Category Archives: IPA’s

Mr Banks Brewing Co IPA


27971809_814667105384103_6306781245678578328_n“We all know IPA’s are all about the Hops & Truck Loads of them. Bitter? Of course! Hoppy? You Know It!! ENJOY.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Nice bright amber/orange hue with a slight Hop haze. Two fingers of foamy head forming on top, good retention and good lace work down the glass.

Aroma: Certainly favouring the tangy orange citrus – sugar coated orange, tangerine, mandarin etc. Unripened pineapple, white peach and mango also getting a good look in. A bit of spice maybe…fennel seed, subtle pepper. The malts are bready, just a hint of sweetness creeping in. Decent.

Flavour: Taste follows the nose without as much intensity though unfortunately. Definitely getting the tangy orange notes out in front. Grapefruit, citrus rind, grassy hop – all the usual suspects. It all mellows in to a dry, semi spicy finish with good length in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Dry, bitter, a little warming (6.4% ABV). Mild-moderate body, assertive bitterness. Customary texture really.

Overall: Neither here nor there. We’ve heard really good things about this IPA but it hasn’t really wowed us. Guess that’s the downside of high expectations. Look, it ain’t a bad drop by any means it’s just an everyday IPA.

Mikkeller ‘Waves’ American IPA


27867332_813663898817757_9201350325993105615_n (1)“A 7.3% IPA Simcoe, Amarillo & Mosaic hops. Aromas of dank tropical fruits. Flavor of pineapple and Guava with a balanced bitterness.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Relatively clear golden complexion with a thumb of white foam topping it off. Steady reduction, settling to a thin film that coats the walls of the glass.

Aroma: Plenty of stonefruit coming through on this one. Dried apricot, peach and white grapes with a good backing of fresh white bread. Pine, ripe yellow grapefruit, grain husks and botanicals hanging around in the background. Maybe just a suggestion of warming booze tickling the nostrils.

Flavour: She’s got the bitterness, got the malts, got the body…but it just doesn’t have the hop flavours. We can detect plenty of grainy/husky malts, maybe a hint of peach and grapefruit but it’s very restrained. White grapes, orange peel and soft peppery spice finish it off.

Mouthfeel: Dry, light-medium feel. Moderate body. Good co2 and we’ll concealed ABV (7.3%).

Overall: From a West Coast IPA angle it doesn’t really stack up. Points for offering something a little different though. Most probably not a return-to beer but in some ways it’s enjoyable. Not bad.

Mikkeller ‘1000 IBU’ Imperial IPA


27751832_812204988963648_2236216437895687488_n“Brewed as an experiment of how much hops can put in a beer. 1000 IBU has a theoretical 1000 International Bitterness Units and is (of course) dominated by hops!”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Gorgeous mahogany hue with a big puffy three finger head. It maintains its shape and leaves a smattering of lace as we hook in.

Aroma: Thick, saturated and sweet-ish. Not really the big hop bomb we were expecting it’s rather malty sweet and dank AF. Getting overtones of rotting leaves, tree bark, stewed fruits, treacle, orange peel, mandarin and pine resin. Sturdy caramel malt structure at the base. Strong booze presence as well…stings the nostrils!

Flavour: Palate-wreckingly brilliant. She comes on super strong with rich and sweet malts before a tidal wave of hop bitterness and grapefruit acidity washes over. A sharp booze burn digs in midway with paw paw and papaya carrying through in to the ultra dry and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry, aggressive and uber bitter – really living up to the name. Medium-full body with good co2.

Overall: Does well to follow through with the hype. The integral part is the robust malt profile, without that it’d be close to undrinkable. The novelty factor is excellent but that’s where it ends, any more than one and you’ll be buzzing and your palate would need repairing.

Drake’s ‘War Pigeon’ Double IPA


27750933_809844445866369_8071991172416778190_n“Our newest IPA is dry and bright with the golden hue of a fading day. What starts as a faint hum builds to a roaring crescendo as the War Pigeons take to the sky. A telegraphed warning comes over the wire, but it’s too late. You’ve been hit. We deployed the freshest hops in our hop arsenal and the payload is a blast of dank, floral citrus. Surrender to the aromatic blitzkrieg as the hops rain down.”

