Category Archives: IPA’s

Clare Valley Brewing Co DIPA

Rating:

31129617_846193068898173_7128801599962480640_n“West Coast style Double IPA, brewed with Columbus, Chinook, Centennial & Simcoe hops.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Nice bold amber pour with a finger and a half of beige foam over the top. Good retention and good lace work as we imbibe.

Aroma: Pine, pine and more pine! Copious amounts of it but that can be expected when your hop bill reads Columbus, Chinook, Centennial and Simcoe. There’s a lovely malt structure here too, almost red IPA-like with its big caramelised sweetness. Superb.

Flavour: Pine, cocktail fruit and chewy caramel come on strong. That 8.1% ABV certainly doesn’t hide as it warms up the mouth (and the belly!). It may be getting a bit too cloying through the mid as those fleshy stone fruits start turning a little artificial. That paired with the super sweet caramel malts ends in an unbalanced finish along with a piercing alcohol burn in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Sharp and super astringent. 8.1% ABV and 70 IBU – both unbalanced. Medium body and co2.

Overall: What started so well went completely downhill. The aroma is lovely but the flavour profile is very untidy and extremely booze heavy. Slightly disappointed.

Feral Brewing Co ‘Biggie Juice’ East Coast IPA

Rating:

31120789_846191075565039_1683854937852739584_n“Ok, so we’re a little awful on the rhyme front, but we did manage to hustle a Juicy West Coast v East Coast collab brew with Melbourne’s Royston Hotel. Turf wars aside – the Royston crew joined us over in the West to brew a beer teaming with punchy tropical hip hop aromas full of apricot, peaches and passionfruit. Day dreamin in a cloud of haze, this IPA is intentionally cloudy contributing to a creamy mouth feel. This New England style IPA was so notoriously juicy, we decided to package it as our latest Brewpub release. Super fresh. Super limited.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Cloudy mustard yellow with a light orange tint. It only manages a finger of loosely held foam which peels back to a ring. Some patchy lace as it ebbs.

Aroma: Quite floral with lashings of mango, pear, rockmelon and peach. Lots of sweet orange citrus and peppery spice beginning to open up as it settles in the the glass. Very subtle vanilla cream notes in there as well. Not bad.

Flavour: Nothing really stands out to be brutally honest. Mild orange citrus tones upfront before a dry and slightly grainy middle. The hallmark brekky juice is there, albeit very subtle. A hint of spice and orange peel rolls in to a dry, creamy finish which endures.

Mouthfeel: It holds a good weight with well balanced bitterness and carbonation. Reasonably well hidden ABV (6%).

Overall: We admit we were expecting a bit more from this. The label is as confusing as the beer – by that we mean it’s marketed as an East Coast IPA so we were naturally expecting an English style IPA where in fact it’s a NEIPA. But even as a NEIPA it isn’t up to scratch. Average.

Bentspoke Brewing ‘Red Nut’ Red IPA

Rating:

30443525_840027652848048_2314793377461174272_n“A Red IPA, with a resiny hop and caramel malt character, Red Nut features Fortnight, Mosaic, Citra, EKG, and Amarillo hops for a big hoppy punch on top of a strong, dark, malt base.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Cherry red hue with a huge three and a half finger head. It slowly deconstructs and leaves a smattering of lace on the glass.

Aroma: Brawny but elegant. Truck loads of caramelised malts, toffee, maple syrup, melon, ripe paw paw/papaya, burnt brown sugar and a faint hint of coffee. Starting to pick up a sharp pine character that cuts through all of that dense malty sweetness. Brilliant balance, oh so Bentspoke!

Flavour: Excellent transition from the aroma – nice warm welcome from the 7% ABV on entry. Well countered by the sweet malts though – more than enough to support the punchy citrus, pine and sweet tropical notes of melon, paw paw and passion fruit. Rather bitter finish but balanced by a slight coffee/roasty note that goes the distance.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but also quite viscous. Medium body and co2.

Overall: This is the latest of Bentspoke’s range to hit the shelves. This has been a favourite of ours for a while so we’re stoked to finally see it in cans. Come on lads, let’s get the Cluster series going! 

