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Beer – #727 – To Øl – Baltic Frontier Seabuckthorn IPA

This took my eye in the shop, because short name: To Øl, just how do you pronounce that? And,  I had no idea what kind of beer it was really, but what’ the worst that can happen?

“Superb sour juniper berry with salty sea buckthorn and a dry hoppy finish!”

330ml bottle contains a beer of 6.5% ABV and 1.7 standard drinks, that would be 195 calories!

For To Øl this is Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij  and because e the stuff added it is in the style that would be a  Fruit Beer, brewed in Belgium, brewer is from Copenhagen N, Denmark

confused man holds Danish belgian ipa fruit beer

confused man holds Danish belgian ipa fruit beer

This puppy is an IPA beaten with juniper berries and sea-buckthorn and trashed with hops.

It is a celebration of a potent beer culture shared between scandinavia and the baltic region.

Ingredients: Water, Malt, Seabuckthorn, Hops (Centennial, Columbus and Cluster), Juniper Berries and Yeast.

So, what could possibly go wrong? Note I got out the smallest glass to make this appear a bigger beer, I have no idea why, a bit like buying this beer, it’s all a bit odd.

From the aroma you’d pick this as a straight up and down hoppy type of beer, if anything there is a little sugary sweetness to the aroma.

Pour is a very hazy orange and there was a head that faded to a thin film. Aroma is still of hops.

Here goes…. and even prepared that it a surprise.

To Øl - Baltic Frontier SeabuckthornIt isn’t sour or tart, except that it is both sour and tart, and almost salty to the taste. An odd and at-odds beer flavouring which is also oddly quite compelling. I have no idea if I’m coming or going.

Settling down and you can notice that the tartness is from the Juniper, because it’s a similar taste to a Gin, but also there is a fruit like sweetness underneath it.

Then after that initial shock and drama there is nothing more. You get a slightly sour tart beer with a light body, and a disappointing aspect.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 of its things from the thing. Sometimes these things go really well and are a bit of revelation.  Whilst I think that this a disappointing drink of beer it isn’t quirky (Aside the things noted) and is quite polite in its disappointment.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? my local Liquorland, Forrest Hill, where they have a shed load of craft beers and a brilliant buyer.   
  • Am I enjoying it? Not really my thing, no.
  • Would I have another? No, bit of a mistake the small glass, as it fills three times .
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I’m sure their other beers are more mainstream efforts, this one might just be too quirky to be a regular thing. There are better sour tart beers to have.

Music for this : ” Tiger Waves ” and ” Tippy Beach ” on Spotify  They’re from Austin, Texas, and are a bit Cosmic Surf-Rock, Freak Pop, Adult Contemporary Jazz, New-New-Wave


Any ale or lager made with fruit. See beer description for flavor. Body, color, hop character and strength vary depending on the type of fruit used.


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