Category Archives: IPA’s

Bottle Logic ‘She Shot First’ Tropical Hazy IPA

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“When the mission went to hell, Eve didn’t take chances… #SheShotFirst. This Hazy IPA is an evolution of one of our opening-day beers, brewed with Mosaic, Simcoe, and El Dorado hops, and now finished with a clean shot of sweet pineapple and vibrant passionfruit.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Murky pastel orange complexion and a thumb of white fluffy head on top. It steadily recedes and settles to a fine overlay. Healthy lace clings to the glass as it subsides.

Aroma: Incredibly sweet and juicy but it’s also impeccably balanced. Heady notes of Frosty Fruits lift out of the glass and fill the nostrils with fresh orange/juice, passionfruit, mango and pineapple. Really well countered by a dry and grainy malt profile, a subtle chalky note and bread crusts. Dead set this smells bloody divine.

Flavour: We like that they’ve dialed back the fruity sweetness a touch. It allows the slightly musty and chalky malts to come through more as opposed to the aroma. It’s still chock-full of tropical fruity goodness though – Frosty Fruits, passionfruit, pineapple, orange citrus and mango all rolling into a much greener finish with hints of pine and herbals.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, pillowy and well aerated. The perfect amount of effervescence gives it a refreshing lift. 6.4% ABV so it’s not overly boozy.

Overall: High quality stuff from a world class brewery. It just does the right things at the right time. Brilliant offering.

Mason Aleworks ‘Nightmare Water’ Triple Hazy IPA

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“What do dreams about water mean? Water represents the unconscious, the place our minds go and the thoughts we have when we are not paying attention. Ever dream about a Hazy Double IPA with 100% Citra Incognito Hops? Nightmare Water is just this! Let your tastebuds and unconscious free and discover notes of citrus and floral and aromas of passion fruit. Nightmare Water has said to be cleansing and healing but not ‘yet’ confirmed. It will however, leave your palate with a nice juicy finish.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Hazy pastel orange with very faint sandy golden edges. It forms a finely beaded two finger head which maintains its shape. A brilliant cascading lace is left in its wake.

Aroma: Smells like it’s a bit long in the tooth i.e muted and stewy but we’ve only just realised this behemoth weighs in at 10.5% ABV so that may explain it. It’s still too shy and subdued for our liking though. We’re getting delicate hints of canned fruits like peach, pear and mango but there’s this off-putting scent of plastic and what we can only describe as rotting citrus. No good.

Flavour: Oh my what has happened here? We can’t be certain if this beer is off/infected or whether it’s just brewed terribly coz what we’re tasting is this extremely unpleasant stewy sweetness which is emphasised by ripe paw paw and papaya. We don’t mind this in some IPA’s but when it’s totally unbalanced like it is here it’s in sink pour territory.

Mouthfeel: Pretty full, chewy and dense. Co2 is low-ish and the 10.5% ABV is pretty well hidden.

Overall: Our first crack at Mason Aleworks and it’s nothing short of an absolute fail. We couldn’t find a BB date on it so it’s gonna go down as a potentially infected beer.

Aslin ‘Yellow Starfish’ IPA

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“This one’s got the same base as our OG recipe with a little spin. Bru-1 hops bring in a bit more citrus to mingle with Citra and a touch of pine to balance it all out.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Hazy pastel yellow with a frothy four finger head forming on top. It takes an age to reduce and leaves a smattering of lace on the glass.

Aroma: Proper summery vibes on this one. Really light, refreshing and zesty citrus overtones with freshly picked pine needle, pineapple, green mango, unripened peach and a very subtle touch of lemongrass and thyme. There’s something uniquely Australian about this…which is strange as it has no Aussie hops and it’s brewed in the States. Dunno, we dig it but.

Flavour: Again, super light and effortless to drink. Although all the flavours are delicate it still has a lot on display – zesty lemon and lime, fresh pine needle, a range of unripened tropical fruits like mango, pineapple and peach which roll into more of a pithy and herbaceous finish which draws out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, zippy and light on. Light-moderate body and an energetic Co2. The 5.7% ABV surprised us a little but it’s actually perfectly weighted.

