Category Archives: IPA’s

Trillium Brewing ‘Permutation 61’ Imperial IPA

Rating:

44240138_968207303363415_3786306330495549440_n“Permutation is our experimental series of small batch offerings, showcasing the unique visions and innovative concepts developed by our brewing and cellar crew.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange body that caps off with a 2cm head. Good retention with sudsy lace clinging to the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Showcases the hops brilliantly. It also helps that this trio (citra, mosaic and simcoe) are three of our top five U.S hops! Just overflowing with fruity hop notes; mixed citrus, tropical and stone fruits, pine needles, orange candy and herb garden. The malt bill offers a kind of wheaty and cereal grainy profile…can’t say we’re huge fans of it though, thank goodness the hops do most of the talking.

Flavour: It comes on pretty fierce. We had to double take at the AbV (9.3%) it’s quite high and it shows upfront. We get lots of that tangy orange citrus, grapefruit and stonefruit mixed in with the grainy cereal malts. Some piney notes and peach midway moving in to a slightly aggressive finish with citric bitterness and a warming booze burn in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Dry, bitter and fairly astringent….as mentioned earlier the booze certainly doesn’t shy away. Medium body and co2.

Overall: Certainly not as streamlined as previous Perm’s (namely the 49 & 50). The malt bill didn’t seem to work for us personally and the booze was showing through a lot more. Nevertheless, we won’t complain as it’s not like Trillium beers come by all that often!

Treehouse Brewing ‘Green’ IPA

Rating:

44070921_966798880170924_5341737111928176640_n“Our cross-continental IPA! Made with Australian and American hops, this tropical heavy IPA opens up in the glass with notes of hugely flavorful notes of lemon-lime, pineapple, orange sorbet, and tangerine. It has a soft but pointed bitterness and a rich, velvety mouth feel. One of of our personal favorites here at Tree House!”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: The usual turbid orange with deep honey highlights. It builds a two finger head which persists and weaves a healthy lace as it ebbs.

Aroma: Matches the name of the beer perfectly. We get lush evergreen, pine forest, citrus, pineapple, mango, subtle orange and ruby grapefruit along with a hint of Frosty Fruits. Detecting stronger scents of rockmelon, orange cream, dank-ish hops and aniseed as it warms. Such a well rounded nose. So Treehouse!

Flavour: Bucket loads of juicy citrus, stonefruit, orange rind and sweet pineapple on entry. Pine, herbal hop and a somewhat earthy spice also getting amongst it. The middle shows a bit of grapefruit acidity that carries in to the dry, slightly warming and bitter finish with that pinch of Frosty Fruit sweetness in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and inoffensive. A flutter of warmth from the 7.5% AbV and some bitterness (90 IBU) developing in the swallow. Medium body and co2.

Overall: These guys really have the NEIPA style dialled in. We’re now pretty much through their whole range of IPA’s and we must say the consistency and quality is unrivalled. Kudos Treehouse!

Modern Times ‘Mortal Cloak’ Double IPA

Rating:

43878423_965496123634533_4822574332909715456_n“This marvel of tasty turbidity is positively stuffed with Eureka, Citra, & Mosaic hops, yielding a mouthwatering profile bursting with tangerine, passion fruit, and stone fruit from aroma to immensely satisfying finish.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Brekky juice with two fingers of foamy white head perched on top. It peels off to a fine overlay and sheds a neat lace as we hook in.

Aroma: It displays the typical brekky juice but there’s a few certain fruits that stand out namely mango, pineapple and passion fruit. There is quite a dank-ness to it…the nose-tingling booze definitely adds a bit of oomph to it as well. We always love it when NEIPA’s have that Frosty Fruit character to it and this has it in spades! Really high quality aroma.

Flavour: More of the same quality transitions to the palate as it opens with a wave of tropical fruit led by the sweet mango and pineapple and supported by passion fruit, peach, melon and lychee. Really get that sugary Frosty Fruit flavour in the background. Hardly any malt, a bit of resinous hop and an overflow of tropical fruit in the finish. Just delish!

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy and inoffensive. Medium co2 and body. Well concealed 8.5% AbV and IBU (55). Very tidy.

Overall: Everything is where and how it should be and it’s balanced like a beer on a barrel! Outrageously crushable. Flawless…absolutely flawless!

