Saturday, May 7, 2016

Ölbeat 041: Pôhjala Virmalised

Brewery: Pôhjala 
Country: Estonia
Style: India Pale Ale
Abv: 6,5 %
Northern Lights from Estonia
What about the beer?
Colour is cloudy thick orange with smallish natural white head, which thins down quick. Aroma has fresh orange and mango with thin grassiness. Taste gives bitter hops and grapefruit in first bite. Sourness of lemon and grapefruit take over in the flavour. Towards the finish we get lemon, hops and pine, and even some hints of orange. Aftertaste is nicely dry and bitter.

Overall this one is a very enjoyable, powerful and coherent India Pale Ale. Strong fruity aroma and fresh citrus flavours are accompanied by decently heavy hops. Solid performance from the awarded quality brewery.


Fresh and fruity brew asks for an energetic pop song. Since 'virmalised' means the Northern Lights in Estonian, there had to be some connection with the name. Well, had to drop the cold direction here:

Ellie Goulding: Lights (YouTube)

From the 2010 album Lights (bonus track & single from 2011 re-release Bright Lights), the song was written by Ellie Goulding, Richard Stannard and Ash Howes.

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