Category Archives: IPA’s

Clown Shoes ‘Zen Garden’ NEIPA

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“Stack up enough work frustration, and even the Grim Reaper needs a peaceful retreat. Or even to quit his job and go on a craft beer journey! Grim’s Zen Garden is a much-needed escape from the grind. It’s time he overcame his existential crisis and achieved a long-sought state of Zen! We suggest that you seek your own inner peace in with this Double Dry Hopped New England India Pale Ale, flush with full-bodied, hazy flavor from a wheat and oat in the malt bill and a steady stream of hop additions.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Golden amber with medium haze. It forms a thumb of finely beaded foam which maintains its shape and works a healthy lace down the glass.

Aroma: Not quite the juice bomb we were anticipating but still jam packed with soft fleshy stonefruits and orange citrus. Fairly piney/resinous, sappy and tropical with a hint of grapefruit and or rind. Picking up some candied notes which seem to work in to the sweet malt profile. Not your conventional American NEIPA but it’s nice and well rounded.

Flavour: Good transition from the nose. Catching all the stonefruit and orange citrus overtones with the more subtle pine resin, grapefruit and unripened tropical fruit in the background. A bit of pithy rind through the mid leading to a sweet-ish finish full of acetic orange citrus, semi sweet malt and pine resin.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, creamy, finely carbonated, medium body. Hardly any bitterness and the 6.7% ABV is unbelievably well hidden.

Overall: So good to see Clown Shoes back on Aussie shelves. Smart move shifting in to 500ml cans too. As for the beer itself it’s not an amazing NEIPA but it definitely holds its own. Not bad.

White Bay ‘Embrace The Space’ IPA

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“In a world where we are constantly redefining the term “normal” and reality seems to exist on a plane of shifting sands; Embrace the Space is an IPA brewed for enjoyment in these socially distant times. Tune in, tune out, disconnect, reconnect, stockpile, deplete. Embrace the Space.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden amber complexion with a fluffy two finger crown. Good retention and healthy lacing down the glass.

Aroma: Fairly straight up and down – pine resin, grapefruit, orange peel, mandarin, candied lemon. Undertones of grass/vines, herbals, soft tropical fruits and a rather biscuity and nutty malt profile. It’s probably not going to win any awards but it’s clean and offers enough to chew on.

Flavour: More of the same basic Aussie IPA characters – inoffensive, mildly bodied and flavored. The standouts are toned down pine and grapefruit with muddled citrus and grassy hops in support. Biscuity type malts with a smooth fruity finish. Could do with a bit more length to be honest.

Mouthfeel: Probably its biggest strength – super smooth, a little creamy and medium bodied. Co2 is spot on. 6.5% ABV is very well concealed.

Overall: It won’t receive much hype but it’s still a well executed IPA. Very clean, sessional and moderate. It is slightly pedestrian though but then again the upside is it will appeal to the entry level IPA drinker. Not bad.

Mountain Culture ‘Be Kind Rewind’ NEIPA

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“Our brewery is housed in what was one of the last Civic Video stores left in the country before it shut its doors in 2017. Its message was always Be Kind Rewind and never has that simple ode been more relevant than now. As for the beer, we brewed this to be big and juicy in the hope that it will take you on a tropical excursion without you having to leave your home.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Turbid mustard yellow with a thumb of tightly packed foam perched on top. Good retention and healthy lace down the glass.

Aroma: We think Aussie breweries are finally starting to grasp the concept of NEIPAs. This aroma is almost perfect…tonnes of stonefruit and creamy orange citrus, frosty fruits, substantial amount of white bready dryness, tropical fruits, mild grapefruit/rind, herbal spice and white pepper. There’s gotta be rolled oats in the grain bill coz the overall smoothness and porridge-like notes coming through are strong. Excellent.

Flavour: This is where it’s at! Kind of musty apricot and peach, frosty fruits, brekky juice concentrate, grapefruit, orange peel, herbal spice oats, white bread crust and a hint of tropical fruit i.e unripened pineapple and mango. It’s pretty much this smooth carriage of flavour through to the well balanced finish. Pretty good legs as well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth AF! Some chalkiness to it but we like that in NEIPAs. Medium body, finely carbonated. 7.3% ABV is incredibly well hidden.