Overall: Our 2nd entry for Aslin and we must say it’s notably better than the first. It’s well into session territory and the light refreshing nature of it emphasises that even further. Solid.

Beer Zombies ‘Axe Brews. Vengeance’ Double Hazy IPA

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“Prepare to have your taste buds axed, we have taken this hazy double ipa to the next level with enormous mounds of Galaxy & El Dorado hops. Hitting you with juicy peach, pineapple whip, over ripe mango and a hint of dank resin to round out the backend. There is no hiding from the Axe that Brews Vengeance!”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Pours a slightly muddy dark orange to sandy golden colour with a loosely packed thumb of white foam atop. The head breaks up but manages to weave a thick, sudsy lace down the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Seems a tad muted on first meet. It is quite juicy, quite nectary and sweet though. Canned peach, ripe orchard fruits, juice concentrate and slightly dank herbs make up the bulk of the aroma. Fleshy tropical fruits like mango, rockmelon and paw paw mingle with caramel and a gentle touch of toffee but luckily a hint of pepper takes the edge off the intense sweetness.

Flavour: Much more of the same here – lots of stewy, fruity sweetness but thankfully a hearty bitterness pulls it all into line. A soft jab of peppery spice is crucial to the fine balance it has on offer. The resinous/dank and piney aspect is also dialled up a bit more too and it actually finishes quite pithy and bitter which is great.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy and well aerated. Medium body and the Co2 is spot on. The 8% ABV is noticeable but fairly well behaved.

Overall: Our first entry for Beer Zombies. Weird name, weird artwork but in the end not half bad beer. It’s no Treehouse or Monkish but it’s respectable.

Aslin ‘Windjammer’ IPA

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“Dry-Hopped with Citra, Mosaic, Chinook, and Centennial” 

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Slightly hazy pale golden complexion with a tonne of very fine suspended sediment. It forms a healthy two and a bit finger head which holds its shape. Excellent lacing as it ebbs.

Aroma: First thing we notice is a real weedy, resinous character but it’s quickly morphed into a heady onion-like scent which we haven’t smelt in an IPA for yonks! Lots of unripened peach and nectarine, woody and slightly earthy tones, white florals, hints of spice, pine and subtle orange also coming through. The vibe is sorta old-school but it isn’t. More of a No Coaster if we had to pick.

Flavour: Similar to the nose. Upfront it’s a tad resinous, piney, weedy…almost a bit dank. Tasting green onion/shallot, unripened peach, pineapple and mango. Peppery herbs like rocket and basil feed into the earthy/woody cedar. It develops a subtle pithy-ness late in the piece which helps set up the dry, bitter and citrusy finish that draws out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light on, drying up post swallow. Mild-medium body with good Co2. The 6% ABV slots in neatly.

Overall: Our first crack at this Virginian brewery. We’re getting splinters in our bum coz we’re fence-sitting. Can’t decide whether we like it or not. It ain’t bad.

Fontaine ‘Harvest’ Farmhouse IPA

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“New world meets old world. At Beer Fontaine we love Saisons. We love Hops. We’ve dry hopped this farmhouse ale with piles of Saaz Lupomax & NZ Motueka Hops to create A fresh & funky IPA. This beer was Crafted with Australian & Belgian barley malt, Australian Triticale, Saaz, Moteuka & Nelson Sauvin Hops, Farmhouse Yeast.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Nice bright golden pour with a sturdy three finger head perched on top. Excellent retention and lacing as we imbibe.

Aroma: Man there’s no getting away from that Farmhouse yeast profile! We’re getting strong wafts of bubblegum, banana runts, barnyard and musty funk. Also big wafts of straw/hay and wheat grains on offer too. Candied orange, tangerine, white grape juice, freshly sliced pineapple, quince paste and aniseed just to add some further depth and complexity. It certainly isn’t short on character.

Flavour: Hhhmmm. Dead set this is bloody intricate. We’re getting everything from sweet tropical fruits, candied orange/citrus and spicy rye to wheat grains, dank herbs and musty funk. Then there’s the barnyard qualities, quince paste and a strange earthy-ness all rolled up into one. It has a very unappealing finish to it and unfortunately that lingers on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Light on and somewhat fluffy but it has a flat carbonation to it. The 6.7% ABV is pretty well hidden though.

