Category Archives: IPA’s

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.

Toppling Goliath ‘Pompeii’ IPA

Rating:

74172333_1211894542328022_3317225533028171776_o“This IPA is created with the same attention to detail as the beautiful mosaics that graced the walls of prominent buildings in the city of Pompeii. It features mango and pineapple hop flavors with a medium-body feel to tantalize the senses.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Light amber to pale gold with a big frothy two and a half finger head. Excellent retention and lace work on the glass as we indulge.

Aroma: Reeks of pineapple! To the point where it almost has that cat piss astringency. It also offers mango and melon in spades, shallots, grapefruit, orange, herbal spice/aniseed, pine and peach skins. We also keep detecting a super subtle vanilla-like creaminess buried deep. Somewhat of a husky/grainy malt structure at the base.

Flavour: Mosaic hops eat your heart out! Mango, melon, pineapple, florals, herbal spice and pine. Slightly salty at times…feeding in to that onion/shallot note we were getting off the nose. Hints at slightly pithy orange peel and grapefruit midway before it settles in to a fairly bitter finish with mild dryness and citrus/fruity undertones going the distance.

Mouthfeel: Quite full and frothy thanks to a lifted CO2. Perfectly positioned IBU (50) and ABV (6.2%) for the style.

Overall: Not our favourite TG IPA but we often get like that with these fence-sitting IPA’s. By that we mean half NEIPA half WCIPA. Not exactly a return-to beer but for the price ($12 a pop) and approachability it shouldn’t be ignored.

3 Ravens ‘Strawberries & Cream’ Milkshake IPA

Rating:

74599593_1211395992377877_5148629639928741888_o“An unconventional IPA with low bitterness and a rich mouthfeel combining protein rich grains, fruity yeast, new world hops (hule melon, mosaic and cashmere), strawberry, vanilla and milk sugar for added creaminess and sweet finish.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber with a thumb of loosely held foam on top. Tonnes of floaties so watch your pour! Reasonable head retention and lacing as it subsides.

Aroma: Super sweet, artificial, candy-esque strawberry syrup with a good dose of creamy lactose, vanilla and medicinal notes. Smells a bit like opening up a bag of Allen’s strawberries and cream. Subtle hints of tropical fruits i.e pineapple, mango, pine and melon. We’ll have to hand it to them they’ve managed to keep it well enough balanced.

Flavour: What we really like is that they haven’t gone overboard with the sweetness. The artificial strawberry, vanilla and lactose sidle up nicely to the subtle piney and fruity hop tones. Not a great deal of variation as it rolls on to a smooth, sweet and mildly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Silky, gelatinous texture with ultra low bitterness. It holds a medium body and the 6% ABV is well disguised.

Overall: Once again we’re won over by the novelty but we’re yet to see any release top the coffee and blueberry. Loving the creativity though…keep em comin!

 

8 Wired Brewing ‘Juice Cannon’ Double IPA

Rating:

75305224_1210485692468907_3868952397602619392_o“We’re rolling out the heavy artillery, prepare to be shot out of a cannon into a glorious punch bowl of tropical hoppiness. This juicy, hazy IPA launches a double calibre payload of malty hoppy ammo.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Lovely bright pastel orange with a heavy haze. The pour whips up a frothy two finger head which holds up nicely. Tonnes of lace strewn down the glass as we imbibe.

Aroma: We cop a fistful of tropical fruity hops at first meet. Proper fruit salad here… pineapple, orange, mango, melon, grapefruit, guava, paw paw, apple and lychee. Getting more of those stinky/stewy notes synonymous with ripe papaya as it settles in. Quite a sweet and doughy malt structure. Must have been a huge dry hop though as it seriously wafting out!

Flavour: Heavy on the stewed fruits like paw paw, melon, canned peaches and pear/apple. Still plenty of sweet tropical notes from pineapple and mango to lychee and guava getting amongst it. Some grapefruit and pine as well as it finishes on a dry, mildly bitter and grassy finish.

Mouthfeel: Quite full, creamy and reasonably smooth. Subtle bitterness in the swallow with the 7.7% ABV tucked away pretty well.