Akasha Brewing Co ‘Mosaic’ IPA

Rating:

30124693_837709146413232_2269301167317126228_n“Mosaic is without a doubt the favourite hop of our brewers, and the first of our single-hopped IPA’s. The Mosaic IPA has bucket loads of tropical fruit, peach and melon on the nose and palate, balanced by a moderate bitterness and light malt base.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Lovely bold amber colour that bears a two finger head. It falls away quite quickly but still manages to decorate the glass as we hook in.

Aroma: Did someone say Korben D?! It is literally a lighter and less boozy take on its bigger (and better) brother. Still let us revel in this magnificent hop. She’s mostly floral but accentuated by zesty citrus, pine, blueberry, some tropical fruit and grassy notes.

Flavour: Jeez it really is a chip off the old block, it even tastes like the same malt bill as Korben D. This is in no way a criticism though! The smooth caramel and light toasty notes marry up with the mosaic hops beautifully with a nice and big drying bitterness to finish.

Mouthfeel: Punchy and pithy yet reasonably pleasant over the tongue. 7.2% ABV with an assertive bitterness in the swallow.

Overall: It’s pretty simple – if you love the Korben D then you’ll love this. The only difference is you could have a few more of these and still be standing by the end of the night!

 

Green Beacon Brewing Co ‘Red’s Dead’ Red IPA

Rating:

29789909_836729656511181_7751228279370741113_n“Red’s Dead is our Autumn Seasonal. Aromas of honeycomb and figs. Flavours of fresh fruity espresso are followed and melon sweetness with an aftertaste of jersey caramels.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a sexy crimson red with a huge three and a bit finger head resting atop. It slowly reduced and leaves a smattering of lace in its wake.

Aroma: Quite rich and dense with the nostrils tingling from the 7% ABV. The hallmark caramelised sweetness so synonymous with red IPA’s takes a back seat to more vinous and raspberry/boysenberry notes. Also somewhat toasty with light toffee accents as well. Fairly complex.

Flavour: We taste burnt orange, subtle chocolate, vinous red fruits and toasty malt on entry. Very syrupy and slightly cloying. It has this kind of artificial sweetness going on that’s a little off putting. She’s bitter, dry and warming in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and gelatinous with an assertive bitterness. Medium body and co2. 7% ABV is quite noticeable.

Overall: Not really our cup of tea it’s more like a hoppy Irish red ale than a red IPA. A whole lot of meh!

Ekim Brewing Co ‘Hocus Pocus’ NEIPA

Rating:

29694472_836563639861116_7010820912873684041_n“Our New England IPA featuring juicy flavours from extensive hopping with Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy and Vic Secret hops!”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Cloudy orange colour with a big three finger head topping it off. Steady reduction with streaky lace left in its wake.

Aroma: Not quite the Brekky juice bomb we were anticipating bit it still smells superb. Offering hints of candied orange, tropical fruit, mango, peach, pineapple and lychee which is underlined by this gorgeous and buttery caramel malt sweetness – which is somewhat of a hallmark across the Ekim range. Divine!

Flavour: Good transition on to the palate – it opens with sweet tropical fruits and supported by that buttery caramel malt we mentioned in the aroma. Hints of grapefruit and orange citrus mid way leading in to a really well balanced finish.

Mouthfeel: Rather light on. Slightly creamy in texture with moderate co2. Just a suggestion of warmth from the 6.2% ABV in the rear.

Overall: It’s not your conventional NEIPA. Sure it’s cloudy AF but it doesn’t come with tonnes of Brekky juice and stonefruit. That aside, it’s a very well structure IPA. Highly recommended.

Hop Nation ‘Jedi Juice’ NEIPA

Rating:

29595213_835223416661805_2893042167255505150_n“YOU MAY RECOGNIZE THE JEDI JUICE FROM GABS 2017 – ORIGINALLY BREWED FOR THE FESTIVAL AS A BIG BROTHER TO THE CHOP IPA – A WAY FOR US TO PUSH THAT RECIPE FURTHER, AND BORN OUT OF A LOVE OF NEIPAS. The response was huge and so we couldn’t resist now bringing it to you in a can!”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow complexion with a soft orange tint. It forms a thumb of head before collapsing to a collar. Patchy lace work clings to the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: Definitely displaying the breakfast juice characters. Lots of mango, pineapple, passion fruit with subtle hints of banana peeking through. Creamy orange citrus and stonefruits in support. Some grassy and herbal hop notes hanging about in the background. Sturdy white bready malts to balance.

