Category Archives: IPA’s

Hope Estate F 11.1% BIIIPA


imageGlassware: Poured into a goblet glass.

Appearance: Jet Black as so aptly named. Slight ruby tinge when held up to the light. There is a creamy 10mm head that retains really well, and basically doesn’t budge. It leaves a sticky wall of lacing whatever head does recede. There is tiny carbonation seen bubbling up to the surface maintaining the bottom of the cream head.

Aroma: It’s a lot more subdued out of the can or from the glass than we imagined for this strength of beer. Almost a watery aroma, combining sweet caramels/almost toffee like, some mild honey, roast, mild chocolates, mild coffee, with remnants of juicy tropical hops.

Flavour: Much more intense and rich. Immediate flavours of roasted malts, ash, strong bitterness, espresso, and dark chocolate. As we imbibe we get stewed dark fruits, some raisins, prunes almost. There is even a cognac or port like liqueur hit. The bitterness is now slowly easing after the onslaught at the start. After researching we note the IBU is a measly 111… the same as the alcohol volume. The spirit like alcohol flavour dominates but certainly does not overpower. The fruity hops combine with the roasted malts and booze well enabling a balance that is very palateable.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with good length. Not overly oily on the lips. Certainly some stickiness. Carbonation not overly an ale. As stated the alcohol vol is 11.1%. Again the balance is a real testament to the brewers.

Overall: Very tasty black IIIPA. It’s boozy but very contained. We havn’t had a lot of excellent Hope Estate brews, but we can say that this drop can finally be added to that category. One is definitely enough in a setting. Good beer.

Belching Beaver ‘Phantom Bride’ IPA


57154197_1069186946598783_355669600446185472_n“Deftones are joining the ranks of Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Megadeth and many others in releasing their own signature beer. The California natives have teamed up with San Diego’s Belching Beaver Brewery for a beer they are calling Phantom Bride IPA, named after their recent single.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Surprisingly light straw golden pour with a fluffy two finger head neatly perched on top. Solid retention and healthy lace as it ebbs.

Aroma: Really interesting, it has a strong malt structure to it…grainy straw/hay with wheaty accents. The hops blend in to it really well with the lemon, pine and orange peel from the citra
and simcoe dominating. Picking up a spicy undertone as well – peppery and almost rye-like in its delivery. We dig it.

Flavour: Tasting a bit more dank hop and weedy notes on the palate. It still offers a lot of that grainy straw and wheat malt alongside pine needle, peach, orange citrus, earthy herbs and subtle onions. The peach carries through in to the dry and grassy finish which endures nicely.

Mouthfeel: Thin and crispy but never watery. It holds a medium weight with the 7.1% AbV nicely tucked away. 55 IBU – spot on.

Overall: Can’t say we’re totally blown away but there are some real strong, and let’s say unique, attributes to it which definitely stand out. Solid drop.

Green Beacon ‘Red’s Dead’ Red IPA


56225938_1065798476937630_8767704173144702976_n“Blackcurrant, plum, pine and vanilla with citrus hop bitterness.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Gorgeous mahogany colour with a sumptuous two finger head. It slowly falls away and leaves a wavy lace as it subsides.

Aroma: Waves of blood orange, ruby grapefruit, pine resins and sweet plum supported by a rich, toasty and chewy toffee malt. As it settles the malt sweetness becomes much more caramelised and brings out hints of jam drop biscuits, berry compote and fruit chutney. Excellent aroma with real depth to it.

Flavour: It comes on with a hefty hop bitterness fuelled by acidic grapefruit and citrus rind. All the while that caramel malt sweetness builds in the background. The mid is all toffee and caramel with a gentle roast which meets more citrus, pine and spice in the drawn out finish.

Mouthfeel: There’s a bit of chew to it and the 50 IBU provides a hefty dryness. Medium body with the 6.5% AbV relatively well concealed.

Overall: Balance is the key with red IPA’s and they’ve struck it nicely here. A fine offering from Green Beacon.

Barossa Valley Brewing NAIPA


56443029_1065651740285637_4053793139889012736_n“We apologise for adding to the growing list of craft styles, but we’re excited to present our NAIPA – Native Aussie IPA. With help of local native food supplier Creative Native, Davidson Plum (100x the vitamin c of oranges) adds balancing acidity and depth to the vast amount of juicy hop, typical of NEIPA’s. Hoppy, refreshing, with loads of character. We hope you enjoy as much as we do.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Offers a unique peachy hue with a finger of loosely held bubble atop. Looks good despite all of the suspended sediment floating around in there.

