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Wednesday
Apr162014

EKIM BREWING CO AFTER BATTLE PALE ALE

Ekim Brewing After Battle Pale Ale. In a shed in Mt Kuring-gai on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, a trooper of the Sydney craft beer scene is painstakingly bottling his beloved brew by hand, carefully writing the brew details on the label. Some call him mad, others admire his dedication to the craft. A landscape gardener by trade he devotes his spare time to brewing.

His name is Mike Jorgensen, head brewer and founder of EKIM Brewing Co. The brewery started operations in 2011 when he teamed up with fellow craft brewery Happy Goblin to build a 250L brewhouse. He shares the brewhouse equipment with Colin Larter, head brewer of Happy Goblin. Whilst Mike brews his own beer they are technically produced under licence by Happy Goblin. For those wondering what EKIM means, it is Mike backwards .The Viking theme of his beers alludes to his Danish heritage. His beers are known for their hoppy and bold flavours. EKIM beers are not for the faint-hearted.

After Battle Pale Ale is one of EKIM’s more sessionable brews. An American pale ale hopped with Simcoe and Citra. It’s around 40 IBU and is 5.4% ABV. Whilst Mike is still bottling by hand he is now starting to also keg his brews. After Battle is probably the most widely available on tap.

Pale yellow, almost lager like appearance. Creamy, hoppy head with a citrus and passionfruit aroma. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Citrus and passionfruit hops flavours with a clean, crisp and firm bitter finish. The hop flavours remind me a bit of Feral’s Hop Hog. It’s refreshing, flavoursome and sessionable drop. It would go down well after a battle or merely just because you’re parched and want to drink tasty, tasty beer.

 

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