Category Archives: IPA’s

Toppling Goliath X Radiant ‘Places I’ve Been’ Double IPA


“Float down the long and hazy road with Places I’ve Been Double India Pale Ale, a collaboration brew with Radiant Beer Co. out of Anaheim, California. This trippy DIPA has notes of tropical fruit and dank citrus that are out of this world.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Hazy pastel orange with three fingers of tightly beaded foam nestled in on top. Excellent head retention and lots of lacing on the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: On Aussie shelves it’s not often we see TG beers we haven’t already tried a dozen times before so it’s fair to say we were a bit excited to bag this one. Classic hazy notes of fruit juice/concentrate backed up by other fruits such as grapefruit, orange, lemon/lime, passionfruit, mango and melon. Quite dank and weedy, a tad herbaceous. An element of pine resin also floating around. Very nice.

Flavour: It tastes exactly like its geographical position on a map – smack bang in the middle of both coasts with just the slightest lean towards the East. Juicy, piney and weedy upfront with the herbals in support. A discernible bitterness opens up around the mid with zesty/rindy citrus in tow. It all converges in a mildly bitter, fruity, piney and herbal finish which draws out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth at first then a little more prickly and dry in the swallow. Medium body and Co2. The 7.8% ABV is noticeable but generally behaves well.

Overall: Nothing flashy or out of this world. It’s just a solid No Coast IPA that embodies the best of the East and West.

Burlington Beer Co ‘It’s Complicated Being A Wizard’ Double IPA


“It’s Complicated Being a Wizard is our flagship Double IPA. It pours a radiant glowing orange, which we then add a massive quantity of hops for a bold hop flavor. Brewed with Barley, Wheat Malt, and Flaked Oats. Hopped with Simcoe, Idaho 7, and Chinook for flavors and aromas of Ripe Papaya, Nectarines, Orange Zest, and Dank Cannabis.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Hazy light orange pour and a rocky two finger head resting on top. Good retention and an absolute smattering of lace left on the glass as it subsides.

Aroma: The first thing we notice is just how dank and resinous it is. Surely a characteristic of the Simcoe and Chinook combination. It almost gives off a hint of cryo it’s that oily and concentrated. Love it. Other than that we’re getting a good amount of fruits like orange citrus (particularly mandarin and orange), stonefruit, lychee and pear/apple. Very nice.

Flavour: It’s all somewhat coming together here. Strong notes of dank pine, resin, weed etc but there’s also notable and juicy orange citrus and stonefruit overtones. Tasting a wee bit cloying with its stewed fruit sweetness which seems to be an unfortunate trait plaguing all of the NEIPA’s we’ve had from these guys recently. It does correct itself in the slightly dry, zesty and citrusy finish though.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth with a light effervescence. Medium body and a well concealed 8% ABV.

Overall: Far better than the last one we tried (Intangible Tides). We’d still prefer an MC or Banks’ Cake Eater over this every day of the week. We find the NEIPA’s from this mob are a tad artificial and a bit too heavy on the sweetness.

Burlington Beer Co ‘Intangible Tides’ Triple IPA


“Intangible Tides is a Triple IPA and a supersized version of our flagship New England style IPA, Uncanny Valley. Brewed with Citra and Mosaic hops, this Triple IPA has waves of flavors and aromas of Citrus Zest, Dank Cannabis, Peaches, Mango and Papaya.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Murky, deep pastel orange pour and a big creamy three finger head assembling over the top. Excellent retention and healthy lace work on the glass.

Aroma: We still find it amazing how much depth and intensity that can be extracted from a humble old hop combo of Citra and Mosaic. All of the hallmark citrus is here in spades – orange, grapefruit, rind and candied lemon. Lots of pine, herbal spice, weed, rockmelon, paw paw/papaya, apricot and canned peach also. The malt bill is mostly creamy/porridge/oats. A really well structured aroma.

Flavour: We were just saying how well the ABV was concealed…then we took a sip. But then again, to be fair it is 10% so some warmth was expected. The general flavour profile is quite stewy and cloying and the ABV just adds another level of difficulty. Dank pine, resiny/weedy, zesty, canned fruits and spice at its core then shifting into a thick fruity finish with a fair sting in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Slightly prickly yet sticky with a mildly sharp booze burn. Medium body and bitterness.

