Gæðingur Brugghús
from Iceland
Highest RatedBRA (76 / 100) Average score65 / 100 (Solid)
Lowest RatedHveiti (55 / 100) Number Tried5
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 16.02.16 on tap
66 / 100
On tap at Micro Bar in Reykjavik, October 2015.

Pours a dark coffee colour. Head is beige, mocha even. Dense and crema-esque with some bubbles appearing on the top, and it sticks like glue to the glass. Looks gorgeous.

Smells like coffee too. Roasty, burnt and bitter with a touch of sweet chocolate and maybe some complex spice. Vanilla is big as well. Not bad at all.

Taste is somewhat bitter, with some light roasty notes that thin out midway, typically dry stout-esque. Retains some espresso, light spice notes and mellow roasty bitterness, to finish with some unsweetened chocolate flavour. Nice drop, but I just love more oomph in my stouts, and would particularly love more of a linger on the finish here.

Smooth, fairly substantial body. Finishes with a little spike.

Decent stout with good, roasty bitterness. I'd just happily have it amped up in the flavour stakes and would just chug this.
appearance: 4.5 | aroma: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.75
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 16.02.16 on tap
69 / 100
(Very Good)
On tap at Micro Bar in Reykjavik.

Pours a very pale amber colour, bright yellow really. Head is dense, off-white foam, looks great. Overall looks very pale but also very nice.

Smells wonderful. Lemon sherbet, mostly. Myrtle, some danker citrus, oirange, then maybe some crystal malt lingering at the back, as well as a grainy pilsener malt character. Zesty, fresh, gorgeous.

Taste is very zesty citrus. Lemon rind that's bitter from the get-go. Some orange-bergamot and candied peel, then settles out leaving a somewhat grainy finish. Taste like an IPA in reverse. Bitter upfront, and a more chilled/mild finish. Nice, though.

Foamy mid, decent body. Kind of dry, hop-pull finish.

Nice IPA characters, seems a little muted at times though.
appearance: 3.75 | aroma: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.75
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 16.02.16 on tap
76 / 100
Called BRA, a 'Belgian Red Ale' but not in the Flanders Red, or even Biere de Garde, sense.

Pours a bright red colour, with as good a nice, dense head as you're likely to see. Lacing is gorgeous. The whole thing looks gorgeous.

Smells kind of sweet; floral and fruity. Notes of green apple, apple skin and some dried orange peel. Maybe some light spice, but not a lot. Smells fairly simple.

Taste is toffee, especially upfront. Burnt sugar, then gets some pie crust/pastry character. Buttery and slightly spicy. Finishes with a touch of phenolic flavour, maybe bitter but the whole thing has a lingering sweetness which is very enjoyable. Quite pleasant actually, although I'm not sure what the intention is. It's well-balanced and well constructed.

Smooth, foamy. Good body, but not too thick. Just goodness.

I'm not sure I've ever had anything calling itself a "Belgian Red Ale" that wasn't a red saison or sour red, and so I'm not entirely sure what it's meant to be beyond a Belgian Pale or Blonde with more crystal malt than usual. But if everything calling itself a Belgian Red was like this beer, I say bring them on. Yum.
appearance: 4.75 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.25
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 16.02.16 on tap
55 / 100
On tap at Micro Bar in Reykjavik, October 2015.

Pours slightly hazy, pale yellow. Foamy, spit-esque head, white, retaining well.

Smells chlorophenolic. Rubbery, but it dissipates after a while. Then, fruit - banana, and a touch of nutmeg. Slightly sour, but OK.

Tastes mildly sour as well, some fresh green apple and banana on the mid-to-late. Some light spice notes and a touch tart on the back. OK, but not great.

Mouthfeel is lightly frothy, some pull on there. Fine I guess.

Bit sour for the style, but otherwise has all the right characters.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.0 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | drinkability: 3.25
Tumi Humall IPA
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 13.11.15 in bottle
62 / 100
Bottle purchased from Keflavík Airport duty free and muled back to Australia. Shared with Jez at his place.

Pours a pale gold, shiny with a touch of cloud. Head is white, bubbles on the top but sinks to a thin film. Touch of lacing that doesn't stick. OK, but seems to lack substance.

Smells faintly hoppy. Bitter grapefruit, with a slight fruitiness and a lot of resin, touch of peppery spice as well. Not quite as light as it could be, but OK.

Taste is decent but not quite IPA level. Largely grainy, malty and quite sweet on the mid-to-late, then a touch of lemon and some resinous bitterness lingering late without much hop presence. Caramelly, some tangy pineapple but yeah, just seems more grainy than hoppy. But not bad.

Foamy, decent body. Touch sharp on the back. OK.

Has some pleasant flavours, but seems to lean a bit heavy on the malty grain, and doesn't have a lot of hop complexity, despite a decent hop presence. It's an easy fix.
appearance: 3.25 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5