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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Obama (Ugly Duck Brewing Co.)

I took a lot of notes in my Scandinavian adventure. There was no shortage of delicious beers. Some I wrote about on the spot. There is no way I should Obama American Pale Ale get stuck in my well-meaning, to-do list. The list that inevitably turns into a personal archive.

On our last day in Denmark, we were trying to cram in some fun before departure. After our last walk of the town, we stopped at a shop next to the Tivoli to grab a couple of beers. We almost missed this gem on the other side of the store. A beer with our great leader on the label had to be great.

It met expectations. It was a delicious, well-balanced, flavorful Danish homage to 44th president of the United States. It smelled like hop-e...and change.

General Thoughts
Look and Smell: This straw-colored brew had a white frothy head that lingered. It smelled like earthy/fruity hops.

Taste: It was a little bitter (like congress during his first term) and very refreshing (like his embrace of science and technology). The hops added a nice tropical flavor (a nod to Hawaii?). It wasn't astringent and had a good malty flavor upfront (like a successful campaign).

From the Ugly Duck site:
As President Obama (almost) said: ”Hops in the face of difficulty. Hops in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hops!” So we brewed up a batch of pretty bitter beer, and made sure it didn't miss out on drinkability. It´s a Pale Ale, American Style (or Obama Style, if you prefer). We used the El Dorado hop for this brew, a unique hop that gives hints of cactus flower and pear. It´s our first beer with this hop, and we feel confident that it´ll do great, as the first colored American president has done – whether you like him or not. No political bullshit here, just a comparison to a damn good beer. Brewed with the local homebrewing champs, Stefan Jørgensen and Jesper Kaas.

Hops: El Dorado, Magnum, Mosaic
Malts: Pale Ale, Caramel

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