Category Archives: IPA’s

Humble Sea ‘This Is Foggin Unreal’ DDH IPA

Rating:

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

Glassware: IPA.

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

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

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

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

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

Humble Sea ‘Otter Space’ DDH IPA

Rating:

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

Glassware: IPA.

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

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

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

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

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

50/50 Brewing ‘West Coast Haze’ IPA

Rating:

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

Glassware: IPA.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rating:

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

Glassware: IPA.

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

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

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

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

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

Equilibrium’ Dhop 26′ DDH Double IPA

Rating:

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

Glassware: IPA.

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

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

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

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

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

Bridge Road ‘NEeD – IPA #1’ Hazy IPA

Rating:

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

Glassware: IPA.

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

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

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

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

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

Equilibrium ‘Fractal Citra’ IPA

Rating:

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

Glassware: IPA.

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

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

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

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

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

Equilibrium ‘Enso’ Double IPA

Rating:

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

Glassware: IPA.

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

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

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

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

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

Modern Times ‘Elara’ Hazy IPA

Rating:

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

Glassware: IPA.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rating:

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

Glassware: IPA.

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

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

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

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

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

Equilibrium ‘MC2’ Double IPA

Rating:

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

Glassware: IPA

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

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

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

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

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

Equilibrium ‘Energy Equals’ Double IPA

Rating:

“Energy Equals is a companion beer to MC². It completes the equation. We start with MC² as a base and incorporate the well received process we like to refer to as the ‘Energy Dry Hop’ which gives this beer an intense brightness and flavor. Energy Equals has enhanced flavor characteristics of mango, pineapple, citrus, and apricot. With the new technique in place, we notice a much deeper flavor profile while being extremely bright and lighter in body. It’s extremely crushable with our EQ juice finish.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Golden orange with a moderate haze. It whips up a creamy two finger head which maintains well. Nice wavy lace as it ebbs. Watch your pour with this one…lots of floaties!

Aroma: Very bright and vibrant. Tonnes of fruit i.e rockmelon, paw paw, apricot, mango, orange citrus, peach, pear and grapefruit. Hints of zesty rind and pine needles, pineapple and white grapes also. Kind of a semi sweet malt structure offering a touch of honey and sweet doughy white bread. Pretty rockin.

Flavour: Heavily dominated by the stonefruits: rockmelon, paw paw, apricot and peach but well supported by fleshy mango, ripe pineapple and zesty orange. A hint of earthy/peppery spice develops late and finishes rather dry and fruity with a delicate malt sweetness in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. Medium body, finely carbonated. The 8% ABV is dangerously well concealed.

Overall: The first of 6 IPA’s we picked up from this NY brewery. Our first entry from them too. Look, it’s not life changing but it’s a decent DIPA.

Durham Brewery ‘St.Cuthberts’ IPA

Rating:

“As it matures in the bottle, St Cuthbert becomes drier, allowing bitterness and alcoholic strength to come to the fore. A heady floral aroma is immediately apparent on pouring. Peachy fruit notes and a moderate bitterness linger on the palate long after enjoying a draught.”

Glassware: English Pint.

Appearance: Amber to orange with a moderate haze. It holds a thumb of super creamy and well retained head which works a wavy lace down the glass.

Aroma: Definitely has the classic English IPA nose. Orange citrus, lychee, peach, strong florals and earthy-ness encapsulated in a semi sweet, bready/toasty malt profile. Pronounced caramel sweetness coming through too. It all seems a little tired though. And whaddya know we found the best before date…31/12/20!

Flavour: Tell ya what they’re lucky (we’re referring to the bottle shop here) English IPA’s are mostly malt driven coz it still presents nicely. Plenty of sweet orange citrus, florals and bready malts to start. Caramels, marmalade, earthy apricot and mild herbals in to a soft fruity finish with decent length.

Mouthfeel: Kinda creamy, smooth, medium bodied. Gentle bitterness post swallow. Co2 is spot on.

Overall: The fact that it’s almost 1 year old and still drinking this well is a testament to the brewers. Pretty pissed off at the bottle shop though. Would love to re-try fresh.

Hargreaves Hill ‘Pursuit Of Hoppiness #7’ Cryo Oat Cream IPA

Rating:

“POH Number 7 is an 8% Oat Cream IPA featuring 17% rolled oats and 5% torrified wheat. After a slow sparge , milk sugars are added to the boil. This results in a creamy mouthfeel, as a basis for substantial dry-hopping. Hops include; Cryo Amarillo, Cryo Idaho 7 and some Mosaic.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Pastel yellow with a faint orange tint. It forms a sturdy two finger head and weaves a fine lace down the glass.

Aroma: Gorgeous creamy citrus overtones, pineapple, peach, white grapes, candied orange, pine resin and florals come through the strongest. We’re also picking up hints of creamy oats, vanilla/lactose, wheat grains and straw. Really nice…it has West Coast traits with the sweet creamy-ness of a NEIPA. Best of both worlds!