Overall: Not really fans. We guess it goes to show the vast improvement of Antipodean NEIPA’s/Hazy’s when we’d prefer an MC, GP or Banks over an actual OG brewery from Vermont. Just not diggin’ it.

Garage Project X Trillium ‘Matakitaki Valley’ Hazy IPA


“For our fourth hop harvest collaboration with East Coast brewing legends Trillium we’re exploring all new terroir, with Nelson Lakes Hops in the Mātakitaki Valley from Freestyle Hops. A hop free boil and massive dry hop addition of hand selected Nelson Sauvin and Motueka create a giant juicy hazy homage to one of New Zealand’s most exciting new hop growing regions.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Super turbid pastel/mustard yellow complexion. It constructs a thick and finely beaded two finger head which holds its shape really well. Tonnes of lacing clings to the glass as it subsides.

Aroma: This one was quite a surprise. Ever since their last “Valley” release (Galaxy Valley from memory) back in 2021 they’ve only ever done re-releases so it’s exciting to see these two heavyweights collaborate on something new. It has that hallmark character too – resinous, luscious greenery/rainforest, juicy green grapes and gooseberry, peach skins, green mango and dry chalkiness. Comin’ in hot!

Flavour: Classic GP X Trillium flavour profile. Dead set these two breweries together are a force to be reckoned with. So incredibly smooth, juicy and sessional. We get a gob-full of juicy green grapes, passionfruit, gooseberry, lime, florals and herbal spice. Some orchard fruit and stonefruit also. Doughy malt, oats, flaked wheat. Smooth, creamy, ultra easy finish that lingers. Impressive.

Mouthfeel: Like drinking beery clouds. Light, aerated, creamy, mild-moderate body. The 8% ABV is dangerously well hidden.

Overall: Absolute corker. We’ve come to expect no less from this collaborative series. Big ups to GP and Trillium keep em coming.

Burlington Beer Co ‘Time Of The Chimpanzee’ NEIPA


“Time of the Chimpanzee is a New England style IPA, brewed exclusively with New Zealand grown hops. A blend of six New Zealand grown hop varieties; Wakatu, Waimea, Moutere, Kohatu, Wai-iti, and Rakau creates flavors and aromas of Ripe Nectarines, Honey drizzled Grapefruit, Lemon Zest, Gooseberry, Passionfruit and Mandarin Orange Juice. Brewed with Barley, Flaked Oats, Wheat Malt, Raw Wheat, and Oat Malt to create a medium body IPA. The name references lyrics by Beck from his album Mellow Gold.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Turbid, pastel off-yellow complexion and a big fluffy two and a half finger head capping it off. Good retention and healthy lace work as it ebbs.

Aroma: Smells fantastic. The brewers have used 6 different NZ hop varieties in this NEIPA (pretty much every hype NZ hop available)…Wakatu, Waimea, Moutere, Kohatu, Wai-iti and Rakau. The only one missing is good ol’ Nelson Sauvin. Proper fruit salad notes with a hefty backing of cereal malt, oats and wheat grains. Quite creamy, a little sweet and spicy as well. Diggin’ it.

Flavour: It’s interesting coz it tastes noticeably different to all the NZ-hopped IPA’s and Pale’s we’ve been getting amongst lately. Yes, they were all Antipodean-brewed so we’re thinking it may have something to do with the hops interacting with the yeast strains they’re using over there in NE nowadays. Alas, still lots of various fruit flavours, some pithiness, dry chalky tones, oats and wheat grains into the bone dry, grassy and oat-laden finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy initially, well aerated, light-moderate body. Dry in the finish. Finely carbed and a well disguised 6.5% ABV.

Overall: Very cool to see these guys on our shores. A true New England brewery. Can’t really say a whole lot for this beer though…it’s just meh. No real standout characters to it which is insane considering the amount of hop variety in it. 🤷

Bridge Road ‘B2 Bomber – Mach 13’ Imperial Belgian Black IPA


“2023 marks 18 years of Bridge Road Brewers crafting beer in Beechworth. To celebrate we’ve created yet another edition of the fabled anniversary ale, the B2 Bomber. The 13th edition of our annual birthday beer maintains the unmistakeable combination of complex dark malts, fruity Belgian yeast characters and big punchy hops. Mach 13 sees us going all-in with a Spectrum hop combo and an ABV of 10.4. An artful balance of these familiar B2 elements with layers of Spectrum hops makes this a beer to savour. What do we call it? A Black Belgian Double Spectrum IPA. This is an exceptional beer, nothing less will do for our 18th celebration.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Pours an opaque light black with a two finger crown perched on top. Good head retention and lots of intricate lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Ooft! Stings the nostrils. Over the years we’ve realised that each release in this monstrous yet brilliant series benefits from a little bit of age. As this year’s edition has only just been released its still quite fierce, coming at us with vigorous phenols, warming booze and sharp piney hops. Some citrus acidity also peeking through. Loving the subtle Belgian candi sugars, roasted malts, cocoa, musk and fennel too.

