Category Archives: IPA’s

Ringwood Brewery ‘Circadian’ Session IPA

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“Circadian means a pattern recurring naturally on a twenty-four-hour cycle. At Ringwood we felt that it would be the perfect name for our new ‘Every day IPA’. To give circadian the full flavour of an IPA while keeping the ABV to a sessionable 4.5% we used a total of 5 exotic hops! We recommend Circadian is best enjoyed with a spicy curry and good company.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Bright amber and as clear as day! It forms two fingers of sturdy white head which holds up well. It posts thick and sudsy rings down the glass.

Aroma: To be honest it doesn’t smell at all English. If we were to guess our first thoughts would be an Australian IPA as we reckon our IPA’s fall somewhere between the malt-forward English version and the hop-charged American ones. It’s obviously crammed full of American hops as we’re copping a tonne of pine and candied citrus, mild tropical fruit and spice. As it warms the rich and sweet malts really come in to play. A little unorthodox but we like it.

Flavour: A little lackluster unfortunately. The hop bitterness is here but the actual hop flavour is rather muted. The BB date is 30/6/21 so it is quite old but then again English IPA’s age better than all their other counterparts. After a few more swigs we do pick up subtle pine, citrus, a bit of resin and evergreen along with a somewhat dry and earthy malt profile but that’s about it.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, slightly dry and well rounded. Nice vibrant Co2, medium body. Only 4.5% ABV so they’ve done well to cram all that in.

Overall: Well this is about as American as an English IPA can get. We’ll admit it was a pleasant surprise but it’s a shame it tastes a little tired. We’d love to try it again fresh.

Bridge Road “NEeD #2′ West Coast IPA

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“The second beer in our new bi-monthly IPA series is a nod to the old school, with a Bridge Road twist. A luminous copper colour in the glass, the aromas are of pineapple, citrus + pine. Some grapefruit earthiness on the palate, makes way for a firm lingering bitterness and a hint of malt sweetness on the finish. It’s lean, mean, dank and ready to be drank.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Bold amber with practically 100% clarity. It forms a sturdy two finger head that maintains its shape nicely. Healthy lace as we go.

Aroma: Jeez this has top shelf old skool west coast IPA written all over it. The first whiff yields dank piney resins and weed, mixed tropical fruits like pineapple, lychee, passionfruit and melon, earthy orange citrus and ruby grapefruit, florals/blossom herbals and a kinda spicy and stewy note which reminds us of the IPA’s of yesteryear. Tight AF!

Flavour: Dead set spot on. Aggressive yet well tempered. It comes on with all of that dank, resiny goodness, pine and weedy herbals then in to the pithy citrus and rind. We noticed this on the nose and were too caught up in the hop profile but it has an excellent caramel malt base which fills it out nicely. Tropical fruits tailing in late before a sharp, piney and herbaceous finish.

Mouthfeel: Chewy initially then it completely dries out post swallow. Medium body, IBU would have to sit around the 60 mark. Low-moderate CO2. 6.9% ABV reveals itself here and there.

Overall: This would have to be the best beer to come out of Bridge Road for years! It’s pin point for the style…big and aggressive yet well balanced and palatable. Kudos to the brewing team for this one. Superb.

Marston’s ‘Old Empire’ IPA

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“A memorable and deceptively easy drinking IPA. This is an authentic recreation of the beer style created for, and enjoyed throughout the Empire. Goldings, Fuggles and American Cascade hops combine to give a crisp, citrus hops aroma with a balanced bittersweet finish,”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Amber with a mild haze. It constructs a rocky two finger head which gradually peels off and leaves an absolute mess on the glass.

Aroma: Straight up English IPA. There’s a solid base of semi sweet and lightly roasted malts for the orange citrus-driven and grassy/herbal hops to work off. Definitely some floral and spicy aspects along with that somewhat earthy, cedar-like character that’s synonymous with English ale. Just a hint of funky English yeast cutting through as well.

Flavour: We’re seeing the age old battle between malt and hops play out here. Earthy, citrusy and herbal/grassy hops seem to take control but the toasty and semi sweet malts immediately pull them back into line. Also getting a dry, spicy and grainy flavour which forms a big chunk of the finish…which really goes the distance.

Mouthfeel: Very well rounded. Slightly chewy yet crisp and a little dry. Perfectly carbonated. The 5.7% ABV is right on the money as well.

Overall: This style has to resurface again at some point. There’s too much to like about it for it not to. The precise balance, the light and crushable yet kinda complex nature of it. We want to see more new world English IPA!