Flavour: Follows on from the nose. Laden with orange citrus, florals, mixed stonefruit, pineapple and pine resin. Mostly stonefruits/tropical through the mid…a hint of pithy citrus hanging back. The mildly creamy oats and wheat grains develop late and lead to a dry and citrusy finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and fluffy then turns a little bitter in the swallow. Mild-medium body. Finely carbonated. The 8% ABV shows up a little but is fairly well behaved.

Overall: Even though it doesn’t have a lot of your typical oat cream characters we still dig it. It’s quite a unique IPA and the cryo factor adds a lovely oily-ness. Decent.

Hargreaves Hill ‘Pursuit Of Hoppiness #6’ Galaxy IPA

Rating:

“Number 6 is a single-hop 7% Hazy IPA utilising Galaxy hops. Aromas and flavours of Passionfruit, Peach and clean Citrus. Double dry-hopped at 17g/Litre.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Slightly hazy straw golden complexion with two fingers of well retained head. Healthy lace as we go.

Aroma: Certainly fruit driven. The hallmark passion fruit, peach, green mango and tangy grapefruit grace the olfactory’s initially. Very subtle hints of herbs/vines, resin and even a faint hint of coconut (although there’s no Sabro here). Quite a dry and doughy malt profile filling it out. Not too bad for a single hop…especially an Aussie hop.

Flavour: The Galaxy hops really rush the front palate, throwing out mild grapefruit, passion fruit, peach and mixed stonefruit. Shades of pithy citrus mix with the dry malts midway and lead to a rather bitter finish with yellow grapefruit and a delicate boozy sting in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Less creamy and smooth and more dry and bitter… particularly post swallow. Medium body, nicely positioned Co2. 7% ABV a little noticeable.

Overall: We dig what they’re trying to do here but it just falls short of the mark. A tad too bitter for the style plus it’s lacking the creamy and juicy characters. Love that they’ve gone solo on Galaxy hops though, it’s without a doubt the best hop coming out of Australia.

Garage Project X Green Cheek ‘Cause You Feel It’ Double IPA

Rating:

“Orange County cool kids Green Cheek riff on their ‘California IPA’ style, breathing fresh life and fresh hops into a dry take on the West Coast classic. A super light, bright malt base supports clean bold bitterness and huge waves of Mosaic, Strata and harvest fresh Nelson Sauvin from Freestyle Farms.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Golden amber with 100% clarity. It forms a finger and a half of foamy white head which holds up pretty well. We’re seeing nice wavy lace as it ebbs.

Aroma: We must admit it’s refreshing to take in the ultra crisp aromas of a West Coast IPA. Super clean pine needle, mixed citrus, treated pine wood, white grape, passion fruit and some weedy herbals. It’s all supported by a rather light and semi sweet malt profile. Look, it’s not life changing but it’s pretty decent.

Flavour: Seems like it’s being held back a little. It comes on with a clean mix of pine needle, grapefruit, orange rind and unripened passion fruit. Getting a hint of white wine from the NS hops too. Dried herbs, weed and resin leads in to a dry, bitter and somewhat dank finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry, crisp and clean. Medium body and Co2. The standout is the unbelievably well concealed 9% ABV.

Overall: When one sees the likes of GP and Green Cheek together for a collab one can be excused for wetting themselves a little. The shame is it doesn’t really follow through…it just lacks a bit of vigour.

Garage Project X Trillium ‘Yakima Valley’ Hazy Double IPA

Rating:

“From Upper Moutere’s Freestyle Farm we travel to America’s Yakima Valley for our second hop harvest collaboration with East Coast brewing legends Trillium. A hop free boil and massive dry hop addition of hand selected Mosaic and Citra create a giant juicy hazy homage to the hop growing mecca of Yakima Valley.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Turbid light mustard colour with a fluffy two finger head. Laced well. Exactly how we expect NEIPAs to look.

Aroma: It’s got all the haze of a good NEIPA but all the vibrancy of west coast hops. Tonnes of oily citrus and pine, tropical fruits, stonefruits, fresh leafy herbs, mild juicy-ness and apricot. Lovely dry malt body full of oats and crusty white bread filling it out. Interesting, not as good as we had anticipated but we ain’t gonna complain!

Flavour: Wooowwww the overall smoothness is remarkable. Quite heavy on the fleshy stonefruits and tropical fruit i.e paw paw, melon, mango and apricot. Most of the citrus characters are drowned out. Hints of pine here and there with quite a strong presence of artificial juice/concentrate. Juicy, fruity and herbal to finish with good duration.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth and creamy. Flat-ish Co2, medium body. The 8% ABV.. where is it?! So well hidden.

Overall: We’ll probably be crucified by the cult followers but it’s really isn’t as great as we’d hoped. Sunrise Valley blows it out of the water in our opinion. It’s just a tad too sweet and sticky. Still, a decent drop though.