Overall: We must admit the M.O of this brewery is very left-field so it’s no surprise this was an eccentric beer. Our issue is it’s untidy and it doesn’t really gel. It’s a shame it didn’t really come off in the end coz we do like this brewery.

Jervis Bay ‘Bayswell’ Red IPA

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“Named after the very rare, but oh so amazing swell on the shore of our enclosed bay beaches. This one’s a bit of a chameleon: starting out with hints of passionfruit, pineapple and stonefruit, mango comes through as it warms a little.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Very attractive copper red to deep amber complexion with a nicely held two and a bit finger head. Good retention and healthy lacing down the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Dead set we only had to lift the glass off the table before we could smell the goods. Each time we swirl and take a whiff it changes slightly… initially it was all sweet and chewy malts then it was fruity, piney and a tad resinous/oily. Now it all seems to have merged and is displaying this extremely intense amalgamation of the two. Magnificent.

Flavour: We probably bang on about this every time we review a Red IPA but the balance is so crucial with this style and we’re glad to say they’ve nailed it here. The sweet and fairly robust malts lay down the perfect platform for the fruity, resinous/piney and slightly fleshy hops to work off. There’s a really pleasant tussle all the way through to a well drawn out finish.

Mouthfeel: Slick, chewy and gelatinous. Medium body. Nice vibrant Co2 and a well behaved 6.1% ABV.

Overall: Not surprised by the quality of this one bit. Jervis Bay is a seriously underrated brewery and deserves a lot more attention. Solid stuff.

Boatrocker ‘Hello Stranger’ Red IPA

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“Hello Stranger is our take on a red IPA that brings the hop complexity of an IPA together with the malty goodness of something a little darker. We’re really excited to be back in the swing of working with bolder malt driven beers, and you better believe this is only the first of many to come.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Very deep amber colour with a reddish-bronze glow. It only manages a short tan cap which settles at the rim. Spotty lace sticks to the glass as we go.

Aroma: The malt bill has a seriously chewy sweetness to it. Big and moreish burnt toffee overtones are backed up by rich caramel, maple syrup, butterscotch and honeysuckle. The hops (which balance out the malts brilliantly, mind you) offer more of a floral character with additions of sweet nectary fruits like passionfruit, mango and peach. Some boiled candy notes thrown on top for good measure.

Flavour: Interesting. This distinct earthy quality shows up here and we feel it creates this third wheel kind of vibe. It didn’t need it to be honest. The malts were sticky and sweet and the hops were doing a decent job at counteracting them. Still, the bones of the beer are pretty good and the balance is reasonable. The finish progresses nicely too…chopping from sweet and sticky to dry and fruity a few times.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy, chewy and gelatinous. Medium body, well carbed. The 6% ABV adds no more warmth than it needs to.

Overall: Look, it’s not Boatrocker’s best beer but it’s still somewhat decent. One of those try and fly sorts that aren’t all that memorable.

Shapeshifter ‘Greener Pastures’ Hazy IPA

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“This hazy IPA pours a beautiful pale straw colour, with a bright white head and light body for an enjoyable drinking experience. Leading the way on flavour is the Australian favourite, Galaxy, backed up by Zamba and Ekuanot. You’ll find flavours and aromas of passionfruit, pineapple, melon and lime from start to finish.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Deep sandy golden pour with a medium haze. It forms a rocky two finger head which maintains its shape. Excellent lacing is strewn down the glass.

Aroma: There’s some really unique and striking features coming off it. Most notably the passionfruit, mango, pineapple, lime and bay leaf. A proper smorgasbord of other aromas such as peach, tang and or candied orange, paw paw, dried leaves, green apple and rosemary/thyme. There’s this certain scent we just can’t put our fingers on though…kind of reminds us of a scented candle but we can not think of it!

