Camba Bavarian Winter

Reviewed by on December 28, 2016 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Camba Bavaria

  • Origin: Seeon, Germany

  • Rated On: December 28, 2016

  • Best Before: April 13, 2017

  • ABV: 5.8%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Camba Bavaria is a young, rather prolific brewery from southeastern Bavaria (natch), and this is their New World-style IPA, made with 4 of the big ‘C’ hops.

This 330ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, pale golden amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, rocky, and sort of fizzy beige head, which leaves a bit of tacky snow rime lace around the glass as it readily sinks away.

It smells of exotic fruit (lychee and mango, mostly), orange and white grapefruit, grainy pale malt, a lesser caramel sweetness, subtle earthy yeast, and some tame leafy, weedy, and piney green hop bitters.  The taste is more tropical fruit up front (kiwi, lychee, and acai berries), grainy and bready caramel malt, ephemeral yeasty notes, generic grapefruit, and more understated earthy, weedy, and floral verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite active in its poking and prodding frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and kind of thin-seeming at times, but generally smooth for the style.  It finishes off-dry, the complex fruitiness more stable than the fleeting bitterness.

Overall, this is somewhat of a surprise to see coming out of the brewing landscape that the Reinheitsgebot built.  At any rate, this one appears to have been made quite competently, and is unscathed by mirror world predilections, with the hoppiness presenting as deftly balanced, as opposed to a big ol’ smack to the palate. Good stuff.

Brady White

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