Garage Project X The Veil ‘Hapi Sessions’ Hazy IPA

Rating:

“The Hāpi Sessions, this year a series of ‘pen pal’ collaborations with breweries at the top of their game, each beer showcasing a different hop forward style in a playful ‘freestyle’ interpretation of one of the beers that helped to make each brewery famous.Groundbreaking brewery The Veil, from Richmond Virginia, brings the new normal, with a huge smooth mouthfeel from 50% oats, oat flour and Citra in the boil and a lavish dry hop of US Sabro and harvest fresh Riwaka from Freestyle hop farm.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Sandy pastel yellow with a murky haze. It forms a sturdy two finger head which holds together nicely. Leaving a set of rings on the glass as we go.

Aroma: We know the description “smooth” is normally applied to texture or flavour but this aroma actually smells smooth. Strong hints of hop oils, weed and spicy herbals, resin, pink grapefruit, tangerine and mixed citrus with more subtle touches of stonefruit, pine needle and coconut in support. Creamy oats and doughy white bread filling it out.

Flavour: Good damn that’s good. A wave of juicy tropical and stone fruits wash over. Orange citrus, lime and grapefruit also poking through. The smooth textural oats provide a lovely balance. Gets real weedy and resinous late in the piece…herbal spice, pine and candied lime in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth as silk. Literally coats the whole palate. Finely carbonated, medium body. 8% ABV…where is it?!

Overall: Outstanding drop. We’ve been lucky enough to try Veil beers on a few different occasions and each time we were blown away so it’s no surprise that once they teamed up with GP that they produced anything less. Brilliant.

Alefarm ‘Sparrows’ Double Hazy IPA

“Flying around the warehouse and landing gently on the floor is Sparrows, the latest addition to our DIPA range.⁣⁣ Sparrows is bringing with it 8.2% ABV and a dry-hop bill that reads Citra, Citra BBC, Ekuanot and Topaz, making for a hop-forward drinking experience with lots of fruit character in the aftertaste. Perfect for an easy-going Sunday in the sun.⁣⁣ We hope you’ll enjoy this beer as much as we do. Cheers, friends!⁣⁣”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Super hazy pastel orange with two fingers of fluffy white head. Excellent retention and tonnes of lace as it ebbs.

Aroma: Proper fruit basket although there’s one scent that does stand out…and that’s a rich scent of papaya/paw paw. Behind and around it are mango, peach, pineapple, mixed citrus, lychee, guava, fresh herbs, sappy pine resin and subtle spice. It has this distinct creaminess to it…wouldn’t say lactose it’s more like oats and coconut. Loving it.

Flavour: It holds on to the creamy and sweet buttery papaya/paw paw but Citra certainly comes in to the fold. Pithy citrus and pine cut through the fleshy sweetness of the stonefruits nicely. Some herbals and spicy resin getting amongst it as it finishes fruity, grassy and kinda dank. Good length too.

Mouthfeel: Creamy texture with dry bitterness in the swallow. Fluffy Co2 and medium body. The 8.2% ABV is nicely hidden.

Overall: Pretty impressive stuff. This isn’t our first crack at this Danish brewery but it is our first entry. It’s good but is it good enough to take the heat off guys like Mountain Culture and Garage Project? Nope!

Flamin Galah ‘Pilot’ NEIPA

Rating:

“Hints of chocolate flavours with lime, mandarin and stone fruit finish. Hopped with Galaxy and Wai-iti hops Ladies & gentlemen, we have been cleared to land at New England IPA Airport. Please fasten your craft beer seat belt, make sure your neck & mouth are in the upright position & your taste buds are ready for landing. The Wai-iti & Galaxy dry hop attendants are moving through the choc malt cabin to collect any mandarins, lime or stone fruits that may have become loose in the overhead bins during the flight. For your safety please remain seated until the Flamin Good Beer sign has been switched off.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Murky apricot coloured body with a thumb of off white head. Good retention and healthy lace clinging to the glass as it subsides.

Aroma: Smells of candied orange citrus, boiled candy, sweet lime, rockmelon, guava and honeydew. The brewers say there’s a chocolate malt used here but that would be news to us…we can pick up a semi sweet honey malt but that’s about it. A hint of resin and weedy herbals also developing late. NEIPA huh?

Flavour: Slightly delayed but once it kicks off it offers a fair amount of stonefruit and mixed orange citrus. Apricot, lime and weedy herbals provide an interesting and unique mid palate and eventually lay down for a fruity finish full of more stonefruits.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth and creamy. Nicely weighted with good carbonation. 5% ABV though? What the hell is that?!

Overall: We can’t work this one out. It’s called a NEIPA but there’s hardly anything NEIPA about it. There’s apparently a chocolate malt which isn’t detectable and it’s 5% ABV which technically makes it a session IPA. Confusion.