Counter Culture ‘Holy Grain’ Honey Toasted Hazy IPA

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Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Bright golden complexion with little haze. It forms two fingers of fluffy and well retained head which goes the distance. A nice smattering of lace decorates the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: For a rather light aroma there’s surprisingly good depth. It kicks off with a hint of hop oil and pine needle then it’s quickly chased by a mix of stonefruit and passionfruit, dried coconut, creamy oats, vanilla, wholemeal toast and semi sweet honey. Buried a little deeper are the hallmark hazy characters i.e frosty fruits, brekky juice/concentrate, paw paw, papaya etc. We haven’t been digging Sabro lately but we dig it here.

Flavour: Sweet and creamy upfront with the Sabro front and center. Coconut, vanilla, oat cream, sweet orange citrus and stonefruit. Toasted grains and subtle honey sweetness add an interesting, albeit subtle, element. Even more so when it meets the juicy and citrusy notes late in the piece. She really dries out in the finish and carries piney, citrusy and creamy notes for days.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy, creamy and aerated. Quite light on actually. Mild-medium body. 6.2% ABV is well positioned.

Overall: We can say with certainty that this new release blows Earl Of Swirl out of the water. It’s fun and well structured. Good beer.

Garage Project ‘Excessive Machine’ Triple Hazy IPA

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“Take a trip to the outer limits. Excessive Machine, a huge hazy orgy of excess, where too much is barely enough. Brewed with unreasonable quantities of malt, jacked up on brewer’s sugar, then triple dry hopped with exorbitant amounts of Mosaic, Simcoe and Strata creating opulent layers of juicy tropical fruit, pineapple and passionfruit laced with dank resinous notes. Nothing succeeds like excess.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Hazy pastel orange with pastel yellow highlights. Nice thick haze going on. Two fingers of well retained head creates a fine lace down the glass.

Aroma: Oh wowsers it’s like a big boozy fruit salad.. the fruit profile coming off it is intense! Tonnes of pine resin and weedy herbals, dried coconut, peppery spice, juice concentrate, frosty fruits, mixed berries and one last thing we can’t quite our finger on. It’s best described as dank!! Just all sorts of danky goodness.

Flavour: Like a mirror image of the aroma: ripe and fleshy stone fruit, citrus, pineapple, guava, passionfruit, dank weedy herbals and pine. Some malt sweetness showing up too…really magnifies the sweet tropical fruits and subtle candy notes. The fruit salad character surges in to the slightly dry and pithy finish and hangs around for days!

Mouthfeel: Dense, smooth, chewy and luxurious. Medium-full body, mild-moderate CO2. The 10.2% ABV provides a bit of warmth but it’s generally well behaved for its size.

Overall: That’s a big (and we mean big!) statement from GP. Our only criticism would be that it borders on a cloying sweetness but in summary it’s a dangerously drinkable beast that’s sure to put hairs on your chest.

BrewHeart ‘Haze Jones’ DDH IPA

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“This one is for all slaves to the hops. Loaded with insane amounts of HBC-692 (Talus?), Citra and Mosaic. Crack one open and listen to Grace Jones.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Light golden amber with a faint haze. It forms a humongous four finger head which takes an eternity to reduce. Once it does it leaves a smattering of lace on the glass.

Aroma: Interesting to say the least. We keep picking up a subtle hint of smoky bacon but it fades away as it settles. Bizarre. That’s not before the initial wafts of soft tropical fruits, weedy herbals, candied lemon, ginger, citronella and yellow grapefruit. Hardly a hint of malt in sight! Maybe a flutter of wheat grains/hay but that’s it.

Flavour: It’s mostly centred around this slightly artificial candied lemon character which gets a little cloying we must admit. It’s flanked by yellow grapefruit, sticky pine resin and weed/herbals. A touch of wheat grains coming through before an oily finish with herbals and warming booze in the tail.

Mouthfeel: A little sharp and prickly, oily, mild-medium body. Spritzy Co2. The 8.2% ABV shows a little but it’s fairly well behaved.

Overall: Not liking this emphasis on the candied lemon quality, it gets a bit much by the end. It’s also a little unbalanced and puckering as well. This was our first crack at this German brewery and it’s most likely our last.

Resin ‘Olfaction’ NEIPA

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“Hazy,Juicy NEIPA. Nothing, but malt, water, yeast and hops!!”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Hazy sandy golden pour with a thumb of loosely packed foam atop. The head gradually peels off and forms a halo with patchy lace as we go.