Flavour: On point. Mango, pineapple, passion fruit and melon for days. Subtle grapefruit acidity creeping through the mid. Herbal/grassy hop notes tailing in late as it finishes dry, citric and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, well rounded and porous. 7.1% ABV kept at bay. Low co2 with medium body.

Overall: After reviewing the likes of Heady Topper, Very Green etc it’s hard not to criticise anything less. This is different though, this would almost have to be Australia’s version of the two. No where near as good but certainly on the right track. Impressive.

Revision Brewing Co ‘Sparkle Muffin’ NEIPA

Rating:

29511273_832890330228447_3126068491420651584_n“This fruit-forward single IPA features deep flavors of citrus from the hops yet is easy drinking.  Don’t wait until later, enjoy right meow!”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Straw yellow with a touch of orange. Hazy AF! It’s topped by a thumb of creamy white head which is retained really well. An intricate lace pattern sticks to the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: Absolutely spot on! Very similar to the likes of Alchemist, Treehouse etc with its big tinned pineapple and breakfast juice characters. Dried apricot, candied lemon, earthy spice and pine with fleeting wafts of ripe paw paw and rockmelon. Just a whisper of fennel in here too. Brilliant!

Flavour: Mostly dried apricots, rockmelon and grapefruit on the front end. Gentle nudges of earthy spice and pine as it rolls through the pithy mid palate. Grapefruit and orange peel ensue with some leafy/ piney botanicals in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Has that hallmark creamy texture with restrained bitterness and mild-medium co2. Medium body.

Overall: A damn fine NEIPA. Our first crack at this Nevada brewery and it has more than impressed us. Probably the best NEIPA we’ve had from a west coast brewery.

Garage Project ‘Party & Bullshit’ East Coast IPA

Rating:

29497618_832583413592472_3197168198787812144_n“East Coast anthem IPA – a big ol’ hop poppa of a beer, packing in intense mango, tropical fruit hit from US big guns, Simcoe and Mosaic. It’s just bigger and juicier than it’s bitter West Coast counterpart, like sippin’ hazy hop nectar from a can. It’s all good.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Golden orange hue with a lot of thick suspended sediment. It holds a creamy two finger head for days and weaves a thick webbed lace down the sides of the glass.

Aroma: A good dose of tropical fruit – mango, pineapple, melon etc. Hints of orange citrus and a flutter of ruby grapefruit. Getting whiffs of a semi sweet malt structure that offers delicate caramel and buttery notes. East coast style IPA eh?

Flavour: More of the same on the palate. Tropical fruit, some stone fruit and citrus also getting a look in. A light grapefruit acidity midway leading to a dry bitter finish with lengthy notes of citrus and floral hops on the rear

Mouthfeel: Slick and reasonably smooth with mild-medium body. Good co2. A bit of hop bitterness in the swallow.

Overall: Somewhat confusing. They portray this as an east coast IPA but it screams west coast from start to finish. Minimal haze (just shitloads of thick sediment), tropical fruity hops, medium-high bitterness. Bullshit indeed!

Balter Brewing Co IIPA

Rating:

29357080_830152370502243_1967486065455398912_n“Sometimes you want to mark a grand achievement with a solid celebration. It could be running around the field with your jersey pulled over your head, inviting your friends over to share the love, or relishing the resounding smack of a perfectly connected high five. Balter’s IIPA is another one of those triumphant tips of the hat to well-earned success. Bursting with hops, strong in ABV(8.6%) and coming in a tall tin, it is large in every way.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Reasonably clear bright amber complexion. Nice and big two and a half finger head that persists and decorates the glass as we imbibe.

Aroma: Holy moly this is good! Tonnes of clean and crisp pine needle, grapefruit, peach, mango, melon, blackberry, passion fruit, lychee…the list could go on. But it’s this muscly and sweet caramel malt base that puts the icing on the cake. Sensational.

Flavour: Just a tidal wave of mixed citrus, tropical fruits and stonefruit to the fore. Bit of a clean pine needle thing going on as well. Like the nose it has that lovely caramel malt backing that flows in to the finish along with a fiery warmth in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Really well rounded. The 8.6% ABV definitely ain’t trying to hide. Kind of sticky and gelatinous texture with an extremely well hidden 105 IBU. Medium body and co2.

