One of my recent BeerBods offerings was from the Amundsen Brewery. This brewery started in Oslo in 2011 and has grown very steadily ever since, now it is the largest brewery in Oslo and the fastest growing in Norway – this is an impressive feat being based in a country with laws stopping breweries from distributing information about their beers, or even talking about them! This was their passion fruit pale ale, named Lorita after the parrot of the “famed” explorer Van Vuuren (totally coincidentally the same surname as the founder of the brewery!).
The design on the can was dazzling, you could spend your entire drinking time just studying the details of the artistry on the can, but unfortunately I had to spend the time taking notes. Another interesting quirk of the slightly oppressive Norwegian alcohol laws is that any beer over 4.75% ABV is considered a “strong beer”(!) and can only be sold during very restrictive hours by the government-run liquor store chain – Vinmonopolet. So it is no surprise to see this beer clocking in at 4.7% ABV!
The beer poured with a mid-sized fluffy white head which disappeared quickly. Straw-to-yellow in colour, this was one of the most pale beers I have seen – paler even than the Witbier’s I have reviewed. The clarity was very good, with just a hint of haze. Unsurprisingly for a beer containing the new, patented, and fairly rare Azzacca hop (alongside the more common Cascade) – the aroma was of strong tropical fruits, passion fruit, orange and light citrus, which worked perfectly for the “castaway” style of beer they are aiming for, according to the can they recommend “pairing Lorita with a journey on a raft in the south seas”.
The taste matched the aroma well – passionfruit, orange, some light hoppy bitterness, but also a slight hint of sweet sherbert. The finish was short, again with a light hoppiness balanced with lemon and sweet orange all the way through. The beer had mid-high carbonation and was refreshing but watery. Not a bad beer but not the best, could work for a session, or on a tropical beach.
A light and refreshing, but slightly watery pale ale.