Aroma: It’s certainly not short of the brekky juicy character but what we’re loving the most is the dry and kinda spicy oats which give it this almost chalky quality. Delicate hints of frosty fruits, mixed berries, unripened pineapple, rockmelon and guava. The fruit salad is really emphasised as it settles. Liking the subtle touch of vanilla and or lactose too. Really solid nose.

Flavour: Good transition. It opens with a nice dose of brekky juice with that oaty/chalky dryness on the flank. Slightly dank resin and pine, herbals, fleshy stone fruit, mixed citrus, vanilla and frosty fruits also getting a good look in. Really dries out late in the piece and finishes chalky and spicy with good length.

Mouthfeel: Dry, chalky, a little creamy. Mild-moderate body. Finely carbonated. 6% ABV is nicely positioned.

Overall: A pretty damn fine NEIPA for this relatively new brewery. Somewhat of a local for one of us hopheads! Solid way to kick off proceedings… we’ll be very keen to try the rest of the range.

Moo Brew IPA

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“We said we’d never make an IPA, because Moo Brew (and Moorilla) owner David Walsh isn’t into IPAs. Then we made a Limited Release IPA and made Walshie drink it. He did not fire us. Plus it won a bunch of stuff. So here we are—adding an IPA to our core range. And it’s a lightning-strike tempting 6.66% alc/vol. Praise be.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Moderately hazy light amber complexion with a sturdy two finger crown. Excellent head retention and healthy lace clinging to the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: Pretty basic to be honest. Picking up slightly artificial fruits initially i.e boiled candy, syrupy stonefruits and canned peach and pear. Hints of pine and tropical fruit like mango and pineapple with a touch of orange citrus sweetness. Quite a mellow malt bill…semi sweet and grainy and it sits far enough out of the way to let the hops shine. Not bad.

Flavour: Yeah, again it really isn’t doing anything too out of the ordinary. The hop profile is throwing out similar traits to the nose – candied fruits, canned peach and pear, ripe stonefruits and pineapple. There’s a slightly more pronounced citrus character though. Grainy and kinda toasty malts are a bit apprehensive. Nice and dry finish with a lively bitterness in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Fairly sweet and well rounded, becoming dry and bitter in the swallow. Medium body and Co2. 6.66% ABV offers a bit of oomph.

Overall: Not totally convinced. It’s a little too safe for us, but then again all of Moo Brew’s beers are very conventional so they’re sticking to their guns. Gotta give them credit there.

5 Barrel ‘Little Nipper’ Hazy IPA

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No Commercial Description.

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Hazy light amber with a faint orange tint. It forms a thumb of off white head which holds its shape fairly well. Nice wavy lace clings to the glass as we imbibe.

Aroma: Wow the tropical fruits really lift out of the glass. That’s gotta be Mosaic hops…the sweet tropical nature of it is offering oodles of mango, pineapple, orange, peach, melon, paw paw and guava. Quite resinous and piney too. Definitely picking up the dry and kinda creamy oats and almost tart wheat grains as well. Very promising!

Flavour: Very similar to the nose – it kicks off with an encapsulating mix of tropical fruits; mango, peach, passion fruit, orange/rind, pineapple and mixed stone fruits. Loving the light and creamy addition of oats…we can almost taste the proteins and starch they provide. Quite dry and pithy through the mid, leading in to a mildly bitter finish with acetic rind and pine on the outer.

Mouthfeel: Nice and full yet it still has a creamy and aerated texture to it. Finely carbonated. Only 5.8% ABV but we dig it…not too big but not too little either.

Overall: Another decent beer from Five Barrel. From memory we’ve never had a bad beer from Phil & Co. We’ll call him Mr Consistency! That’s a fine offering.

Humble Sea ‘This Is Foggin Unreal’ DDH IPA

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“DDH Foggy IPA with simcoe, galaxy, and el dorado.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Hazy, light sandy yellow kind of affair with a fluffy two finger head. It slowly breaks up and leaves a wavy lace down the glass.

Aroma: Lots of stone fruit and fleshy tropical fruits hitting the olfactory’s first. Passion fruit, pear, orange citrus and pine offering good support. Just a subtle hint of concentrated juice but it has that touch of pepper to it which we love. This beautiful nectar-like scent opens up as it settles too. Nice and dry doughy malt structure to boot. Diggin it!

Flavour: Smooth as silk. Follows on from the nose with the lifted stone fruit and tropicals then a delicious nectar-filled hit of passion fruit comes through. Hints of pear, grapefruit and pine then lead to a rather pithy finish with soft earthy and herbal notes on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, well rounded. Finely carbonated. Medium body. 6.8% ABV is spot on.

