Straight in the door, and without delay, I ordered an Armstrong IPA and the BrewPub Burger. The IPA has a firm, hoppy aroma, faintly grapefruity, but leaning more towards earthy handfuls of fresh hops. They're certainly forward in the flavour stakes, with definite orange pith and mandarin-like flavours. It's a touch watery, and the malts just about make a showing as a slightly biscuity sweetness. The finish leaves you with more pith, increasing grapefruit tones and a white-pepper spiciness. Overall quite nice.
The Burger, by the way, was also quite nice, except for the fact that the centre of it was quite raw. The thick-cut chips were delicious with a lemon mayonnaise. Damn, I'm getting hungry typing this...
A group of English-speakers arrived in and were ordering lots of the Red Xmas, which is described in the menu as an Extra Special Bitter. It looks the part, being a rich, ruby-tinted dark amber, or at least it looked good in the candlelight. The aroma is mild and slightly fruity. To be honest it felt very cold, so not much was escaping the glass. As it happens, the flavour is also kind of nondescript. Nothing really stands out, although that fruitiness is there, like dried apricots, with a touch of toffee and gentle, grassy hops. As it warms it deepens a little and the finish begins to reveal that kind of East Kent Goldings floral character, but gently. It's no ESB in the Fuller's sense, but a pleasent enough 4.8% beer all the same.
At this stage I was quite happy with my own company, reading a book and sipping away, but I wanted to move on to another spot. Well, after one more. Although I was tempted to try their Coletrane Stout again, I opted for the Schlager, a dark Dansk Lager, a crisply malty lager with light toffee and toasted notes. Hops are to the fore, bringing a nice balance with a slightly floral spiciness and adding a defnite drying bitterness to the finish. This is complimented by more of that roasted malt and toast. As it warms it does sweeten, but in a fuller malty way. No extremes, no big wowsers, just a nice simple dark beer.
I quite like Brewpub København for it's relaxed atmosphere, and I think the beers are quite well crafted. I wasn't as impressed as the first time, but still, I enjoyed them all. Time to spread my affections though.
I had been advised to try The Lord Nelson, which wasn't too far away, although I did walk past it on the other side of the street as it's down a set of steps. For your convenience, the photo to the left shows what it looks like in the daylight. This felt like quite a different place. Dark, with a small bar, four customers, two at the bar, two at a tall table close by, and the English bar woman, or girl, whichever is most PC. One of the chaps at the bar was a musician, and he was begging the girl behind the bar to play one of his songs. Kinda Dylan-ish, and some interesting lyrics like “I'll take a shower for you... I'll brush my teeth for you so you don't have to learn what it's like to kiss a pig”. Inspired!
While I listened to them chat and argue about who should choose the next set of songs, I got a Mikkeller Single Hop Centennial IPA, quite a heavy hitter. It tastes fruity, yeasty and hoppy in that sorbet with orange-pith supreme. A medium body supports tis, but to be honest, I felt I was being a bit bludgeoned. I love really hoppy beers, but I was struggling with this. I blame my cold and full belly.
I chatted with the musician a bit, but after his companion left, the remaining patrons and the bar girl (whose boyfriend was one of those at the tall table) coalesced into a little group, and it really felt like I was intruding. I had a smoke, finished my beer and headed to bed, tired and happy.
I still get shocked when I think of the price of beer in Copenhagen. Bloody hell!