Category Archives: IPA’s

Tumut River Brewing ‘Bad Mofo’ West Coast IPA

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“The Bad Mofo is our take on a West Coast IPA. A big, American style ale which is fairly bitter at 80 IBUs and with large amounts of dry hops in fermentation for a crisp aromatic citrus hop hit which is balanced out by strong malt backbone. In brewing this beer, we mainly used Munich from Voyager Craft Malt in the Riverina region of NSW and some locally grown Rye corn for a unique rye malt taste. Predominant hops are US Mosaic and El Dorado. If you’re into big, traditional IPAs – this is the bad mofo for you!”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Quite a deep amber with soft candy red hues. It forms a sturdy two finger head which holds together well. Excellent lacing as it ebbs.

Aroma: Rather malty for the style but at the same time it offers up a gorgeous mix of caramel, gritty toffee and nutty residual sweetness. The hop profile is a little shy but does provide subtle piney additions alongside some sappy resin, mixed citrus, canned fruits, overripe stone fruits i.e lychee and melon. Not bad for a malt bomb!

Flavour: Certainly acts more like a West Coast IPA now. It opens with a burst of hop bitterness, acetic citrus and pithy rind but it’s offset by those sweet caramelised malts. The bitterness and pithy citrus surges through the mid and leads to a dry piney finish with old fruit hanging around on the back palate.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth and silky with the 80 IBU’s kicking in post swallow. Medium body. Mild-medium Co2. 7% ABV is somewhat evident.

Overall: We wouldn’t say it’s the best example of a West Coast IPA but it’s punchy and has some depth to it. Hardly memorable though.

Jervis Bay Brewing ‘Bay Swell’ IPA

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“Conditions have to be perfect for the rare bay swell to enter Jervis Bay. Much easier to hunt are the waves of flavour in our Bay Swell IPA. Hints of passionfruit, pineapple and stonefruit are balanced by an undercurrent of bitterness, and mango shines through as the brew warms up a little. Surf report be damned, enjoy our Bay Swell IPA at any time.”

 Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Pours quite a deep amber with two fingers of khaki head. Reasonable retention and patchy lace as it subsides.

Aroma: As expected (from the deep amber complexion) there’s a distinctly sweet caramel malt backbone which is further emphasized by sweet tropical fruits and sappy pine resins. Subtle touches of boiled candy, toffee, weedy herbals and candied citrus. She definitely straddles that line between malty sweet and diacetyl but we feel they’ve balanced it well enough. Pretty damn fine aroma.

Flavour: OK, definitely no diacetyl! They’ve struck a magnificent balance here. Beautifully sweet and sugary but the tropical fruits, sappy pine resin and this subtle line of bitterness really pulls it in to line. Herbals, grapefruit and boiled candy develop late and form a kind of bittersweet finish which probably pulls up a bit short.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, gelatinous, mild bitterness. Medium body and Co2. Only 5.7% ABV so pretty light on for the style.

Overall: We dig these malty IPA’s, but only when they’re done right. And yes this one has been done right. Pretty similar to Ekim’s Viking IPA and Beerfarm’s IPA with their big and sweet malt body but generous hop profile. Not bad.

Mikkeller ‘Inked’ Hazy IPA

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Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Opaque mustard yellow with two fingers of well retained head on top. Beautiful cascading lace clings to the glass as we imbibe.

Aroma: Quite interesting. Very dry and musty, almost funky. The doughy, white bready and oaty malts take centre stage and the pithy citrus hops are working in the background. Sweeter tropical fruits like green mango, unripened pineapple and orange coming through with a leafy/herbal component hinting at vines and shallots. Certainly different we’ll give it that.

Flavour: Much more of the fruit profile coming on – sweet citrus, unripened pineapple and mango. This herbal and leafy character is rather prominent too. White bread, oats and wheat grains getting amongst it as it finishes on a dry, herbal/leafy and semi sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but chalky and mineraly texture. Medium body, finely carbonated with that 6.6% ABV very well concealed.