Overall: In our view 8 Wired brew much better West Coast IPA’s…the conductor series being perfect examples. Although this is decent enough it’s a bit too stewy and heavy on the ripened fleshy stonefruit. Not a bad drop just not really for us.

Revision Brewing Co ‘Smoke & Mirrors’ Double IPA

Rating:

74615474_1200699036780906_1418015141043109888_n“Citra, Mosaic, and Amarillo hops form a power trio of tastiness in this double dose of liquid goodness. No illusions here, see with your mind and flavour and aroma receptors what’s really going on. The answer is stoke.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Hazy pastel orange with pale straw golden highlights. About a thumb of tightly beaded foam on top which gradually recedes. A lovely cascading lace is left on the glass as we imbibe.

Aroma: We get a nose full of Citra hops straight off the bat. That signature grapefruit and orange rind scent is easy to recognise! Oodles of tropical fruit mingling with pine needle, mango, fresh herbs and orange citrus (mandarin, tangerine). Detecting an almost Belgian-like yeasty sweetness and a doughy malt at the base. Can’t help but think how much this reminds us of a West coast IPA rather than a “North East-style”.

Flavour: Certainly acts more like a North East-style IPA now. Plenty of west coast hop flavour but it’s smooth and creamy with a focus on this kind of orange and vanilla fusion. It evolves in to stonefruits and tropical fruit then on to a sticky, resiny finish with fruit sugars and pithy citrus on the back palate.

Mouthfeel: Well weighted while still feeling light and aerated. Mild bitterness (30 IBU) and a well concealed ABV (8%). Nicely done.

Overall: It’s a decent drop but we feel it’s just missing that knockout blow. The upside is it’s super dangerous drink-ability…they’ve smashed that out of the park.

3 Ravens ‘Peak Hype’ Sour NEIPA

Rating:

72573498_1198104450373698_3220433548750094336_n“Is this it? Is this the logical progression? Should we, just because we can? Does the end justify the means? Is the end justified? 3 Ravens and Mr West contemplated these moral quandaries while brewing this “IPA” (Triple Cryo Dry Hopped Wine Grape Skin Contact Barrel Blended Milkshake Oat Cream Sour New England India Pale Ale) to celebrate Mr West’s second birthday – and answered yes to all of them. Happy birthday Mr West!”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Turbid AF! It has this kind of deep pastel orange hue which resembles apricot juice. Not much in the way of head…a small collar forms at the rim and struggles to produce much lacing.

Aroma: Straight up juice. Definitely dialling in on that frosty fruit scent along with concentrated brekky juice, papaya, pineapple, guava, apricot, peach and slightly tart lemon citrus, subtle creamy citrus, creamy oats and lactose, grain husks, piney/evergreen characters, we’re even picking up a super mild bubblegum accent. Jeez there’s a lot going on here but it all comes together quite nicely.

Flavour: Very unique… when there’s as many adjuncts as this beer offers it’s bound to be a little complex! Lovely fusion of fruit juice and pine with that subtle line of tart citrus cutting through. Hints of herbal spice and dry hop bitterness leads in to a reasonably smooth finish with a flutter of citric acidity and piney hops in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and moderately weighted with some gentle bitterness in the swallow. 6.5% ABV well enough hidden not to notice.

Overall: We love that these guys are having a dig at today’s tendency to abbreviate everything. But not only that they’ve backed it in with a really solid beer. The one thing we’d have liked to see more of is the sourness but hey the overall fun factor outweighs it. Decent!

Tallboy & Moose ‘Pillow Fight’ Oat Cream IPA

Rating:

72038510_1182077805309696_8881071690348494848_n“Like getting hit in the face with fluffy pillows of hoppy fruity goodness. A hazy IPA base with a double dry-hop treatment using El Dorado, Galaxy and Amarillo. From there we layer in lactose to build further body and sweetness, and grapefruit to lift the fruit character to another dimension!”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Super hazy dark pastel yellow with a short and impatient head atop. What little bubble is left settles at the rim with little lace to show.

Aroma: Soft creamy citrus, pink grapefruit and nectar are hitting the olfactory’s initially. The latter playing in to that frosty fruit character nicely. Sweet and sticky tropical fruits like mango and pineapple, further lactose and or vanilla sweetness along with very delicate hints of aniseed and tea. Quite unconventional and we’re digging it.

