Category Archives: IPA’s

Ocean Beach Brewing ‘Hazy Pineapple IPA’

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imageGlassware: poured into a shaker glass.

Appearance: hazy, yellow cloudy apple juice with a 10mm max sudsy but light white head that drops away over 30 secs leaving a rim of soap like residue. Very faint small carbonation coming up the outside of the glass.

Aroma: definite whiffs of pineapple, melon, pine/splice, alongside citrus like some grapefruit and lemon. Has a grassy /herbal touch. Slight booze aroma.

Flavour: we now get more grains on the palate. Soft caramels but not too cloying. The grapefruit certainly is there, with orange and some mild lemon, alongside sweet pineapple, some papaya, spice. Definitely a mix of tropical and citrus with some pine and sugar.

Mouthfeel: we note the Alc vol of this brew sits at a very smashable 6% and it’s well blended. Bitterness is low to medium with mild spice tingle at the backend. Medium body. Carbonation is low also. Certainly has a drying effect of the palate…double dry hopped here using Azzaca and Cashmere hops. As the can says..it’s a well rounded mouthfeel and each sips goes down well.

Overall: it’s a nice drop. Is it amazing? No. We get the pineapple and at least it’s hazy looking. We can say it’s better than some of the other efforts from this brewery. We would have again if we need to.

Pizza Port ‘Ponto’ Sessionable IPA

Rating:

89356870_1321237734727035_7290785569976614912_o“Named after the southernmost beach and surf break in Carlsbad, Ponto truly embodies the spirit of the southern California lifestyle. Refreshingly light in body and low in ABV, there is certainly no sacrifice in hop character with this sessionable IPA. With a hefty dose of American and New Zealand hops, this beer is bright and filled with hints of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit. Rumored to be a favorite among the disc-golf community, this beer is the perfect accompaniment to any outdoor activity.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Bright gold with a pale yellow hue. It forms a healthy two and a bit finger head which hangs around and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Oh man it has that classic West coast IPA nose. Dirty big pine bomb with bucket loads of Citra hops that yield lemon drops, yellow grapefruit, eucalyptus, citrus rind and the faintest hint of ginger. There’s actually quite a prominent malt profile – grainy, earthy and semi sweet. Great stuff. The balance is dead set spot on.

Flavour: She drinks like a highly charged IPA just without the hangover the next day. Crammed full of old school ‘C’ hops – piney, dank, grassy, pithy citrus, spicy herbs/tea leaf, lemongrass and green mango. Again, a decent malt bill throws in a mix of semi sweet grains and earthy husks to balance. Nice crisp finish with plenty of pine and citric bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light on yet it holds up nicely. Mild-moderate body. Perfect Co2. 4.5% ABV. Nailed it.

Overall: Gotta love how the yanks consider 4.5% ABV as sessional. In Australia we call that full strength! Then they whack it in 500ml tinnies for good measure! Jokes aside this was a corker of a session IPA.. crushable yet full flavoured. Solid stuff.

Piha beer ‘Endless Summer’ Double Hazy IPA

Rating:

87262416_1320154364835372_1567707777944518656_o“Endless Summer is our contribution to the haze craze. A juicy double hazy IPA.”

Glassware: IPA
Appearance: Hazy golden orange with two fingers of loosely packed foam atop. It reduced steadily and posts blotchy lace on its way down.

Aroma: Real fruit salad kind of affair. Loads of stanky stone fruit i.e ripe rockmelon, papaya, mango, peach, maybe a hint of apricot. Plenty of grapefruit, orange and mandarin for good measure. Just the slightest touch of frosty fruits and or mild juice concentrate but it’s very well infused. Nice and clean malt profile to it. Bloody ripper of an aroma.

Flavour: Those dominant stonefruits certainly carry through from the nose. Soft fleshy papaya/paw paw, rockmelon, mango and guava with massive support from the citrus element – predominantly grapefruit and orange…maybe a hint of tangerine. Pine resin, peppery spice and pithy bitterness sets up a dry and warming finish which goes for days.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely tempered and a little creamy in texture. The 8.4% ABV is very well hidden.