Flavour: Maaaaaybe not as much cut through as it had on the nose but it still comes together very nicely. Still trying to isolate a distinct flavour on entry. It’s very much a fruit salad, but a very unique one at that. One that is filed with pinewood herbs, stone fruits, lime, passionfruit, guava and unripened pineapple. The finish carries through the herbs and fruit sweetness but tapers off a bit.

Mouthfeel: Light and aerated. A touch creamy. Finely carbed with the 6.7% ABV tucked away neatly.

Overall: It showed a bit more promise than what it actually delivered. Points for difference and eccentricity even though the execution wasn’t quite there. Not bad.

Good Land House IPA

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“An extra hoppy, extra malty golden beauty. This American style IPA is aggressively hopped and bursting with flavours of pine and ripe citrus, loaded with mounds of hops and balanced with a blend of 4 different malts. This extra hoppy, crispy brew is hugely refreshing, and will always deliver no matter when you choose to drink it.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Bright golden pour and a big three finger head forming on top. Excellent retention and lots of thick blotchy lacing on the glass as we go.

Aroma: It’s not doing anything overly fancy but what it has in spades is refinement and a certain sense of polish. Distinctly old school Yakima hops bursting with pine, sappy resins, citrus, light florals and fresh herbs are nicely balanced by a semi sweet honey malt profile. Very delicate hints of caramel, musk, cedar and orange blossom also coming through. Lovely stuff.

Flavour: It follows on from the nose with seemingly lackluster characteristics but in actual fact it couldn’t be further from the truth. It just has a very refined and peeled back nature which displays exquisitely balanced piney and resinous hops over semi sweet biscuity malts. There’s a flutter of citrus, florals and fruit salad as it finishes nice and crisp with good duration.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean and effortless. Co2 is spot on. Moderately bodied and the 5.8% ABV is nicely positioned.

Overall: We now totally understand why they call this the “House IPA”. The session-ability is through the roof, it’s impeccably balanced and faultless really. It’s an impressive way to kick off proceedings with this new Victorian brewery.

Sierra Nevada ‘Hoptimum 2022’ Triple IPA

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“Fancy seeing me here! After all, the place can hardly hold 11% — I’m scraping the rafters. Makes for a good view, and it’s clear when a room needs what I’ve got in spades: fruity, dank, and devilishly hoppy flavor. Your night is looking up. Savor it and don’t blink because I like to vanish in a puff of lupulin dust.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Hits the glass with a bright and clear amber, good Co2 activity and a thumb of finely beaded white foam. Healthy lace work decorates the glass as we imbibe.

Aroma: A very archetypal old school west coast IPA. Filling the nostrils with heady pine/resin, dank herbals and ruby grapefruit. Quite pithy too but the sweet caramel malt overtones suppresses it nicely. As it settles it displays sweeter citrus notes like orange, tangerine and a hint of mandarin. The 11% ABV adds a gentle warmth as well. Solid.

Flavour: Holy hell it almost has traits of Pliny with its super clean and sharp pine/resin, dank weedy herbs and pithy citrus. The clear difference being the much sweeter and stickier malt profile which counters the warming booze very well. Hints of aniseed, toffee, stewed fruits, wood shavings and burnt orange round it all off with a lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, a little chewy but drying out post swallow. Medium body and fine Co2. The 11% ABV is really well hidden.

Overall: Man it has been years since the last time we had a Hoptimum. It literally is a benchmark west coast triple IPA. Impressive stuff.

Pizza Port ‘Remote Location’ IPA

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A clear and clean IPA featuring Simcoe and Sabro hops. The tropical aromas of lime, coconut, pineapple, and lemongrass are balanced with a slight cedar bitterness and clean malt flavors.

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Clear pale golden complexion with good Co2 activity. It all surges upwards and helps maintain the big and frothy three finger head. Excellent lace work on the glass.

Aroma: Mostly old-school WC IPA vibes wafting out. A hint of the Sabro comes through in the form of toasted coconut and lime zest but it’s the rampaging citrus, pine and slightly dank herbals from one of our all time favourite Yakima hops – Simcoe – which takes centre stage. Subtle woody spice, tropical fruit and semi sweet honey fill it out.

