Holgate Brewhouse ‘2018 Millenium Falcon’ Emperial IPA


35473203_872233679627445_5598436286324015104_n“Get ready for a tropical hop hit from beyond the stars! May the hops be with you! First brewed in 2013 to mark our 1000th brew, the Millennium Falcon is made with pale malt and an interstellar hopping rate to produce an “Emperial” IPA that is simply out of this world.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Golden amber with a light hop haze. The head swells to about a thumb before slowly receding to a film. Seeing some nice lace work as we hook in.

Aroma: Smells fantastic. Super fresh and hiding that 9% ABV really well. Lots of clean pine needle, citrus juIce, pineapple, mango, yellow grapefruit and dank herbals. Somewhat of a semi sweet and buttery malt structure holding it all together. Solid introduction so far.

Flavour: A bit more aggressive that’s for sure. Tasting some sweeter fruits like pineapple, mango and melon initially with grapefruit developing towards the middle. A steady booze burn ascends in the background as it steers to orange rind and sharp pine/spruce to finish. Good endurance – dry and bitter but still balanced enough to show some sweet-ish buttery malts on the back palate.

Mouthfeel: Well rounded, slightly sharp and chalky. The bottle states a 100+ IBU and although it’s felt it levels out with a fine malt presence.

Overall: After returning from a West Coast brewery tour recently our palates have been treated to some of the finest IPA’s in the world. We’re stoked to say that this Aussie IIPA would easily stack up against them all. Very worthy.