Overall: This is our first entry for this new Kiwi brewery. Pretty damn impressive way to get things started – it’s juicy, fruity, it’s got delicate bitterness and warmth. Great mouthfeel. Just so well balanced! Two thumbs up.

Hargreaves Hill ‘Pursuit Of Hoppiness #4’ Tropical IPA

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“The Pursuit of Hoppiness is an ongoing speciality series in which we explore the somewhat endless possibilities in the art of brewing with hops. Drinkers are given an exclusive look into the brewing process, with varieties, additions and time frame listed on the can label.
No.4 uses juicy new world varieties which add tropical character and aroma and will transport you to the oasis of your dreams.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Pale golden yellow with a fairly heavy haze. It forms a thumb of foamy white head which holds its shape and decorates the glass as we imbibe.

Aroma: Exactly what the can portrays – tropical island fruits such as pineapple, passion fruit, rockmelon, lychee, green mango, lime and orange citrus. Getting quite a strong presence of pine needles from it as well. Subtle earthy notes buried deep…sort of feeds in to the grainy malt profile at the same time.

Flavour: It comes on with a bit of tangy citrus, green mango and rockmelon closely followed by slightly more acidic citrus and light florals. Maybe just a flutter of peppery spice coming through, pine and passion fruit leading in to a somewhat juicy finish jam packed with tropical persuasion.

Mouthfeel: Extremely light and crushable. Finely carbonated with the 6.2% ABV reasonably well concealed. Maybe flirting with being a bit thin if we had to criticise.

Overall: Definitely the lightest release in the series but then again they’re brewing to the season which makes sense. Can’t say we’re totally sold on it…just a tad underwhelming. Still looking forward to what variation they’ll do next though!

Alvarado Street X To Ol ‘Pool’ Double IPA

Rating:

84676065_1299821286868680_4760807188455227392_o“Collaboration Double IPA with our buddies, To Øl Brewing in Denmark! We didn’t hold back on the sexy hops, this one is all Nelson, Mosaic & Strata.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Hazy pastel orange pour topped off by a finger of fluffy white foam. The head holds its shape nicely and weaves a fine lace down the glass.

Aroma: Definitely a strong fruit salad presence – mixed citrus, stonefruits, berries, tropical fruits etc. Tart funky white grape/chardonnay quality from Nelson Sauvin also coming through. Pine, dank weedy-ness and evergreen, even a hint of lemongrass and fennel. The malt bill offers a bit of crusty white bread but it’s really all about those hops! Superb.

Flavour: Almost better than the aroma! And that rarely happens! It opens with a burst of soft fleshy stonefruit i.e rockmelon, papaya, peach, maybe a hint of apricot creeping in. Dank herbs/weed, pine resins, lemongrass and mixed citrus cutting a nice line through and then stretching in to the ultra smooth and creamy finish with a flutter of pithy orange peel on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, chalky, nicely aerated Co2. Medium body. 8% ABV…very well concealed. Dangerously crushable for its size.

Overall: Can’t ask for too much more really. This is our 2nd entry for ASB and both have been world class. The Countach probably pips this at the post…not a lot between it though. Absolute cracker of a hazy.

Wild Barrel ‘Hazy Star’ Hazy IPA

Rating:

83003576_1288993994618076_4562097081942016_o“Hazy juicy IPA dry hopped with Galaxy &Nelson.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Hazy orange with a huge fluffy four finger head. It takes a lifetime to reduce and once it does it leaves a thick blotchy lacing in its wake.

Aroma: Two of the biggest and brightest stars of the Southern Hemisphere come together in this American IPA. Straight off the bat those classic peach and passion fruit notes lead out with the more subtle lime, gooseberry and mature Sauv Blanc from Nelson in support. Also picking up hints of stonefruit, mixed citrus and leafy herbs i.e basil and thyme.

Flavour: Not really popping as much as the aroma. Muted notes of stonefruit i.e peach, rockmelon, paw paw…tangy orange, some candied lime, gooseberry and passion fruit. Very little malt coming through – white bread/crusts if anything. Soft fleshy fruits, tangy orange and a hint of rind in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Nicely balanced, light-moderate body. Slightly dry and chalky texture. 7.1% ABV has a bit of attitude but mostly well behaved.