Trillium/Cooks Illustrated El Dorado IPA

43788250_965375730313239_4901223778329034752_n“In 1993, the premiere issue of Cooks Illustrated arrived on newsstands and in mailboxes. Over the last 25 years, the brand has helped millions of home cooks become more successful in the kitchen.  And that kind of achievement deserves celebrating. Trillium Brewing Company crafted this limited edition IPA from Massachusetts-grown malted grains and Washington-State grown hops in order to help commemorate the anniversary.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Milky orange with a thumb of foamy head resting atop. Slow dissipation resulting in a ring with reasonable lace clinging to the glass.

Aroma: Loving this fusion between the NEIPA and the west coast hops. We get that really creamy body, lots of vanilla and oats, some botanicals and stonefruit with grassy, resinous and citrusy hop overtones. Brekky juice galore…mostly orange, guava and pineapple. Subtle peppery spice tickling the olfactory’s as well.

Flavour: Smooth, really well balanced and super juicy. Orange, paw paw, guava, melon, papaya, apricot and mango all present firmly. We get those really creamy textural oats, chalky notes and mild grassy hops shifting to a dry finish with tangy orange citrus, botanicals and light spicy notes on a length.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, chalky and a touch dry. Medium body with a nicely weighted co2. The 7.4% AbV is placed perfectly….neither here nor there.

Overall: Although it’s a decent drop we weren’t totally blown away. It’s smooth as silk and very easy to put back with oodles of flavour so really it has to score well. Can’t lie though we were hoping for a little bit more.

Trillium/Monkish ‘Insert Hip Hop Reference There’ Triple IPA

Rating:

43788046_964871000363712_2150462263654350848_n“Following up on our previous collaboration with our good friends from Monkish Brewing, is an all Citra Triple IPA.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Probably one of the cloudiest we’ve seen to date…it’s like a beer milkshake! It holds on to a loose head which struggles to produce much lace as we go.

Aroma: The mere fact that the 10% AbV is completely hidden is one thing but the juice factor here is out of this world. We get straight up breakfast juice, hell we’d even skull this with our west bix! It’s just incredible…tonnes of mango, apple, orange, banana, peach, apricot, guava, pineapple, the list could go on and on. This is the ultimate NEIPA aroma.

Flavour: Wooooooowww. How do they do it?! Every juicy tropical fruit under the sun teams up here; we’re talking mango, melon, orange, apricot, papaya, guava, pineapple, peach, lychee and apple. You can pretty much forget anything else in the beer as the juice train flies through to the finish and then some.

Mouthfeel: Super light for its size (10% AbV). The texture is smooth, creamy, chalky and presents a lovely density. Co2 is spot on.

Overall: This would have to be one of, if not the best, NEIPA’s we’ve ever had. The level of juice, the minimal bitterness, the crazy well hidden AbV and just the overall drink-ability is second to none. Top of its class!

Treehouse Brewing Co ‘Sap’ IPA

Rating:

43763008_965037080347104_3456556191960793088_n“Our IPA brewed with Northwest American hops prominently featuring Chinook!  A pungent aroma gives way to a delicate beer saturated with hop flavor. Soft notes of grapefruit, sweet orange, pineapple, and young mango give way to a softly resinous finish making this one hard to put down.  We find Sap to be one of our most complex and intricate IPAs – We love it dearly!”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Hazy apricot/orange colour which caps off with a sturdy three finger head. Excellent retention and healthy lace work down the glass.

Aroma: Quite different to the rest of TH’s IPA range in the way that it’s reserved and leaning more towards the west coast style. Still plenty of character though – clean and crisp pine, citrus and orange rind overtones with passion fruit, melon and a somewhat nutty spice buried down deep. The base malt is light and semi sweet…keeping in step with the flow of the beer.

Flavour: Definitely west coast. We taste a big burst of sweet citrus, pine and assorted tropical fruits with orange rind and grapefruit bitterness leading the charge midway. Hints of that earthy and nutty spice coming through as it finishes rather dry, bitter and citric with lingering pine and mango in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Slightly harsher than their previous offerings. The 7% AbV and 80 IBU are noticeable. Medium body and co2. The texture is dry and bitter.

