Haandbryggereit Norwegian Wood

This is one of those impulse buy beers.  You know the kind:  Interesting name, interesting description, and a good followup to the tame beer that preceded it.   Norwegian Wood (that wood being wild juniper twigs used in the brewing process) is an attractive garnet color that has a pleasant smoky character imparted from the kiln dried, oak roasted malts within.  It is light bodied and as it warms the tang turns from the initial hop vibe to a more gin-like one, likely from the juniper.  So yes, there is a boozy quality to Norwegian Wood.  It’s a sipper, for a long cold Norwegian night, but I can’t really say it would become a favorite.  It is a bit subdued where it should be assertive and a little thin for my taste.  It’s not bad, but it just doesn’t excite the palate.

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