Overall: Not totally sold on this one unfortunately. The aroma was superb but the flavour profile and slight astringency let it down. Pretty cool to see these U.S breweries embracing the Antipodean hops like this though.

Parallel 49 ‘Filthy Dirty’ IPA

Rating:

82241561_1283393891844753_5142240742931955712_o“It’s time to get down and dirty. This West Coast IPA may be full of filthy amounts of fruity and tropical hop character, but it’s nothing but clean on your palate. All those other IPAs are a boar, we’re here to hog the spotlight.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Deep bold amber with good enough transparency. It notches up two fingers of khaki head before peeling off. Nice wavy lace in its wake.

Aroma: Like taking a step back in to 2010! Proper old school, pine-driven West Coast style IPA balanced only by a hefty caramel malt sweetness. Maybe a bit of cloying honey too. Has a bit of a grainy, unfinished wort scent to it as well. But like the good ol days it’s supported by tonnes of grapefruit, orange/rind, dank sappy resins and weedy/tea leaf herbals. Some good and bad to it.

Flavour: The malts yield a fair bit of artificial sweetness along with a very subtle hint of buttery diacetyl. Still, nice hop profile which does counter a little…pine, grapefruit and orange rind pithiness, grassy/weedy herbs and distinct florals move in to a dry and bitter finish with some good ol West Coast aggression on the back.

Mouthfeel: Dry, bitter, a little prickly. Medium bodied. The 7.2% ABV is relatively well concealed. 76 IBU…we get every bit of it. What you’d expect from the style though.

Overall: There’s high points and low points all the way through. It’s quite messy at times and it actually reveals the inexperience of the brewer(s). Not fans at all.

Moonraker ‘Sails Meeting’ Imperial IPA

Rating:

82338993_1281316968719112_4955735799602610176_o“Imperial IPA with Mosaic, El Dorado, Citra and Vic Secret.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Super hazy golden orange complexion. It builds a three finger head before gradually peeling off to a fine film.

Aroma: Juicy, tropical fruity hops in abundance – mango, pineapple, melon, guava, sweet orange citrus, ruby grapefruit and paw paw leading out. Some dankness to it…mostly piney with hints of forest floor and evergreen fused through. A hint of that Frosty Fruit/concentrated juice sweetness with a dry, bread crusty malt bill. Classic hazy aroma.

Flavour: Bam! The beer just went up a few more notches! So juicy and silky smooth. Proper fruit salad – citrus, tropical fruits, stone fruits and passion fruit in spades. Subtle hints of pine and resin, some apple/pear coming in to the fold. Crazy smooth finish with distinct stone fruit hanging around on the back palate.

Mouthfeel: Remarkably soft, creamy and approachable…which is outrageous considering the ABV (8%). Hardly any bitterness, medium body and finely carbonated. Dead set spot on for a hazy.

Overall: Moonraker who?! The States just keep pumping them out don’t they. We wish an Aussie brewery could get even close to this level…and this is from an otherwise unknown microbrewery in Cali. Two thumbs up from us. That is an absolute cracker!

Wild Barrel ‘Catch You On The Hazy Side’ NEIPA

Rating:

82056654_1277456092438533_858428009575612416_o“NEIPA dry hopped with Galaxy & Citra.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Super hazy pastel orange with a billowing three finger head which is hardly going anywhere! Once it does it makes a beautiful lacey mess on the glass.

Aroma: The can says dry hopped with Galaxy and Citra but there are scents here that we’ve never got from either of those hops before…namely this slightly tart and funky red currant and or pomegranate-like character. We’re actually really digging it though. Other more classic notes of zesty orange, passion fruit, grapefruit, peach, nectarine and rock melon are all here in spades. Loving this!

Flavour: Definitely loses that tart and funky red currant character and dials in on the hazy – stone fruit and tropical fruit galore! Rockmelon, papaya, guava, pineapple, mango, passion fruit, orange, peach and grapefruit. Literally a fruit salad. Gorgeous fruit smoothie-esque finish… creamy, juicy fruits with no bitterness. Superb.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth, creamy and juicy. Ultra low bitterness, well concealed ABV (7.5%). Finely carbonated. Medium-full body. Practically faultless.

