Bridge Road ‘NEeD #3’ Hazy IPA

Rating:

“The third beer in our new bi-monthly IPA series is a nod to the haze craze, with a Bridge Road twist. Pouring with a milky, golden glow in your glass, There‚Äôs huge aromas: Of stone fruit from the Idaho-7, some big floral notes courtesy of Loral and mega citrus feels courtesy of modern classic, Citra. The mouthfeel is soft and the finish is long and medium dry. Another winner from this series.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Hazy pastel yellow pour with a sturdy three finger head perched on top. Excellent retention and healthy lacing down the sides of the glass.

Aroma: It seems Idaho-7 is the latest hop craze. It has been used as a feature hop in numerous beers from the likes of Mr Banks, Pirate Life, Dainton and Blackman’s just to name a few. We’re getting orange citrus straight off the bat; mandarin, tangerine and zesty rind alongside yellow grapefruit, pine, spicy herbals, mild tropical fruits and florals. Quite a bready/doughy malt structure offering hints of white bread and oats. Solid.

Flavour: It comes on with a very unexpected West Coast style aggression. Pithy rind and yellow grapefruit couples up with sharp pine needle and a touch of mandarin which is kicked on by a fairly abrasive hop bitterness that hits hard at first, softens then slowly ascends again. Tasting a subtle touch of bready malt before the pithy citrus, pine and rind finish it all off.

Mouthfeel: Extremely bitter, dry and a little acrid. The 6.5% ABV only adds more bite to an already coarse texture. Medium body, mild-moderate Co2.

Overall: We’re struggling to grasp the concept of this beer. We’re totally open to new variants of IPA but labelling it a hazy and then delivering a charged up West Coast IPA is well… confusing. Maybe it’s a new thing?! Don’t know, we’re not totally sold on it if it is though.