Appearance: Hazy pastel orange pour topped off by a finger of fluffy white foam. The head holds its shape nicely and weaves a fine lace down the glass.
Aroma: Definitely a strong fruit salad presence – mixed citrus, stonefruits, berries, tropical fruits etc. Tart funky white grape/chardonnay quality from Nelson Sauvin also coming through. Pine, dank weedy-ness and evergreen, even a hint of lemongrass and fennel. The malt bill offers a bit of crusty white bread but it’s really all about those hops! Superb.
Flavour: Almost better than the aroma! And that rarely happens! It opens with a burst of soft fleshy stonefruit i.e rockmelon, papaya, peach, maybe a hint of apricot creeping in. Dank herbs/weed, pine resins, lemongrass and mixed citrus cutting a nice line through and then stretching in to the ultra smooth and creamy finish with a flutter of pithy orange peel on the back end.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, chalky, nicely aerated Co2. Medium body. 8% ABV…very well concealed. Dangerously crushable for its size.
Overall: Can’t ask for too much more really. This is our 2nd entry for ASB and both have been world class. The Countach probably pips this at the post…not a lot between it though. Absolute cracker of a hazy.