Overall: Jeez what a find these guys were! Stumbled in to Page Bottler not knowing and left with a few. Gonna have to find more now this is an absolute cracker!

Parallel 49 ‘Trash Panda’ Hazy IPA

Rating:

82835331_1276857069165102_7649611348615102464_o“The urban trash panda will spend most of its life scouring garbage bins for the dankest, juiciest hops that the Northwest coast can offer. Don’t be fooled by this bandit’s cute little mask – this snarling vermin won’t leave any can unturned.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Hazy burnished orange with a thumb of sturdy white foam rested atop. The head is retained well and leaves a smattering of lace in its wake.

Aroma: A bit of a citrus bomb – yellow grapefruit, orange (and rind), lemon/lime, some pretty dank piney notes leading out as well. Theres something quite old world about it…offering a strong floral bouquet, dank herbals and earthy/grassy accents like a good English IPA would. Subtle hints of melon and stonefruits also getting a look in. Good depth here.

Flavour: Somewhat similar to the nose: clean piney notes, minty herbals, orange peel, tangerine, weedy resins and apple/pear. The latter holding up the most through the mid with that orange peel pithy-ness building in to a dry piney/grassy finish which endures quite nicely on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Pretty inoffensive for the style – soft and smooth. The mild ABV (5.5%) probably adds to the approachability. Medium body and Co2.

Overall: We honestly weren’t too sure what to expect here. An unknown Canadian brewery with an early 90’s style rock band cover as the graphic it could have gone either way. In the end and funnily enough it’s a bit middle of the road…nothing exciting but not too bad either.

Rabbit & Spaghetti Golden IPA

Rating:

82462143_1276612695856206_2108292135848509440_o“Brewed in honour of Lt Edgardo Simoni (AKA The Fox) an Italian soldier captured in North Africa and interned in Australia during WWII. He infamously fled custody 3 times and cheekily assumed the identity of a door to door cosmetics salesman in Melbourne. He rose to be the company’s number one sales person whilst concurrently being Australia’s most wanted man.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Clear golden amber with a big and frothy three finger crown. Good retention and thick soapy lace clinging to the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: Pretty basic tropical fruits and sappy resin with spicy floral and orange citrus highlights. It fills out with quite a sweet caramel malt alongside a flutter of bush honey and eucalyptus-like herbals/florals. Maybe just the slightest hint of tea leaf coming through too.

Flavour: Weak and somewhat watered down notes of semi sweet caramel malts, honey, spicy pine resin, orange citrus and tropical fruits i.e mango, pineapple and stonefruit. Sets up for a fairly soft and uneventful finish which pulls up pretty short.

Mouthfeel: Thin and slippery over the tongue. There’s a vibrant Co2 which gives it a bit of texture though. 4.7% ABV – very light…could explain the lack of intensity.

Overall: We can never be too hard on the winemakers who try their hand at brewing as it’s not their day job. Although this is kinda weak and watery with muted flavour. Good for the entry level craft drinker that’s about it.

Mr Banks ‘Playground Insults’ DDH Double IPA

“DDH Double IPA Hopped with Citra, Citra Cryo, Azacca & Vic Secret.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Turbid pastel yellow with a sturdy two finger crown. It holds its shape and weaves a fine lace down the glass.

Aroma: Brimming with tropical fruits, citrus and pine. Smells super fresh (package date shows October). Mango, guava, pineapple, paw paw and orange citrus in spades while notes of spicy resin, lactose, creamy oats and vanilla bring up the bottom end. Has that classic white bready malt happening as well. Bloody ripper of an aroma right here.

Flavour: Nice transition from the nose. There’s a burst of tropical fruits, orange citrus, spicy pine resins and lactose moving in to tangy orange and unripened stonefruits through the mid. Very faint hint of pithy citrus/rind before a super smooth finish full of tangy orange, mild citric bitterness and pine resins.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, soft and well rounded. Holds a medium body with ultra low bitterness and an almost completely hidden 8.5% ABV.

Overall: Another excellent Hazy from Mr Banks. Sauce had better be watching their backs as these guys are coming for that top spot. Keep em comin boys!

