The Dane in Spain brews mainly with the grain
A Review of Kiwi Imperial Pils by Evil Twin Brewing
Posted on 3/23/2013 by Chops
As awesome as it may seem, owning your own brewery has its shares of pros and cons. The pros are obvious. The cons, on the other hand, can be a little less obvious. One major con is the limited access to core ingredients. There's a reason why a German version of a particular beer style is going to taste much different than an American version of that same style, even using the exact same ingredients. Core factors come into play, like local water or wild yeast strains. It's a hurdle that no brewery with concrete under its feet can get over. But, then there are brewers like Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, owner of Evil Twin Brewing. His solution is simple: don't own a brewery. He and his brother Mikkel (of Mikkeller) have perfected the art of gypsy brewing, a methodology that allows them to brew what they want, when they want, where they want. It's why I have access to products like the Kiwi Imperial Pils, a beer brewed using Motueka hops from New Zealand in Spain by a Dane who lives in New York.

In the glass, this beer has a rich and hazy sunny orange coloration. It comes with a big fluffy white head that has great retention. On the nose, I found an array of tropical fruits and citrus, which apparently the Motueka hops are known for. Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, it's all there. I also found some nondescript spices and big bursts of black pepper. This beer has a mouth watering intro and I wasted no time diving in for that first sip.

In typical Evil Twin fashion, my taste buds were greeted with a wallop of flavor. The aroma actually translated quite well into a flavor profile. Those sharp piney hops come out swinging and are quickly followed by shots of black pepper. The tropical fruits and warm citrus wrap everything up in a savory bow. Amazingly, all flavors play very well together to form this intense yet beautifully balanced experience. The mouthfeel consists of a solid medium body that starts off thick and smooth. It steadily transitions into a dry bitter finish and exits with a bittersweet aftertaste of hops and citrus.

Overall, Evil Twin's Kiwi Imperial Pils is a delicious brew with a big flavor punch. It is definitely one of my favorites of the style and it even comes with that signature Bjergsø family punch that I have come to expect. As a result, I can easily recommend it to any beer fan with an adventurous palate. Novices should proceed with caution because those big bold flavors do mask some well hidden strength. I also greatly enjoyed getting to experience New Zealand's Motueka hops, a relative newcomer to the market. Kiwi has wet my whistle for them and I will definitely keep an eye out for more. Or, I can just stock up on more Kiwi Imperial Pils. To the beer store!
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