Flavour: Somewhat follows the nose with its focus on old-school WC IPA but the aggression and bitterness is notably dialled back. Tasting all the usual pithy-ness, acidic citrus, pine, cedar/wood shavings and slightly weedy herbals just without the palate-wrecking bitterness that typically accompanies it all. A gentle honey sweetness in the background and a dry, bitter finish to round it out.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth and rounded with an assertive bitterness forming late. Medium body, mild-moderate Co2. The 7% ABV is bang on.

Overall: Nothing overly memorable but a decent and well executed No Coast IPA all the same. Not bad.

Fox Friday ‘Quick Hands’ Oat Cream DIPA

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NO COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Murky AF! It has that sandy golden complexion with a light pastel orange tint. Nice and sturdy two and a half finger head which holds together well. Healthy lacing as we go.

Aroma: Oohh yeah she’s fruity, creamy and quite dank. The brekky juice is dialled up and we’re getting heady wafts of ripe fleshy tropical fruits like papaya, paw paw, guava, mango, pineapple and peach. Hints of passionfruit floating about with a sweet and oaty malt structure at the base. Not picking up much from the Nelson hops which is surprising as it’s a very distinct character. To be honest the aroma doesn’t need more character, there’s already a lot going on.

Flavour: It’s like a wave of fruity, herbal and slightly dank juiciness washing over the palate. Detecting that black peppery spice which we love in NEIPA’s/Oat Creams. Just the right amount of sweetness from the lactose and the malts to balance out the punchy hops and warming booze. It finishes rather dry and abrasive with good duration.

Mouthfeel: Dense, smooth and creamy but with a fairly noticeable bitterness. Medium-full body, finely carbed. The 8% ABV overplays its hand a little.

Overall: We know it may sound quite harsh but these guys are like poor man’s Mountain Culture. They’re definitely on the right track though, there’s just a few loose ends that need to be tied off before they’re on MC or Banks level. Solid offering but.

Bridge Road ‘B2 Bomber – Mach 12’ Imperial Belgian Black IPA

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“Our fabled anniversary ale, B2 Bomber is back to help celebrate our 17th birthday! For this year’s 12th edition, we have re-created B2’s revered Imperial Belgian Black IPA base, with the addition of some new world CRYO hops. And for all the B2 lovers out there, we’ve put together an ultra special B2 deluxe pack!”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Matte black pour with a frothy three finger head which lasts. Beautiful lace work down the glass as we hook in.

Aroma: It’s unbelievably smooth and silky for a big 10% beast. At first it’s all about the oily and slightly dank piney hops mingling with the roasty/charred malts. Then the Cryo Sabro kicks in with its classic dried coconut, orange citrus and minty herbal qualities. The Belgian yeast also features with its musky, candy-esque sweetness and bubblegum. Excellent aroma with lots of depth and complexity.

Flavour: Ooopht! Just like the aroma it’s crazy smooth and effortless for its size. It’s actually all really well balanced…the roasted malts, the herbal, citrus and coconut-infused hops, the Belgian yeast, all of it comes together with a flutter of warmth from the booze. Some citric/pithy notes through the middle setting up for a toasty, bitter and slightly dank finish.

Mouthfeel: Slick, oily and coats the palate nicely. Mild-moderate Co2, medium body. The 10.1% ABV is pretty well behaved too.

Overall: Another impressive addition to this brilliant series. They’ve obviously overcome the carbonation issues they were experiencing a couple of years ago and it appears that it’s onward and upward from here!

Bridge Road ‘NEED #10’ Oat Cream IPA

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“A classic hop combo of Citra and Mosaic with some cheeky Sabro CRYO bringing the coconut flare.  An intense new world hop aroma is artfully balanced with some oat-lead creaminess, a smidge of lactose and soft bitterness on this finish.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Deep golden orange complexion with a good murky-ness to it. It forms a loosely packed yet well retained two and a half finger head which leaves a total mess on the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: Big characters on this one. Plenty of depth as well. Tonnes of sweet and tangy citrus – orange, tangerine, mandarin, ruby grapefruit etc. Fleshy and nectary fruits like mango, peach and pineapple. Getting wafts of pine, earthy spice and herbaceous notes, dried coconut, a fleeting hint of blueberry/unripened strawberry and a savoury oat creaminess filling it out.