Cloudwater Brew Co ‘Participate In This Area’ Hazy IPA

Rating:

81484876_1263031417214334_66512817028595712_o“This one-off IPA is designed to showcase a range of bold flavours, while retaining an element of balance. Punchy, slightly savoury, resinous notes intertwine with succulent fruit flavours in a modern IPA that doesn’t hold back, yet is still smooth, soft and rounded.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Hazy pastel orange with a thumb of off white foam perched on top. Good head retention and fine lace work clinging to the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: Quite interesting actually, there’s some juiciness here but the creamy tropical fruits and spicy resins are more dominant. We keep picking up this really strange scent…the only thing we can familiarise it with is that gamey and ever so slightly smoked aroma we get when we walk in to a butchery. It’s really weird but as meat lovers we’re kinda digging it!

Flavour: Insanely smooth, fruity and creamy with literally no sign of any bitterness or booze. Literally brekky juice! Lovely pine resins, pithy citrus and zesty orange with a doughy white bready malt filling it out. The finish is fruity, creamy, mildly dry and well drawn out.

Mouthfeel: So smooth, tempered and velvety soft. Still holds a nice weight though. Minimal bitterness with the 6.7% ABV nowhere to be seen.

Overall: A very impressive Hazy from this English brewery. They’re still leading the way in the UK when it comes to the style in our opinion. Top notch stuff.

Mr Banks ‘Cake Eater’ DDH Double IPA (Nelson & El Dorado)

Rating:

80782382_1255196121331197_7349555703431823360_o“Double dry-hopped, Oat cream Double IPA, brewed with lactose and oats. Hopped with Nelson Sauvin and El Dorado. (3rd Batch: Blue Can).”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Turbid pastel yellow with a short white head perched on top. It gradually forms a ring with wavy lace on its way down.

Aroma: The Nelson Sauvin and El Dorado work really well in tandem – sweet, ripe mango, pineapple and melon in spades with the more subtle touches of white grapes and slightly tart gooseberry (classic Nelson characteristics). Nice creamy base…the lactose and oats bind it all together. Maybe a hint of spice and pine resin too. Bloody ripper of an aroma!

Flavour: It opens with a bit of aggression actually. A lot more acidity, pithy grapefruit and rind which wasn’t as distinct on the nose. Stonefruit and melon starting to open up as it settles. Getting some dank herbs and peppery spice moving in to a dry and pithy finish which really carried through well.

Mouthfeel: Super creamy with good viscosity. Almost gelatinous at times. Medium-full body. 8% ABV fairly noticeable.

Overall: Aussie brewers are definitely getting a lot better at this NEIPA caper. Appearance and aroma is spot on here we just feel the slightly assertive bitterness and ABV is what separates us from the class of American NEIPA’s. But as they say…good things are worth the wait!

Hargreaves Hill ‘Pursuit Of Hoppiness #3’ Scandinavian IPA

Rating:

79736945_1249823875201755_5175794513506992128_o“The pursuit of hoppiness in an ongoing speciality series in which we explore the somewhat endless possibilities in the art of brewing with hops. Drinkers are given an exclusive look into the brewing process, with varieties, additions and time frame listed on the can label. Number three is a 7% Scandinavian IPA. A big, punchy, fruity IPA combining old school Norwegian farmhouse yeast with new world hop varieties.harg”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Deep golden pour with just the slightest haze. Modest head, sitting at about a finger in height before gradually receding to the rim. Wet streaky lace sticks to the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: We like this direction from Hargreaves Hill. Let’s just say the POH#2 was a bit of a fail but the use of Kveik yeast here is not only crafty but nicely applied. Straight away this Nordic yeast offers a farmhouse spiciness with lots of straw/hay, pithy citrus peel and juniper. Nice background fruit profile to sweeten the deal. Digging it.

Flavour: The spiciness and farmhouse flavours of the yeast step back a little which we like. Certainly tasting the tropical fruits, pine, orange citrus and herbaceous notes from an all star American hop lineup….all hugged by the toasty malt bill. Nicely balanced finish – some yeast character mixed in with pithy citrus and grassy herbs.

