An Ale Attack at Akkurat
On this occasion, we’d just arrived in Stockholm after a not-too-long flight from Amsterdam. While my drinking arm was suffering from twitching pangs due to the unfortunate lack of beer I’d had that day (counting to a dismal zero), my palate was screaming at the rest of my body for some damned hops, sending me into an uncontrolled seizure of shivers. My girlfriend knew exactly how to fix this. Like a horse to a carrot, she edged me ever closer to the hopspital until we finally arrived at Akkurat.
Walking past the outside bar, I can only just make out the Brooklyn East Indian Pale Ale tap glowing like a fire in the distance, and the next thing I know is I’m holding a cold glass, and I can feel the beautiful beautiful hopiness drain through me, an antidote to my alement.
Now, while the events of this night may or may not have panned out like this, it was a truly great night for some extremely tasty ales at a place that I could only wish was down the road from my house back in Perth. I guess this then leads us nicely on to the beers themselves… First up:
Brooklyn Brewery East India Pale Ale
I’ve had a few Brooklyn experiences, some good, and others not so good, so I went into this EIPA cautiously - not expecting the world, but still hoping for something decent. As it turns out, my angst turned quickly to joy.
The beer pours a clear golden with a thick an fluffy white head. The bouquet reveals an amass of tropical fruits, citrusy punch and a nice malty background. The flavours are heavily influenced by this aromatic introduction, bringing a citrusy bitter hop to the palate, being balanced perfectly with a big, smooth malt. The bitterness lingers on, leaving a drying and thirst inducing finish to take you to the next sip. All in all, the EIPA is very easy to drink and I’d happily choose it again.
Thornbridge Jaipur IPA
I moved inside to choose my poison this time, and looking at the number of taps was quite an overwhelming experience. However, the beacon of the Jaipur shone through, and after hearing quite a bit about this one, it only took seconds until I was walking outside with the pint in my hand.
It pours a light yellowy golden and sits under a small white head. Aroma-wise, it’s got that florally perfume tinge to it, coupled with fresh tropical fruits. The flavours are introduced with a slightly sweet malt that tends to fresh citrus and piney hops, leaving a pleasant lingering bitterness. Again, this is really easy to drink and I’d get it again. The freshness of both this and the EIPA make them perfect sessionable summer beers.
RJ Rockers Black Perle Black IPA
Lastly we get to the Black Perle, a recommendation by the bartender. And what a recommendation it was!
This plunderously pitch-black brew let’s you know it means business with its thick brown tanned head and it’s robust smoky malt and big caramel nose. It signals to you that what you’ve just experienced is only the tip of the iceberg, with the rest to flow through the flood gates of flavour.
The roasted malts come through at the forefront, joined by a hit of coffee to give it a nice and full flavour. Towards the middle the piney hops enter the equation, bringing it to a crispy bitter finish. For such a strong beer, being 9.5%, the alcohol is really well hidden, making this beer an absolute pleasure (and with ease) to drink. So much so, I’d happily go for this beer time after time, although I’m not sure how I’d hold up after a few of these. Nonetheless, this is a really solid beer that I’d recommend anyone who likes a bit of roastiness to their beers.
So there you have it. Three solid IPA’s at everyone’s favourite Swedish bar!
Until next time,