Overall: This really is foggin unreal. Super smooth, sessional, perfectly balanced. A pleasure to drink really. Impressive.

Humble Sea ‘Otter Space’ DDH IPA

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“DDH Foggy IPA with citra, galaxy, and pacific jade.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Nice mustard-y and super hazy complexion. Thick and frothy two finger head which slowly recedes but it literally hangs a sheet of lace down the glass.

Aroma: It certainly has all the hallmarks of a good NEIPA; tonnes of stonefruit, mixed citrus, doughy/biscuity malt and tropical fruits but it’s the soft musky scent that has us intrigued. Picking up some herbal notes too, a hint of pine and creamy oats for extra measure. Solid.

Flavour: Really smooth with a trace of dryness upfront. The fruit profile is more restrained as opposed to the aroma…citrus and stonefruits mostly with the tropical fruit sweetness having a spell. A mix of peach, rockmelon, pineapple, mango and passion fruit finish with a nice drying bitterness. Good length too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy and well rounded. Finely carbonated, medium body and 6.5% ABV…which is well concealed.

Overall: This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of this mob but it is the first entry for them. We’re proud to say that it wouldn’t stack up against an MC or GP hazy but it definitely holds its own. Decent.

50/50 Brewing ‘West Coast Haze’ IPA

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“This is our unique twist on the New England style craze of a hazy IPA. Loaded with Calypso, Azacca, Mosaic, Amarillo and El Dorado hops – juicy, hoppy, and delicious – West Coast style. Let’s just say the West Coast is the Best Coast.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Hazy pastel yellow-orange with a big and creamy three finger head. It holds together nicely and works a healthy lace down the glass.

Aroma: Not getting a great deal off it. There is still an inch of head hanging around though. Once the head eventually settles it still isn’t displaying much intensity. Slight fruit juicy-ness… pineapple, orange citrus, melon, mango, papaya, light florals, pine and apple/pear. Something a little herbaceous happening too…comes off as a little earthy. Interesting.

Flavour: Showing a bit more citrus as opposed to the aroma. Orange/rind, grapefruit and a hint of lime. Definitely getting pineapple, mango, papaya, apple/pear, subtle spice and or resin, pine and earthy herbals. Somewhat dry and slightly bitter finish with traces of papaya, pear and herbs on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth, creamy, light-moderate Co2. A nicely tempered bitterness. 6.2% ABV is spot on for the style.

Overall: Not as polished as CAPA but still a good drop in its own right. Certainly hits the burgeoning ‘no coast’ style nicely. Not bad.

Bridge Road ‘B2 Bomber – Mach 10’ Imperial Belgian Black IPA

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“This year we have re-created B2’s revered Imperial Belgian Black IPA base, with the addition of a carefully selected coffee blend – It pours like liquid dark chocolate with a lasting tan head and medium carbonation from our biggest-ever malt bill. en years on, B2 Bomber continues to evolve and transcend style, and remains singular in the Australian craft beer landscape.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Black with a loosely packed brown head which snaps back to the rim. It posts thin rings as we imbibe.

Aroma: Scintillating wafts of rich dark chocolate, licorice, Candi sugars, vanilla, coffee, musk, piney hops, mixed citrus, weedy herbs and a subtle array of yeast esters; apple pie, banana and solvent. God damn the Mach series is epic and it only gets better each vintage.

Flavour: Hhhmmm. That’s surprising…no where near as defined as the aroma. It just seems a little muddled to us. There’s something a little tangy which isn’t working with our palate. The upside is it’s quickly overtaken by big chocolate, coffee, vanilla and yeast esters which carry well in to the finish.

Mouthfeel: A little flat and oily. Medium-full body. 10.1% ABV is reasonably well hidden.

Overall: It’s no secret these guys have had Co2 issues with the past couple of vintages. It was great that they recalled the bottled release but it seems there’s still some lingering problems with it. It still seems a little flat-ish which is such a shame coz it really could be a superb beer.

Equilibrium’ Dhop 26′ DDH Double IPA

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“The next dHop is here. This uses a special Haas pellet in between a normal T90 and LUPOMAX. Based on this processing of the hop cone, we felt that this beer would play very nice with our Energy treatment to further extract the deliciousness that this hop could offer.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Slightly hazy pastel yellow-orange with two fingers of sturdy white head perched on top. Excellent retention and lace as we go. PS watch your pour with this one too…lots of suspended sediment.