Flavour : Noticeably smoother which is surprising. Usually it’s the other way around. Sure, it still has some fire but the depth and complexity balances it out. An explosion of flavour on entry – Belgian yeast/phenols, candi sugars, roasted malt, pine, herbal and citrusy hops then a more accentuated citrus quality through the mid. It gets a bit harsh and acrid late in the piece as it finishes roasty and piney with a fair sting in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Big and warming. A slightly lifted Co2 yet still a tad oily. Medium-full body and the 10.4% ABV is evident.

Overall: It’s certainly a fun beer to review. Lots going on, aggressive and very multilayered. The spectrum hopping method is also really cool and we’d love to go into that more but to keep this from turning into an essay we’ll touch on it another day. Solid offering.

Garage Project X Humble Sea ‘Fogbound’ Triple Hazy IPA


“The Hāpi Sessions 2023, a hat-trick of collaborations from three breweries at the absolute top of their game, each showcasing a different hop forward beer in a playful ‘freestyle’ interpretation of the style that put them on the map. All round good humans Humble Sea, from surf city Santa Cruz make the haze roll in with what they lovingly call a foggy IIPA.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Turbid AF. Really dark too…looks akin to fresh squeezed apricot juice. It has a thumb of finely beaded foam which gradually peels off. Nice wavy lace on the glass as we imbibe.

Aroma: Biiiig breakfast juice notes emanating. Frosty fruits, sweet nectar-filled fruit and that black peppery spice which we find in all the best NEIPA’s and Hazy’s. A tonne of stonefruit like mango and rockmelon along with equal parts fresh squeezed orange juice and ruby grapefruit. Much more delicate green and vinous kiwi hop qualities in this edition. Brilliant aroma though.

Flavour: Proper fruit salad vibes. Orange, melon, passionfruit, pineapple, grapes and guava. The piney accents are coming through as well. Smooth and grainy oats provide the finest platform possible for the fruity, piney and herbal hops to slide effortlessly into the slightly dank, citrusy and peppery/spicy finish. Length for days.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, chalky and well rounded. The body is nicely aerated with light-moderate weight. Finely carbed. The 10% ABV was incredibly well hidden.

Overall: The last of 3 editions in this year’s Hapi Sessions. Although we weren’t completely thrilled by the collaborators this time around each beer was fantastic. Immense World for the win and this comes an easy 2nd. Already looking forward to what they can put together next year.

Garage Project X Cloudburst ‘Welcome To Cloudland’ West Coast IPA


“The Hāpi Sessions 2023, a hat-trick of collaborations from three breweries at the absolute top of their game, each showcasing a different hop forward beer in a playful ‘freestyle’ interpretation of the style that put them on the map. With Cloudburst founder Steve Luke in town for the NZ hop harvest and Hāpi Symposium, we jumped at the opportunity get on the brew floor together. For Hāpi Sessions Vol. 10, Jet City brewers Cloudburst bring the Seattle sound with a blended take on what they call a North-West IPA.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Bright golden pour with almost full clarity. It constructs a three finger head which is retained well, leaving a proper smattering of lace on the glass.

Aroma: Again, much like the Pilsner collab with Highland Park, the Kiwi hop combination provides a luscious green character which is refined further by a real weedy and resinous note. It has a super oily, cryo-like intensity which is superb. Fresh herbs like basil, aniseed and lemon myrtle then filled out by a semi sweet honey malt. Beautifully balanced aroma.

Flavour: Like a true old-school West Coast IPA minus the bitterness and enhanced by the unique Kiwi hops. It’s actually quite remarkable how smooth and silky it is. We’re getting pine forest, weedy resins and fresh green herbs on entry. That mild honey sweetness comes along for the ride as well. Subtle green fruits like kiwifruit, grape and honeydew helps form the rather vinous finish that lingers.