Mouthfeel: Kind of a dry and chalky texture. Medium bodied with a well placed ABV (7%). Flat-ish CO2.

Overall: A well constructed IPA. Nothing flashy or over the top it just has all the ingredients working together. A bit of recreation with the Kveik to tick off the experimental nature of the series. Decent offering.

Hargreaves Hill ‘Pursuit Of Hoppiness #2’ Double NEIPA

Rating:

75481693_1246906045493538_2480427644475146240_o“A Quadruple dry hopped NEIPA. We have upped the dry hopping regime in this beer to display how hops can work in symetery without overpowering each other and maintaining balance. The ultimate goal at the end of the day is drinkability so we have dialed down the haze factor of a “traditional” neipa and created a beer you could swear would not be 8.5% dangerously drinkable.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Straight off the bat this doesn’t look like a NEIPA. Almost 100% clear golden amber with a thumb of white foam perched on top. Good retention and lace as it ebbs.

Aroma: Even the aroma doesn’t smell like a NEIPA. If we were blindfolded we’re going with a West Coast IPA every day of the week. She’s crisp and clean. Notes of orange peel and grapefruit, pine, mango, tangerine, melon, pineapple and unripened peach. Very minimal malt profile with some warmth from the booze tickling the nostrils.

Flavour: Again, crisp and snappy citrus, pine, subtle orange peel, tropical fruits i.e mango, pineapple. Grapefruit bitterness and some prickly warmth from the booze midway lays down for a relatively bitter finish full of unripened tropical fruits and a strange cloying malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: For a beer that shows its weight (8.5% ABV) in aroma it mysteriously hides it on the palate. Still, it’s crisp and zippy with fine CO2. Light-moderate body.

Overall: We’re not sure how these guys can go from their first release to this and call it the same style. POH #1 was a true hazy…turbid, juicy and even milkshake-like whereas this is almost completely West Coast. Almost Korben D-esque. Very confusing.

Quiet Deeds X Venom Brewing ‘Viper Pit’ Hazy Double IPA

Rating:

78609083_1234667300050746_5227584745285615616_o“Our dear friends at Venom Brewing have come to Glen Iris to brew a special collaboration brew. A simple question was asked, “What would you want to drink right before diving into a pit of vipers?” The context isn’t important, you could be a snake charmer or a Colonial Marine. “A Citra forward DIPA was the answer.” And that is what we have in this can. 100% Citra hops from kettle to dry hop.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Turbid pastel yellow/orange with a thumb of loosely packed foam atop. It forms a thick and foamy collar with reasonable lace work as we go. Looks the goods!

Aroma: Tonnes of tropical and stone fruits, citrus, melon and pithy orange peel. Creamy oats and lactose, herbal spice and frosty fruits also coming through. Just the slightest hint of artificial sweetness but it’s not in the form of concentrated juice or syrup it’s more like one of our favourite childhood lollies…fruit pastilles! Superb aroma.

Flavour: Super smooth, juicy and creamy. It’s brimming with orange citrus, melon, papaya, peach and pithy citrus peel. Herbal spice, grapefruit and black pepper forms late in the piece and sets up for an assertive finish with pithy grapefruit, warming booze and peppery bitterness. Offering some incredible length as well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth and well rounded yet slightly aggressive and boozy (9%) after the swallow. Well weighted with a finer CO2.

Overall: If there’s any Aussie brewery that can knock Sauce off the podium it’s these guys. The aroma is brilliant…the texture was still a tad harsh though. We gotta hand it to them but, this is a cracker.

Quiet Deeds X Sauce ‘Photosphere’ Hazy Double IPA

Rating:

78609083_1234667300050746_5227584745285615616_o“In mid-October, our friends, our friends from Sauce Brewing came down to Melbourne from Marickville to put something fun into tank. The Photosphere is the visible surface of the sun – a thick layer of gas with constant fiery eruptions. We felt the best way to celebrate the warm weather was to brew a thick, hazy DIPA with a huge hit of tangerine, passionfruit & citrus. Think tropical. Think lounging on the beach with friends. Think Photosphere.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Cloudy mustard yellow with a rocky two finger cap. The head slowly reduced to a collar with thick and blotchy lace clinging to the walls of the glass.

