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.
This month we’re reviewing Primus DDH, Trzy Zboża, Hop Trigger, Acido and Blackcyl.
Primus DDH, Browar Palatum (6.6%)
Out first beer of the month is a Double Dried Hop IPA from Varsovian brewery Browar Palatum, a newcomer to our reviews.
Primus DDH has a clear, golden body and a medium-sized white head. It smells of citrus with light notes of papaya, mango and lychee – aromas that result from the hops being added post-boil (hence the Dried in the name).
Drinking this was a most pleasant experience, largely thanks to the presence of hops, grass and citrus, plus hints of papaya, mango and lycee. Despite the mildly high alcohol content (there’s the Double for you, in this case double the amount of hops), Primus DDH is a very refreshing drink, partly helped by its a low carbonation.
The fact I effortlessly guzzled this down in minutes on a boiling-hot day attests to its refreshment. Unsurprisingly, this one comes thoroughly recommended.
Trzy Zboża, Browar JAP (5.2%)
Here’s another brewery marking their Piwo Uncut debut – Silesia-based Browar JAP. The style of this peculiar beer could be a new one for you: a Multigrain Ale.
Trzy Zboża sports an amber colour and a slight white head. The beer’s aromas are of bread, yeast and caramel. Hops are in there too, albeit with slightly unique notes of sun-dried tomatoes and jam. The use of Saaz and Cascade hops produce citrus flavours, while Marynka gives the base a mild bitterness with notes of herbs. On top of that, the various malts included generate flavours of caramel and summer fruits. Last but not least, there’s a mild grainy taste stemming from rye.
I was expecting more of a grainy flavour to Trzy Zboża, but it still rounds off as a solid craft beer.
Hop Trigger, Browar The Garage Monks (4.8%)
Yet another debutant! This time it’s the The Garage Monks Brewery from the town of Warka. This is an APA.
Hop Trigger has a yellow-grey colour and a frothy deep white head. The beer’s use of WLP095 Barlington Ale yeast produces fruity aromas and flavours. Take a good sniff and you’ll detect hints of oranges, grapefruit, mandarin, and tropical fruits. At the same time there are also notes of paraffin in the aroma! Leaving aside the fruity nature of this APA, there are also elements of grass and butter in the taste of this moderately-bitter beer.
To be honest, there are little surprises in this standard APA. Even so, it ticks all the APA boxes by being fruity, bitter and tasty. In any case, it’s good to see decent beer coming out of Warka!
Acido, Browar Nepomucen (5.6%)
Our penultimate beer is a Sour Saison from experienced brewers Browar Nepomucen.
Acido is ruby in colour and sports mild white head. Its aromas are dominated by blackcurrant as well as notes of cranberries, vanilla and (wait for it …) vinegar. The beer’s taste is rather complex, with elements of blackcurrant, chokeberry, sour cherries and even conserved gherkins all in there. The beer is strongly sour and ever so slightly tangy, but this is complimented by a certain dryness and bitterness akin to dry red wine.
This Sour Beer is another refresher that’s bound to hit the spot on a boiling-hot day.
Blackcyl, Browar Trzech Kumpli (7%)
To finish with, here’s a Black IPA from Trzech Kumpli.
Blackcyl has a black body and a beige head. The beer’s aroma features molasses, coffee, plums, flowers, roasted malts and candy. In terms of flavours, Blackcyl boasts an interesting mix of the usual citrusy bitterness of IPA, with more stout-esque flavours of cocoa, coffee and roasted resin. Meanwhile pine, oak and earth nicely round off this beer.
I started drinking this without looking at the high alcohol content on the bottle and was surprised it clocked in at 7%. The beer does not feel overwhelmingly alcoholic and heavy at all. That said, I would recommend taking it easy with this beer if you want to drink responsibly – it is so easy on the palate.
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