Mouthfeel: So unbelievably smooth for the style. It feels like it’s missing something without the bitterness though. Flat-ish Co2, medium body and a nicely hidden 7% ABV.

Overall: Not bad. We don’t rate it that highly due to its slightly cloying nature and flat-ish carbonation. Other than that it’s a pretty well structured beer that drinks effortlessly. Good but not great.

Madocke ‘Celebration’ White IPA


“The perfect marriage of two distinct beer styles; the American IPA with its high hop character and the wheat-based Belgian Wit with its refreshing and spicy presence. A creamy refreshing beer with lots of lemon and spicy characters combined with the tropical flavours of carefully selected hops creating a perfectly balanced beer with smooth bitterness and a subtle herbal profile. This White IPA will have you dancing the night away.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: We were quietly hoping for a whiter, creamier pour but the slightly hazy, pale golden-yellow complexion will have to make do. It forms two and a bit fingers of rocky white head which gradually deconstructs. Healthy lace trails as we go.

Aroma: There are very few styles out there that are as underrated as the old White IPA. We remember Hitachino Nest’s interpretation as being one of the best. Wafts of tangy orange/rind, mandarin, lemon/lime, meringue and all sorts of spices – pepper, clove, cardamom and aniseed. The American IPA aspect could do with a bit more representation in our opinion.

Flavour: It’s definitely not short on it. Is it White IPA-worthy though? We’re not totally sold. Tonnes of citrus upfront…lemon, lime, mandarin, orange and rind. Peppery and herbal spice woven through. Slightly harsh bitterness kicking up across the mid. A little acrid in parts too, then into a rather dry, acidic finish with a slight sting in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Prickly, dry, a little rigid. The body is mild-moderate and the 6.8% ABV burns a tad in the finish.

Overall: Hhmm, well it definitely wasn’t the White, creamy and fluffy IPA we’d hoped for. Quite the opposite. It’s tough to even call it a White IPA to be honest. Pretty disappointing.

Banks ‘Cake Eater – Citra & Mosaic’ DDH Hazy DIPA


“Cake Eater Citra & Mosaic. DDH Oat Cream Double IPA. The 5th instalment to the Cake Eater series.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Looks damn fine. Pours a light and turbid deep pastel yellow-orange with a well manicured head on top. Good retention and equally as good lacing as it subsides.

Aroma: Wooww! This is literally giving off 2017 Treehouse vibes. The Citra and Mosaic blend together so freakin well it’s amazing. It’s these combinations of citrus and tropical fruits, pine and herbals, ripe stonefruit and green mango etc. The main trifecta for NEIPA’s is here too – white pepper, chalky oats and frosty fruits. All of this is built upon a solid base of smooth oats creamy vanilla/lactose.

Flavour: This is literally on U.S level. The balance is perfect and the dry peppery spice and chalky characters offset the sweet and juicy fruits to a tee. Getting a hint of dank/weedy resin, aniseed/Thai basil, pine, ruby grapefruit and green mango which pulls through the mid as well. It’s intensified by a real oily and or Cryo-esque sharpness which is softened by a sweet, fruity yet peppery finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth AF for 8% ABV. Creamy, dries out slightly in the swallow. Medium body and perfectly carbed.

Overall: World class stuff here from Banks. This series has improved exponentially since the last time we tried one. We’d say without hesitation that this is on par, if not better, than MC. We now officially have two Aussie breweries that can match the best NEIPA breweries in the USA. Magnificent drop.

Good Land ‘Something Something Vic Secret’ Double IPA


“The second release in our Something Something series sees us dry hop in two stages with Vic Secret™ during fermentation and a double huge charge of Vic Secret™ during conditioning.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Super murky deep pastel orange capped off by a sturdy three finger head. It forms an egg shape and leaves an absolute smattering of lace on the glass.

Aroma: Probably one of Australia’s finest hop varieties. Great for single hopped beers too as it provides heady tropical fruits, some citrus, pine needle, herbs like lemongrass, thyme and eucalyptus such as in this iteration. Unsurprisingly the malt bill plays 2nd fiddle…conveying a delicate oat profile with bread crusts and wheat grains. Diggin it thus far.