Overall: MC have been killing it lately (well they’ve been killing it ever since they opened really). This is the feather in the hat though… absolutely superb interpretation. We’re catching up to the Yanks quick smart!

Alvarado Street Brewery ‘Amigo’s’ IPA

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“Delorean, Lamborghini….and now Isuzu. Amigo that is, 1992 to be exact. The next in our unofficial “car” series is dedicated to brewer Kevin Brown’s insanely radical ride. Elegant fermentation character, dank hops, heirloom floor malted British barley for body and balance.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Murky pastel yellow with a billowing four finger head which takes an age to reduce. The lacing is thick and blotchy as it recedes.

Aroma: Bursting with a gorgeous fusion of creamy orange citrus, juicy tropical fruit, peach, apricot, rockmelon, papaya, some delicate florals and herbs, sappy pine resin and lemongrass. Quite a yeasty little number too…accentuating the fruity characters and handing it a bit of extra personality. A fairly noticeable dry bready malt profile to fill it out. Nice.

Flavour: As smooth as a baby’s backside yet we’d have to admit the intensity that was there in aroma seems to have dropped off a little. Still, we’re picking up lots of orange citrus and stonefruit, subtle tropical fruit sweetness, florals and mild herbals. This dryness (either from the yeast or the malts) is here pretty much from start to the slightly pithy and citric finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy but too over carbonated. Quite light on with mild-moderate body. The 7% ABV is well behaved.

Overall: A rare strike out for ASB. Usually they can do no wrong but the lack of flavour and over carbonation is not doing it any favours. Pretty average stuff from a usually outstanding brewery.

Counter Culture’G3′ Double Hazy IPA

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“First there was the Original Pacific Ale, then The Prequel hazy IPA …

Now we’re shifting into third gear with G3, a hazy DIPA (7.6% alc/vol) brewed with the freshest Galaxy hops from Tasmania, pale malts and New England ale yeast, showcasing revved up tropical flavours with a dominant 72 IBU finish. In celebration of tradition and history that started with the Original Pacific Ale, G3 is a beer for looking back – and then at the road ahead.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Turbid pastel yellow with a soft orange tint. It forms a fairly sturdy head which retains and laced well.

Aroma: Holy moly the intensity was grossly unexpected! Proper juice bomb. Tropical fruits in abundance, sappy pine resin, herbal spice and pepper, apricot, tinned peach, frosty fruits and a dry white bready malt profile. We know the term “brekky juice” gets thrown around a lot but this is literally just boozy brekky juice. Phenomenal.

Flavour: Wow it’s much drier and chalky as opposed to the aroma. Still picking up lots of stewy stonefruit, apricot and peach skins with more accentuated peppery spice and hop bitterness. Damn it only improves too as the herbal spice, crusty malts frosty fruits and stonefruit all converge in the finish. Length for days too.

Mouthfeel: As stated before – dry, chalky and well rounded with discernible bitterness in the swallow. Medium body and Co2.

Overall: This is bloody impressive! We bang on about Bubble and Trubble being far out in front in terms of Aussie hazy’s but this would have to be on par. Good to see CC have bounced back after that last release.

Foghorn Brewery ‘Young Americans’ IPA

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“Mash hopped, first wort hopped, whirlpool hopped, fresh hop flowers in the hopback, dry hopped… You get the picture. All about the hops! US Simcoe & Citra and NZ Wakatu flowers… Enough malt to balance, hazy and unfiltered US Craft inspired hop juice. Dedicated to the late, great David Bowie. “All night! She wants the Young American”.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Golden amber with almost 100% clarity. It constructs a healthy two and bit finger head which retains and leaves a smattering of lace on the glass.

Aroma: Proper pine bomb! As any good WC IPA should it’s well supported by a big helping of mixed citrus (mostly grapefruit and orange rind) and unripened tropical fruits like pineapple and papaya. Subtle floral bouquet as well, fresh herbs/weedy notes and soft earthy-ness all rounded out by a semi sweet biscuity malt bill. Right on the money!

