First brewed in 2008, long before the bitter IPA beers became a trend, it was far from the brewery’s mind to brew such a style. However, by including 5 different hop varieties at various stages in the brewing process, brewing an IPA-avant-la-lettre is exactly what they did. The varieties are Challenger, Golding, Aurora, Tradition and Spalt. The name of the beer might seem gibberish in any other language than Dutch, but it is rooted in the folklore of the city of Mechelen where the brewery is located. In this folklore, an “Opsinjoor” is a wooden doll that symbolizes a no-good husband who is being thrown up and down to teach him some discipline. “Op” means “up” and “sinjoor” means “mister” (like the Spanish word “senor”). As this beer is full of hops, the brewery decided on the name of Hopsinjoor, which can be loosely translated as “Mister Hop”. This “Mr. Hop” is a Belgian IPA, which means that bitterness is obviously present, but not in an overwhelming way. The aroma is rather subdued but still has some floral and grainy characteristics. The taste begins with a remarkable spiciness (probably from the Challenger hops) that slowly is being balanced out by a banana-like fruitiness from the wheat malt. At this point the bitter tones set in and the ale turns into a firm but smooth beer with a gentle bitter aftertaste. Despite the 8.0% alcohol volume, Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor is medium-bodied and quite refreshing.
|商品名（英）||Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor 330ml||ビールカテゴリ||IPA|
|商品サイズ||60㎜ x 240mm||飲み頃温度||5～7℃|