Aroma: A fair amount of sweet fruit sugars, nectar, frosty fruit and juice concentrate. Quite dank and resinous…also picking up a hint of coconut which is the main attribute of this new and uber popular Sabro hop. Dank herbs, tangerine, guava, pineapple, mango and melon all getting a good look in as well. Plenty on offer.

Flavour: Sweet and sticky fruit sugars, frosty fruit, pineapple, mango and sweet orange citrus i.e orange, tangerine. A little flutter of coconut around the edges. Bitter citrus kicks up late in the mid…emphasized by a bit of stinging booze which reaches in to the dry and pithy finish. Incredible length on it too.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth and creamy initially but it turns prickly and slightly sharp in the swallow. Quite a hefty burn (8.5% ABV). Medium-full body. Nicely carbonated.

Overall: When we saw that two of Australia’s hottest hazy brewers had teamed up we almost wet ourselves. The end product was a slight let down though. Too boozy and prickly for the style. The search for a contender for Trubble continues.

Akasha Brewing ‘Cloud 9’ Hazy IPA

Rating:

78340713_1228217067362436_5594494528548503552_o“Cloud 9 Hazy IPA is full to the brim of super juicy Mosaic, Galaxy, and Citra hops. Think Passionfruit, Peach, and Citrus jumping out of the glass. Its full body perfectly compliments its big hoppy flavours, with virtually no bitterness. Cloud 9 Hazy IPA leaves you with a lush, refreshing, and delightful glass of beer.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Bright amber to gold with a mild haze. It produces a short head which settles to a fine film. Reasonable lacing as we go.

Aroma: Pretty damn clean for a hazy! Some juiciness here but it’s giving away mostly passionfruit, pine needle, grapefruit, mixed citrus, mango/peach and white grapes. Very clean and subtle malt profile. We’re really trying to find more from it but it’s just not there.

Flavour: Delicate hints of passionfruit, peach, mixed citrus, pine and grapefruit with a very dry and biscuity malt structure. There’s a little flutter of bitterness developing late before it lands on a tame finish with pine and citrus on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, kinda clean and a little thin. CO2 could be a bit more lifted and the 6.2% ABV is relatively well buried.

Overall: We feel that in the middle of this haze craze that Akasha have swayed from their West Coast roots and are stuck somewhere in ether with this one. It’s like a West Coast IPA in NEIPA’s clothing. We’ve had much better from Akasha.

Hargreaves Hill ‘Pursuit Of Hoppiness #1’ Triple Dry Hopped NEIPA

Rating:

75278296_1227289524121857_5940560775394361344_o“The Pursuit of Hoppiness is an ongoing speciality series in which we explore the somewhat endless possibilities in the art of brewing with hops. Drinkers are given an exclusive look into the brewing process, with varieties, additions and time frame listed on the can label. Number 1 is a New England IPA. A Hazy, Triple Dry-Hopped Juice Bomb, hopped exclusively with Australian hops varieties for a local twist.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Kind of a milky pastel yellow with a thumb of fizzy white foam atop. The head reduced quite quickly and leaves inconsistent patches of lace as it ebbs.

Aroma: Pretty interesting. We’re picking up a milkshake IPA sort of vibe from it…lots of lactose, strawberry, blueberry, passionfruit, florals, woody and yeasty i.e spice and bubblegum. Pineapple, stonefruit, melon and citrus opening up as it settles. A real fruit salad…but a damn fine fruit salad.

Flavour: Showing less of that milkshake IPA vibe and more traditional NEIPA qualities like pithy citrus (grapefruit, orange peel), mango, pineapple, stonefruit, melon, passionfruit, peppery spice, dank pine resins and mild lactose sweetness. Good drive in to the dry and slightly bitter finish. Length for days too!

Mouthfeel: Dry, powdery, medium-full body. CO2 is spot on. 6.5% ABV is well concealed.

Overall: It’s intriguing to see HH breaking the shackles of traditional brewing and jumping on the hazy train. We’re used to seeing old world styles like ESB, red ales and stouts from them so this is exciting. They should be excited too coz this is a pretty decent interpretation.