BrewDog seem to be enjoying their flashy new brewery. They’re churning out innovative new releases in rapid succession and they seem to have fixed the QC issues that were plaguing their core range around the turn of the year (I had a bottle of two week of Punk IPA the other week that was stunning).
One of their latest releases is the wildly named Hello, My Name is Mette-Marit. Equally wild is the fact that it’s an 8.2% ABV Double IPA infused with Lingonberries. Yes, you heard me right.
Mette-Marit is part of what I’m going to call the ‘Hello Series’ of DIPAs with a berry twist. This started with an absolutely incredible brew named Hello, My Name is Ingrid which was produced initially for the Swedish export market and made use of native Swedish cloudberries (whatever the hell they are). Fortunately, BrewDog realised they were onto a winner and have made it into a fairly regular part of their specials range – in spite of this, every time it gets released on their online shop it seems to sell out in a few hours. It’s that good. Next they devised the Scottish blackberry infused Hello, My Name is Beastie, before going all Norwegian with Mette-Marit.
The latest of the series pours a fairly bright golden colour with a big fluffy white head. Looks tasty. The aroma hits you straight away with a huge smack of sweet peach, big floral notes, sugary sweet pineapple, lime juice, and a fairly potent and perfume-y berry tartness. There’s plenty of fresh fresh hop stuff happening here, but with something extra and intriguing thrown in. The taste starts off with a really solid Citra-led DIPA hop profile: lots of tasty tropical fruit, orange, peach, bits of mango, some pithy citrus – all framed by an unobtrusive biscuit and light-caramel malt backbone. But then this berry tartness happens again – man, it’s weird. Good weird, but weird nonetheless. It’s quite a juicy berry thing that’s going on, and its tartness lingers long into the aftertaste (alongside some great citric hop bite and touch of light pine resin).
Christ, this is an interesting concoction. It doesn’t hit the heady heights of Ingrid as far as I’m concerned, but it’s well worth a look if you’re a DIPA fan who is in the market for something a bit different. Cheers Norway!