Glassware : IPA glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy and golden/amber in colour. It forms a big three finger head that holds its shape and decorates the sides of the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: Good old traditional West Coast IPA laden with piney hop oils, grapefruit, orange rind, white peach, unripened pineapple, woody spice and biscuity malts at the base. Plenty of floral character making its way through as well – lavender and lemongrass which offers a somewhat herbal accent. Lovely stuff.

Flavour: Clean, citrusy, fruity and well supported by a bready and slightly biscuity malt structure. Hints of guava, pineapple and pine resin roll in to a nice and tidy finish that offers subtle grassy notes, pithy citrus and herbals with good duration on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, reasonably clean and oily. Some warmth from the booze (8%) but pretty well contained. Medium weight and good carbonation.

Overall: Solid IPA. There’s a lot of similarities to SN hop hunter with its super clean and polished profile. Haven’t seen this brewery on our shores before so here’s hoping we see more of them. Really good DIPA.

Mikkeller ‘Windy Hill’ NE IPA


27459335_809844219199725_331396491039173476_n“Windy Hill IPA dry hopped w/Mosaic & Simcoe”.

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Conventional cloudy mustard yellow with a whopping three and a half finger head. Excellent retention and lacing for days! Looks superb.

Aroma: While it does offer some breakfast juice notes it doesn’t overshadow. There’s still loads of mango, pineapple, cream, lemon sherbet and hints of grapefruit. Somewhat pithy, getting some orange peel acidity peeking through as it settles. Maybe a hint of pine showing as well. Very nice!

Flavour: Good transition from the nose. Not a huge focus on the fruit juice aspect which allows more pineapple, cream and zesty citrus to come forward. Picking up a subtle white grape acidity with a very delicate and slightly dry cracker malt at the base. Nice well rounded finish with a dry bitterness in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Gelatinous texture, a touch creamy as well. Medium body and co2. Well behaved bitterness (70 IBU) and booze (7% ABV).

Overall: Brilliant interpretation of a NE IPA. Pulling that fruit juice back a fraction to let some of the other hop flavours and aromas in to the mix. Top notch drinking.

Founder’s ‘reDANKulous’ Imperial Red IPA


27540219_809673282550152_4419119045372350993_n“reDANKulous Imperial Red IPA is a no frills, bold 9.5% ABV India Pale Ale. It pours a pleasing burnt amber with some sweetness due to the Caramalt and roasted barley used in the malt bill. But hops are the true headliner in this elaborate sensory experience. The spicy, piney, tropical complexities of Chinook, Mosaic and Simcoe hops hit you right away with their dank aroma—and they stick around. Take a sip to have your palate simultaneously walloped and caressed in all the right places. Combined, the hops take the beer to 90 IBUs. It’s not just ridiculous. It’s reDANKulous.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Rusty amber with a nicely held two finger crown perched on top. Head retention is great, posting a thick and soapy lace down the walls of the glass.

Aroma: Rich, comforting and boozy with those stewed stone fruits out in front. Pine resins, cocktail fruit and chewy caramel malts for days! Slightly toasty, golden syrup, chlorine, cookie dough, burned orange and dank, dank, dank! Totally in-your-face but still quite well balanced we must admit.

Flavour: It’s an all out assault on the palate – big, bitey pine resins, grapefruit, stinging booze, citrus rind and fennel all but squash the lovely but subtle sweet caramel malt backing. Stays quite aggressive as the dank hops surge forward in to a super bitter finish which provides a nice malty sweetness in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Gelatinous texture. Full bodied, mild-moderate co2. 9.5% ABV and 90 IBU – both strident and rather palate – wrecking.

Overall: It’s an enormous beer, one for the adventurous drinker. Pronounced booze and hop bitterness with only a little to counter it. Approachable? No! Dank AF? Hell yes!

