“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”.”
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.