Aroma: Nice and fruity like all the other 5 IPA’s we got from EQ. This one displays a bit more resin and hop oils…reminds us of Kiwi hops with its evergreen, vines and white wine characters. We’re also getting lemongrass, blueberry, unripened pineapple, honeydew and guava.

Flavour: Wow, we’re getting a faint tartness upfront. Comes off kinda citrusy (lemon mostly) but also berry-like. It’s followed by the usual fruit salad and infused with a hint of resinous pine and leafy/grassy evergreen. It finishes fruity, grassy and a little dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat tangy, a little prickly. Medium body, mild-moderate Co2. 8.5% ABV was a little discernible but well enough concealed.

Overall: This is the last of the 6 different IPA’s we bought. It pretty sums up the whole experience with EQ – a lot of potential but nothing overly memorable. There’s numerous Aussie breweries pumping out way better IPA’s than these.

Bridge Road ‘NEeD – IPA #1’ Hazy IPA

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“Pouring a golden milky hue with a bright white head, you’ll want to dive straight into this beauty with it’s big punchy hop aroma. Some tropical juiciness on the palate and a super silky mouthfeel make way for a subtle coconut sweetness on the finish, which is balanced out with a medium bitterness.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Golden amber with very faint haze. It forms a thumb of creamy white head which holds its shape. Healthy lace as it ebbs.

Aroma: We get a shit load of sticky resin and dank weedy herbs initially. This smells green AF and yep…sure enough the canning date is 11/11/20. Heady notes of grapefruit, hop oils, lemon, unripened pineapple, coconut flakes and buttery biscuits. We love the fact that Sabro plays a minor part here…really not that digging that hop lately.

Flavour: A lot to unpack actually. Picking up the subtle coconut but it’s nicely offset by a huge fruit salad character – pineapple, grapefruit, melon, passion fruit, mixed citrus and rind. Very resinous, Iots of pine and sappy bitterness, a little syrupy. Dry and super bitter finish which endures.

Mouthfeel: Slightly prickly, dry and a tad chalky. Medium body. 7.6% ABV is fairly noticeable.

Overall: It kinda see-sawed its way to a half decent finish. Appearance wasn’t hazy enough but the aroma was kick ass. Flavour profile was good but the finish was a bit harsh. Not bad.

Equilibrium ‘Fractal Citra’ IPA

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“Fractal Citra pours a hazy-straw yellow releasing aromas of bright tropical passion fruit, pineapple, lychee, and hint of mango (complex). The taste is resinous pineapple juice with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and a firm but rounded bitterness. This medley of characteristics makes the name “Fractal Citra” warranted indeed.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Slightly hazy, light straw yellow complexion with a well kept two finger head. Nice wavy lace sticks as it ebbs.

Aroma: Well it’s definitely a Citra bomb! Tonnes of oily pine and resin, tropical fruit, grapefruit and orange citrus, green mango, pineapple, paw paw and candy. The latter really flourishing as it settles…gets a little too artificial for our liking though. Very clean yet distant malt bill.

Flavour: It comes on quite dry and herbaceous…the tropical fruits and citrus following close behind. Pine resin, grapefruit, pithy rind and evergreen through the mid leading to a rather dry and piney finish which provides lingering notes of grapefruit and rind for days.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth, creamy and pillowy. A mild dryness forming post swallow. Medium body and Co2. 6.8% ABV is spot on for the style.

Overall: We love Citra, it has been one of our favorite hops since we began drinking craft beer. Although it’s used well here the rest of the beer is lacking in our opinion. Pretty average.

Equilibrium ‘Enso’ Double IPA

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“This is a very important beer to us. The Enso circle is our Brewery’s logo and is a symbol of balance, creation, and life. The impossible task of hand drawing a perfect circle creates the imperfections and details that exactly make the Enso beautiful. The beauty of imperfection is what drives us to develop, grow, innovate, and improve in a quest for balance and perfection. We could think of no better symbol to represent our work as a craft brewery as we share our journey and our path while we strive for balance and amazing beer. We’re thrilled that you take this journey with us.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Super hazy pastel yellow with a fairly deep orange tint. Tidy and well kept head which drags a wet lace down the glass.

Aroma: The hop combination of Citra and Galaxy has been used to perfection…sweet, citrusy and piney. Kind of reminds us of Ekim’s IPA’s with its ultra clean and balanced composition. Pineapple, peach, blood orange, vanilla/coconut, frosty fruits and passion fruit then fluffed out by a nice doughy malt. Supoib!

