Hargreaves Hill ‘Pursuit Of Hoppiness #9’ Single Hop IPA


“Number #9 is an Oat Cream IPA featuring one of our favourite hops Mosaic; used generously throughout the brewing process from the kettle to the tank. It creates a wonderfully complex beer with a rich, smooth and creamy mouthfeel to compliment a truly unique hop.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Light pastel yellow with a fairly mild haze. It forms a finger of fizzy head which gradually peels off and drags a wet lace down the glass.

Aroma: If there was ever a perfect hop for a single hop IPA it would be Mosaic…the amount of character that can be drawn out of this wonder-hop is incredible. We’re picking up oodles of tropical fruits such as mango, pineapple, passionfruit, candied lemon, unripened peach and guava. Lots of pine and citrus, fresh herbs and vanilla/lactose. Creamy oats and bread crusts filling it all out.

Flavour: Not as creamy and sweet as most other Oat Cream IPA’s we’ve had but the Mosaic hops offer a wonderful array of tropical fruit, pine and mixed herbs. Struggling to find anything that points to the “Oat Cream” side of things. Ok there’s a very subtle hint of vanilla and oats but that’s about it. Quite crisp and citrusy midway then finishes fruity and a touch dry.

Mouthfeel: Nicely aerated, a little dry and chalky. Mild-medium body. Nice vibrant Co2.

Overall: After #8 (Imperial Red IPA) we were quietly hoping they’d keep with that trajectory and go for a black IPA or something a little different for the 9th instalment. This Single Hop Oat Cream IPA was a bit of a let down to be honest…we want to see more variety in this series!