Flavour: She kicks off with a bit of aggression – warming booze and hop bitterness but she’s still full of Yakima Valley features i.e pine, grapefruit, pithy orange rind, weedy herbals and green onion. Even a hint of peach in here from our world renowned Galaxy hops. Again, nicely balanced by a semi sweet malt and punctuated with a dry and pithy citric bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean and slightly prickly. The 6.8% ABV is discernible but not overpowering. 85 IBU…and it shows. Medium body and Co2.

Overall: We’ve been huge fans of Shawn’s beers ever since we tried our first Murray’s beer all those years ago. It’s awesome to see him killing it in his own brewery in Newcastle. This is one of his best and tastes just as good from the can. Excellent IPA.

Mountain Culture ‘Back To Cali’ West Coast IPA

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“Throwing some citrus and pine from our Mountains line,
To supply some sunshine to our hill top scene,
And bringing the bitter back in the variety
Of the Notorious West Coast style type.
Might as well find some time to put up that Hollywood sign right up in lights on Mt Solitary.
‘Cause line upon line of Pacific hop bines,
Are added multiple times into its malty sea,
From the California Coast to MCBC.
Yeah, it ain’t just the yeast that’s gone Back to Cali!”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Bright amber with 100% clarity. It forms a sturdy two finger head which retains. Good lacing as we go.

Aroma: Back to Cali alright. Crisp and fresh notes of pine needle, grapefruit, citrus rind, lemongrass, apple juice, orange citrus and spicy resins but well grounded by a gritty and earthy caramel which adds a lovely line of sweetness. God dang it that’s good. Not quite on Korben D level but agonisingly close.

Flavour: It comes on with all of that West Coast goodness…crisp and zippy pine/resin, ripe grapefruit and mixed citrus, herbal spice, florals and white pepper. All kept in check by this gorgeous (yet well tempered) caramel malt sweetness. It finishes like any good West Coast IPA should – dry, bitter and grassy/piney with good length.

Mouthfeel: Crisp (there’s that word again!) Zingy and sharp but well balanced. Medium body and Co2. 7.6% ABV is spot on.

Overall: Love it love it love it! We just want to bathe in it if we can. MC need to make this part of their core range coz we’d be buying it in cartons. This is exactly how we want a WC IPA to be. The business!

Spencer Trappist ‘Monks’ IPA

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“Our slightly hazy IPA made in small batches each month to ensure freshness. It is brewed with Citra, Mosaic, Amarillo, and Simcoe hops. It is a very drinkable IPA at only 30 IBUs.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Golden amber with a soft haze. Healthy two finger head which retains and makes a mess of the glass as it subsides.

Aroma: Not what we were expecting! Coming from a Trappist brewery we were thinking old world style with Euro hops but no it’s the opposite…jam packed with orange citrus, ruby grapefruit, tropical and stone fruits, dank and weedy herbals, pine resin, light florals and pithy citrus rind. Bit of a sticky semi sweet malt structure. Pleasantly surprised.

Flavour: Much more malt-driven but a hop bitterness really develops. Still got a tonne of sweet and at times pithy orange citrus, pine resin and herbals with a touch of stewy stonefruit and tropical fruits here and there. Definitely pick up the sweet and almost syrupy malt profile but this aggressive bitterness really cleans it all up. Very bitter finish which lingers.

Mouthfeel: Dry and fairly bitter for 30 IBU. Medium body and Co2. 6.3% ABV is well placed.

Overall: Absolutely love the aroma but the balance in flavour is a little skewed. It’s a slight palate-wrecker in the end. Not a bad drop though.

Bear Republic ‘Further Thru The Haze’ Double IPA

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Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Hazy golden amber with a sturdy two finger head. It holds its shape and weaves a fine lace down the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Citrus-forward with heady notes of ruby grapefruit and lemon drops. Also picking up strong hints of honeydew melon and fresh pine needles. It’s awesome to see our very own Vic Secret hops play a role in the aroma with its classic passion fruit, piney/herbal and mild tropical fruit accents.

