has fish on it! That said, it would be worth buying a bottle to take home to have alongside your Christmas Eve meal.
And on that note, Piwo Uncut wishes all our regular readers a Merry Christmas!
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