Ekim’s Berserker has been around a while. It’s gone through a few iterations. It’s now a well executed amber IPA.
Berserker from Ekim Brewing Co. pours a bold reddish-amber with a touch of cloudiness to the liquid. Through the milk-coffee coloured head there’s an initial pepperiness which is quickly followed by prominent blackcurrant notes. This flows onto the palate with a strong sirop de cassis character.
There’s a jamminess to the taste which is balanced in the mid-palate by burnt demerara sugar, caramel biscuits and subtle toffee-fudge. A husky grain flavour presents itself as it does with many Ekim beers. This is cut off by a final bitter bite that stops the cereal base from taking over.
The malted grains contribute the delightful colour and soft toffee notes.
There’s delicate citrus at the finish and as the beer rises a degree or two it comes through more on the nose. This is from Mosaic hops which are included in a dry-hopping regime.
The lingering flavour is one of sugared grapefruit, diluted blackcurrant cordial and soft chewy toffees.
Ekim Berserker is a beer that pops up every so often on tap at Sydney’s various good bars and pubs. It also receives the occasional release in cans. While there can be batch to batch variation as with any small producer, it’s worth seeking out and trying.
That’s particularly the case if you’ve not tried it before or you’re not familiar with the complexity that this style of beer can possess. The flavours and colour from the malts take the edge off what could otherwise be a standard bitter citrus IPA.
When it comes to pairing with food, a simple baguette with sliced barbecue sausage will work beautifully. Alternatively pair it with a dessert of mixed berry cobbler or crumble.
From: Mount Kuring-Gai, NSW
Beer style: Amber IPA
Pair with: Mixed berry cobbler
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