Flavour: More or less the same as the aroma – grapefruit, lemon (fresh and candied), pine needle, melon, shallot, tropical fruits and sweet orange citrus i.e blood orange and tangerine. The wheaty grains and oats come through a lot more with its kind of creamy and dry profile. Mildly dry finish with citrus and pine drawing out.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, silky, a touch dry. Medium body and Co2. The 8% ABV makes it dangerously sessional.

Overall: Kind of like a hazy West Coast IPA. To be honest we were expecting a bit more (after visiting the Rohnert Park brewhouse and tasting their whole range) we know what they’re capable of. They have better offerings that’s for sure.

Molly Rose ‘Beaming’ IPA

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ABV: 5.7%

“Everyone starts smiling when the sun comes out. We think that this refreshing IPA with Mosaic and Amarillo will match your grin.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Light golden complexion with a thumb of well maintained head atop. Good retention and lace work as it ebbs.

Aroma: Nice little fruit basket thing going on but nothing overly exciting. Mostly centered around the orange citrus i.e orange, tangerine, mandarin etc but also carrying subtle hints of pine, grassy/herbal notes, light florals and mild stonefruits. Something a little candied in here too…musk maybe?

Flavour: If we had to choose we’d say it’s leaning more on the West Coast side but with the typical Aussie subtlety. Restrained grapefruit, lemon and pine to the fore…grassy notes in support. More mixed citrus through the middle, adding a bit of pithy bitterness to the fray before a dry, grassy and citrusy finish pulls up a bit short.

Mouthfeel: Fairly inoffensive. Smooth and well balanced with gentle bitterness in the swallow. Moderate body and Co2. 5.7% ABV is well hidden.

Overall: We don’t want to be harsh critics but it is very meh. Definitely ticks the sessional box. Although the booze could creep up on you if one wasn’t careful. Not bad just too pedestrian for us.

Mountain Culture ‘Hill People – Milk’ Oat Cream NEIPA

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“For this indulgent New England Oat Cream IPA, DJ threw on his tattered corduroy overalls at the crack of dawn and trekked down the picturesque hills to the milking shed to work the teats of our fresh Sabro hops for every last drop of fresh citrus and coconutty goodness. The addition of lactose to the boil provides a velvety mouthfeel for that extra bit of Hill People luxury. A gift from our hills to you – you may never go back to regular milk again!”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Hazy pastel yellow/orange with a thumb of fluffy white foam atop. Retains well with good lace as we go.

Aroma: Real zesty little number. Lots of tangy citrus, lemon and lime, spice, pine resins and that subtle yet gorgeous touch of coconut/vanilla from those uber cool Sabro hops. Definitely has the juice factor (frosty fruits) and has a rather heady note of pepper too. Dry, bready and oaty malt structure to fill it all out. Diggin it.

Flavour: Picking up a lot more of the creamy oats and lactose on entry. It works as an excellent counter balance to the zesty citrus, peppery spice and pine resins. Some juicy stonefruit sweetness through the mid leading in to a slightly pithy finish which offers up stonefruit and yeast-driven alcohols.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, slightly chalky and coats the whole palate nicely. Medium body and Co2. 6.8% ABV shows up here and there.

Overall: MC have been brewing a lot of top shelf beer lately…this one, although good, doesn’t seem to have the finesse of others like Status Quo or the double red IPA. Ah well, can’t win em all hey?!

Breakside ‘Tastes Like Vinyl Sounds’ IPA

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“Our Flagship Beer. A Distinctive Interpretation of a Northwest Classic. Breakside’s most popular offering is this beautifully clear India Pale Ale featuring the unique character of Citra and Chinook hops.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Bright amber with full clarity. You could literally read a book through the beer. Love it! Nice two and bit finger head which holds up and makes a mess of the glass as we go.