Overall: We know she’s not an overly bitter IPA but it’s coming across as one. It must be all of those super juiced up and low IBU NEIPA’s we’re getting used to. Looks as if we’ll have to start re-training our palate so we can get our bitterness threshold back up to old pre-NEIPA days!

Treehouse Brewing Co ‘Alter Ego’ IPA

Rating:

43623156_963905683793577_6462937847807606784_n“Alter Ego is a member of the Julius family, taking the base of Julius and adding a tremendous amount of Mosaic to the dry hop with a kiss of Amarillo. What results is a beer with all the deliciousness of Julius with a pungent additional layer of juicy,  citrusy complexity. It is intensely flavorful and full bodied yet maintains a pleasantly drinkable disposition. Over time, Alter Ego has become a truly singular member of the Tree House IPA family and presents as a distinct member of our core line-up.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Murky orange complexion. The pour yields a fluffy free finger head which persists and works a blotchy lace down the glass.

Aroma: Jam packed with orange citrus, tropical fruits, mango, pine, guava and sweet and sugary pineapple. It has a bit of a candied accent happening -mostly orange, kiwi fruit and pineapple but it’s nicely offset by the biscuity cracker malts. Maybe a light stonefruit undertone as it settles. Just an all-out juice bomb!

Flavour: Orange citrus, grapefruit, guava and mango come on strong with soft pine and semi sweet bready malts in support. It makes way for a bit of stonefruit and mango before bitter notes of grapefruit and orange rind steal the show in the finish. Showing some legs too! Drawing out nicely on the back palate

Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy texture. Nicely carbonated with a bit more bitterness showing through. 6.8% AbV is well concealed too!

Overall: TH call this beer a “member of the Julius family”. Only just reviewing Julius last week we couldn’t agree more. The foundations of the two are very similar with the change in dry hopping providing most of the distinction. With that aside it’s still another absolute cracker from Treehouse.

Treehouse Brewing Co ‘Julius’ IPA

Rating:

43099097_961400480710764_1288365759302467584_n“Bursting with pungent American hops, Julius – our flagship American IPA – is a bright, juicy beer filled with flavors and aromas of mango, peach, passionfruit, and a melange of citrus juice. A soft, pillowy mouthfeel and rounded bitterness ensure Julius will never tire the palate – a true joy to drink!”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours like an orange milkshake which generates a whopping four finger head. It gradually breaks down and leaves a smattering of lace in its wake.

Aroma: Pow! It hits the olfactory’s with serious vigour. Lots of fresh tropical fruity hops, peach skins, orange citrus, mandarin and a hint of that fruit salad-esque brekky juice character. There’s a slightly dry and bready malt structure which offers a fine balance to all those gorgeous hops. Smells fantastic!

Flavour: Taking on more of the NEIPA qualities with ripe stonefruits; mango, peach, papaya etc. Definite juice bomb, hitting hints of those creamy oat and vanilla notes, some yeasty fruit esters and sweet orange citrus midway. Great carry through – ripe fleshy fruits, creamy orange and tropical fruits finish it off with a tickle of bitterness developing on the back palate.

Mouthfeel: Dense, gelatinous, semi full body. Super mild bitterness with that 6.8% AbV adding some background warmth.

Overall: It’s hard to say whether it’s better than the King Julius or not. It’s definitely smoother and more crushable but that’s expected being the smaller brother. The aroma is absolutely popping…the flavour profile… maybe just lacking a bit of the same intensity. Still a very good NEIPA.

Bentspoke Brewing Co ‘Cluster 8’ Imperial IPA

Rating:

42666653_957981727719306_8851819535678832640_n“Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Drifting off the beaten track allows you to explore roads less travelled. The drifter series will broaden horizons , drift in and out, and will no doubt bend a few spokes along the way. Drifting in is cluster 8, this geared up IIPA promises to quench your hop thirst.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: As the old peel top usually goes she musters up a big three finger head which sits atop a beautiful amber body. Lacing is patchy at best.

Aroma: We’re getting tonnes of sticky sweet malts, caramel and overripe stonefruit with dank hops and a somewhat fermented orange citrus undertone. Some sappy pine and residual sugars here and there, pineapple coming to the fore as it settles in. Not sure whether they’ve pulled the hop bill back for this can release but it seems very malt forward.