Wayward Brewing ‘Oatis’ Oatmeal IPA


26994031_805948949589252_7652487186986962852_n“An ultra smooth Golden Oatmeal IPA (India Pale Ale) bursting with grapefruit, pineapple, lime zest and apricot hop aromas, perfectly balanced by a malt backbone of sweet toasted malt and silky smooth oatmeal. Originally brewed for GABS 2015.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Just about translucent amber which is capped with a loosely packed two finger head. Steady reduction and patchy lace as it ebbs.

Aroma: Brilliant! It has this heady butterscotch sweetness that tantalizes the olfactory’s. It’s backed up with tropical fruits like lychee, passion fruit and ripe pineapple alongside a somewhat sugary berry note – blackcurrants maybe. More caramel, stonefruit, grapefruit and doughy malt as it settles.

Flavour: Showing a bit more hop to malt balance. Tonnes of super sweet caramel and tropical fruits with a subtle zesty citrus joining the party mid way. It really starts to take on the stonefruits late as it finishes sweet and fruity with decent length in the tail.

Mouth feel: Really smooth and silky – certainly due to the oats. Well rounded bitterness (75 IBU) and an extremely well concealed 6.5% ABV. Medium body and co2.

Overall: Probably our favourite of the core range. So damn approachable for its size and weight. Quite well priced for a 750ml bottle too (about $11in most bottle shops). Delish!

Alchemist Beer ‘Heady Topper’ Double NE IPA


27331889_805787122938768_6866065208622232993_n“In early 2011 we built the Alchemist Cannery, a 15 barrel brewery and canning line, for the production of our flagship IPA Heady Topper. The first cans of Heady Topper rolled off the line just two days after Tropical Storm Irene demolished The Alchemist Pub and Brewery. Today, we move all of our beer weekly in a concerted effort to provide the freshest, hoppiest packaged IPA on the market.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Hazy AF! Orange/mustard yellow colour with a steady finger of off white foam perched on top. Good head retention and fine lacing on the glass.

Aroma: We hate to sound like a broken record but it’s another full on breakfast juice bomb. Packed full of orange, mango, pineapple, guava and apple. Nicely underpinned by some piney, herbal and grapefruit notes. Delicate hints of aniseed and grass too. Hardly any malt to speak of. Doesn’t matter though, the amount of hop character is just mind blowing.

Flavour: Although it hits its typical juice bomb note there is a decent amount of herbal/botanical character to it. Wet grass and vines come through along with a sappy pine sweetness. Loads of citrus, tropical fruit and just the slightest hint of earthy forest floor. Clean bitter finish with a piney and citric aftertaste.

Mouth feel: Resinous and sappy. Suggestions of creamy-ness there too. 120 IBU – hefty but well contained. 8% ABV also well hidden.

Overall: As far as NE IPA’s go this is by far the best we’ve had. Yes, there is the cult following and the utter rarity of it but the high quality and complexity is what hands it its judgement. If only they would distribute outside the Vermont region! World class.

Lawson’s Finest Liquids ‘Sip Of Sunshine’ Double NE IPA


27073236_805783982939082_1044619287707647765_n“This lupulin-laden India Pale Ale is packed with juicy tropical fruit character, bright floral aromas and delectable layers of hop flavor. Pour mindfully, inhale deeply and enjoy a tropical vacation in a glass. Always store cold, enjoy fresh and stay cool!”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Nice amber hue with only a slight haze – no where near as hazy as other NE IPA’s we’ve tried. It constructs about a finger of head before reducing to a halo with reasonable lace as we hook in.

Aroma: Rather punchy for a NE IPA. Kind of has a bit of West Coast style aggression to it with its pine, grapefruit and orange peel. It still offers a nice creamy juice bomb character though – plenty of pineapple, orange, mango and peach with a delicate grainy/bready malt at the base.

Flavour: Quite acetic, comes on strong with piney/resiny hops, grapefruit and tropical fruits. The edge is taken off with a mild sweetness which is carried through on the back of some juicy fruit and honey. Pineapple, orange and subtle apple juice to round it all off. Good sturdy bitterness sitting on the tongue.

Mouth feel: Pretty smooth and silky for a beer of its size (8% ABV). It keeps a nice medium weight with perfect co2. Could so easily smash another 5 of these.