Flavour: Follows on from the nose. Gorgeous tropical fruits and citrus are balanced by this distinct line of clean and slightly resinous pine. Sweet and fleshy tropical fruits pull through the mid and lead to a slightly dry and fruity finish which draws out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, ultra smooth. Developing dryness in the swallow. Medium body and Co2. The 8.2% ABV though…where is it? Very dangerous.

Overall: It appears we’re inadvertently trying all of EQ’s better beers as we go. The first couple didn’t really excite us but this and MC2 are impressive. Here’s to hoping this trend continues.

Modern Times ‘Elara’ Hazy IPA

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“Bursting with notes of mango, papaya, and fresh apricot, this IPA will be a staggeringly effective countermeasure for the enduring heat. Stuffed with heaps of Mosaic and Amarillo hops, it’ll make for a pretty fantastic way to close out the summer.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Hazy pastel orange with a sturdy three finger head. Excellent retention and tonnes of lace sticking to the glass as it subsides.

Aroma: Mostly sweet and sticky summer fruits like mango, guava, pineapple, rockmelon and tangerine. Hints of earthy apricot/kumquat also getting amongst it. Slightly dank pine and weed/herbs, rind and a malty sweet and doughy malt structure. Very neat and tidy.

Flavour: Dominated by the fleshy and sweet tropical fruits – paw paw, rockmelon and mango along with a distinct tangy orange on the edges. It’s pretty earthy too…lots of apricot, grapefruit and even a trace of matcha. Resin and pine forming late and shifting in to a dry, grassy/herbaceous finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry, prickly and a tad astringent…a bit of that is due to the booze burn though (7% ABV). Medium body, nicely carbonated.

Overall: MT are hard to pick. They’ve brewed some of the best hazy’s we’ve ever had but also some of the most average too. Then there’s ones like this…middle of the road. Good but hardly memorable.

King Tide Brewing ‘Look At Me Now’ West Coast IPA

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“This beer is big and bold, fully hopped and yours to explore – just like our beautiful headlands.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Light golden complexion with 100% clarity. It forms a fizzy yet sturdy two and a half finger head which gradually peels off. Excellent lace as we go.

Aroma: Quite malt forward…and not your typical malt leanings. It comes off as sweet honey and granita biscuits. There’s a slightly sulfuric note which suggests dodgy yeast but other than that it’s quite crisp, punchy and packed full of unripened pineapple, green mango, papaya and guava.

Flavour: We feel in this never ending haze craze that a lot of brewers have forgotten that West Coast IPA’s are meant to be in your face and aggressive. We like that that this has a mild piney and citrusy profile but it lacks the cut through and overall hostility we’ve come to expect from the style.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth with minimal dryness. Mild-medium body and Co2. The 7% ABV is nicely hidden.

Overall: In all fairness it’s very smooth but smooth isn’t what we’re after in a WC IPA. We want to be chewing on a piece of grapefruit rind, we want our palate to be wrecked! The SoCal way!

Equilibrium ‘MC2’ Double IPA

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“MC² is Photon’s big brother. We literally took Photon’s hopping rate and squared it. This DIPA is our tribute to the amazing relationship that energy and mass are balanced, proportional to the speed of a photon squared. It pours a hazy tangerine color, releasing bright tropical notes of mango, pineapple, and apricot. MC² tastes like succulent mango juice loaded with chewy hop resins. It’s very drinkable for 8.0%; be careful, this one can sneak up on you.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Hazy pastel orange with a thumb of white foam atop. It reduces pretty quickly but still manages a wavy lace down the glass.

Aroma: Wow the intensity is next level. So juicy and tropical it literally does smell like fruit juice. Huge wafts of mango, lychee, pineapple, guava, papaya, apricot and peach lift out. Followed by a nice oat creaminess, coconut and canned fruits. Definitely picking up some honey sweetness from the malts too. Brilliant!

Flavour: Follows on from the nose…it’s awash with sweet tropical fruits and stonefruit plus a slight emphasis on sweet orange citrus. A hint of pine resin and dank weedy herbals as well. Honey really underlining the tropical fruit sweetness then it’s all tidied up with a dry piney finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and aerated…really coats the whole palate too. Medium-full body, finely carbonated. The 8% ABV is well buried.

Overall: This is an absolute corker. The first we tried from EQ (Energy Equals) was a little lackluster but this one steps it up big time. Punchy aroma and a big yet well balanced flavor profile. Diggin it!