Bridge Road ‘NEED #10’ Oat Cream IPA


“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.”

Glassware: IPA.

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.