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 pizza.
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 Blue Sunshine, Road, Hop Jizz, Most Wanted and Behemoth Heretyk.
From left to right: Road, Hot Jizz, Blue Sunshine
Blue Sunshine, Piwne Podziemie (5.4%)
To start us off we we have this Blueberry APA.
Blue Sunshine's colour already makes it stand out from an average APA, being a Ribena-esque cloudy violet with a mild, frothy white head.
Its aroma is of berries, something that is reflected in its flavour; blue berries are present as well as red and black currants. This gives the beer a mildly tart and sour flavour, which contrasts with lightly toasted malt, a bit of lemon, grass, grains and light hops.
This is a perfectly refreshing beer for summer and it goes down nicely seeing as it isn't overly gassy.
Road, Browar Nepomucen (5.9%)
This is a Vermont IPA, a variant of beer that has noticeably grown in popularity over the past year.
While other IPAs can attack the mouth with flavours of bitterness, citrus or pine, Road offers more of a laid back affair. This becomes clear with the beer's colour – a cloudy amber and a frothy white head isn't something one necessarily associates with IPAs.
Road's aroma is of mango and lime, while its flavour is crisp and hoppy. At the same time you'll detect flavours of bread and biscuit as well as malt, the latter of which lingers quietly in the background while still complimenting the hops. Bitterness is evidently present in this beer too, although you could consider it to be more of a complimentary side-dish than the main course.
It is worth noting that's Road's alcohol content is relatively high. Even so, this is still a beer well worth drinking while sat outside on a hazy summer evening.
Hop Jizz, Piwne Podziemie (4.5%)
Next up is another APA in the shape of Piwne Podziemie's Hop Jizz.
Sporting a mild, cloudy brown colour and a slight frothy head, Hop Jizz is a beer with a striking scent of apples and hops together with orange and mango.
This is very much repeated in the taste, although the tangerine and caramel offer the beer an understated degree of sweetness. Meanwhile Hop Jizz's grass and peel also bring contrast, something that's enhanced by a slighly sour finish. My notes about this contain the word "mild" a lot, a word that also refers to the beer's relatively low alcohol content.
All in all, while the vulgarity of the beer's name give you the impression the drink will be a rather brash affair, the truth is that Hop Jizz is more laid back in its character.
Most Wanted, Browar Kingpin (4.9%)
Here we have an American Wheat Ale, a type of beer some of you may not be so familiar with.
In simple terms, an American Wheat Ale is an American version of the German Weißbier. However, instead of the banana and clove-like phenols present in a Weißbier, an American Wheat Ale tends to have a small degree of bitterness and higher tones of malt.
Kingpin's Most Wanted looks like a typical Weißbier in that it is slightly cloudy with a yellowish/brown colour. The beer's aroma is of fresh hops, citrus and seville orange.
Made with pilsner malts and wheat, Most Wanted has a slight caramel taste that is complimented nicely by the grapefruit bitterness of the Simcoe and Safale hops. The beer contains the US-05 yeast, something that gives it a slippery texture of low diacetyl, as well as a kefir-like yeasty flavour that sticks on the tongue. In addition, I could detect soft notes of citrus and vegetables.
All in all, this is a brew suitable for Weißbier fans wanting to extend their palate. If you are into pale ales and are seeking something different, you may also find yourself intruiged by this tasty beer.
Behemoth Heretyk, Browar Perun (5.5%)
Finally, here's an American Amber brewed in the name of a Polish metal band.
Heretyk has a dark amber colour with good lacing together with a strong white frothy head that looks like bubble bath.
The beer's aroma is of citrus and malts, which is reflected in its taste, where one can also find notes of dark malt, sourness, fruit, rusks as well as sugar followed by a floral finish.
Compared to Iron Maiden's IPA or the lagers by AC/DC and Metallica, this beer will hardly "Conquer all". That said, for those content to pay a bit extra, this is still an interesting beer that can satisfy your curiosity.
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