Overall: Phenomenal drop. It kind of strokes that borderline between West Coast and New England IPA’s. Tonnes of juicy fruit but also a pronounced pine and clean citrus profile as well. Just a cracking IPA.

Tree House Brewing Co ‘Very Green’ Double NE IPA


27337226_805778969606250_4471194439062104119_n“This classic Tree House Double IPA is created with a massive kettle and dry hop punch of Australian and American hops.  It opens in the glass with huge notes of ripe pineapple, pithy citrus, and dank saturated hops. As it warms it shows its depth and complexity. . . Sweet bits of malt intermingle with straight Tropicana. It has a soft but pointed bitterness and a rich, velvety mouth feel. She drinks much like Green, but with more of everything to love – including a greater potential to get carried away.  Proceed with caution!”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Super cloudy yellow complexion, really takes on that fruit juice aspect. It holds a short white cap which dispenses a wavy lace as we imbibe.

Aroma: Again, it’s all about that brekky juice – pineapple, mango, guava, apple and orange. Some subtle grapefruit cutting through as well, a bit pithy and acidic in its delivery. Some dankness, maybe some creamy notes and a suggestion of grainy malt. The full package!

Flavour: Breakfast juice bomb! Waves of creamy pineapple, guava and citrus wash over and make way for a somewhat dank and pithy middle. The grapefruit notes ramp up before it finishes ultra bitter and citric on the rear. Really good length on the close as well.

Mouth feel: Creamy but also quite dry and astringent. The 8.6% ABV provides a nice warmth on the palate. Aggressive bitterness in the swallow.

Overall: We’ve tried our fair share of NE IPA’s and this one here is in a class of its own. Anything from Tree house is as rare as hens teeth as they only sell them from the cellar door in Charlton, Massachusetts. Luckily we had a mate who was willing to share some with us! Brilliant drop.

Hawkers Beer West Coast IPA


26907715_802421946608619_1605172348396349614_n“Not for the faint hearted. A big hoppy bitter West Coast style IPA with huge floral, fruity, and piney aromas.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden orange complexion. It only manages a small fizzy head that reduced to a halo with some patchy lace work left behind.

Aroma: Really hitting that West Coast IPA trait with its big and clean pine and orange citrus notes. Tonnes of tropical fruit, stone fruit, light florals and pithy orange peel backing up. Dry and bready malt profile, not doing a whole lot to pull those big, punchy hops back…and that’s the way we like it!

Flavour: Zesty citrus, pine, hop oils and passion fruit on the fore. Stays clean as a whistle as it surges through the mid, picking up a hint of grapefruit as it delivers a crisp and tidy finish with plenty of lingering pine and zingy citrus sitting on the tongue.

Mouth feel: Sharp and snappy. Ultra clean with a somewhat oily texture. 75 IBU – contained brilliantly. Well masked 7.2% ABV with just the right amount of co2.

Overall: Hawkers do it again! It should come as no surprise though, the quality of their range clearly shows the head brewer knows his stuff. True-to-style West Coast IPA, she’s aromatic, punchy, bitter and assertive. Excellent offering.

Sauce Brewing Co ‘Bubble & Squeak’ NE IPA


26804833_801083326742481_5948176274006242207_n“Our hugely popular New England IPA is now available in 500ml cans! Overloaded with late whirlpool and dry hops, this hazy tropical fruit bomb is all the rage. 6.5%”

 Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Super cloudy mustard-ish yellow gold with a thumb of reasonably well retained head perched over the top. A mix of spotty and streaky lace clings to the glass as we indulge.

Aroma: Sticking to its uber juicy roots as it erupts with pineapple juice, mango, lychee, papaya, blended citrus and a unique scent of coconut cream. Subtle malt profile – bready if anything but it fuses in to that breakfast juice character so well.

Flavour: An exact mirror image of the aroma. More of that Brekky juice medley with a mash up of pineapple, orange and mango. It could just be the proteins that are a by-product of brewing NEIPA’s but we always seem to taste a somewhat creamy vanilla and or lactose-esque flavour. Closing on a mild fruity finish that pulls up a bit short.