Aroma: Oh my goodness that is pure West Coast IPA! It would almost give Pliny a run for its money. So clean and piney, totally dominated by citrus (grapefruit, lemon/lime, mandarin and orange/rind). As it settles we’re picking up stonefruits like rockmelon, peach and green mango alongside guava and a semi sweet malt structure. Mind blown!

Flavour: She’s got all you could want in a top shelf West Coast IPA – bitter grapefruit, pine, orange peel, white pepper, tangerine and what could pass as pure myrcene aka dank weed and or hop oils. Gets mad pithy mid way which sets up for a tidy finish full of grapefruit, orange peel and herbal spice. The legs on it are incredible too.

Mouthfeel: Zippy, sharp and dry with a hefty 73 IBU. Co2 is spot on. Mild-medium body. 6.2% ABV is intermittent.

Overall: We just want to declare how much we’re loving this resurgence of the filtered, crisp and palate-wrecking West Coast IPA. Especially when they’re this good!

Reckless Brewing Summer IPA

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91768076_1339592352891573_3210879149187006464_o“This Summer IPA is filled to the brim with Mosaic and Galaxy Hops. It’s perfectly suited to a Summer’s afternoon spent with mates. This is a limited release so enjoy sooner rather than later!”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Light pastel orange with two fingers of loosely held foam atop. It slowly deconstructs and leaves blotchy patches of lace in its wake.

Aroma: Proper Mosaic bomb…tonnes of mango, pineapple, pine needle, yellow grapefruit, orange peel, peach and papaya. There’s a bit of a dank-ness to it which we’re really digging. Ripe fleshy stonefruits are opening up as it settles along with passion fruit, paw paw and the doughy malt backbone. Surprisingly bigger than we were expecting.

Flavour: The stewy, fleshy stonefruits come on strong i.e paw paw, rockmelon, papaya. Pine needles, dank herbs and orange citrus jump on board midway. Some pithy citric acidity can’t curtail a 2nd wave of sweet stonefruits which roll in to a somewhat heavier than expected finish with a nice dry bitterness to help even the keel.

Mouthfeel: Pretty decent weight for a “summer IPA”. Slightly sticky but ultimately smooth in texture with a mild bitterness developing late. Medium body. 6.5% ABV pretty well negotiated.

Overall: They should drop the Summer IPA tag and just leave it as their standard IPA. There’s more than enough density (and booze) for this to be drunk all year round. Pretty damn impressive.

 

Reckless Brewing Red IPA

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91195423_1337770366407105_4208489752992677888_o“Our Red IPA is bursting with flavour. Full of Mosaic and Citra hops, it perfectly intertwines with a full malty base. Best enjoyed with mates round a campfire.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Beautiful deep amber with crimson hues. It builds a thumb of sturdy khaki head which holds its shape pretty well. Good lacing as we go.

Aroma: Like a coke addict, one sniff and we’re hooked! That alluring caramel sweetness is so so satisfying. On top of that is a gorgeous hint of toffee apple, nutty maple and honey. Then there’s the balancing influence of the hops which yield a neat little fusion of tropical fruits, slightly dank herbs, eucalyptus and sappy pine resin. When this style is executed properly (like this) it is so damn good.

Flavour: There’s a subtle switch of dominance which we’re loving. The hops win the battle and bring their citrusy, piney and mildly sweet fruity characters to the forefront. That delicious caramel malt sweetness isn’t far behind though, coming straight through and pulling the hops in to line. This tussle goes back and forth until it eventually fades off the palate.

Mouthfeel: Kinda sticky but dry in the swallow. Medium body, perfect carbonation. 6.5% ABV also right on the money.

Overall: Practically faultless. Love, love, love how the malts dominate the aroma but the hops dominate the flavour. The balance is pitch perfect and it’s well rounded in the mouth. They’re on a winner here!

 

Mountain Culture Double Red IPA

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90649387_1335682476615894_6724033479576649728_o“Double dry hopped with an all-star cast of American hops, this beer is bursting with flavour and more tropical fruits than Carmen Miranda’s hat.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Crimson red with a refreshing transparency. Lightly tanned head swelling to two fingers before retracting and settling to a decent overlay. Nice wavy lace as it ebbs.