Overall: Kind of in two minds with this one. It’s nice and smooth but the aroma and flavour profile is just…well…strange. We’re putting it down to this combination of musty dryness and leafy herbals. Not sure if they work in our opinion.

Hargreaves Hill ‘Pursuit Of Hoppiness #5’ Double IPA

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“Number 5 is designed for these crazy times which we find ourselves inside more than usual. This 8% double dry hopped Hazy Double IPA features Strata, Azacca and Azacca Cryo. Layered with mango, passionfruit, melon grapefruit.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Light straw golden complexion with a fluffy two finger head. Good retention and healthy lace work on the glass.

Aroma: It’s got really good uplift initially. Picking up a tonne of what we thought was Citra but the hop combination of Strata and Azacca is more than making up for it. Super dank and citrusy, herbal, lots of mixed tropical fruit i.e passion fruit, ripe mango, rockmelon, candied lemon and guava. It has some serious resin going on as well. Light malt body. Cracker of an aroma.

Flavour: It opens with another huge burst of fresh hops bringing heady citrus, dank weedy herbals, pine resin and a smorgasbord of fruit including passion fruit, mango, guava, grapefruit, unripened pineapple and rind. The middle shows a bit more grapefruit acidity which carries in to the dry, slightly warming and herbal finish. Nice duration on it.

Mouthfeel: Sharp, crisp and with a little warmth from the 8% ABV. Mild-medium body, Co2 is spot on. Medium bitterness.

Overall: That’s certainly a nice bounce back from their last release (some kind of messy summer IPA from memory). This one has backbone and bucket loads of fresh hop character. We dig it.

Pirate Life ‘Loose Lips Sink Sink Ships’ Triple IPA

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“First brewed for GABS back in 2016, Loose Lips Sink Ships is so gargantuan, you can’t say its name after drinking a pint of the stuff… To brew this 12% ABV Triple IPA, 2,000 kg of premium malted barley, wheat and oats (combined) are pumped into a 5,000 litre mash tun.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Bold amber with full transparency. It forms a fizzy three finger head which takes an age to reduce. Not much of it sticking to the glass though.

Aroma: Pow! Jeez it hits the olfactory’s like a freight train. Quite the malt bomb actually (don’t remember it being this sweet at GABS). The booze and malts combine and give off that real syrupy note initially and the sharp, piney and citric hops do their best to cut through it. Almost eye watering booze here. Holy moly.

Flavour: Nothing much changes unfortunately. It’s super sweet and malty – like it’s old or something – the hops are hardly evident. Extremely hot and bitter, pithy grapefruit rind through the middle shifting to a dry and warming finish with syrupy malt and burnt toffee on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Prickly, slightly astringent. Bitter AF! Well in excess of 100 IBU. Medium body with low-ish Co2.

Overall: Not liking it at all. Totally unbalanced, syrupy, harsh and boozy (OK we can forgive them for the latter…being 12% and all). What happened to the 2016 recipe? The one that was entered in to GABS?! Completely different beer.

Clown Shoes ‘Zen Garden’ NEIPA

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“Stack up enough work frustration, and even the Grim Reaper needs a peaceful retreat. Or even to quit his job and go on a craft beer journey! Grim’s Zen Garden is a much-needed escape from the grind. It’s time he overcame his existential crisis and achieved a long-sought state of Zen! We suggest that you seek your own inner peace in with this Double Dry Hopped New England India Pale Ale, flush with full-bodied, hazy flavor from a wheat and oat in the malt bill and a steady stream of hop additions.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Golden amber with medium haze. It forms a thumb of finely beaded foam which maintains its shape and works a healthy lace down the glass.

Aroma: Not quite the juice bomb we were anticipating but still jam packed with soft fleshy stonefruits and orange citrus. Fairly piney/resinous, sappy and tropical with a hint of grapefruit and or rind. Picking up some candied notes which seem to work in to the sweet malt profile. Not your conventional American NEIPA but it’s nice and well rounded.

