“The latest instalment of our bi-monthly IPA series is here and
sees us exploring the possibilities and influence of Cryo hops.”
Appearance: Golden orange complexion with a moderate haze. It forms two fingers of foamy off white head which gradually peels off. Nice wavy lace is strewn down the glass as we hook in.
Aroma: There has certainly been some gimmicky hop techniques and acronyms in recent years but we must admit we’re really enjoying this cutting edge cryo revolution. We’ll take the Ekuanot hops as an example. Standard Ekuanot displays tonnes of citrus, melon, herbs and peppery spice (which is on show quite nicely here) but the cryo version adds this certain intense resin and sharp pine quality which is really cool!
Flavour: Interesting. That impact that the cryo has which we were just talking about takes a back seat and lets the classic stonefruits, melon, citrus/rind and tropical fruit do its thing initially. Then it kicks into 5th gear midway with its oily, resinous and pure lupulin characters. Resin, sap and pine take over and surge into the sharp but well tempered and fruity finish.
Mouthfeel: Super smooth and creamy. A touch of bitterness tails in late. Medium body, finely carbonated and the 6.5% ABV is well hidden.
Overall: One of the better Hazy’s to come out of this brewery. We’ve been critical of their Hazy’s in the past (coz let’s be honest BR are much better known for their quality West Coast IPA’s) so it’s good to see them come to the table with this one. Decent.