Last week at Hashigo zake cult beer bar, it was another tasty pint from Norwegian brewers Nøgne. It was a beer worth savouring but it confused some of us. It smelt “lovely” to KW and “fantastic” to the gingerbeardyman. Although it did have a slight marmite taste and a surprisingly familiar texture and flavour. Somehow we failed to register the citrus…somehow. KW suddenly observed that it was supposed to be an IPA, but it was a meaty IPA. With hand extended (in her characteristic karate chop fashion) she exclaimed “It has got Bovril* in there! Explain how this is an IPA!?!” Noone answered. As we looked down into our glasses and quietly sipped away, we contemplated how Citrus Hystrix was the type of beer you have when it’s supposed to be summer but it is still winter. A beer you buy for someone who needs to beef up a little – a vegan perhaps…
Nøgne Citrus Hystrix
Late spring southerly
Ultimate beef rendang beer
1) a beef curry and a garlic naan; 2) beef stroganoff or something rich and thick; 3) lamb shanks.
*Bovril: a thick, salty meat extract, developed in the 1870s
n. pl. haiku also hai·kus
1. A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, traditionally invoking an aspect of nature or the seasons.
2. A poem written in this form.