Flavour: Man, the hop punch it’s got behind it. Ooft! Quite a rigid bitterness upfront which was totally unexpected. We saw the haze, smelt the green hops and creamy malts and anticipated a smooth NEIPA-like texture but not to be. The piney aspect plays a huge role – very sharp and clean – and then followed by the pineapple, green mango, orange and mixed herbs into a very green and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry and bitter, slightly acrid. Medium body. The 7.7% ABV packs a bit of punch in the finish.

Overall: At its core it’s an okay DIPA but it’s certainly a bit rough around the edges. Far too assertive and bitter for a Hazy IPA. Not the best beer we’ve had from them.

Range ‘Dripping In Green – Citra & Simcoe’ Hazy IPA


“Dripping In Green: Citra + Simcoe is a brand new IPA which we’ve applied our ultra saturating Green technique to. We’ve layered through every single type of Citra and Simcoe product we could get our hands on to produce a super punchy and hop forward hazy IPA.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Moderately hazy, pale golden orange complexion with a thumb of loosely held foam perched on top. Gradual reduction, forming a thick sudsy collar which cakes on the side of the glass.

Aroma: Massive fruit salad characters emanating. Citrus is obviously the standout with overtones of pithy orange, ruby grapefruit and mandarin peel. Then followed through by nectary passionfruit and ripe peach, mango, pineapple and grape skin. Very mild pine and herbal characters filling it out. The grain bill is pretty much just a mix of oats and grainy pale malt. Decent.

Flavour: We really dig this hop combination. It’s been done a million times before but there’s something about the fusion of heavy citrus and herbs that is eternally delightful. The back up shown by the fructose-laden tropical fruits rams it home beautifully. Nice smooth and well rounded finish with good duration.

Mouthfeel: Effortless, kinda creamy and nicely aerated. Medium body and a well concealed 6.6% ABV.

Overall: We must admit we wanted to be blown away by this but we weren’t. Yes, it’s a well brewed Hazy but there isn’t much that differs from the last brewery that put the two together. Good but not great.

Bridge Road X Firestone Walker ‘Dark Harvest’ Black IPA


“2023’s Dark Harvest was designed together with Matt Brynildson, Brewmaster at Firestone Walker, a legend of the US craft beer industry, renowned for his extensive knowledge of and passion for all things hops. Dark Harvest takes influence from FW’s ‘Wookie Jack’ with the inclusion of rye to create a broader malt bill as well as the soft chocolate malts seen in previous editions. An unmissable ale. A complex and beguiling IPA underpinned by a shared passion for the unique and fleeting nature of its key ingredient.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Uber dark brown with a thumb of finely beaded tan head perched on top. Excellent retention and lace work as it subsides.

Aroma: Heady wafts of sweet stonefruit and lightly charred malts emanate from the glass, which we are yet to pick up still. Under the nostrils those two aforementioned aromas are magnified by 100 and then further supported by waves of mixed citrus, cocoa, mocha, peppery spice, cereal grains and ash. Maybe a very fleeting hint of Jaffa and pine needles as well.

Flavour: Man, the progression is next level. It starts off with an almost creamy chocolate malt note which is slowly but surely overlapped by a burgeoning roast and hop bitterness. It hits a crescendo around the mid-palate where the hops throw up everything from pine, mixed citrus, unripened stonefruit and herbal spice. It then settles in for a long finish of roasted malt, hop bitterness and pine.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth, a little dry and creamy. Drying out further in the swallow. Medium body, finely carbed. The 6.6% ABV is well concealed.

Overall: An impressive black IPA and an equally impressive partner for this collab. Firestone Walker are on of our all time favourite American breweries so big ups to whoever made that happen. Solid offering.

Trillium ‘Trailside’ IPA


“Located steps away from the trailhead of Great Blue Hill, our ambitious restaurant, taproom, and future production facility at 100 Royall Street in Canton is more than eight years in the making. During that time, we’ve incubated, iterated upon, and continued to endlessly refine our take on the New England IPA style. Trailside is the culmination of everything we’ve learned along the way.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Kinda frosted deep pastel yellow with a frothy three finger head. Super murky. Excellent lace trails on the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: So bright and tropical. Truck loads of mango, pineapple, peach, passionfruit and melon. Quite a heady citrus quality as well – orange, tangerine, candied lemon, maybe a hint of grapefruit. Getting an old-school West Coast piney vibe from it too…super fresh and herbal in its delivery. Dry and chalky, a little peppery. Doing all the right things!

