Category Archives: IPA’s

Valhalla Brewing ‘Obsidian’ Black IPA

Rating:

52605600_1045895328927945_4332941502750654464_n“Our first born and forever our favourite, Obsidian is a big black ale in the mould of a black IPA. Cola and coffee hide slight raspberry followed by chocolate and toast. Black malts with bold grassy hoppiness make this a gem of a black beer to treasure.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Solid black with a thumb of tanned foam emerging on top. Good head retention and healthy lace sticking to the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: It displays a hearty roasted character which is underlined by the bittersweet chocolate, cocoa, coffee, cherry cola and subtle figjam while the piney and at times floral hops add that brilliant balance and freshness to it. It’s a very well polished aroma.

Flavour: Follows on from the nose with semi-rich roasted notes, chocolate and coffee which roll swiftly in to the floral and piney hops. An aggressive bitterness opens up on to orange peel and grapefruit late in the piece. Nice dry finish with a hint of pine and roasted malt lingering on the back palate.

Mouthfeel: Up until now it’s been practically faultless but the texture is a bit too thin for us. The 65 IBU and 6.8% AbV don’t mess around. Mild-moderate co2.

Overall: This is just our 2nd entry as their beers are quite hard to source in NSW. It’s a shame coz they’re bloody decent! Honestly all this beer needs is a couple of small tweaks and it’d be a world class drop.

Modus Operandi ‘Future Factory III’ Triple IPA

Rating:

53022091_1043036489213829_8823881267339591680_n“The future can look dark & unnerving, but this hop laden, hazy Double IPA will prepare you for a journey so profound & juicy, you won’t fear the future; because you’re already here.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Light amber to gold with a hefty three finger head perched on top. Retention is great and the lacing makes a beautiful mess on the glass.

Aroma: Absolutely bursting with Citra hop, tropical fruits, citrus, pine, stonefruits, peach, eucalyptus and tangerine. It has that dank and sticky resinous character that we get from the best IIPA’s like Korben D and 777. The malt is subtle – somewhat bready – but it’s spot on as it allows those magnificent hops to shine!

Flavour: Fruit juice bomb on entry…everything from tropical fruits to citrus to stonefruits. Lines of orange peel and pine carrying some bitterness through the mid. It gets nice and big in the finish with bitter citrus and warming booze in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth for 10% AbV. Can’t find an IBU but it sure has some vigour. Medium body and Co2.

Overall: To be honest it wasn’t as great as the hype would have you believe but in saying that it’s definitely good enough to put M.O back on the map.

10 Toes Brewery ‘Happy Days’ IPA

Rating:

51371472_1035799029937575_2249425654548267008_n“A light straw coloured west coast IPA, tongue punching citrus, mandarin and peach from buckets of US and NZ hops with a crisp finish.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Bright golden pour with 100% clarity. It notches up two fingers of well retained head with good retention. Healthy lace clings to the glass as we imbibe.

Aroma: Of streamlined citrus, pine and stonefruit with a dry and grainy malt structure. Big impressions of orange citrus – mostly orange, mandarin and tangerine with some subtle candy also creeping in. Delicate lemon/lime and herbs come together to offer a kind of mojito-esque freshness. West coast IPA eat your heart out!

Flavour: Oh snap! It comes on with ultra crisp pine and citrus moving more towards orange peel and grapefruit as it approaches the mid palate. Tasting some grainy malt tailing in late as it finishes on a dry, pithy bitterness which really endures.

Mouthfeel: Pithy/prickly texture with an IBU of 65. Mild-moderate body. It feels as if the 6% AbV overplays its hand but that may be due to the aggressive bitterness.

Overall: In this market flooded by POG, milkshake and turbid NEIPA’s it’s refreshing to throw back a traditional west coast IPA. It’s clean, crisp, bitter and full of citric goodness. Solid drop.

3 Ravens ‘salted caramel’ Milkshake IPA

Rating:

imageGlassware: Poured into a shaker glass.

Appearance: We see an almost impenetrable amber/burnt red body with an off white/beige 10mm head that fades fairly quickly. Minute carbonation seen at the rim.

Aroma: Sweet butterscotch caramel dominates the nose like we having a desert beer. There are background citrus hops, a salty or briny twang and vanilla. Really quite moreish actually.

