Buxton/Lervig Breweries – Trolltunga
Sour IPA • 6.3 % ABV • England/Norway
With my next mixed Brewdog case on its way through the postal system, I thought it would be a good idea to work through whats been hanging around since the last box.
My next beer is something a little more unusual and is part of a collaboration between Buxton Brewery in England and Lervig Aktiebryggeri in Norway.
The idea for the beer came from a shared love of wild spaces which is evident in the wildness of the beer itself.
Moving into sour territory, Trolltunga is described as a gooseberry Sour IPA with plenty of sharp flavours leading in with a long refreshing dryness.
Trolltunga is actually a cliff located in Norway which is sat 1100 meters above sea level. The edge of the cliff hovers 700 meters over lake Ringdalsvatnet.
The pictures are amazing but I’m not sure I’d have the guts to hang around the edge for too long.
I’ll stick with the beer, popping time!
I need to throw it out there before the review begins that I was sold from the first taste of the beer.
Trolltunga is a pale gold colour with the slightest touch of haze. On pouring, a small white head forms which settles down quickly and hangs to the edge of the surface.
Imagine all the freshness of a floral IPA with a really clean and vibrant fruity aroma. not as much sourness in the nose as I was expecting.
The flavour starts with a subtle tart\dryness which leads into an aromatic fruitiness including the aforementioned gooseberry with additional grape notes. This then leads into a smooth yet sweet biscuity finish.
A light beer with a really pleasant hoppy sourness and really accessible for a sour.
If you have had an opportunity to try a bottle, then tweet #biertaster and let me know what you thought of Trolltunga.