“We’re rolling out the heavy artillery, prepare to be shot out of a cannon into a glorious punch bowl of tropical hoppiness. This juicy, hazy IPA launches a double calibre payload of malty hoppy ammo.”
Glassware: IPA glass.
Appearance: Lovely bright pastel orange with a heavy haze. The pour whips up a frothy two finger head which holds up nicely. Tonnes of lace strewn down the glass as we imbibe.
Aroma: We cop a fistful of tropical fruity hops at first meet. Proper fruit salad here… pineapple, orange, mango, melon, grapefruit, guava, paw paw, apple and lychee. Getting more of those stinky/stewy notes synonymous with ripe papaya as it settles in. Quite a sweet and doughy malt structure. Must have been a huge dry hop though as it seriously wafting out!
Flavour: Heavy on the stewed fruits like paw paw, melon, canned peaches and pear/apple. Still plenty of sweet tropical notes from pineapple and mango to lychee and guava getting amongst it. Some grapefruit and pine as well as it finishes on a dry, mildly bitter and grassy finish.
Mouthfeel: Quite full, creamy and reasonably smooth. Subtle bitterness in the swallow with the 7.7% ABV tucked away pretty well.
Overall: In our view 8 Wired brew much better West Coast IPA’s…the conductor series being perfect examples. Although this is decent enough it’s a bit too stewy and heavy on the ripened fleshy stonefruit. Not a bad drop just not really for us.