Flavour: Wow…first hit is of sweet grains, salt, and caramel sugars. The salted caramel flavour is absolutely bang on. We lose the butterscotch lolly and it’s replaced by more a toffee flavour. The hops are blended really well into the caramels, alongside more vanilla and a creamy lactose.

Mouthfeel: the bitterness is nice and low here so it gives it that desert like status. Sitting at 6% alc vol you really have no detectable booze burn at all. So well balanced on the palate with that sweet yet salty combination. We must admit you would not want it much sweeter. Body is mild to moderate with a moreish sugary, salty end feel. It’s velevety and creamy from the lactose, oats and protein rich grains ubiquitous with NEIPAs. Leaves a stickiness on the lips after each gulp.

Overall: When we think of this beer we think of Bacchus’ Peanut Brittle..so pungent on the nose with exactly what the beer advertises… ‘Salted Caramel’. It’s a tasty drop indeed. We unsure if you could have more than 1 though. It would get a touch too sweet. Definitely we would buy again. Brilliant brewing.

Brew Mountains ‘Outrageously Good’ IPA

Rating:

51482168_1035215146662630_2545301579292999680_n“If you like the bitterness of a classic English style Indian Pale Ale and the huge hop aroma bursting with notes of citrus and tropical fruits of a West Coast IPA, you’ll love the English-Aussie-US Tryhybrid.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Deep burnished copper hue with a healthy two finger head. Good retention and excellent lace as it ebbs.

Aroma: Extremely malt-forward. It’s drenched with syrupy caramel, toffee, honey and butterscotch but saved by a fruity hop profile of mixed berries and stewed fruits. We’re getting lots of green off it too. ..by that we mean green fruits like kiwifruit and honeydew, green herbs like spicy basil and green in the broadest sense – like botanicals and vines.

Flavour: It reminds us of their pale ale just with added body and a whole lot more hops thrown at it. Somewhat bogged down with its hefty malt bill though. The hop flavours are trying hard to cut through but all we really get is the bitterness. The stewed fruits and berries are poking around but no where near enough to carry in to the bitter sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, a little drying towards the back end. Mild co2 and medium body. The balance is completely out of step though.

Overall: It appears they have the same issue with the IPA which they had with the pale ale: too malt-heavy and not enough balance. The only difference is you can usually get away with it much easier when you can hide behind a 6.5% AbV. Sadly not up to scratch.

Monkish Brewing ‘Western & Del Amo’ Double IPA

Rating:

51198169_1028506944000117_2707728197226594304_n“Triple dry hopped double IPA with Galaxy and Motueka hops.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Turbid mustard yellow looking body with a short head that doesn’t hang around. Looks like fresh squeezed apple juice.

Aroma: The juice level here is off the chain! Lashings of mango, pineapple and melon with plenty of support from the peach, apricot, papaya, orange, pear, grapefruit and mixed citrus. Even further complimented by wafts of pine grassy hops and herbal spice. Even has a touch of forest floor to it. Mind-blowing smells!

Flavour: Heady impressions of mango, melon, pineapple and papaya to the fore…fuelled by a rather assertive booze burn. This opens up on to a bit of peppery spice and grapefruit acidity which sets up for a slightly harsh finish with intense resinous hop bitterness and citrus rind on the back palate.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth initially but it develops a feisty bitterness in the tail. Dry chalky texture with medium body and mild-moderate co2.

Overall: These guys sure know how to brew a NEIPA! In all honesty we’ve had better from Monkish (namely Insert Hip Hop Reference and Broadcasting Live) but this one still deserves its good rating on untappd.

Veil Brewing ‘Black Ferrari’ Double Black IPA

51260330_1027855984065213_6449811594527375360_n“Citra & Galaxy Black DIPA”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Pouring an uber dark brown with two fingers of tan foam resting on top. Good head retention and excellent lace work on the glass.

Aroma: When a black IPA is done right it is one of the best aromas going around in our opinion. And this has been done right! That fusion of deep roasty malt, chocolate, coffee and cacao with the clean and hoppy notes of pine, citrus and herbs offer a brilliant contrast. Such an amazing fusion of aromas.

Flavour: Absolutely spot on! Neither the hops or the malts dominate…they both come on with as much intensity as each other. Bitter sweet chocolate, roasty malts, coffee, pine, pithy citrus peel, grapefruit and a subtle flutter of herbs are all amplified by a warming booze in the tail. Really good legs on it as well.