Flavour: Somewhat difficult to say which fruit profile is standing out more. It’s all very direct and flavoursome but it’s coming off more like a fruit salad here. The sweet and fleshy tropical fruits are edging forward midway and the smooth oat creaminess adding some grainy/earthy tones. Subtle bubblegum, grapefruit and pine being thrown about as it finishes smooth, dry and fruity.

Mouthfeel: Soft creamy texture with fine carbonation. The 7% ABV is well concealed and the medium-ish body adds some substance.

Overall: It’s a bittersweet review this one as Bridge Road have announced this as the 10th and final release in the ‘Need’ series. It has been a fun series to review and the upside is they certainly finished with a bang. Solid hazy here.

Bridge Road X Mountain Culture ‘Hazy Harvest’ Hazy IPA

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Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Light pastel orange to sandy golden hue with two fingers of well retained foam perched on top. Excellent retention and lacing as we imbibe.

Aroma: It’s apparent MC have a hand in this brew right from the first whiff. It’s kinda hard to explain but it just has their signature scent all over it. Another signature scent is the passionfruit which is imparted from the use of all Aussie Galaxy hops. Softer notes of stonefruits (peach, apricot, melon), mixed citrus, light florals, spicy wheat grains, rolled oats and chalk.

Flavour: Nothing really jumps out at us. It’s definitely a fruit salad kind of affair – passionfruit, melon, peach, sweet orange citrus, pineapple. That sort of thing. Super smooth malt profile, emphasised by the rolled oats and cereal grains/wheat. Just the faintest hint of hop bitterness as it finishes ultra smooth and fruity with decent length.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, pillowy and well aerated. Finely carbed, medium body. 6.4% ABV which is really well disguised.

Overall: It’s an all-round pleasant beer. If we had to criticise we’d say the flavour profile could be a bit more clear cut as it’s a little muddled but really, it’s an enjoyable drop.

Bridge Road X Garage Project ‘Dark Harvest’ Black IPA

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“This collaboration with Garage Project was brewed especially for Bridge Road’s annual harvest festival, The High Country Hop. It’s a black IPA, bursting with the unique flavours of freshly harvested local hops from HPA’s Rostrevor Hop Garden. The 2022 vintage uses fresh Galaxy hop cones, picked and added to the beer within 6 hours.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: About the darkest shade of brown one could imagine. Topped off with a short tan head which slowly disperses. There’s decent lace work considering the diminishing head.

Aroma: Oooh yeah the roast emanating off it is pretty direct. This is what we love the most about black IPA’s – the second the charred malt and smoky/burnt wood/ash component hits the olfactory’s the sharp and clean pine needle, oily citrus rind and fresh green tea pulls it right back. The combination of it all reminds us of a block of herb-infused chocolate. Very alluring!

Flavour: Atypically bland and indistinct for a Collab between two Antipodean heavyweights. The sharp separation of malt and hops displayed on the nose has been totally blurred on the palate. All that’s left is a limp roasted malt profile and a tired hop presence which when combined is pretty pedestrian. It almost tastes watered down. What the hell?!

Mouthfeel: It holds up ok. Pretty smooth and palate-friendly texture, flattish Co2. A well concealed 6.6% ABV.

Overall: We can’t work out what’s happened here. A big, punchy aroma then a dead and lifeless palate. It’s still pretty fresh so age isn’t an issue. We’re stumped.

Bridge Road ‘NEeD Vol.9’ Hazy IPA

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“An All-American theme for the hop bill in the latest incarnation of our NEed IPA series. Featuring Hops from Yakima Chief in the Yakima Valley of the Pacific North West. It’s a Hopped-up and soft mellow Hazy that belies it’s 7% ABV. HOP talk – The combo of Cryo-Pop and a new experimental variety HBC-630 bring red fruit and candy vibes. Another un-missable IPA in this series!”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Hazy slightly sandy golden pour and a neat two finger crown nestled on top. Good head retention and healthy lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Heady tropical and stonefruit notes initially. Most notable are mango, peach, rockmelon, paw paw/papaya and guava. Still a good presence of orange citrus to be found, resinous pine and dank herbals getting a look in as well. The malt bill seemingly dominated by the wheat and rolled oats… displaying those hallmark grainy, crusty bread and cereal-esque qualities. Not bad thus far.