Aroma: Definitely malt driven. Lots of lightly burned toffee and old leather chair with a punchy citrus cutting through and bringing notes of pithy orange peel, juicy blood orange and caramelised pear. Lots of nutty undertones with that classic touch of toasty malt and sappy pine resin. Bloody ripper!

Flavour: Absolutely jam packed with toffee and burnt caramel, toast and nutty malts but the counter from the hops is what brings this beer to life. The perfect amount of acidic citrus (grapefruit, orange peel) and pine slicing right through those sweet and toasty malts. It all leads in to a dry yet sweet and bitter finish which goes for days.

Mouthfeel: Slick but dry and assertive in the swallow. The 8% ABV is dangerously well concealed. Medium-full body.

Overall: Definitely has traits of the original Former Tenant. That aside it’s a damn fine red IPA, especially with the booze so well hidden. Solid offering.

Pizza Port ‘Kook’ Double IPA

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90435891_1335208889996586_5687079394791653376_o“Exuberant tropical fruit aroma leads to juicy grapefruit, pineapple and citrus flavors. This beer is a prime example of a San Diego IPA with pale straw color, restrained malt character, a bone dry finish, and loads of hops from first wort to dry hop.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Amber to orange with a very mild haze. It forms a healthy two finger head which holds up well. Lovely thick lacing seen as we imbibe.

Aroma: Proper old-school WC IPA with its dank pine resins, ruby grapefruit, herbal spice, unripened tropical fruits i.e pineapple, mango and supported by interesting hints of red grapes and pomegranate (?). Something kind of sweet in here it’s almost like lemon meringue or sweet lemon tart. Well it started off as a traditional WC IPA but picked up some rather unique scents by the end.

Flavour: Well we can say this with certainty – the flavour profile is 100% West Coast. Nice pithy bitterness upfront followed by grapefruit, pine resin, orange citrus, spicy florals, candied lemon and hints of spring onion. It holds a pretty discernible doughy/bready malt structure which balances the intensity of the hops. Classic West Coast finish – bitter, dry, boozy and aggressive.

Mouthfeel: Sharp, oily and assertive. 8.5% pretty notable at times. Medium body. Co2 is spot on.

Overall: It’s no Pliny but it’s still a pretty damn fine representation of the style – big and brash with that classic aggression that almost wrecks the poor old palate. It’s not perfect but we still respect it.

Mountain Culture ‘Cult Juice’ Hazy IPA

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87363762_1321361418048000_921685134019657728_o“An intoxicating blend of juicy hops with a soft body, it might brainwash you into selling everything you own, growing a ponytail and start a drumming circle just for another can.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Kind of light pastel orange with reasonable haze. A thumb of loosely packed foam is perched on top which weaves a healthy lace down the glass.

Aroma: Probably one of the most potent aromas going around. We were getting strong wafts as the glass sat idle on the table. Under the nose it’s x100! Massive waves of juicy tropical fruits, melon, stonefruits and citrus. Some herbal spice, dank pine resin and a doughy/white bready malt structure at the base. Not bad. Not bad at all!

Flavour: Tastes fresh AF! Packaged on 2/1/20 and it shows! Big juicy notes of tropical fruit i.e guava, pineapple, rockmelon, papaya, green mango, lychee and peach. Plenty of dank too…sappy resin, herbal spice, pine with a flutter of doughy malt peeking through but it’s the hop show and it finishes just like that.

Mouthfeel: Nice density to it. Kind of creamy with a mild dryness. Medium body and Co2. 7.2% ABV pretty well concealed.

Overall: Like 95% of Australian hazy’s… it’s not bad but it just doesn’t have the depth and consistency we’re after. Don’t get us wrong it ain’t bad but when the first NEIPA’s you try are from Monkish and Treehouse it sets the bar pretty high. Maybe too bloody high!

 

Ocean Beach Brewing ‘Hazy Pineapple IPA’

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imageGlassware: poured into a shaker glass.

Appearance: hazy, yellow cloudy apple juice with a 10mm max sudsy but light white head that drops away over 30 secs leaving a rim of soap like residue. Very faint small carbonation coming up the outside of the glass.