Flavour: Pretty similar to the nose but with a bit more emphasis on the tangy citrus and nectar with a line of grapefruit acidity underpinning it. If there were such a thing as grapefruit flavoured frosty fruits that’s what the mid palate would be all about as it finishes on a rather smooth, creamy and citrusy note.

Mouthfeel: Sleek and pretty damn creamy. There’s a really gentle bitterness while the 6% ABV is nicely tucked away.

Overall: This is our first entry for Tallboy & Moose and we must say we’re pretty impressed. The creamy texture and juiced up aroma and flavour is dialled in. The depth and overall balance also deserves a mention. Solid drop.

Quiet Deeds ‘Hummingbird’ Hazy Double IPA

Rating:

71713853_1178778182306325_7492607633698848768_n“Some beers are truly a labor of love. I think I can say with confidence that Hummingbird falls into that category. To quote Ned from the brewery, “Most of the low hanging fruit in the pastry stout game has been picked long ago.” And with that in mind, we put on our thinking caps and started spitballing ideas for our winter pastry offering. We went back and forth and the conversation had just started to lean towards making a pastry IPA instead of a stout when the Hummingbird cake suggestion (also Ned) popped up.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Super hazy pastel orange sporting a loosely packed thumb of white foam atop. It quickly dissipates and settles to the rim with little lace tracking it down.

Aroma: Strange but in a good way. Straight away we’re getting freshly cut lime. Come to think of it we’re getting that smell one gets when they pop their lime in to a freshly cracked bottle of corona. Strong wafts of zesty white wine like Riesling and Sauv blanc, marzipan, spearmint, tropical fruit, mixed spice and musk in support. Somewhat nutty as well. As we said before…strange but kind of appealing.

Flavour: Follows on from the nose. May we say that we don’t mind the smell of fresh lime and corona but the taste of fresh lime and corona is the pits. It almost has traits of a mojito at times. Unripened pineapple, acidic apple cider and white wine come together late and lead in to a dry and zesty finish which really lingers.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and relatively approachable for its size (9% ABV). Good weight and CO2. Low bitterness.

Overall: Honestly…not sure about this one. Yeah it’s nice and summery and we’ll give it points for being unique and somewhat fun but really it’s one of those beers we’d rather forget.

Black Hops ‘ABC Bomb’ Black IPA

Rating:

71835697_1178045479046262_2998842119931559936_n“This hoppy Black Ale is balanced by a strong citrus and pine hop aroma and a distinct roasty dark malt character. The use of American hops gives this beer a genuine IPA backbone with a unique spice flavour through the addition of rye. An American Black C-hopped bomb. One of our original 4 IPAs that comes in perfect time for winter.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Black with just the faintest amount of light cutting through. A thick and finely beaded crown slowly reduced and settled at the rim. Healthy lace clings as we go.

Aroma: Smells mighty fine…they’ve struck a lovely balance between the roasted malts and piney herbal hops. Sugar-sweetened coffee, nutty chocolate, treacle and damp earthy forest floor interweave with the piney and almost snow gum-like herbals. Definitely some grapefruit and orange peel alongside delicate savoury spice. Liking it!

Flavour: Follows on from the nose – charred malts provide those robust notes of coffee, dark chocolate and ash but the citrus and piney hops provide that crucial balance and bitterness. This harmonious marriage of flavour reaches well in to the finish and goes for days on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Dry and bitter…really coats the whole palate. Medium body and CO2. 6.5% ABV is well placed.

Overall: With all these new (but awesome) hops around these days it’s easy to forget the original ‘C’ hops which started the whole IPA craze. Citra, Chinook, Centennial, Cascade…these hops are to the IPA world what Elvis Presley was to rock n roll! They started the movement!

North Brewing X Other Half Double IPA

Rating:

71545955_1177342469116563_2769423555597697024_n“We are in awe of this beer! Super chuffed, humbled and proud! This is what it’s about, people coming together to create something great. During the madness of Hop City Leeds, Antony from Other Half Brewing Company squeezed us in his busy schedule to weigh in on how we should brew this beer together.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Pastel orange with a heavy haze. It manages a thumb of finely beaded white head which slowly recedes. Seeing blotchy lace as we go.

