A Bamse is a Teddy Bear.
I only know this because there’s a chocolate coated fudge sweet that I used to love when I was in Norway that was called Bamse.
Alefarm are Danish, but Bamse means the same pretty much throughout Scandinavia.
The thing is, as good a Double IPA as this is, Big Old Teddy Bear is not the right name, as it conjours up thoughts of something big and round and cuddly, not sharp and bitter and lip curling.
It’d be a fabulous name for a deep rich Imperial Stout, but instead this is a brilliant Double IPA.
There’s a soft caramel. brioche and honey malt, sticky and brown sugar sweet, it creates a super body over which the hops are stingingly bitter and dry, with lemon curd and lime zest, mown lawns and steely herbal leaves, all of which is pushed along by a big white rum booziness.
If this is a teddy bear then it’s a teddy bear with razor sharp claws.