Ekim produces small batch beers in the north of the city. Viking IPA is one of their recurring releases.
Viking IPA is a classic American style IPA. Sitting at 6.2%, it has a clean body with enough to it that it’s gradually warming as you drink it. It’s named as a nod to the brewer’s Danish heritage.
It’s hopped with Simcoe, Mosaic and a touch of Citra. The Citra contributes a delicate amount of grapefruit to balance the catty and piney characters of Simcoe and Mosaic.
These two hops are related and share similar flavour profiles, although Mosaic has the tropical notes turned up just a notch. Some subtle passionfruit and papaya poke through under the predominantly resinous palate of this beer.
Ekim’s beers have a familiar gristy character from the malts used. It’s distinctive throughout their beers but is offset in the hoppier beers by assertive green resinous flavours.
That’s especially the case with Viking IPA. It’s a sort of West Coast style IPA with a bit more body, a bit more maltiness and a more obvious husky graininess to it.
There’s a solid bitterness right at the end that lingers on the tongue with a fuzzy drying sensation. For a 6.2% ABV beer with a lot of flavours going on, it’s remarkably easy to drink.
On Tap & In Cans
You could imagine it as a good pre-footy beer. It would not be out of place next to a spicy pizza or a chicken schnitzel in a sunny pub beer garden.
Ekim beers, including Viking IPA, get only occasional can releases. However, they can be sourced directly from the brewery in Mount Kuring-Gai. They also pop up on tap at many of Sydney’s good beer venues. It’s worth following Ekim on social media to keep up with where to find their beers.
From: Mount Kuring-Gai, NSW
Beer style: American IPA
Hops: Simcoe, Mosaic, Citra
Pair with: Spicy meat pizza with onions and chilli oil
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