Flavour: Good transition from the nose. Catching all the stonefruit and orange citrus overtones with the more subtle pine resin, grapefruit and unripened tropical fruit in the background. A bit of pithy rind through the mid leading to a sweet-ish finish full of acetic orange citrus, semi sweet malt and pine resin.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, creamy, finely carbonated, medium body. Hardly any bitterness and the 6.7% ABV is unbelievably well hidden.

Overall: So good to see Clown Shoes back on Aussie shelves. Smart move shifting in to 500ml cans too. As for the beer itself it’s not an amazing NEIPA but it definitely holds its own. Not bad.

White Bay ‘Embrace The Space’ IPA

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“In a world where we are constantly redefining the term “normal” and reality seems to exist on a plane of shifting sands; Embrace the Space is an IPA brewed for enjoyment in these socially distant times. Tune in, tune out, disconnect, reconnect, stockpile, deplete. Embrace the Space.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden amber complexion with a fluffy two finger crown. Good retention and healthy lacing down the glass.

Aroma: Fairly straight up and down – pine resin, grapefruit, orange peel, mandarin, candied lemon. Undertones of grass/vines, herbals, soft tropical fruits and a rather biscuity and nutty malt profile. It’s probably not going to win any awards but it’s clean and offers enough to chew on.

Flavour: More of the same basic Aussie IPA characters – inoffensive, mildly bodied and flavored. The standouts are toned down pine and grapefruit with muddled citrus and grassy hops in support. Biscuity type malts with a smooth fruity finish. Could do with a bit more length to be honest.

Mouthfeel: Probably its biggest strength – super smooth, a little creamy and medium bodied. Co2 is spot on. 6.5% ABV is very well concealed.

Overall: It won’t receive much hype but it’s still a well executed IPA. Very clean, sessional and moderate. It is slightly pedestrian though but then again the upside is it will appeal to the entry level IPA drinker. Not bad.

Mountain Culture ‘Be Kind Rewind’ NEIPA

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“Our brewery is housed in what was one of the last Civic Video stores left in the country before it shut its doors in 2017. Its message was always Be Kind Rewind and never has that simple ode been more relevant than now. As for the beer, we brewed this to be big and juicy in the hope that it will take you on a tropical excursion without you having to leave your home.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Turbid mustard yellow with a thumb of tightly packed foam perched on top. Good retention and healthy lace down the glass.

Aroma: We think Aussie breweries are finally starting to grasp the concept of NEIPAs. This aroma is almost perfect…tonnes of stonefruit and creamy orange citrus, frosty fruits, substantial amount of white bready dryness, tropical fruits, mild grapefruit/rind, herbal spice and white pepper. There’s gotta be rolled oats in the grain bill coz the overall smoothness and porridge-like notes coming through are strong. Excellent.

Flavour: This is where it’s at! Kind of musty apricot and peach, frosty fruits, brekky juice concentrate, grapefruit, orange peel, herbal spice oats, white bread crust and a hint of tropical fruit i.e unripened pineapple and mango. It’s pretty much this smooth carriage of flavour through to the well balanced finish. Pretty good legs as well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth AF! Some chalkiness to it but we like that in NEIPAs. Medium body, finely carbonated. 7.3% ABV is incredibly well hidden.

Overall: MC have been killing it lately (well they’ve been killing it ever since they opened really). This is the feather in the hat though… absolutely superb interpretation. We’re catching up to the Yanks quick smart!

Alvarado Street Brewery ‘Amigo’s’ IPA

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“Delorean, Lamborghini….and now Isuzu. Amigo that is, 1992 to be exact. The next in our unofficial “car” series is dedicated to brewer Kevin Brown’s insanely radical ride. Elegant fermentation character, dank hops, heirloom floor malted British barley for body and balance.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Murky pastel yellow with a billowing four finger head which takes an age to reduce. The lacing is thick and blotchy as it recedes.

Aroma: Bursting with a gorgeous fusion of creamy orange citrus, juicy tropical fruit, peach, apricot, rockmelon, papaya, some delicate florals and herbs, sappy pine resin and lemongrass. Quite a yeasty little number too…accentuating the fruity characters and handing it a bit of extra personality. A fairly noticeable dry bready malt profile to fill it out. Nice.