Mouthfeel: Rather aggressive, bitter and super dry in the finish. The 8% AbV reveals itself but doesn’t overpower. Medium body and co2.

Overall: A good ol fashioned west coast black IPA. She’s a bit of a palate wrecker but the high point is that it’s balanced – the hefty malt profile really pulls those hops in to line. That’s a pearler!

Bissell Brothers ‘Here’s To Feeling Good All The Time’ NEIPA

Rating:

50922822_1027190580798420_8505315726154792960_n“Our newest double IPA. A brightly tropical beer with a soft, smooth mouthfeel.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Super hazy almost milky straw yellow pour. It caps off with a thumb of puffy and well retained head which weaves a webbed lace trail down the glass.

Aroma: Dead set juice train! Tonnes of tropical fruits, orange citrus and pine are infused with that hallmark creamy lactose sweetness. Subtle grapefruit, frosty fruits, fresh herbs and rolled oats filling it out even further. Quite a hefty malt structure to it as well…hinting at doughy white bread and crackers. Superb!

Flavour: Nice transition from the nose…really focuses on the juicy orange, mango and pineapple with a bit of pithy grapefruit and rind finding its way through. Again that creaminess just mellows it all out. The use of spelt malt is genius as it emphasises some of that tangy citrus but also balances out the pithy finish with its somewhat earthy characteristics.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, husky and raw. It holds a good weight across the palate so they can afford to keep a low co2. Mild-moderate bitterness.

Overall: This is next level NEIPA. Such intense aroma and flavour yet so magnificently balanced. A real pleasure to drink.

8 Wired ‘Juice Train’ hazy IPA

Rating:

imageGlassware: Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: typical NEIPA colour..complete dark yellow haze with a big 15mm white cloud of a head that hardly budges. Thick foam clinging to the glass as it recedes. Tiny carbonation seen at the base where it’s slightly transparent.

Aroma: Devine tropical fruit with a yeasty, spicy nose ubiquitous to good NEIPAs. Full of pineapple, passion fruit, mango and citrus fruit including orange and mandarin, alongside that white pepper spice hit and malted barley/wheats.

Flavour: not as fruity on the palate as the nose. Slightly subdued tropical fruit and a mixture of booze coming through and sweet malts. The use of the oats gives it a slightly nutty flavour. It’s a shame the fruit doesn’t shine more here. There is also a vegetable aspect to this..almost like cucumber?

Mouthfeel: certainly very smooth and luscious on the palate. Sits well at 6.7% alc vol. Drying on the palate and the bitterness is just right. Body is only moderate and it has good length. Carbonation low as you would expect for a good NEIPA.

Overall: It has been a long time between drinks for 8wired which used to be a favourite NZ Brewery. This is a tasty NEIPA. We feel a big more fruit boldness on the palate that matched the aroma would have clinched it for us.

Sauce Brewing ‘Trubble & Squeak’ Mango Double NEIPA

Rating:

50956303_1022416084609203_4532567210392027136_n“Originally our GABS beer for 2018, it’s back again due to overwhelming demand! More of everything, smooth and deceptively drinkable. All our favourite big hitting tropical fruit hops, plus a mango addition for good measure. 9% ABV.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Turbid yellow/orange complexion with two fingers of well retained foam sitting atop. Healthy lace clings to the glass as we imbibe.

Aroma: Good and proper tropical fruit juice bomb. Everything from mango, pineapple, melon, peach, guava, lychee, apple and orange. It’s the whole fruit basket. Milder notes of apricot, pine, curry leaf and the most important of all…the Frosty Fruits! Brilliant aroma.

Flavour: Although the mango plays a big role there is a real focus on this tangy and zesty orange character upfront. Lovely suggestions of pine and herbal spice getting amongst it as well. Plenty of stonefruit and citrus developing late and setting up for an ultra dry and pithy finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and somewhat chewy. Even a tad chalky at times. Medium-full body. That 9% AbV is pretty well behaved for the most part.

Overall: If you thought the Bubble & Squeak was good then get on to this bad boy. Most probably one of the best Aussie NEIPA’s you’ll get your hands on. Superb.

