Shark Island Brewing ‘Voodoo’ IPA


47573540_994710834046395_6643960681995436032_n“A strong beer for a strong break. A more solid abv kick is balanced with the sweetness of NZ toffee malt before the mountain of US, NZ and Oz Hops attacks your palate first with tropical aromas then with a sharp bitterness that stays for a while and coats your cakehole.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Clear golden amber complexion. It tops off with a sturdy two finger head which retains well. Healthy lace clings to the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: We get a robust caramel malt sweetness with a tonne of citrus and resiny/piney hop character cutting through it. Fruit salad-like notes, herbs, vines, spice, berries and stonefruits offer quite the mixed bag…but a lovely mixed bag!

Flavour: Packs a nice little punch…or bite as the brewers like to call it. Mixed citrus, pithy orange peel, peppery spice and pine monster the slightly insignificant malts. Some booze astringency and assertive hop bitterness leading in to a dry and prickly finish.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and dry with some sharpness to the booze (6.5% AbV). Medium body and Co2.

Overall: It’s a no nonsense IPA this one. We’d like to see a bit more malt to balance out the flavour but other than that it’s quite a well structured IPA. Love the black can too, very unique!