Flavour: Again lots of residual sweetness, caramel malt and cocktail fruits which open the door for the dank and piney hop resins to creep through midway. Tangy citrus, fleshy papaya/paw paw and juicy ruby grapefruit set up a surprisingly smooth finish with decent length.

Mouthfeel: It holds a good weight without being too muscly. Smooth, medium-full body. The 8.8% AbV is incredibly well masked.

Overall: We’ve been filling our metal Bentspoke growlers with the C8 for years now and even though this is recently canned we’d say it drinks better fresh from the tap. That said we’re excited to see them finally canning it. Next up Cluster 12???

Barebottle Brew Co ‘Very Best Bad Things’ Double IPA

Rating:

41482753_950164178501061_7381278525153607680_n“In 1855, author Hinton R. Helper wrote, “California can and does furnish the very best bad things obtainable in America.” We’ve worked hard to develop a beer that delivers against that famous quote: a juicy, smooth, very drinkable double IPA that will make you glad you live in the wild west.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Cloudy AF! Kind of golden orange looking body with a well maintained cap on top. It hangs a sheet of lace down the sides of the glass. Looks good!

Aroma: Smells of freshly sliced oranges, tangerine and mandarin peel. Well supported by a litany of other tropical fruits i.e mango, pineapple, melon and papaya along with a herbal undertone…we’d say fennel as it offers a bit of spiciness as well. Apricot and a touch of oats as it settles in the glass. Lovely!

Flavour: We taste a wave of tropical and stone fruit wash over the tongue. Following on with orange citrus, pine and apricot that give a little rise to some warning alcohol. Some citric bitterness forming around the mid which leads in to the fruity and slightly herbaceous finish. Good duration in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Pretty well balanced. The bitterness is assertive but the oats hand the texture a smooth and well rounded profile. 8% AbV – reasonably well hidden. Medium body.

Overall: To be honest it didn’t really blow us away. On the upside though it does hit its mark – juicy, fruity, bitterness is nicely tucked away and the malt bill is creamy and oaty. It’s no Heady or Very Green but it’s still a fairly decent NEIPA.

Treehouse Brewing ‘Very Green’ Double IPA

Rating:

40875960_947020942148718_4725986784779960320_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 breakfast juice aspect. It holds a persistent three finger crown which dispenses a thick soapy lace as we imbibe.

Aroma: Again, it’s all about that brekky juice – pineapple, mango, guava, apple and orange. Stonefruit and apricot overtones along with some subtle grapefruit cutting through as well, a bit pithy in its delivery. Some dankness, maybe some creamy notes, light florals and a suggestion of oats and grainy malt at the base. The full package!

Flavour: A straight up 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 the citric bitterness before it shifts in to a smooth finish with plenty of floral peach, earthy apricot and rockmelon on the back palate. Decent length too, really going the distance!

Mouth feel: Creamy but also quite dry and pithy. The 8.3% ABV provides a nice warmth on the palate with an assertive bitterness in the swallow. Medium body.

Overall: We’ve tried our fair share of NEIPA’s and although a lot of them are good this one 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 but luckily we have a mate who was willing to send some to us! Brilliant drop.

Treehouse Brewing ‘King Julius’ Double IPA

Rating:

40578300_945358142314998_1070123301168218112_n“King Julius is an American Double IPA brewed to be an exceptionally flavorful, juicy, and hop saturated beer without rough edges or abrasiveness. Its vivid citrus aromas give way to flavors of orange creamsicle, mango smoothie, and a bounty of fresh tropical fruit. We find it to be refined and delicate amid an onslaught of flavor. Originally brewed in 2012, King Julius is our endeavor to marry our past with what we aspire to be in the future.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Cloudy orange complexion. The head swells to two fingers and holds its shape really well. Healthy lace work clings to the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: Super fruity, tropical and laden with pureed mango, melon, pineapple, paw paw and apricot. Kind of has the breakfast juice thing going on but not as much as previous TH IPA’s. King Julius definitely displays a heady orange tang, kiwifruit, some herbal characters and a soft creamy oat-like malt profile. Maybe just a hint of peach skins too. Very nice!

Flavour: Follows on from the nose with its pronounced juicy notes of orange, melon, paw paw and apricot. Detecting a bit of warmth from the booze (8.2%) but it’s subtle and compliments the stonefruit notes rather well. The middle takes on a more citrus-forward role, adding to the slightly assertive bitterness which rolls in to the dry, resinous and pithy finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy initially then developing a snappy bitterness in the swallow. Co2 is spot on – detecting a very mild sparkle to it. Medium body.