Aroma: Smells like a fruit salad…orange, peach, mango, pineapple, lychee, melon…all the usual suspects you’d find in a good NEIPA. There’s a subtle musky scent to it which we love! Just a hint of tartness too so the Davidson plums have been applied nicely. Lovely aroma.

Flavour: Nice transition from the nose. That fruit salad component really shining with its citrus, tropical fruit and melon notes. Midway we pick up a tangy and slightly tart Kombucha-like effervescence leading to a mild finish which offers a bit of the tart plums and delicate citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Quite approachable for 6.5% AbV. The texture has this soda water feel to it with very little bitterness. Moderate body.

Overall: Decent drop this! Apart from the unsightly sediment floating around. We’ll just imagine that it’s all little pieces of the Davidson plum…all that vitamin c has to be good for us right?!

Offshoot Brewing ‘Hop Luck’ IPA


53863031_1056559284528216_5953728827296317440_n“Homemade SoCal IPA, featuring Simcoe, Mosaic, Amarillo and Centennial hops. Brewed with 2 Row, Vienna and Wheat malts. Fermented with California ale yeast. Released with thanks (and Friendsgiving) on November 13, 2017.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Bright amber with a mild hop haze. The pour raises a thumb of finely beaded foam which is well maintained. Seeing healthy lace on the glass as we hook in.

Aroma: It certainly has a west coast approach to it. Kicking off with clean pine needle, cocktail fruits i.e lychee, pineapple and mango, orange citrus, berries, grassy/herbal hop and boiled candy/palm sugar. The sweetness is further accentuated by the honeyed caramel malt base as well. SoCal indeed!

Flavour: West coast eat your heart out! Crisp notes of pine, orange citrus, tropical fruit and a hint of grapefruit developing late. We get that delicious caramel malt sweetness to balance out all the hops. Nice aggressive dryness to finish with bitter citrus, pine and palm sugar on the rear.

Mouthfeel: Firm, zippy texture with good co2 and moderate body. 7.4% AbV – fits in like a piece in a puzzle.

Overall: It’s encouraging to see that the old favourite still sees some love from a few breweries. Call us old fashioned but the west coast IPA is and always will be a staple beer for us! Top drop.

Offshoot Brewing ‘Friends Giving’ Double IPA


54413267_1056265371224274_1553478735976464384_n“Hazy DIPA with Galaxy, Mosaic, Motueka, and Cashmere hops and CMC Superior Pilsen and 2 Row malt, unmalted wheat and oats.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Super hazy golden orange hue with a creamy three finger head. Excellent retention and lacing as it subsides.

Aroma: Those punchy American hops are showcasing tonnes of uplift here. Laden with pine resin, grapefruit, orange peel, guava, pineapple, mango and peach. We see our very own Aussie Galaxy hops have been used as well so that explains the stonefruit and passionfruit notes. Very little malt but that’s fine…let those hops shine!

Flavour: Fairly juicy. Upfront it’s all dank citrus and warming booze but that all eases in to the hallmark brekky juice flavours of papaya, mango, peach, guava and apple. Apricot and other stonefruits come to the party late and roll in to the dank and slightly warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium-full body. The 8.1% AbV reveals its hand throughout. Low bitterness.

Overall: Solid offering. We don’t want to say it was expected but coming from the same brewers of The Bruery it’s no surprise. “Offshoot” is literally just an offshoot – hence the name – of their main headquarters in Orange County, CA.

Mikkeller ‘Koppi’ Hazy IPA with Coffee


54516489_1052953714888773_9024502410961223680_n“Hazy IPA w. Koppi coffee & Citra & Simcoe Hops.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow with a foamy 1cm cap forming on top. Gradual reduction sees the head settle to a wispy overlay which still manages healthy lace work on the glass.

Aroma: It reeks of citrus, pine, lemon tart, yellow grapefruit, unripened pineapple and spicy herbs. We’ve let this bad boy settle and still we get hardly any coffee from it. That being said there’s still plenty going on…a cheeky spice-driven rye and the subtle citrus from the yeast. A solid aroma considering the lack of feature coffee!

Flavour: Follows on from the nose with punchy citrus, pine needle, mild grapefruit, spicy hop and a kind of delicate earthiness. It hits a bit of a herbal note mid-palate and goes on to reveal a flutter of the coffee in an underwhelming finish of mild citrus and spice on the back palate.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied. Good co2 levels. The 6.9% AbV has been concealed really well.

Overall: It’s just a big old meh! The coffee is totally MIA which is the most disappointing part. It’s not a bad drop by any means but we have to say it…we were expecting a lot more from Mikkeller!

Valhalla Brewing ‘Obsidian’ Black IPA


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


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


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


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 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


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. 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.