Mouth feel: Creamy AF. Somewhat mineraly as well. Kind of dry with a well concealed 6.5% ABV.

Overall: We’ve been fanatics of the IPA style for over a decade now so one would think the new variant would excite us. It doesn’t…..that much. Yes, OK its juicy and flavoursome but we can’t quite grasp why the style is so popular. It’s a good beer but it’s hardly memorable. Not bad.

Dainton Family Brewery IPA


26230683_796753597175454_8045318582627705889_n“It’s a beer that takes heady inspiration from the US, piling on additions of Columbus, Simcoe, Citra and Mosaic to create a beer that, over the course of a glass, acts as something of a checklist for flavours and aromas you expect from New World hops. Lime and pineapple aromas: check. Grapefruit marmalade: check. A touch of capsicum: check. Some herbal, earthy touches: check.”

Glassware: IPA glass. 

Appearance: Hazy golden orange body that’s capped by a big three finger head. It slowly reduced to a wispy overlay which leaves a smattering of lace sticking to the sides of the glass.


Aroma: Heady, punchy and undeniably American. The olfactory’s are bombarded with grapefruit, orange peel, pine, passion fruit, unripened pineapple, woody spice, jam and a sweet caramel malt at the base. It also has this certain dank quality to it as well. Superb aroma.

Flavour: Nice follow on from the nose. Strong initiation by the grapefruit, pine and tropical fruits but it’s the caramel malts hitting their stride through the mid palate. It’s only short lived though as bitter citrus, pine and orange peel take back the reins and finish on a dry bitter note with reasonable length in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Dry overall texture but the malt bill offers a slight chewy-ness. 6% ABV is well behaved and the 55 IBU is assertive but still amicable.

Overall: Dainton have undergone a bit of a re-branding of late and apparently this IPA is the new version of their old ‘insane uncle IPA’. On its merits it is a good IPA – big and ballsy but without that hefty ABV. Memorable? Not so much….but a nice drop that’s for sure.


Fixation Brewing ‘Obsession’ Session IPA


26167944_796614290522718_1679728880890177293_n“Take a journey to flavour town! A town with a sensible approach, this is gonna be a long, chilled-out perfect day full of fun times. Fixation Brewing Co. won Champion Medium Brewery at the 2017 Craft Beer Awards. Obsession is coming in at 4.6% abv and loaded with US Mosaic and Simcoe hops. We are obsessed.”

Served in an IPA glass. Relatively clear golden appearance which dons a two finger crown. The head is well retained so a healthy lace is strewn all the way down the walls of the glass.
We’re getting tonnes of fresh and fruity hop character erupting out of the glass. Literally every scent we’d expect from a hop charged West Coast IPA – grapefruit, orange peel, pine needle, tangerine, unripened pineapple, lemon/lime, melon and woody spice. The malt profile is delicate and semi sweet with hints of white bread and grains.
It appears to fall away on the palate unfortunately. All of those uber-aromatic hops are filtered down to a bit of grapefruit, pine and subdued malt sweetness. It carries through the mid quite well, to its credit, and finishes light, dry and bitter with some grassy hop and citrus in the tail.
The mouth feel is weak and a tad too lean. A victim of the mild ABV perhaps. The 36 IBU provides a vigorous bitterness which gives off that sense that we’re sinking a bigger and ballsier IPA.
Certainly not our pick of their range although it would be a good option for the designated driver. There’s just not enough follow up in flavour for it to become a go-to session beer for us. Stick to the higher ABV IPA’s that’s where it’s at.

Bridge Road Brewers ‘B2 Bomber Mach 7.0’ Belgian Black IPA


26169123_795027027348111_3211243286685839091_n“Bridge Road Brewers reached the 12th year of brewing in 2017. To celebrate we have continued the tradition of brewing a new yet bigger incarnation of the B2. This year we have stepped things up to reach Mach 7.0.”