Overall: Crazy sessional for a beer it’s size. We love Treehouse!

Beer Farm IPA

Rating:

40161764_943087239208755_5693416936864481280_n“An American IPA with a rounded malt character and a resinous hop profile. Mosaic & Citra hops bring out a pineapple and stonefruit aroma, complemented by the citrus spice of NZ Motueka. Pleasant but assertive bitterness on the palate, balancing out a light toffee malt character.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Lovely bold amber colour with almost full clarity. It dons a thumb of foamy head which holds its shape and decorates the glass as we hook in.

Aroma: The hops do most of the talking. A somewhat mixed bag made up of Magnum, Mosaic, Citra and Motueka which impart lots of fresh citrus, tropical fruits, pine, berries, weed, candied lime and honeydew. As she warms a little the malt base opens up and provides a good balance with its sticky caramel sweetness. Showing lots of potential thus far!

Flavour: Pretty much follows the nose with a dominant showcase of hops and a brilliant use of sweet caramel malt to offset them all. It keeps a clean profile through the mid, taking on some orange peel and grapefruit bitterness which intensifies as it finishes on a dry, mildly acidic and bitter finish which carries nicely in to the tail.

Mouthfeel: Snappy and vibrant. Well carbonated with a nicely set IBU (50). The standout is the relatively low AbV (5.6%) though.

Overall: It has been a long time between drinks for us and Beerfarm and again they pass muster. Although it hasn’t bowled us over it has most certainly gained our admiration. It’s light and super sessional, full flavoured yet incredibly easy over the tongue. It’s just a really well brewed IPA.

Trillium Brewing ‘Number 50’ Double IPA w Experimental Hops

Rating:

40205739_943003839217095_8072578426550091776_n“Moderately hazy golden amber in appearance, Permutation 50 offers a tropical aroma of diced pineapple, honeydew melon rind, tangerine, and mango. The palate bursts with notes of sweet clementine, pulpy grapefruit, kiwi, and lemon pith. Displays a full, creamy mouthfeel with an balancing bite of pine and black tea spice.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: It pours a hazy deep orange hue with a pancake head which swells to a cm. Retention is good and lacing much the same.

Aroma: Smells of juicy tropical cocktail fruits i.e mango, paw paw, ripe pineapple and orange citrus with hints of ruby grapefruit and blood orange in support. There’s a lovely sweet malt structure at the base, somewhat buttery and honeyed and offering up a great balance. Fine aroma.

Flavour: Wow a sturdy sweetness meets the taste buds initially. Secondly we must commend them on the masking of the 9% AbV – it’s practically undetectable! Tonnes of those juicy summer stonefruits like mango, paw paw and melon with a flutter of blood orange, ruby grapefruit and tangerine. Again that malt base presents a buttery, sweet and honeyed profile and adds to the smooth well rounded finish.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth, silky and a little creamy. Body, co2 and IBU are all balanced like a beer on a barrel. Perfect!

Overall: One of the most smashy double IPA’s we’ve ever had. The remarkable balance, the concealed AbV and full flavour just adds to the faultless character of the beer. It appears this ‘Permutation Series’ is where it’s at!

Modus Operandi ‘Southern Hemisphere’ BIPA – Black label 3 of 3

Rating:

64DE2FB0-96BF-460A-952E-365D7023378CGlassware: Poured into a shaker glass

Appearance: Mat black with a dark cream, soapy 10mm head that fizzes due to the carbonation from below. Retention is relatively good, with the head bottoming out leaving a sudsy rim around the glass. As we drink there is patchy lacing down the glass at best.

Aroma: Lots of sweet roasted malts, caramels, smoke, chocolate, tropical hops like passion fruit, guava, spice, earth and resin. Smells similar to a Six Strings IPA and the Cascadian Howl by MO. Obvious Galaxy hops in here.

Flavour: Initial whack of bitterness and roasted malts, ash, dark chocolate, liquorice, and espresso. Not as sweet now on the palate. More drying and bold. After a few sips the initial bitterness eases off and the smoothness of the dark roasted flavours blends with the juicyness of the hops. We get pine, mild passion fruit, and also a touch of white wine and spice on the back palate. Good length and it allows you to savour it.

