Brew Mountains ‘Outrageously Good’ IPA


51482168_1035215146662630_2545301579292999680_n“If you like the bitterness of a classic English style Indian Pale Ale and the huge hop aroma bursting with notes of citrus and tropical fruits of a West Coast IPA, you’ll love the English-Aussie-US Tryhybrid.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Deep burnished copper hue with a healthy two finger head. Good retention and excellent lace as it ebbs.

Aroma: Extremely malt-forward. It’s drenched with syrupy caramel, toffee, honey and butterscotch but saved by a fruity hop profile of mixed berries and stewed fruits. We’re getting lots of green off it too. that we mean green fruits like kiwifruit and honeydew, green herbs like spicy basil and green in the broadest sense – like botanicals and vines.

Flavour: It reminds us of their pale ale just with added body and a whole lot more hops thrown at it. Somewhat bogged down with its hefty malt bill though. The hop flavours are trying hard to cut through but all we really get is the bitterness. The stewed fruits and berries are poking around but no where near enough to carry in to the bitter sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, a little drying towards the back end. Mild co2 and medium body. The balance is completely out of step though.

Overall: It appears they have the same issue with the IPA which they had with the pale ale: too malt-heavy and not enough balance. The only difference is you can usually get away with it much easier when you can hide behind a 6.5% AbV. Sadly not up to scratch.