Overall: Absolutely superb! Would have loved to see them pull the booze back in line with the IBU. If they did that it’d be a straight 10/10. Without a doubt.

New England Brewing Co ‘Ship In A Bottle’ IPA

Rating:

29216022_828601480657332_2036767366863388672_n“This IPA blends the English IPA tradition, supersized the American way with a Belgian yeast and punchy New Zealand and German hops. The blend of styles delivers a straw coloured body of lemon, lime, pepper and herbs, with a dry finish and a hint of resin. A cargo of fruit and spice – a ship in a bottle in a can.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber-orange glow. The head swells to about three fingers then slowly peels back to a thick overlay. Laced well.

Aroma: Interesting to say the least. The two dominant scents would be the tangy orange citrus and earthy spice. Plenty of herbals/botanicals, mandarin, flora, lemon/lime and yeast esters – something that’s fairly rare in an IPA, although it can be said that this IPA offers quite a mixed origin of ingredients.

Flavour: Again, very interesting. Mostly citrus on the front end with a suggestion of peppery spice and herbs. Strident grapefruit acidity kicking in to hear midway and leading in to the dry, bitter and citric finish. Showing plenty of legs as well.

Mouthfeel: Quite sharp and acrid. The 6.8% ABV shows through, as does the 50 IBU’s. Medium body and co2.

Overall: This really is the ultimate global IPA. It uses English tradition, American influence, Belgian yeast, German, Japanese and NZ hops and brewed by an Australian brewery. It’s around the world in one can!

New England Brewing Co. ‘Pineapple Slices’ Hazy IPA

Rating:

29197064_827202450797235_3495414869916647424_n“Beer description: Without even knowing we’ve progressed from tinned pineapple slices to canned IPA fruit bombs! Through the golden haze you’ll get hit with a creamy body, QLD pineapple and tropical hop flavours. We’ve kept the bitterness on the low side with a lasting fruit finish. Drink this fresh!”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden amber complexion. Two fingers of puffy white foam slowly reduced to a film with a smattering of lace left in its wake.

Aroma: Pineapple in epic proportions! No word of a lie it’s literally like we’ve opened up a can of sliced pineapple. Behind the feature fruit is a subtle combination of pine, mango, peach and melon which is grounded by a subtle sweet malt at the base.

Flavour: We’re not sure how much pineapple has gone in to this but it must have been a truck load! Other tropical fruits like mango, peach and melon surround it but they taper off and leave nothing but…..pineapple!

Mouthfeel: Certainly offering a creamy texture with mild bitterness (40 IBU). Hides the 6% ABV well.

Overall: We’re always wary when it comes to these feature fruit beers because, as is the case here, the novelty wears off pretty quick and we’re left with a beer that is rather bland and one dimensional. Hey, it’s fun while it lasts.

Black Hops Brewery ‘Hornet’ IPA

Rating:

28577807_824149324435881_1276867324397223936_n“Dry, angry and bitter, Hornet has some serious sting with a balancing aroma of stone and citrus fruits. This modern IPA drinks with a subtle sweetness and a sturdy presence of hop bitterness.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Light amber with a golden tint. It forms a thumb of white foam before steadily reducing to a thin overlay. Healthy lace work as we go.

Aroma: Getting a blast of NZ hops leading out. Tonnes of mixed citrus, herbals/botanicals, honeydew, white grapes, lychee, vines and a soft floral bouquet. Kind of dry, bready malt backing albeit low-key. Some tropical fruit notes but again also quite delicate. Lovely.

Flavour: Rather gung-ho for a 6% IPA. Vigorous grapefruit acidity on the front end mellowing in to those sweeter stonefruits in the middle. Some piney hop resins developing late before a return to that big citric bitterness and a hint of warming booze in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Dry, bitter and assertive. Moderately bodied with a prickly 60 IBU. Good co2 level.

Overall: A solid overall IPA with some real bullish qualities – certainly punches above its weight. At the right price this would definitely be a return to beer.

All Inn Brewing ‘Mutiny’ Red IPA

Rating:

28576378_824145587769588_4712944017074028544_n“A redshifted IPA with malt richness in overdrive and a gang of four powerful new world hop varieties to boldly go further.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Rusted amber hue with a large three finger head perched on top. It slowly deconstructs and settles to a film with wet, spotty lace as it subsides.