Mouthfeel: Touch of creaminess with a body that’s moderate only. The alc vol is 6.9% and it drinks amazingly well as it’s barely detectable. No IBU stated here. The bitterness and the savouriness alongside the sweetness work well.

Overall: This beer is a spin off of the US inspired Cascadian Howl, but using hops from Australia and NZ. It’s not as strong or full bodied as the Cascadian Howl but it’s just as delicious. There is just as much roast and the hops carry them really well. There is a touch more white wine but it does so in a subtle way that still allows the tropical hops to shine. Would buy again.

Treehouse Brewing Co ‘Doubleganger’ Double IPA

Rating:

39918032_938070493043763_7872835968812711936_n“This beer was conceived with the intent to push the concept of Doppelganger to the limit of flavor and intensity. Both the kettle hopping rates and dry hopping rates were increased while keeping the base beer the same. The result is intense, but also surprising in its balance and softness. The mouthfeel is viscous and coating with flavors of overripe mango, dank citrus, and tropical fruit balanced by a sharp but pleasant finish. A treat to warm you up as a true New England winter takes hold!”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Murky orange kind of affair – looks a bit like freshly squeezed orange juice topped off by a puffy two and a half finger crown. The head holds for a minute before settling to a thick overlay which leaves a healthy lace in its wake.

Aroma: Lots of tropical fruit, lots of orange citrus and resinous/sappy pine lifting out. Plenty of peach, apricot, pear and apple and paw paw also getting amongst it. That stonefruit profile really starting to open up as it warms. Also loving this subtle and slightly sugary hint of frosty fruits with just a flutter of alcohol warmth in the background. Absolutely hallmark Treehouse.

Flavour: Tasting that brekky juice character on entry. Followed up by orange rind, unripened mango, melon, pine and green botanicals. Quite smooth but the middle develops a bit of warming booze and assertive hop bitterness. A hit of yellow grapefruit, pithy orange and herbs finish with a dry hop bitterness in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light and smooth but with a firm bitterness forming in the swallow. Light warming alcohol (8.2%), medium body and co2.

Overall: Rather bitter for a Treehouse NEIPA…we dig it though. It somewhat balances out the juicy notes, not to mention the addition of some aggression. All in all it’s a solid NEIPA.

Trillium Brewing ‘Number 49’ El Dorado Double IPA

Rating:

39496811_936067696577376_5661603057541054464_n“Permutation is our experimental series of small batch offerings, showcasing the unique visions and innovative concepts developed by our brewing and cellar crew. Permutation 49 is a Double IPA brewed with Lactose featuring El Dorado in the double dry hop and pours a deeply hazy, vibrant orange hue.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Murky orange complexion that tops off with a cm of tightly held foam. Good head retention and healthy lace work as it ebbs.

Aroma: Nice and juicy. Lots of citrus-forward and zingy hops with a strong focus on pithy grapefruit, orange and tangerine. Picking up plenty of tropical stone fruit as well – mostly mango, rockmelon and paw paw with distinct piney notes cutting through. Maybe some creamy pineapple in there too. The malt is sweet, doughy and honeyed, offering a good balance to those dominant El Dorado hops. Brilliant nose.

Flavour: Much more dense and chewy, showing its AbV just a smidge more than the aroma. Less definition on the citrus with further stone fruit character to the fore. Jammy notes of apricot and marmalade blend nicely with the creamy vanilla/lactose before it moves in to the incredibly smooth finish which displays creamy orange, pine and candied citrus on a length.

Mouthfeel: Silky soft texture, well rounded and hiding that AbV very well (8.3%). Medium body, mild-medium Co2.

Overall: What a drop! Straight up west coast IPA on the nose then showing suggestions of NEIPA on the palate. Remarkably smooth and luxurious finish. One of the finest DIPA’s we’ve ever drunk. Brilliant.

Treehouse Brewing Co. ‘Haze’ Double IPA

Rating:

39044765_927616497422496_3679545387821039616_n“Our core double IPA! Haze is crafted with pale malt and an extreme kettle and dry hop dose of our favorite Northwest American hops. We smell a ton of peach on the nose, with complimentary notes of orange and passionfruit. The flavor is similar with a blast of citrus fruit & peach quickly followed by a bounty of tropical fruit.  A lingering and pleasant saturated hop oil finish awaits. . . . A real juice bomb of a beer, and a true Tree House original.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Cloudy AF! Pale mustard yellow sort of affair with a fluffy two finger head sitting atop. Decent retention with thick soapy lace coating the walls of the glass on its way down.

