Kramah is one of the best known beers from Brauhaus Bevog, and no surprise given that it is their core range IPA.
An IPA is something of a benchmark for the brewing styles of different countries, so it is always interesting to see how the style is interpreted. The UK had the English IPA with the earthy hop character. The US of course took hops to another level, developing the really aromatic, tropical varieties which were then employed for a full frontal assault. Australia seems to follow the path of the US pretty rigidly. Of course all generalisations, but observations nonetheless.
This Slovenian (Austrian) IPA is not really what I’d call aggressive on the hop front. There is a lovely tropical fruit aroma that seems to change a little to become more grassy and floral in the taste.
Supporting those hops is quite a solid malt backbone, which really carries the beer through an initial sweetness to a more lasting bitterness that slowly creeps up on you. The finish is clean and dry.
At 70 IBU the bitterness is there, but in a really nice balance with the malt body.