To Øl – Baltic Frontier
IPA• 6.5% ABV • Copenhagen, Denmark
Another entry from To Øl’s Tobias Emil Jensen and Tore Gynther who were lucky to be given the opportunity to brew from the kitchens facilities of Det Fri Gymnasium where they were studying. After discussing with their then teacher Mikkel Borg Bjergsø of Mikkeller Beer fame about the state of beer from Danish brewers.
The three of them teamed up to change the face of Danish beer forever.
Next up from To Øl is Baltic Frontier is described as being a crazy IPA, hopped up with Columbus, Centennial & Cluster aswell as a blend of sea buckthorn & juniper. Pale, Melanodin, Cara Crystal malts and flaked oats make up the body of the beer.
The key elements in this beer include zesty, bitter and fruitiness.
On pouring, The glass topped up with a rich yet cloudy orange beer which concerned me a little. A concern which was withdrawn after the first taste.
It formed a large off white head (Somewhat yellowish) which quickly came down to beer level but remains around the edges of the glass.
The aroma was floral and earthy, offering elements of spice and an overall honey scent.
Verging on Sour territory, Baltic Frontier is not the IPA I was expecting with an instant hit of tart\sour flavour coming from the juniper & sea buckthorne berries then moving into a smooth yet bitter orange finish.
Baltic Frontier is just on the cusp of being full bodied but offers a very interesting set of flavours and aromas. Really complex but not for the faint hearted.