Hop Nation ‘The Buzz’ American Red Ale


THE BUZZ is a hop-inspired American red featuring all American hops – Amarillo, Simcoe and Mosaic, and boasting a big-ass malt profile. Layers of rounded red malt orbit a generous slue of piney, spicy and floral hoppy character.”

Glassware: American Pint.

Appearance: Gorgeous mahogany pour with a thumb of frothy tan foam resting atop. The head gradually recedes and weaves a fine webbed lace down the glass.

Aroma: Definitely straddles the line between Red IPA and American Red Ale. It’s a bit of a chicken and the egg situation right…which one came first?! We have noticed that this seems to favour the malts just a tad more than your typical Red IPA so they’ve hit the nail on the head there. Big luscious toffee overtones with toast, candy and caramel offset by the spicy and pine-driven hops.

Flavour: Again, as a whole the palate leans to the malty side with the American hops magnificently woven through. It actually kicks off with a fair whack of piney, floral and spicy hops before its encapsulated by the semi-rich toffee, caramel, honeysuckle and toast. Short cameos of pine and spice tussle all the way through to the well balanced finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly soft, well rounded and gelatinous. Light-moderate Co2, medium body. The 6% ABV is well disguised.

Overall: We haven’t been the biggest supporters of this brewery over the years but we feel the need to commend them on this offering. Not bad at all.