Aroma: Amazing. Like a freshly cut fruit salad topped with pine needles, dried apricot and fennel. It offers plenty of that hallmark creamy/chalky vanilla along with leafy herbs and botanicals as well. Picking up hints of frosty fruit ice blocks which envokes a bit of nostalgia for us. Nice grainy malt character at the base. Lovely aroma.

Flavour: A tad surprising really. No where near as much fruit. The hop profile is very delicate – mostly citrus forward notes of orange, grapefruit and a touch of passion fruit. A late hop bitterness surges forward in to a dry, bitter and citric finish with fairly good length on the rear.

Mouthfeel: Remarkably light and chalky. The 8.2% AbV hides itself very well and the 90 IBU is prominent late in the piece. Mild-medium body and Co2.

Overall: Very Green is the only other TH IPA we’ve tried and this one doesn’t come close. It is a very tidy NEIPA but we won’t lie….we were expecting a bit more from it! Not bad though.

Big Shed Brewing ‘Boozy Fruit’ NEIPA

Rating:

6822804B-9BAF-4F4E-A77D-A6A16E27FDE5Glassware: Goblet

Appearance: Pours a dirty dishwater colour with plenty of carbonation seen bubbling away. There is an off white 1 finger head full of compact small carbonation. Retention is excellent..a bit creamy lace that doesn’t budge. Massive wall of lacing seen as the brew is imbibed.

Aroma: Breakfast juice..sweet tropical flavours burst out of the glass with passion fruit, guava, ripe pineapple, alongside citrus orange and pine. Smells reminiscent of a frosty fruit ice block we used to have as kids.

Flavour: My goodness does this have alcohol in it?? It just glides over the palate and down the gullet leaving a decent yet balanced bitterness from the hops. More pine, grapefruit/lime/orange peel citrus and now only can you start to tell there is alcohol in it (6.2%) after a few sips. Slight amount of spice tingling the tonsils. Faint caramels here. The tropical fruit bowl is now subdued but the aroma doesn’t change so it’s nice balance between olfactory and taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body on the palate with mild to moderate length, leaving a restrained bitterness and spice tingle. No IBU stated but either way it blends in perfectly especially the back palate.

Overall: Bloody tasty. This was the GABS 2018 people’s choice winner. At the time we remember it being a standout, or at last top 5. We have had some amazing NEIPAs in our time since the craze began and it’s very good. A worthy purchase.

Murray’s Brewing ‘Angry Fred’ IPA

Rating:

53D24FA2-B29F-4B65-8EC9-9C16BC605141Glassware: Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: We see that typical hazy burnt orange with a finger and a half width bubbly yet compact and almost velvety white head that retains brilliantly. Lots of minute carbonation coming from underneath.

Aroma: Plenty of tropical fruit like green mango, white grapefruit and orange citrus, fresh pine, spice and resin. It has single Maris Otter malt which delivers that slightly nutty but ale-like aroma. Slight caramels hanging around there that aren’t overly sweet. Not a lot of booze detected. Quite nice on the olfactory.

Flavour: The citrus hops dominate firstly then combine with more sweetness of the malt as we hit the back palate. The bitterness is nicely blended here and it’s smooth but assertive. Tropical flavours taste slightly less than the aroma but there is that hoppy resin on the palate. Only mild spice now detected. Alcohol volume here of 6% and its about right. Lingering caramels, citrus, and nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: A light to medium body with similar carbonation offers that ale like smashing on a spring day. We unsure of the IBU but we would guess it’s somewhere north of 70? The bitterness lingers on the back palate but doesn’t overpower. Length is mild to moderate. You just keep sipping which ain’t a bad thing.

Overall: We loved the original Fred when it first came out and but we thought the brew had altered slightly so when the Angry Fred came out we were excited. It’s delivered assertive bitterness yet still retaining that piney, citrusy, resiny goodness. As smashable drop and we hope it’s a regular at Murray’s Brewery because we visit it regularly and we could down several.