India Pale Ale - Frankfurt, Germany
Braufactum has been producing craft beer in Germany since 2009. As one of the country's most successful brands in this emerging sector, it produces as series of beers sold only in specialist drink shops and luxury supermarkets.
Pale Ale is a popular choice in Germany and the Progusta beers are the Braufactum flagship products. Made using three types of malt and three types of hops, this India Pale Ale is rather strong in taste and has 6.8% alcohol by volume.
Colour (10) 10
A lovely illuminated golden orange
Nose and Taste (20) 19
The beer is intense with a big feel of both citrus and stone fruit. The body is remarkably well-hopped with a strong bitter taste on the finish bringing the sweet fruit together.
Appeal (10) 9
Perfect - refreshing and big - the notes on the taste are prominent and well-executed. Only the price (10€/bottle) brings it down.
Drinkability (10) 9
Very good - despite the power, the beer is so well-made that it means you'll find the 750ml bottle empty quicker than you imagined - perhaps a bit hefty for the drinkers of lighter lager but even for them, drinkability shouldn't be an issue.
Overall (50) 47
The best IPA I've ever had - it might be a tad pricey but it is so well executed that it leaves nothing to desire: it's warming, refreshing, heavy and light all at the same time.
about the score
I've chosen to split up the score with a final result of up to 50 points.
Colour (10) - here I'm looking for a defined appearance in the glass: bold but realistic pigmentation, clean cut lines, carbon dioxide structure and how long the head holds.
Nose and Taste (20) - the most important category, here I'm after unique aromas and how well they work with eachother. I'm looking for defined, complex elements of taste and smell - beers without a clear structure and crafted aromas won't score well.
Appeal (10) - trend, popularity and the values of the brand are most important here: there are extra points for things like organic, locally-sourced herbs and choosing to opt for a new direction rather than following the mass-appeal taste.
Drinkability (10) - the long-term drink-appeal: is it likely that you'll buy this beer again? Is it easy to drink? Is it rewarding? Complicated beers should be accessible and rewarding, not just unique.