My father recently took a trip over to Sweden to pick up the newest addition to their herd of sheep dogs, (my parents are breeders and showers of said herd). Knowing that I have a fondness for beer of all kinds and delight in out-of-the-ordinary and hard to find brews he kept his eyes peeled for anything I might not be able to get Stateside. He came back with 2 cans. One was a light bodied, high octane brew that wasn't all that distinguishable from Mickey's or Steel Reserve. The other, however, was kind of an oddity and I highly enjoyed it. So, I bring to you...
Six-pack Workout: Pistonhead Kustom Lager
No relation to the Detroit Pistons of any variety, I assure you...
Brewery: Brutal Brewing, Sweden
IBU: 100 (guessing, found no actual calculation)
Price point: around $10 a six pack (Dad only bought one can so that price is based on that + exchange rate).
Color: Pale blonde.
Head retention: Poor
Aroma: Citrus, floral, citrus peel
Mouthfeel: Very light.
Tasting notes: This is a very easy drinking beer. Not much body to speak of, goes down smooth and fast. Despite the fact that it's a lager, they dry hop this brew like an IPA so it's pretty hoppy, but the lack of body and malt profile that typify an IPA don't get in the way here so all you get is a glass of liquid hops. Not in a bad way though. It doesn't make you swallow your own face from puckering. It does, however, deliver a pure, unobstructed flavor profile of the Cascade and Amarillo hops used in the kettle and the fermenter.
Pairings: Summer cookout foods. Brats, dogs, burgers, potato salad, etc. Cheddar, aged gouda, mustards of all types, pork in general, BBQ.
Comments: Wish I could say I'll buy this again, but the chances are pretty slim. If the opportunity presents itself I won't hesitate. For the sake of humor I'll share with you what's written on the back of the can:
"CRAFTED IN OUR BRUTAL BREWING WORKSHOP.
THE KUSTOM LAGER IS A SMOOTH, NO-NONSENSE BREW.
IT'S DRY HOPPED WITH CASCADE AND AMARILLO HOPS TO OFFER
A SPICY CITRUS EDGE, PLUS IT'S ORGANIC. AND IT
GLOWS IN THE DARK. NEED WE SAY MORE?"
I didn't notice any luminescence, but the name of the brewery alone is enough to give me a chuckle.