Aroma: Pretty conventional hazy IPA notes – bright citrus, stonefruits and pineapple supported by peppery spice, dank weedy herbs, pine and frosty fruits. There’s a really interesting scent which is hard to isolate…reminds us of kumquat and or mangosteen. A bit of warming booze giving the nostrils a tickle too!

Flavour: Remarkably smooth. It’s a total fruit salad upfront – everything from citrus and stonefruit to tropical fruit and melon. Nice hit of frosty fruits giving it that sugary artificial sweetness. Pine and herbal spice come through before a spike in warming booze tapers off in to a smooth and fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth and somehow approachable for an 8.3% Double IPA. Medium body. CO2 is spot on.

Overall: This is our first crack at North Brewing however this is not our first crack at Other Half! We don’t have to cast our minds back too far to recall the masterstroke they collab-brewed with Garage Project…it’s obvious these guys can brew an epic NEIPA. And yes we think the one with GP was better!

Quiet Deeds ‘Long Days & Pleasant Nights’ Hazy IPA

Rating:

71472456_1175019932682150_6742894124082397184_n“Not long after I moved to Australia, I started using the phrase “Long Days & Pleasant Nights” to describe my new life to my parents. The phrase originally comes from the Stephen King’s Dark Tower series of books, which I read at university. Of all the adventures in those books, I always kept the phrase “Long Days & Pleasant Nights,” as they use it as a greeting in the series. We thought we could use the phrase as a greeting to the wonderful people out there that are enjoying our beers. And frankly if you want to say, “Hello, I’m an IPA,” you need to put a strong effort in that can.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Cloudy light orange to pastel gold…depending on which angle we look at it! A short white head doesn’t hang around long but manages a reasonable lace as it ebbs.

Aroma: Smells nice and fresh. Driven by juicy notes of pineapple, grapefruit, passionfruit, peach, melon and gooseberry. There’s also a hint of dankness to it – evergreen, pine and forest floor with that slight weedy-ness also happening. The grain bill offers a dry, spicy bread crust character alongside a pinch of oats. A well structured aroma.

Flavour: Seems to have a stronger focus on citrus…pithy grapefruit and orange peel with the sweeter tropical fruits i.e pineapple and passionfruit taking the back seat. Tasting the kinda sharp pine cutting through then the warming booze and assertive bitterness rolling in to a dry and slightly astringent finish.

Mouthfeel: Rather smooth initially then it turns harsh in the swallow. Medium body. The 7.2% ABV certainly adds a bit of sting.

Overall: We’re on a mission to find an Aussie NEIPA that can stack up against the likes of Treehouse, Monkish, Other Half etc. NEIPA’s like this are getting closer but we’re still so far off. The quest continues…

Mr Banks Brewing Co West Coast IPA

Rating:

70730364_1173945812789562_1692220202705485824_n“Our Take on a West Coast IPA. A little less Bitterness than traditional with a Lean body for the Hops to really shine through. Tropical Fruit, Citrus, Orange, Grapefruit, passionfruit with a touch of pine.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden orange. It forms a frothy two finger head which breaks down to a sudsy collar. Pretty decent lacing as we go.

Aroma: Packed with tropical fruity hops like pineapple, passionfruit, green mango and stonefruits. Layers of pine (and some resins), mixed citrus, soft juicy notes and a biscuity malt in support. Kind of confusing because there’s more NEIPA qualities than West Coast. Can’t say we’re totally sold on the nose.

Flavour: Our main gripe is that’s it’s lacking that crisp and sharp cut-through so synonymous with good West Coast IPA’s. Yes there’s fruity hops but they’re sweet and a tad juicy. The mid is smooth with delicate bitterness…some peach and mango coming through and leading in to the relatively mild finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly well rounded, smooth and approachable. The 6.2% ABV is well concealed and the 55 IBU neither nor there.

Overall: Were kind of struggling to get where they’re coming from. It’s called a West Coast IPA with descriptors of “fruity, piney and dank” but we see a hazy appearance with sweet juicy fruits and low bitterness. It’s not a bad beer by any means it’s just not really a West coast IPA.