Aroma: One word – superb! A big sweet caramel malt structure is enhanced by a sharp, piney and citrus hop profile. Really well balanced. Maybe a bit of resinous/dank character which gives rise to a bit of warming booze. Undertones of orange peel, grapefruit and unripened pineapple. Heaven!

Flavour: Maybe not as convincing as the aroma but it’s still jam packed full of sweet caramels and toffee with those piney hop notes cutting in. The booze (7.2%) is a bit more pronounced as well. Working up to a toasty, bitter and warming finish with excellent length.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and velvety but also quite spiky and piquant. Mild-moderate co2, medium body.

Overall: Decent. We can’t put it on par with Former Tenant but it’s still a brilliant red IPA. Their best beer without a doubt.

All Inn Brewing ‘Leg breaker’ American IPA

Rating:

28576654_823294974521316_5370384195900145664_n“Legbreaker takes to the field as a determined all-rounder, striking a well-practiced balance between sweet, malt biscuit flavour and the bitter hoppy wallops of generous doses of American Columbus, Centennial and Citra. Stand by for lashings of grapefruit, floral, and resinous characters.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber. The pour generates a frothy two finger crown that persists. Tonnes of lace is clinging to the glass as we hook in.

Aroma: Getting a fair amount of pine resin, ruby grapefruit, candied orange, tang and mild spicy notes – mostly pepper and aniseed. Melon, passion fruit and a hint of lychee also coming through with a biscuity malt backing.

Flavour: Certainly kept with the resinous character. Slightly earthy on the front end though. Nice little grapefruit acidity with some tangy orange sweetness midway. It rolls in to a dry and bitter finish with spice and pine resins going the distance on the back palate.

Mouthfeel: Bitter (60 IBU) and somewhat sharp (5.6% ABV). Medium body and co2. Pretty assertive for its weight.

Overall: It kind of straddles that line between American pale ale and IPA. It would have to be a pretty big APA but then again it’s not really big enough to be an IPA. Confused yet?! Anywho, it’s good without being great.

Mr Banks Brewing Co IPA

Rating:

27971809_814667105384103_6306781245678578328_n“We all know IPA’s are all about the Hops & Truck Loads of them. Bitter? Of course! Hoppy? You Know It!! ENJOY.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Nice bright amber/orange hue with a slight Hop haze. Two fingers of foamy head forming on top, good retention and good lace work down the glass.

Aroma: Certainly favouring the tangy orange citrus – sugar coated orange, tangerine, mandarin etc. Unripened pineapple, white peach and mango also getting a good look in. A bit of spice maybe…fennel seed, subtle pepper. The malts are bready, just a hint of sweetness creeping in. Decent.

Flavour: Taste follows the nose without as much intensity though unfortunately. Definitely getting the tangy orange notes out in front. Grapefruit, citrus rind, grassy hop – all the usual suspects. It all mellows in to a dry, semi spicy finish with good length in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Dry, bitter, a little warming (6.4% ABV). Mild-moderate body, assertive bitterness. Customary texture really.

Overall: Neither here nor there. We’ve heard really good things about this IPA but it hasn’t really wowed us. Guess that’s the downside of high expectations. Look, it ain’t a bad drop by any means it’s just an everyday IPA.

Mikkeller ‘Waves’ American IPA

Rating:

27867332_813663898817757_9201350325993105615_n (1)“A 7.3% IPA Simcoe, Amarillo & Mosaic hops. Aromas of dank tropical fruits. Flavor of pineapple and Guava with a balanced bitterness.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Relatively clear golden complexion with a thumb of white foam topping it off. Steady reduction, settling to a thin film that coats the walls of the glass.

Aroma: Plenty of stonefruit coming through on this one. Dried apricot, peach and white grapes with a good backing of fresh white bread. Pine, ripe yellow grapefruit, grain husks and botanicals hanging around in the background. Maybe just a suggestion of warming booze tickling the nostrils.

Flavour: She’s got the bitterness, got the malts, got the body…but it just doesn’t have the hop flavours. We can detect plenty of grainy/husky malts, maybe a hint of peach and grapefruit but it’s very restrained. White grapes, orange peel and soft peppery spice finish it off.