Served in a Trappist tulip. Mach 7.0 hits the glass with a jet black hue and an enormous four finger head. Excellent retention which allows a thick and blotchy lace to be dispensed down the sides of the glass.
Oh man that aroma! So rich, so roasty and so complex. Intense coffee and roasted malt characters blend gracefully with the super clean pine notes and subtle citrus and grapefruit. Layers of licorice, tobacco, charcoal, cocoa, dark chocolate and subtle smoke only just allows for those gorgeous Belgian candi sugars to sweeten the deal. Some absolutely incredible aromas here.
The flavour backs up with conviction. Big, roasty and boozy with just the slightest hint of yeasty sweetness. Nothing really dominates it’s just a symphony of immense flavour that has the taste buds dancing. We’re loving how the Belgian candi sugars develop as it warms, really bringing that sweet balance to the rich and vigorous malts. Nice and warm in the finish with excellent duration on the rear.
Dense and chewy in the mouth but becoming more oily as it settles. Medium-full body with that 10% ABV packing heat. Moderate co2.
Sensational! Every year Bridge Road say they brew a “new yet bigger incarnation of the B2” and we couldn’t agree more. Although it’s very similar to the Mach 6.0 it still offers an epic aroma and flavour profile. We don’t think there’s any better way to finish off 2017. Another year full of top notch craft. Bring on 2018 and the Mach 8.0!

Goose Island ‘Goose’ IPA


26169272_795026460681501_572368316253695104_n“Our IPA recalls a time when ales shipped from England to India were highly hopped to preserve their distinct taste during the long journey. The result, quite simply a hop lover’s dream. And this classic ale adds a fruity aroma, set off by a dry malt middle, to ensure that the long hop finish is one you’ll remember.”

Served in an IPA glass. Relatively clear amber pour with a finger of finely beaded foam on top. The head falls away a bit but still manages a spotty lace as it ebbs.
The nose is super malty with caramel, bread and semi sweet honey notes leading out. We’re detecting some of the more typical IPA characters like citrus, tropical fruits and pine but they’re discreet and seem happy to just sink in to the robust and sweet malts. Some earthy undertones with a light floral bouquet also coming through.
Much more of the same in flavour. We weren’t too game to call it on the nose but with one sip it’s obvious that it’s an English style IPA. Sweet and bready with light spicy, floral and earthy tones. Just a faint hint of pine and citrus here and there with a delicate herbal note on the flank. Mild finish with a dry, spicy and grassy hop profile sitting on the back end.
The texture is pretty well balanced. A well concealed 55 IBU and a lifted malt bill equates to an approachable mouth feel. Medium body and co2.
Certainly an English inspired IPA but what we like about it is that it’s slightly Americanised. Those subtle hints of pine, citrus and stonefruit puts a very low-key West Coast spin on the beer. Good but not great.

Omnipollo ‘Aurora’ Wheat IPA


24862468_784104978440316_6774516581809135598_n“The wort of this beer looks radio active. Pale, wheaty and green tinted from a post boil hop burst. After a short and efficient fermentation we dry-hop it as many times as it takes and carbonate it softly. We love brewing beer, thinking about beer, dreaming about beer, talking about beer, breathing beer, changing beer, exchanging beer etc. Chill it perfectly and crush it deductively.”

Served in an IPA glass. It pours a cloudy and somewhat milky straw golden hue with a frothy two finger crown. Head retention is good and we see a wavy lave pattern as it ebbs.
Interesting aroma. Smells fruity and piney but also kind of creamy. Definitely get orange citrus upfront, mango, pineapple, subtle grapefruit and subtle dank pine notes. The wheat component is delicate, actually quite hard to pick up but it does come through dry and somewhat bready. Picking up some herbal scents, a bit of spice and this unique ice cream character – reminds us of mango Weiss bars.
Just getting the typical IPA characters on the palate – a nice little fusion of citrus and tropical fruit, pine and grassy/herbal hops. Again the wheat is super subtle, we’re getting more of a light pale malt coming through with grainy and semi sweet honey notes. Subdued fruits and pine return before its rounded out by mild citrus, pine and grassy hops.
The texture is drying and slightly powdery. Medium body and co2. Very well concealed ABV (7.2%), so to is the bitterness.
A little underwhelming we must say. It almost has a NEIPA feel to it with its hazy appearance, low bitterness and high fruity hop content but it just doesn’t seem to hit home for us. The wheat component is too subtle and it just lacks overall excitement. A rare miss from such an esteemed brewery.

