My bottle(s) of Islena come from my sister-in-law, Jess – who always seems to bring a welcome couple with her whenever she comes to visit. She lives in Ibiza full-time; and as far as I can fathom is loving it like that* 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
First off – the bottle. It’s made of aluminium yet it is still a crown capped bottle, could this be the way to get around the UK drinkers dislike of cans? I’m willing to bet that someone will start whacking craft beer into bottles like this soon. It’s a sure fire winner as far as I’m concerned.
As it states on the website: this is the beer of Ibiza and Ibiza is lucky to have it as it’s a fairly respectable drop – especially when drunk in context: i.e. coolish and in baking weather.
Straw gold it’s a pretty little drop and the aroma is honeyed and enticing. There’s some background malt and minerals – but mainly it reminds me of Ron Miel (Honey Rum) and this is good.
The taste is sweet and refreshing, with a little fruitiness that rides atop it. The after-taste is surprisingly long-lasting and is all malt and refreshing sweetness with a tiny touch of bitter on the back edge.
This is NOT a Euro lager, this is a decent beer indeed. Well done to Ibiza for their local beer…