Mouthfeel: Dry, light-medium feel. Moderate body. Good co2 and we’ll concealed ABV (7.3%).

Overall: From a West Coast IPA angle it doesn’t really stack up. Points for offering something a little different though. Most probably not a return-to beer but in some ways it’s enjoyable. Not bad.

Mikkeller ‘1000 IBU’ Imperial IPA

Rating:

27751832_812204988963648_2236216437895687488_n“Brewed as an experiment of how much hops can put in a beer. 1000 IBU has a theoretical 1000 International Bitterness Units and is (of course) dominated by hops!”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Gorgeous mahogany hue with a big puffy three finger head. It maintains its shape and leaves a smattering of lace as we hook in.

Aroma: Thick, saturated and sweet-ish. Not really the big hop bomb we were expecting it’s rather malty sweet and dank AF. Getting overtones of rotting leaves, tree bark, stewed fruits, treacle, orange peel, mandarin and pine resin. Sturdy caramel malt structure at the base. Strong booze presence as well…stings the nostrils!

Flavour: Palate-wreckingly brilliant. She comes on super strong with rich and sweet malts before a tidal wave of hop bitterness and grapefruit acidity washes over. A sharp booze burn digs in midway with paw paw and papaya carrying through in to the ultra dry and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry, aggressive and uber bitter – really living up to the name. Medium-full body with good co2.

Overall: Does well to follow through with the hype. The integral part is the robust malt profile, without that it’d be close to undrinkable. The novelty factor is excellent but that’s where it ends, any more than one and you’ll be buzzing and your palate would need repairing.

Drake’s ‘War Pigeon’ Double IPA

Rating:

27750933_809844445866369_8071991172416778190_n“Our newest IPA is dry and bright with the golden hue of a fading day. What starts as a faint hum builds to a roaring crescendo as the War Pigeons take to the sky. A telegraphed warning comes over the wire, but it’s too late. You’ve been hit. We deployed the freshest hops in our hop arsenal and the payload is a blast of dank, floral citrus. Surrender to the aromatic blitzkrieg as the hops rain down.”

Glassware : IPA glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy and golden/amber in colour. It forms a big three finger head that holds its shape and decorates the sides of the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: Good old traditional West Coast IPA laden with piney hop oils, grapefruit, orange rind, white peach, unripened pineapple, woody spice and biscuity malts at the base. Plenty of floral character making its way through as well – lavender and lemongrass which offers a somewhat herbal accent. Lovely stuff.

Flavour: Clean, citrusy, fruity and well supported by a bready and slightly biscuity malt structure. Hints of guava, pineapple and pine resin roll in to a nice and tidy finish that offers subtle grassy notes, pithy citrus and herbals with good duration on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, reasonably clean and oily. Some warmth from the booze (8%) but pretty well contained. Medium weight and good carbonation.

Overall: Solid IPA. There’s a lot of similarities to SN hop hunter with its super clean and polished profile. Haven’t seen this brewery on our shores before so here’s hoping we see more of them. Really good DIPA.

Mikkeller ‘Windy Hill’ NE IPA

Rating:

27459335_809844219199725_331396491039173476_n“Windy Hill IPA dry hopped w/Mosaic & Simcoe”.

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Conventional cloudy mustard yellow with a whopping three and a half finger head. Excellent retention and lacing for days! Looks superb.

Aroma: While it does offer some breakfast juice notes it doesn’t overshadow. There’s still loads of mango, pineapple, cream, lemon sherbet and hints of grapefruit. Somewhat pithy, getting some orange peel acidity peeking through as it settles. Maybe a hint of pine showing as well. Very nice!

Flavour: Good transition from the nose. Not a huge focus on the fruit juice aspect which allows more pineapple, cream and zesty citrus to come forward. Picking up a subtle white grape acidity with a very delicate and slightly dry cracker malt at the base. Nice well rounded finish with a dry bitterness in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Gelatinous texture, a touch creamy as well. Medium body and co2. Well behaved bitterness (70 IBU) and booze (7% ABV).

Overall: Brilliant interpretation of a NE IPA. Pulling that fruit juice back a fraction to let some of the other hop flavours and aromas in to the mix. Top notch drinking.