Flavour: As smooth as a baby’s backside yet we’d have to admit the intensity that was there in aroma seems to have dropped off a little. Still, we’re picking up lots of orange citrus and stonefruit, subtle tropical fruit sweetness, florals and mild herbals. This dryness (either from the yeast or the malts) is here pretty much from start to the slightly pithy and citric finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy but too over carbonated. Quite light on with mild-moderate body. The 7% ABV is well behaved.

Overall: A rare strike out for ASB. Usually they can do no wrong but the lack of flavour and over carbonation is not doing it any favours. Pretty average stuff from a usually outstanding brewery.

Counter Culture’G3′ Double Hazy IPA

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“First there was the Original Pacific Ale, then The Prequel hazy IPA …

Now we’re shifting into third gear with G3, a hazy DIPA (7.6% alc/vol) brewed with the freshest Galaxy hops from Tasmania, pale malts and New England ale yeast, showcasing revved up tropical flavours with a dominant 72 IBU finish. In celebration of tradition and history that started with the Original Pacific Ale, G3 is a beer for looking back – and then at the road ahead.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Turbid pastel yellow with a soft orange tint. It forms a fairly sturdy head which retains and laced well.

Aroma: Holy moly the intensity was grossly unexpected! Proper juice bomb. Tropical fruits in abundance, sappy pine resin, herbal spice and pepper, apricot, tinned peach, frosty fruits and a dry white bready malt profile. We know the term “brekky juice” gets thrown around a lot but this is literally just boozy brekky juice. Phenomenal.

Flavour: Wow it’s much drier and chalky as opposed to the aroma. Still picking up lots of stewy stonefruit, apricot and peach skins with more accentuated peppery spice and hop bitterness. Damn it only improves too as the herbal spice, crusty malts frosty fruits and stonefruit all converge in the finish. Length for days too.

Mouthfeel: As stated before – dry, chalky and well rounded with discernible bitterness in the swallow. Medium body and Co2.

Overall: This is bloody impressive! We bang on about Bubble and Trubble being far out in front in terms of Aussie hazy’s but this would have to be on par. Good to see CC have bounced back after that last release.

Foghorn Brewery ‘Young Americans’ IPA

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“Mash hopped, first wort hopped, whirlpool hopped, fresh hop flowers in the hopback, dry hopped… You get the picture. All about the hops! US Simcoe & Citra and NZ Wakatu flowers… Enough malt to balance, hazy and unfiltered US Craft inspired hop juice. Dedicated to the late, great David Bowie. “All night! She wants the Young American”.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Golden amber with almost 100% clarity. It constructs a healthy two and bit finger head which retains and leaves a smattering of lace on the glass.

Aroma: Proper pine bomb! As any good WC IPA should it’s well supported by a big helping of mixed citrus (mostly grapefruit and orange rind) and unripened tropical fruits like pineapple and papaya. Subtle floral bouquet as well, fresh herbs/weedy notes and soft earthy-ness all rounded out by a semi sweet biscuity malt bill. Right on the money!

Flavour: She kicks off with a bit of aggression – warming booze and hop bitterness but she’s still full of Yakima Valley features i.e pine, grapefruit, pithy orange rind, weedy herbals and green onion. Even a hint of peach in here from our world renowned Galaxy hops. Again, nicely balanced by a semi sweet malt and punctuated with a dry and pithy citric bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean and slightly prickly. The 6.8% ABV is discernible but not overpowering. 85 IBU…and it shows. Medium body and Co2.

Overall: We’ve been huge fans of Shawn’s beers ever since we tried our first Murray’s beer all those years ago. It’s awesome to see him killing it in his own brewery in Newcastle. This is one of his best and tastes just as good from the can. Excellent IPA.

