Sweden vs England
Two of the four semi-finalists are already known as England take on Sweden. I was at work when this game kicked off, so could only surreptitiously watch chunks intermittently on my phone as I walked between wards. I already know the score for the game, but that doesn’t stop me from having beers from the relevant countries whilst the highlights are on!
Mandatory “Eternal Dankness” Facts
- Untappd Rating: 3.65 (at time of writing)
- Country of Origin: Sweden
- Brewery: Beerbliotek
- ABV: 9.5%
- IBU: 65
- Style: Imperial IPA
- Serving: Can, 330ml
Another beer from this fantastic Swedish brewery, one that is produced annually for the All In Beer Fest. A beer with the word “dankness” in the name sounds right up my street. The beer poured a mid-orange colour and only a few bubbles crowned the drink. Despite the lack of foam head, the aromas came flooding through, though the glass was 3 feet away. Dankness naturally came to mind, with a deep resinous scent along with a touch of citrus. Tastes reflected and built upon this, whilst herbal and pine notes also crept through. The dankness taste was deep and might have been sickly sweet if there hadn’t have been a big alcohol warmth at the end. A smooth bitter edge blended seamlessly with this warming 9%, showcasing a decadent partnership.
Rating: 4.25/5. “Eternal Dankness” is my kind of beer but will possibly be too strong for some others.
Mandatory “Double Cheeseburger Cavalry” Facts
- Untappd Rating: 4.04 (at time of writing)
- Country of Origin: England
- Brewery: Left Handed Giant Brewing Co
- ABV: 8.8%
- Style: Double IPA
- Serving: Can, 440ml
After an incredible Swedish beer, this English brew is going to have to be something special to rival ‘Eternal Dankness’. A sky blue can design featured a horse and a person, but instead of a head on the human – it’s a double cheeseburger! It poured a light orange and produced a medium white foam head. It smelled beautiful. The Citra and Mosaic hops really came through on the nose, intermingling with a touch of resinous scent. The tasting of this beer had four distinct characteristics:
- An initial hop ‘bomb’ with bold citrus notes
- A really smooth mouthfeel
- A bitterness cutting through the hop flavours
- A final boozy, but not overpowering, alcohol warmth
Rating: 4.25/5. “Double Cheeseburger Cavalry” uses citrus, hops, bitterness and warmth to create the exact combination I desire in a (double) IPA. It is brilliant and creates a beer that I could enjoy time and time again. An ever so slight increase in the citrus flavour could turn this beer into a perfect brew.
Football: I wasn’t convinced that England would break down the tough Swedish defence. England were impressive in this game; arguably the most impressive that they have been throughout this World Cup. England may have advanced into the semi-finals, but both these counties have two top breweries that have each produced an equally wonderful beer.