Modus Operandi ‘Future Factory’ IIPA


imageThe future can look dark and unnerving, but this hop laden hazy DIPA will prepare you for a journey so profound and juicy you won’t fear the future, because your already here.

Poured into a pint glass we see a hazy burnt orange with a 10mm off white head that fades quickly in this crappy glass. Can see some carbonation rising up through the glass. Lovely pine driven and juicy sweet tropical hop aroma out of the glass, with some spice. First sip on a fresh palate is dominating bitterness from the hops, full of pine, sweet grapefruit, caramels, and more ripe tropical fruits like mango and a bit of peach and pineapple. Body is full here and mouthfeel is good with a nice weight that hides the 8.5% Alc vol. Carbonation in the mouth is low. The more we consume, we not only get a nice zing on the forehead but we get more resinous hops, ripe tropical fruits, interwoven with caramel and spice that hides the booze heat very nicely. It’s definitely sweet..almost cloying. Full of ripe fruit and pine. Almost syrupy. As we near the end of the glass we see very patchy lacing down the glass. Hmmm we are thinking to ourselves we could think of several good Australian DIPAs, such as the Korben D, riverside 777, 4 pines DIPA etc and thinking this would be last place. It’s a very tasty brew but based on the sweetness we can’t give full marks.

kAIJU ‘Peregrination’ IPA


imageAs far as we can tell this IPA from KAIJU has been collaborated with the Catfish and Breakside. Whoever they are…

Poured into a shaker glass we see a hazy golden orange with plenty of small carbonation seen rising up to the 10mm White head that drops out from the middle. Lovely pine nose with hints of sweet malt, orange citrus and light fresh dough yeast. First sip leaves decent citrus bitterness on the palate. This is the dominant flavour, alongside some lemon, orange peel, and pine. Not as sweet now, and it’s actually quite drying and sharp on the palate as it lingers. This brew is light to medium body and good length. We note Alc vol of 6.2% and it blends into the citrus bitterness and pine. Light dry malts round up the palate so the bitterness shines. Nice head retention here as we near halfway through the glass with plenty of spotty lacing down the glass. As we near the bottom it starts to clear out the glass but the bitterness still grabs on the tonsils and almost makes it peppery. Just more of the same, pine, citrus hops with light drying malts and background doughy yeast. It’s a bit run of the mill but it’s not terrible by any means. Just doesn’t stand out really. We wouldn’t buy again.

Bridge Road Brewers ‘B2 Bomber Mach 6.0’ Belgian Black IPA


23795374_775987085918772_697733813066623693_n“Bridge Road Brewers reached the 11th year of brewing in 2016. To celebrate we have continued the tradition of brewing a new yet bigger incarnation of the B2. This year we have stepped things up to reach Mach 6.0.”

Served in an IPA glass. Looks like a big ominous stout – pitch black with a finely beaded two finger head perched on top. Head retention is excellent and so to is the healthy lace work down the walls of the glass.
We get lots of grassy and piney hops against the robust dark malt backdrop. Good uplift from the coffee, cocoa and toast with a subtle candied undertone flowing through. Quite earthy, also hinting at black pepper, fennel seed, molasses and herbs with a touch of warming booze completing a seriously complex and multi layered aroma.
Oh wow! Depth and complexity for days on the palate. Plenty of action upfront – big, dark and roasty malt base with a piney and at times herbal hop bitterness cutting in. The feature we’re loving is this Candi sugar sweetness that’s coming from the Belgian yeast, adding that essential 3rd element which makes this black IPA stand out among the rest. It finishes slightly dry and toasty with incredible length.
It is unbelievably silky and smooth in the mouth. This is especially remarkable considering the 9.6% ABV. Dense and thick, mildly carbonated and full in body. Delightful!
Jeez what a beer this is. Can not fault it at all. We believe this is their 2016 release so the year and a bit in bottle has taken some of the edge off the hops but the rich malt character and the sweet Belgian yeast has more than made up for it. Sensational drop from Bridge Road…one of, if not, their best in our opinion.