Buxton Brewery ‘Axe Edge’ IPA

Rating:

50849903_1021686398015505_544110895421194240_n“Double Dry Hopped version of our classic India Pale Ale. Full of flavour with a beautifully hoppy aroma. Hopped with a stunning blend of European, North American and New Zealand varieties.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Bright golden colour with a two finger crown which retains nicely and leaves a mess on the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: The hops really shine on this one. Lots of fresh and green botanicals, pine needles, some dankness to it like rotting leaves and pine resin. Lovely fruit profile as well – mostly citrus driven but with touches of honeydew, kiwifruit and guava. Hardly any malt coming through…it’s definitely the hop show!

Flavour: Oh wow it comes on with real assertion. Grapefruit and orange peel along with some pine resins and herbal spice on entry. The mid carries the hop bitterness nicely through to the dry, bitter and herbal/grassy finish. Nice length to it as well.

Mouthfeel: Dry, bitter and resinous texture with a hint of warmth from the 6.8% AbV. 73 IBU and the palate feels every bit of it…especially in the finish. Medium body and Co2.

Overall: We rarely go for hoppy English IPA’s as they most often don’t get it right. This one is excluded though. Even with a tri-national hop bill it still hits those big punchy bitter notes with precision. Solid drop.

CoConspirators Brewing ‘The Middleman’ IPA

Rating:

imageGlassware: Poured into a schooner glass.

Appearance: Minimally hazy light copper with a sudsy white 10mm head that fades quickly, leaving just moderate sized bubbles clinging around the rim of the glass. Mild carbonation seen rising slowly.

Aroma: More malt driven aroma here out of the glass. Juicy caramels, with a mixture of ripe tropical fruits, pine from the citra but out of the can it’s more heavily citrus flavours shining ie grapefruit. Of note..fresh grapefruit juice from Market Juice is added into the brew.

Flavour: Wow..upfront is the grapefruit juice used. It’s not overly acidic and tart but you get every bit of fresh grapefruit citrus on the palate. Bitterness is present but not overpowering (only 30 IBU). The malts sit behind the grapefruit giving it a sweetness but not sickly. We get pine, pithy citrus, and more grapefruit juice. It really is the dominant factor here. Everything else really is in the background. We lose most of the tropical aroma.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol vol of 7.4% and it’s impressively absent. Body is moderate only and has decent length mainly from grapefruit juice acidity/tartness. Carbonation is again mild. Bitterness from all the hops and grapefruit is surprisingly curtailed.

Overall: It doesn’t top our favourite from these guys (Matriarch) but the tart and juicy grapefruit is a nice addition for this IPA. It went down a treat and we would purchase again.

 

Mikkeller ‘Reisling People’ NEIPA

Rating:

imageGlassware: Poured into a schooner glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale yellow with a foamy 10-15mm white head that slowly fades over a minute, leaving just a sudsy rim around the glass. Solid carbonation here. Looks a touch thin at the bottom of the glass. Patchy lacing down the glass here and there.

Aroma: Definate wine hop aromas, grapes, lemon, crackers, and mild caramels. Traces of spice.

Flavour: Exactly what you expect from a NEIPA..curtailed bitterness with upfront smoothness. The juice from the reisling grapes gives it a wine like hit, like Nelson sauvin hops. This is the dominant feature and it’s amazing that only 2% of reisling grape juice was used. It’s not too sweet or sickly though..balanced well by a tartness or zing with background fizz on the tonsil. Again only very mild caramels here.

Mouthfeel: Sitting at 6.7% alc vol, it’s not in anyway that noticeable. There is slight velevtyness from the oats. It’s a bit light on the body, but the length retains really well on the palate. Despite initial observation of decent carbonation, it’s mild in the mouth allowing for big gulps. Sticky on the lips after a few gulps.

Overall: It’s a light version of a NEIPA. Nothing overall bold. We have had better NEIPAs from Mikkeller but we like the use of the reisling juice. Maybe a big bigger in the body and this would be even better.

Monkish ‘Broadcasting Live’ Double NEIPA

Rating:

50163238_1021550344695777_8167283056722313216_n“Double IPA brewed with Nelson hops.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Uber cloudy apple juice looking affair with a thumb of rocky white foam over the top. Healthy lace work as it ebbs.

Aroma: Holy moly this is the real deal. Juicy AF gooseberry, orange, mango, pineapple, passionfruit, dried apricot, grassy hop, white grapes and vines. Kind of has this fibrous character to it…a bit like dried grain husks. Pretty dank as well, resinous and green with a palm sugar sweetness. Ooph this is something else!