Mountain Culture ‘Back To Cali’ West Coast IPA

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“Throwing some citrus and pine from our Mountains line,
To supply some sunshine to our hill top scene,
And bringing the bitter back in the variety
Of the Notorious West Coast style type.
Might as well find some time to put up that Hollywood sign right up in lights on Mt Solitary.
‘Cause line upon line of Pacific hop bines,
Are added multiple times into its malty sea,
From the California Coast to MCBC.
Yeah, it ain’t just the yeast that’s gone Back to Cali!”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Bright amber with 100% clarity. It forms a sturdy two finger head which retains. Good lacing as we go.

Aroma: Back to Cali alright. Crisp and fresh notes of pine needle, grapefruit, citrus rind, lemongrass, apple juice, orange citrus and spicy resins but well grounded by a gritty and earthy caramel which adds a lovely line of sweetness. God dang it that’s good. Not quite on Korben D level but agonisingly close.

Flavour: It comes on with all of that West Coast goodness…crisp and zippy pine/resin, ripe grapefruit and mixed citrus, herbal spice, florals and white pepper. All kept in check by this gorgeous (yet well tempered) caramel malt sweetness. It finishes like any good West Coast IPA should – dry, bitter and grassy/piney with good length.

Mouthfeel: Crisp (there’s that word again!) Zingy and sharp but well balanced. Medium body and Co2. 7.6% ABV is spot on.

Overall: Love it love it love it! We just want to bathe in it if we can. MC need to make this part of their core range coz we’d be buying it in cartons. This is exactly how we want a WC IPA to be. The business!

Spencer Trappist ‘Monks’ IPA

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“Our slightly hazy IPA made in small batches each month to ensure freshness. It is brewed with Citra, Mosaic, Amarillo, and Simcoe hops. It is a very drinkable IPA at only 30 IBUs.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Golden amber with a soft haze. Healthy two finger head which retains and makes a mess of the glass as it subsides.

Aroma: Not what we were expecting! Coming from a Trappist brewery we were thinking old world style with Euro hops but no it’s the opposite…jam packed with orange citrus, ruby grapefruit, tropical and stone fruits, dank and weedy herbals, pine resin, light florals and pithy citrus rind. Bit of a sticky semi sweet malt structure. Pleasantly surprised.

Flavour: Much more malt-driven but a hop bitterness really develops. Still got a tonne of sweet and at times pithy orange citrus, pine resin and herbals with a touch of stewy stonefruit and tropical fruits here and there. Definitely pick up the sweet and almost syrupy malt profile but this aggressive bitterness really cleans it all up. Very bitter finish which lingers.

Mouthfeel: Dry and fairly bitter for 30 IBU. Medium body and Co2. 6.3% ABV is well placed.

Overall: Absolutely love the aroma but the balance in flavour is a little skewed. It’s a slight palate-wrecker in the end. Not a bad drop though.

Bear Republic ‘Further Thru The Haze’ Double IPA

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Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Hazy golden amber with a sturdy two finger head. It holds its shape and weaves a fine lace down the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Citrus-forward with heady notes of ruby grapefruit and lemon drops. Also picking up strong hints of honeydew melon and fresh pine needles. It’s awesome to see our very own Vic Secret hops play a role in the aroma with its classic passion fruit, piney/herbal and mild tropical fruit accents.

Flavour: More or less the same as the aroma – grapefruit, lemon (fresh and candied), pine needle, melon, shallot, tropical fruits and sweet orange citrus i.e blood orange and tangerine. The wheaty grains and oats come through a lot more with its kind of creamy and dry profile. Mildly dry finish with citrus and pine drawing out.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, silky, a touch dry. Medium body and Co2. The 8% ABV makes it dangerously sessional.

Overall: Kind of like a hazy West Coast IPA. To be honest we were expecting a bit more (after visiting the Rohnert Park brewhouse and tasting their whole range) we know what they’re capable of. They have better offerings that’s for sure.

Molly Rose ‘Beaming’ IPA

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ABV: 5.7%

“Everyone starts smiling when the sun comes out. We think that this refreshing IPA with Mosaic and Amarillo will match your grin.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Light golden complexion with a thumb of well maintained head atop. Good retention and lace work as it ebbs.

