10 Toes Brewery ‘Happy Days’ IPA


51371472_1035799029937575_2249425654548267008_n“A light straw coloured west coast IPA, tongue punching citrus, mandarin and peach from buckets of US and NZ hops with a crisp finish.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Bright golden pour with 100% clarity. It notches up two fingers of well retained head with good retention. Healthy lace clings to the glass as we imbibe.

Aroma: Of streamlined citrus, pine and stonefruit with a dry and grainy malt structure. Big impressions of orange citrus – mostly orange, mandarin and tangerine with some subtle candy also creeping in. Delicate lemon/lime and herbs come together to offer a kind of mojito-esque freshness. West coast IPA eat your heart out!

Flavour: Oh snap! It comes on with ultra crisp pine and citrus moving more towards orange peel and grapefruit as it approaches the mid palate. Tasting some grainy malt tailing in late as it finishes on a dry, pithy bitterness which really endures.

Mouthfeel: Pithy/prickly texture with an IBU of 65. Mild-moderate body. It feels as if the 6% AbV overplays its hand but that may be due to the aggressive bitterness.

Overall: In this market flooded by POG, milkshake and turbid NEIPA’s it’s refreshing to throw back a traditional west coast IPA. It’s clean, crisp, bitter and full of citric goodness. Solid drop.