Flavour: Simply put: NEIPA heaven! It comes on with a silky smooth fusion of stonefruit, pine resins and this distinct “green” and or “botanical” quality that is synonymous with Nelson Sauvin hops. We’re tasting a hint of black pepper as it surges through the mid and finishes with an earthy herbal note that endures.

Mouthfeel: So creamy and inoffensive. Can someone tell us how they manage this at 8.5% AbV?! Low co2 and bitterness.

Overall: This truly is one of the best NEIPA’s we’ve had. The amount of aroma and flavour that’s crammed in with no harsh booze or bitterness is insurmountable. Recognition must go to the Nelson Sauvin hops too…love em or hate em they work so well with the style. Superb!

Central State Brewing ‘Hot Yoga’ DDH Double Wheat IPA

Rating:

49864878_1019824744868337_8876862785607172096_n“This Double IPA is fermented with a special Norwegian Farmhouse yeast strain called Kviek. Fermented in half the time and at temperatures in excess of 95 degrees that would cause normal yeast to produce off flavors, this DIPA features both flaked & malted wheat and a double dose of Citra, Loral, and Mosaic hops.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Turbid orange juice kind of affair. A thumb of white head assembles before settling to a fine overlay. Laced well.

Aroma: Slightly offbeat notes of mixed citrus, stonefruits, apricot, florals, wheated grains, white bready-esque malts and a hint of funky/spicy yeast. As it settles it really starts to take the shape of a good quality American NEIPA with that classic brekky juice character.

Flavour: There’s a bit of a tart lemon funk upfront along with undertones of floral hops, herbs and orange peel. Something slightly woody in there…hinting at spice and mustyness. It finishes dry and bitter with lingering grapefruit and orange peel on the rear.

Mouthfeel: Pretty approachable for 8.5% AbV. There’s a decent bitterness in the swallow and maybe just a bit of a soapy texture to it.

Overall: The upside for this beer is it’s super crafty and it’s fun. Most of that comes down to the Kviek yeast used which surely provides all those offbeat aromas and flavours we’ve touched on. It’s hard to say whether we actually liked it or not! It wasn’t bad….we’ll leave it at that.

Against The Grain Brewery ‘Citra Ass Down’ Double IPA

Rating:

50070687_1019719048212240_6497458501420318720_n“This is a very hop forward American style IPA. Brewed with Pale, Vienna, Munich and wheat malt for a solid base for all American hops, focusing mainly on the variety “Citra.” Citra hops are a relatively new variety introduced in 2008. It was bred as a hybrid of a number of different hops, including Hallertauer Mittelfrüh, U.S. Tettnanger, East Kent Golding, Bavarian, Brewers Gold, and other unknown hops.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Nice and clear bold amber pour with a sturdy two finger crown perched on top. Excellent retention and lacing as it ebbs.

Aroma: Although it’s not bursting with the typical Citra qualities it’s still a cracking aroma. We pick juicy wafts of orange citrus, grapefruit, pine and sweet tropical fruits along with a stronger than expected caramel malt backing which hints at subtle honey and apple juice. It all seems a little muted but we like what they’ve got going on.

Flavour: Unfortunately what we were hoping wouldn’t happen ended up happening…the lifted sweetness – albeit enjoyable – has kind of inhibited any hope of a fresh and punchy hit of Citra hops. The muffled citrus, pine and tropical fruits are there but they’re drowning in an enveloping malt sweetness. It does find a bit of hop bitterness through the mid and finish but it’s futile!

Mouthfeel: Smooth and completely inoffensive…which is quite remarkable considering its weight (8.2% AbV). 68 IBU and mild-medium body.

Overall: We believe age has had a negative impact on this beer. The best before date shows 10/5/19 so it isn’t what we’d call fresh. Real shame coz there’s loads of potential.

Central State Brewing ‘Gus’ Imperial Farmhouse IPA

Rating:

50022274_1017372758446869_3800887920559128576_n“Named in honor of Indiana-born astronaut Gus Grissom who lost his life in the pursuit of taking a man to the moon, this IPA is aggressively hopped with Australian Galaxy and American Mosaic hops.”

Glassware: Tulip.

Appearance: Super cloudy light orange-ish colour. Two fingers of fluffy white foam forms and holds together nicely. Seeing healthy lace work as we indulge.

Aroma: Tonnes of orange citrus qualities – mostly rind and pectin with a hint of marmalade. Peach, white pepper, banana and apple really coming through…among other usual estery suspects. There’s a bit of funk to it, not overpowering though which is good…just a suggestion of wheated grains and farmyard to bring it home.

