Sunday, July 24, 2016

Ölbeat 063: Hiisi Raivoava Rakki

Brewery: Panimo Hiisi
Country: Finland
Style: India Pale Ale
Abv: 6,2 %

What about the beer?
Colour is dark copper orange with a finger-thick natural white head. Aroma has strawberry, mango and pineapple. Taste begins with gently hoppy and malty bitter bite. Grainy malt takes the lead with moderate grapefruit. Towards the end grapefruit, hops and pine show up more, with a sweet berry flavour on the side. Aftertaste has dry bitterness and grapefruit.

The brew doesn't completely match its name (in English: Furious Mongrel, hmmm?), if it should refer to aggressive hopping. Anyway I usually get bored with a beer, if it's only heavily bitter and dry. Malty start and growing fruitiness make Raivoava Rakki very enjoyable and even sessionable. Should try this again with BBQ dishes. 


I tried to look up an artist and a song which has the same kind of contrast that the beer's name, aroma and taste have. Since it's a grungy brew with a doggy theme, the wheel of fortuned stopped by this short-lived 1990's supergroup:

Temple of the Dog: Hunger Strike (YouTube)

From the 1991 album Temple of the Dog, the song was written by Chris Cornell.

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