Aroma: Nice little fruit basket thing going on but nothing overly exciting. Mostly centered around the orange citrus i.e orange, tangerine, mandarin etc but also carrying subtle hints of pine, grassy/herbal notes, light florals and mild stonefruits. Something a little candied in here too…musk maybe?

Flavour: If we had to choose we’d say it’s leaning more on the West Coast side but with the typical Aussie subtlety. Restrained grapefruit, lemon and pine to the fore…grassy notes in support. More mixed citrus through the middle, adding a bit of pithy bitterness to the fray before a dry, grassy and citrusy finish pulls up a bit short.

Mouthfeel: Fairly inoffensive. Smooth and well balanced with gentle bitterness in the swallow. Moderate body and Co2. 5.7% ABV is well hidden.

Overall: We don’t want to be harsh critics but it is very meh. Definitely ticks the sessional box. Although the booze could creep up on you if one wasn’t careful. Not bad just too pedestrian for us.

Mountain Culture ‘Hill People – Milk’ Oat Cream NEIPA

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“For this indulgent New England Oat Cream IPA, DJ threw on his tattered corduroy overalls at the crack of dawn and trekked down the picturesque hills to the milking shed to work the teats of our fresh Sabro hops for every last drop of fresh citrus and coconutty goodness. The addition of lactose to the boil provides a velvety mouthfeel for that extra bit of Hill People luxury. A gift from our hills to you – you may never go back to regular milk again!”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Hazy pastel yellow/orange with a thumb of fluffy white foam atop. Retains well with good lace as we go.

Aroma: Real zesty little number. Lots of tangy citrus, lemon and lime, spice, pine resins and that subtle yet gorgeous touch of coconut/vanilla from those uber cool Sabro hops. Definitely has the juice factor (frosty fruits) and has a rather heady note of pepper too. Dry, bready and oaty malt structure to fill it all out. Diggin it.

Flavour: Picking up a lot more of the creamy oats and lactose on entry. It works as an excellent counter balance to the zesty citrus, peppery spice and pine resins. Some juicy stonefruit sweetness through the mid leading in to a slightly pithy finish which offers up stonefruit and yeast-driven alcohols.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, slightly chalky and coats the whole palate nicely. Medium body and Co2. 6.8% ABV shows up here and there.

Overall: MC have been brewing a lot of top shelf beer lately…this one, although good, doesn’t seem to have the finesse of others like Status Quo or the double red IPA. Ah well, can’t win em all hey?!

Breakside ‘Tastes Like Vinyl Sounds’ IPA

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“Our Flagship Beer. A Distinctive Interpretation of a Northwest Classic. Breakside’s most popular offering is this beautifully clear India Pale Ale featuring the unique character of Citra and Chinook hops.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Bright amber with full clarity. You could literally read a book through the beer. Love it! Nice two and bit finger head which holds up and makes a mess of the glass as we go.

Aroma: Oh my goodness that is pure West Coast IPA! It would almost give Pliny a run for its money. So clean and piney, totally dominated by citrus (grapefruit, lemon/lime, mandarin and orange/rind). As it settles we’re picking up stonefruits like rockmelon, peach and green mango alongside guava and a semi sweet malt structure. Mind blown!

Flavour: She’s got all you could want in a top shelf West Coast IPA – bitter grapefruit, pine, orange peel, white pepper, tangerine and what could pass as pure myrcene aka dank weed and or hop oils. Gets mad pithy mid way which sets up for a tidy finish full of grapefruit, orange peel and herbal spice. The legs on it are incredible too.

Mouthfeel: Zippy, sharp and dry with a hefty 73 IBU. Co2 is spot on. Mild-medium body. 6.2% ABV is intermittent.

Overall: We just want to declare how much we’re loving this resurgence of the filtered, crisp and palate-wrecking West Coast IPA. Especially when they’re this good!