Flavour: Big impression of pithy orange peel, grapefruit and dry acetic bitterness on entry. Hints of white pepper and warming booze accentuating it even further. It continues with this relentless bitterness and practically finishes how it begins – dry, bitter and citric. Not a whole lot of depth on offer.

Mouthfeel: Pretty aggressive. Dry and bitter. 9% AbV so it’s quite prickly as well. Can’t find an IBU which is annoying coz we’d like to know!

Overall: Can’t say we’re fans of it. Our main gripe is this incessant dry and pithy bitterness that grabs a hold of the palate and just wrecks it. It’s like they needed to add a sweeter base malt to balance it out a bit. Had better.

Toppling Goliath ‘Hopsmack’ Double IPA

Rating:

49581102_1013149002202578_7465146583470833664_n“Giant aromas of pineapple and tropical fruit jump from this enticingly complex double IPA. True to its name, this brew delivers a heavy smack of dry hops and a double dose of bitterness in the finish.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Cloudy orange body with a sturdy two finger crown. It holds together nicely and weaves a fine lace as it subsides.

Aroma: Hopsmack by name, Hopsmack by nature! The medley of tropical fruits, citrus and stonefruits are captivating. Oodles of pine and berries, some dankness, we get a kind of sugar-crust from it also…almost like palm sugar. Undertones of green fleshy fruit such as honeydew and kiwifruit here and there. Brilliant aroma, very well layered.

Flavour: Carries on from the nose with a big helping of American hops upfront. Grapefruit, orange, pine, tropical fruits, stonefruit, citrus rind and mild peppery spice converge on the palate. It hits a brawny bitterness midway which stretches out in to the dry, piney and citrusy finish. Really good length on show as well.

Mourhfeel: Super bitter (100 IBU), drying towards the finish. Moderate co2 and body. The 7.8% AbV was really well concealed.

Overall: Another impressive offering from TG here. What they’ve done really well is they’ve taken the big aggressive bitterness out of a West Coast IPA and applied it to a NEIPA. Kind of offers the best of both coasts!

Hawkers Beer IIPA

Rating:

47576488_996012953916183_7474055793046716416_n“It’s all about the hops. Big, fruity, flavourful. Unmistakably a huge IPA.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Amber with a slight haze. It holds its two finger head well and makes a mess of our glass as we go.

Aroma: Absolutely popping with dank pine resins, orange citrus, grapefruit, candied lemon and peppery spice. Nice presence of boozy and soft fleshy fruits i.e paw paw, rockmelon, papaya etc. Strong malt sweetness underlining it all.

Flavour: Amazing balance for a 9% IIPA. We get grapefruit, orange peel, mixed citrus and dank resinous pine mingling with the rich and sweet malts. The bitterness climbs but levels off nicely in to a warm and spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth with a bit of a tickle from the booze. Bitterness (100 IBU) developing in the swallow. Medium body and perfect co2.

Overall: It only occurred to us midway that we’ve already reviewed this beer. Well, that was last year’s edition and this is this year’s…and it’s now in a can! Any reason to drink a quality IIPA huh?! 😉

Shark Island Brewing ‘Voodoo’ IPA

Rating:

47573540_994710834046395_6643960681995436032_n“A strong beer for a strong break. A more solid abv kick is balanced with the sweetness of NZ toffee malt before the mountain of US, NZ and Oz Hops attacks your palate first with tropical aromas then with a sharp bitterness that stays for a while and coats your cakehole.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Clear golden amber complexion. It tops off with a sturdy two finger head which retains well. Healthy lace clings to the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: We get a robust caramel malt sweetness with a tonne of citrus and resiny/piney hop character cutting through it. Fruit salad-like notes, herbs, vines, spice, berries and stonefruits offer quite the mixed bag…but a lovely mixed bag!

Flavour: Packs a nice little punch…or bite as the brewers like to call it. Mixed citrus, pithy orange peel, peppery spice and pine monster the slightly insignificant malts. Some booze astringency and assertive hop bitterness leading in to a dry and prickly finish.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and dry with some sharpness to the booze (6.5% AbV). Medium body and Co2.

Overall: It’s a no nonsense IPA this one. We’d like to see a bit more malt to balance out the flavour but other than that it’s quite a well structured IPA. Love the black can too, very unique!