“A classic hop combo of Citra and Mosaic with some cheeky Sabro CRYO bringing the coconut flare. An intense new world hop aroma is artfully balanced with some oat-lead creaminess, a smidge of lactose and soft bitterness on this finish.”
Appearance: Deep golden orange complexion with a good murky-ness to it. It forms a loosely packed yet well retained two and a half finger head which leaves a total mess on the glass as it ebbs.
Aroma: Big characters on this one. Plenty of depth as well. Tonnes of sweet and tangy citrus – orange, tangerine, mandarin, ruby grapefruit etc. Fleshy and nectary fruits like mango, peach and pineapple. Getting wafts of pine, earthy spice and herbaceous notes, dried coconut, a fleeting hint of blueberry/unripened strawberry and a savoury oat creaminess filling it out.
Flavour: Somewhat difficult to say which fruit profile is standing out more. It’s all very direct and flavoursome but it’s coming off more like a fruit salad here. The sweet and fleshy tropical fruits are edging forward midway and the smooth oat creaminess adding some grainy/earthy tones. Subtle bubblegum, grapefruit and pine being thrown about as it finishes smooth, dry and fruity.
Mouthfeel: Soft creamy texture with fine carbonation. The 7% ABV is well concealed and the medium-ish body adds some substance.
Overall: It’s a bittersweet review this one as Bridge Road have announced this as the 10th and final release in the ‘Need’ series. It has been a fun series to review and the upside is they certainly finished with a bang. Solid hazy here.