Reckless Brewing Summer IPA

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91768076_1339592352891573_3210879149187006464_o“This Summer IPA is filled to the brim with Mosaic and Galaxy Hops. It’s perfectly suited to a Summer’s afternoon spent with mates. This is a limited release so enjoy sooner rather than later!”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Light pastel orange with two fingers of loosely held foam atop. It slowly deconstructs and leaves blotchy patches of lace in its wake.

Aroma: Proper Mosaic bomb…tonnes of mango, pineapple, pine needle, yellow grapefruit, orange peel, peach and papaya. There’s a bit of a dank-ness to it which we’re really digging. Ripe fleshy stonefruits are opening up as it settles along with passion fruit, paw paw and the doughy malt backbone. Surprisingly bigger than we were expecting.

Flavour: The stewy, fleshy stonefruits come on strong i.e paw paw, rockmelon, papaya. Pine needles, dank herbs and orange citrus jump on board midway. Some pithy citric acidity can’t curtail a 2nd wave of sweet stonefruits which roll in to a somewhat heavier than expected finish with a nice dry bitterness to help even the keel.

Mouthfeel: Pretty decent weight for a “summer IPA”. Slightly sticky but ultimately smooth in texture with a mild bitterness developing late. Medium body. 6.5% ABV pretty well negotiated.

Overall: They should drop the Summer IPA tag and just leave it as their standard IPA. There’s more than enough density (and booze) for this to be drunk all year round. Pretty damn impressive.

 

Reckless Brewing Red IPA

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91195423_1337770366407105_4208489752992677888_o“Our Red IPA is bursting with flavour. Full of Mosaic and Citra hops, it perfectly intertwines with a full malty base. Best enjoyed with mates round a campfire.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Beautiful deep amber with crimson hues. It builds a thumb of sturdy khaki head which holds its shape pretty well. Good lacing as we go.

Aroma: Like a coke addict, one sniff and we’re hooked! That alluring caramel sweetness is so so satisfying. On top of that is a gorgeous hint of toffee apple, nutty maple and honey. Then there’s the balancing influence of the hops which yield a neat little fusion of tropical fruits, slightly dank herbs, eucalyptus and sappy pine resin. When this style is executed properly (like this) it is so damn good.

Flavour: There’s a subtle switch of dominance which we’re loving. The hops win the battle and bring their citrusy, piney and mildly sweet fruity characters to the forefront. That delicious caramel malt sweetness isn’t far behind though, coming straight through and pulling the hops in to line. This tussle goes back and forth until it eventually fades off the palate.

Mouthfeel: Kinda sticky but dry in the swallow. Medium body, perfect carbonation. 6.5% ABV also right on the money.

Overall: Practically faultless. Love, love, love how the malts dominate the aroma but the hops dominate the flavour. The balance is pitch perfect and it’s well rounded in the mouth. They’re on a winner here!

 

Mountain Culture Double Red IPA

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90649387_1335682476615894_6724033479576649728_o“Double dry hopped with an all-star cast of American hops, this beer is bursting with flavour and more tropical fruits than Carmen Miranda’s hat.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Crimson red with a refreshing transparency. Lightly tanned head swelling to two fingers before retracting and settling to a decent overlay. Nice wavy lace as it ebbs.

Aroma: Definitely malt driven. Lots of lightly burned toffee and old leather chair with a punchy citrus cutting through and bringing notes of pithy orange peel, juicy blood orange and caramelised pear. Lots of nutty undertones with that classic touch of toasty malt and sappy pine resin. Bloody ripper!

Flavour: Absolutely jam packed with toffee and burnt caramel, toast and nutty malts but the counter from the hops is what brings this beer to life. The perfect amount of acidic citrus (grapefruit, orange peel) and pine slicing right through those sweet and toasty malts. It all leads in to a dry yet sweet and bitter finish which goes for days.

Mouthfeel: Slick but dry and assertive in the swallow. The 8% ABV is dangerously well concealed. Medium-full body.

Overall: Definitely has traits of the original Former Tenant. That aside it’s a damn fine red IPA, especially with the booze so well hidden. Solid offering.