Insel-Brauerei Baltic Ale
Brewed by Rügener Insel-Brauerei GmbH
Style: Strong Ale
Rambin auf Rügen, Germany
The Rügen Island Brewery is a Craft Beer Brewery in Rambin on the island of Ruegen, the biggest island of Germany (in itself not that big, only 926.4 km² big). Surrounded on most sides by the Baltic sea, the area is characterized by diverse shore line landscapes with many lagoons, beaches and and white chalk cliffs. The brewery is unique in that it is smack bang in the middle of nowhere, at one with nature right in the heart of the island. But it is a new tourist attraction to this wild area, as it offers visitors a guided tour of its magnificent modern brewery, has a beer garden for beer tasting, and store to buy their extensive collection.
Founded in 2014 by Markus Berberich, who formerly worked as Managing Director at the Störtebeker Braumanufaktur in Stralsund. These contacts and his twenty year experience in the beer industry helped him no end in setting up his own brewery in the picturesque island.
The brewery produces a variety of different beers which, unlike most breweries, are brewed not in steel tanks, but in open fermentations, and always using natural hops. In addition, the company relies on bottle fermentation. The bottles are wrapped in paper to protect the beer from lightning, and cause it also looks cool (or at least that’s what I think!). Its most popular beers are the Island chalk (champagne ale), its Sea Maiden (Sauerbier) and the one I reviewed, the Baltic Ale. In 2016 the brewery won in the World Beer Awards for its IPA, voted the best in the world, which goes to show how good these beers really are!
Review: 0,33l Bottle of Insel-Brauerei Baltic Ale: ABV: 7.5%
Bottle comes in a very nice well wrapped light brown paper with a nice picture of an eagle on it. caught the eye and that’s why I bought it as it looks well cool. Also explains on the package how the beer won gold in the London 2016 World Beer Award for the category of “beste deutsche brauereri” (Best German Brewery)
As for “Baltic Ale”, I could be wrong but I am assuming it is regular ale that is developed with a Russian/Baltic tinge? Stronger than normal. But it could also be because the brewery is near the Baltic sea!
On pour, fuck me a shit lot of carbonation, well carbonated. Calm down big boy!
But thankfully its all ok as it leaves a nice golden coloured beer that has a nice sized frothy head, and lots of good lacing.
Colour does get a bit cloudy and hazy after a while, but overall it is a decent looker.
Didn’t get much of a smell, pretty faint but was yeast, fruits and coriander.
Lovely initial taste. GORGEOUS in fact!
A light wheat beer taste for me. Smooth enough. Nice relaxing beer, got the yeast, the hops, the citrus.
Lovely smooth beer. Nice beer to relax on a Friday after a hard long week.
Really good. Aftertaste is sweetish. Excellent! Lots of well balanced flavours
Hops not too discerning and manageable, low bitterness. Alcohol well hidden, pleasant to drink.
Liked it, and am very interested in trying out some of their other brews………Recommended.