Here’s your cheat sheet for Lorita by Amundsen Brewery. “The esteemed explorer van Vuuren is an integral part of the Amundsen team. so much so, that we named this beer after his parrot.” Well… okay then.
Amundsen Brewery, Lorita / Passionfruit Pale Ale / 4.7% ABV / IBU 34
Featured in main subscriber box on 3 May 2018.
Serve this beer at 7°C to 10°C; at least an hour in the fridge, maybe up to 90 minutes.
As ever, be wary of over-chilling your beer. More chill means less flavour. To learn more read my post on recommended serving temperatures.
Flavours to expect[pullquote cite=”Amundsen Brewery” type=”right”]”A fruity beer with tropical, refreshing character”[/pullquote]
Amundesen call this a pale ale. I’ve seen this described elsewhere as a session IPA. It’s one of those ones like porter and stout where it can be hard to draw the line where one begins and the other ends. However, what we should really expect here is a lightish beer with moderate amounts of body, a biscuity malt, and then lots of fruit and hops on top.
On top of that, we know the hops used to that gives us another pointer on what to expect.
- Cascade: lychees, floral, grapefruit
- Azacca: citrus, mango, pine
Food pairings[pullquote cite=”Amundsend Brewery” type=”right”]”We recommend pairing lorita with a journey on a raft in the south seas.”[/pullquote]
Pale ales are pretty versatile. I’m sure I’ve said that before. Pork is always going to be a good bet – pulled pork with some fresh and lively Mexican spice should be good. There’s not too much of a hop hit, which means the heat won’t get intensified too much, but at the same time the beer should be bitter enough to stand up to it while the sweetness from the malt may even help moderate the food a little if it’s muy caliente. Ham is also a good bet, maybe one with some sort of sticky sweet glaze and served with a selection of peppery leaves… I’m thinking maybe watercress or rocket. Chargrilled chicken is also going to slot in nicely alongside this beer I think. Whatever you go for, think light-to-moderate in terms of flavour intensity and also the overall heaviness of the dish. This isn’t an IPA after all, it’s just its little brother.