Aroma: definite whiffs of pineapple, melon, pine/splice, alongside citrus like some grapefruit and lemon. Has a grassy /herbal touch. Slight booze aroma.

Flavour: we now get more grains on the palate. Soft caramels but not too cloying. The grapefruit certainly is there, with orange and some mild lemon, alongside sweet pineapple, some papaya, spice. Definitely a mix of tropical and citrus with some pine and sugar.

Mouthfeel: we note the Alc vol of this brew sits at a very smashable 6% and it’s well blended. Bitterness is low to medium with mild spice tingle at the backend. Medium body. Carbonation is low also. Certainly has a drying effect of the palate…double dry hopped here using Azzaca and Cashmere hops. As the can says..it’s a well rounded mouthfeel and each sips goes down well.

Overall: it’s a nice drop. Is it amazing? No. We get the pineapple and at least it’s hazy looking. We can say it’s better than some of the other efforts from this brewery. We would have again if we need to.

Pizza Port ‘Ponto’ Sessionable IPA

Rating:
89356870_1321237734727035_7290785569976614912_o“Named after the southernmost beach and surf break in Carlsbad, Ponto truly embodies the spirit of the southern California lifestyle. Refreshingly light in body and low in ABV, there is certainly no sacrifice in hop character with this sessionable IPA. With a hefty dose of American and New Zealand hops, this beer is bright and filled with hints of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit. Rumored to be a favorite among the disc-golf community, this beer is the perfect accompaniment to any outdoor activity.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Bright gold with a pale yellow hue. It forms a healthy two and a bit finger head which hangs around and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Oh man it has that classic West coast IPA nose. Dirty big pine bomb with bucket loads of Citra hops that yield lemon drops, yellow grapefruit, eucalyptus, citrus rind and the faintest hint of ginger. There’s actually quite a prominent malt profile – grainy, earthy and semi sweet. Great stuff. The balance is dead set spot on.

Flavour: She drinks like a highly charged IPA just without the hangover the next day. Crammed full of old school ‘C’ hops – piney, dank, grassy, pithy citrus, spicy herbs/tea leaf, lemongrass and green mango. Again, a decent malt bill throws in a mix of semi sweet grains and earthy husks to balance. Nice crisp finish with plenty of pine and citric bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light on yet it holds up nicely. Mild-moderate body. Perfect Co2. 4.5% ABV. Nailed it.

Overall: Gotta love how the yanks consider 4.5% ABV as sessional. In Australia we call that full strength! Then they whack it in 500ml tinnies for good measure! Jokes aside this was a corker of a session IPA.. crushable yet full flavoured. Solid stuff.

Piha beer ‘Endless Summer’ Double Hazy IPA

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87262416_1320154364835372_1567707777944518656_o“Endless Summer is our contribution to the haze craze. A juicy double hazy IPA.”

Glassware: IPA
Appearance: Hazy golden orange with two fingers of loosely packed foam atop. It reduced steadily and posts blotchy lace on its way down.

Aroma: Real fruit salad kind of affair. Loads of stanky stone fruit i.e ripe rockmelon, papaya, mango, peach, maybe a hint of apricot. Plenty of grapefruit, orange and mandarin for good measure. Just the slightest touch of frosty fruits and or mild juice concentrate but it’s very well infused. Nice and clean malt profile to it. Bloody ripper of an aroma.

Flavour: Those dominant stonefruits certainly carry through from the nose. Soft fleshy papaya/paw paw, rockmelon, mango and guava with massive support from the citrus element – predominantly grapefruit and orange…maybe a hint of tangerine. Pine resin, peppery spice and pithy bitterness sets up a dry and warming finish which goes for days.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely tempered and a little creamy in texture. The 8.4% ABV is very well hidden.

Overall: This is our first entry for this new Kiwi brewery. Pretty damn impressive way to get things started – it’s juicy, fruity, it’s got delicate bitterness and warmth. Great mouthfeel. Just so well balanced! Two thumbs up.