Thursday, 10 July 2014

Kåååd Spring IPA

Kåååd Spring IPA is a Danish brew, born in Kastrup, to the Amager Bryghus. It comes in a 500mL bottle that features an oddly tarted up humanoid Easter Bunny character. The label has a charmingly bizarre story about a secret herd of cattle that is being fed on the spent grain and their joy about the prospect at being fed the leavings from Kååå. For all of this, it is, I think, noteworthy that the label doesn't really provide much insight into the actual beer.

Kåååd  apparently translates into "frisky", which is apt, given the playfully hoppy aroma that graces the nose and lends it grapefruit and apricot notes. The flavour is likewise joyful, with considerable fruity sweetness by way of introduction, a decidedly bitter climax, and a dry denouement.  The bitterness of this beautiful beer is citrus-y, hempen, and showcases a satsuma twist.

This is a golden orange beer topped with a firm, off-white head. I enjoyed a pint of this "Spring IPA" on a glorious May evening, and it was an absolute treat. At 6%, it's a little understrength for the style, but its admirable taste more than makes up for it. In fact, when drinking this brew, I was struck by the idea that it was the perfect beer for my mood on that particular evening. I'll have to revisit it at a later date to see whether I still find it as utterly satisfying.

Rating: 9.5 out of 10.

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