Flavour: Not a whole lot of variation from the nose. A sweet and tropical combination of stonefruits, citrus and melon followed by a slowly developing pine and herbal accent midway. Again, not a whole lot changes but it does roll in to the smooth and fruity finish with ease. Pulling up a bit short on the back end though.

Mouthfeel: Light and fluffy, well aerated and finely carbed. Medium body, nicely positioned 7% ABV.

Overall: A little underwhelming to be frank. We can’t even be certain that the experimental hop featured here had any impact. The Cryo-pop blend did all the work…and that’s where the issue lies for us we think. We just don’t see what all the fuss is about with Cryo-pop. Middle of the road at best.

Pure Project ‘Pure West’ West Coast IPA

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“We are celebrating our first year of sourcing hand selected hops by releasing our first core Unfiltered West Coast IPA. Hand selection allows us to focus on what we think are the finest hops from each years’ harvest, and we will continue to evolve the hop varieties in Pure West with the freshest and most flavorful hops we can find. This inaugural brew showcases hand-selected Mosaic, Simcoe, and Nelson hops to provide an intense aroma of pineapple with a subtle dankness. Sweet floral notes soften on the palate while leading to a solid bitter finish.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Straw golden complexion and a fluffy three finger head forming on top. It holds well and weaves a magnificent lace down the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Exceptionally fresh, clean and piney. Dead set we don’t think they could have chosen a better hop combination; Mosaic, Simcoe and Nelson. All three not only feature but shine…displaying their best qualities i.e pineapple, mango, herbal spice, zesty citrus, pine/resin, unripened stonefruits, gooseberry, white grapes and evergreen. Can’t wait to taste this.

Flavour: OK it’s not really what we had anticipated. It’s a lot lighter with less malt sweetness than we come to expect from WC IPA’s. It explains the light colour too. Anywho, take nothing away from the beautifully executed hop bill which, like the aroma, exhibits all the best attributes of each hop. Understandably the light cracker malt profile is off in the distance but it does fit in to the overall laid back nature of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Light, clean and crisp. Mild-moderate body, softly carbonated. The 6.5% ABV is nicely positioned.

Overall: A very pleasant WC IPA. Very fresh, green and remarkably light while still offering the typical bitterness and playful aggression that comes with the style.

Bottle Logic ‘Fuzzy Logic’ Peach Hazy IPA

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“Originally brewed as a feature beer for Smokejumpers Grill at Disney California Adventure, this beer captures California’s juicy agricultural history. This Hazy IPA was built on a base of Pure Idaho, White Wheat, Dextra Pils, Unmalted Wheat, and Flaked Oat malts. It was hopped with Mosaic and El Dorado hops, and fermented with white and yellow peaches!”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Kinda light straw golden complexion with a soft orange tint. They can barely call this a Hazy coz there really isn’t much haze happening. Nice and fluffy two finger head which retained and laced well.

Aroma: We knew the peach component was going to be huge as we were copping wafts as the glass sat idle on the table. Seriously you’d need your head read if you don’t like peach…the unique floral, nectar-filled sweetness emanating off this is unbelievably alluring. Just a flutter of tartness, apricot delight, nectarine and ripe mango to round it all out.

Flavour: The danger in brewing with such flavoursome fruits is there’s very little forgiveness so there’s a very fine line between good and bad.. and obviously with BL being the maestro’s they are they have nailed it. Again that little lick of tartness plus a very subtle bitterness counters the sugary, nectary sweetness perfectly. Although it’s completely one dimensional it’s still absolutely satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, medium bodied. Co2 is tight and fine. The 7.1% ABV is very well hidden.

Overall: If this were any closer to a peach flavoured soft drink it would be skull-able. So on point for a fruited IPA. Magnificent stuff.