Flavour: Interesting. The big tropical sweetness that dominated the nose has been somewhat replaced by a green, slightly dank and piney quality. Something kinda tart in here too; white grapes, gooseberry? No Kiwi hops in this, we don’t think. A bit of citrus tailing in late before it smooths out for a nice soft and dry finish with lingering herbals on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, pillowy, smooth AF. Finely carbed, medium body. The 6.8% ABV is well concealed.

Overall: Put this and Vicinity side by side and Vicinity would blow it out of the water. Vicinity was OG NEIPA whereas this was a bit more green and bitter. Plus the fruit salad character totally dropped out in flavour. Still, not a bad drop at all.

Trillium ‘Vicinity’ Double IPA


“Brewed in celebration of the first anniversary of Row 34, our favorite Fort Point oyster bar and craft-beer purveyor, Vicinity highlights a neighborhood collaboration of passion and vision. Appearance is bright and straw-colored. Spicy, earthy aromas of tropical fruit notes abound.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Somewhat light mustard yellow complexion. Turbid AF. It holds a thick and creamy two finger head which leaves an absolute mess on the glass as we imbibe.

Aroma: Phwoar! Proper old-school NEIPA. Reminds us of the first time we tried a Treehouse NEIPA all the way back in 2017. Fruit salad type of aroma with the classic dank pine and fennel. Frosty Fruits are coming through strong…so to are tropical mango, orange, rockmelon and pineapple. Getting an umami hit from it too. Dry, chalky and crusty malt profile. Liking it!

Flavour: This is why we fell in love with NEIPA’s. It’s like breakfast juice, Frosty Fruits, fresh orange and dank pine in luscious beer form. Definitely has a weedy accent to it as well. Shallot, herbal spice, ruby grapefruit and green mango rolling into a smooth, oat-filled finish with lingering dank weedy notes on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Ultra smooth, creamy and aerated. Very finely carbed. Hides the 8% ABV incredibly well.

Overall: Trillium hey. It’s been a long time between drinks. Massive shout out to ExperienceIt beverages for shipping these in as Trillium are one of the OG NEIPA brewers. It has been nostalgic and entertaining to wrap our laughing gear around of their world class beers again.

Weldwerks ‘Robo-boogie’ Double NZ IPA


“New Zealand-Style Double IPA brewed with a unique blend of New Zealand-grown hops.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Murky off pastel orange complexion with a two and a bit finger head. It maintains its shape and laces beautifully.

Aroma: Like most American-brewed IPA’s on the shelves in Australia right now, in this post-covid world, it’s slightly long in the tooth (7 months old) and the aroma reflects that in a tired and unanimated fashion. But in saying that it still offers some of that lush green forest and tart green fruits that’s synonymous with Kiwi hops. It’s just kinda muted. We’d love to have another crack at this fresh.

Flavour: Starts off with a promising blast of green grapes, lush forest and pine backed up by a bready malt profile, but then it shows its age and completely drops off a cliff. Vague hints of resin and citrusy bitterness does its best to bridge the middle but it eventually slumps into a weak and fairly pedestrian finish which peeters out.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy and well aerated which leads us to believe that this once was a delicious beer. Finely carbed, mild-moderate body. The 8% ABV was well buried.

Overall: Seriously, we’re so close to never buying another American IPA in an Australian bottle shop ever again. We get that supply lines were drastically interrupted through the lockdown periods but it’s getting beyond a joke now.

Toppling Goliath X Equilibrium ‘King AL’ Hazy Double IPA


“King AL uses a mashed-up grain bill from MC² and Toppling Goliath’s King Sue before introducing Equilibrium’s absolute biggest dry hop to date with an all Citra Incognito, Citra LUPOMAX, Citra Cryo, and Citra T-90 hop bill.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Glorious! Turbid pastel orange with a dense and creamy two finger head which holds together nicely. An absolute smattering of lace is left behind on the glass.

Aroma: We could have sworn we copped a whiff of freshly squeezed OJ…man the similarities to straight up juice on this one is amazing. Orange, mango, grapefruit, a bit of mixed stone fruit and a bit of canned fruits. Subtle Frosty Fruit notes now and again. Getting fleeting hints of pine, chalk and bread crusts as well. TG living up to their name!

Flavour: Could not ask for too much more from this. Smooth as silk on entry, the taste buds immediately inundated with tropical fruit juice and a cheeky touch of dank herbs. Ripe mango, pine and orange ensues and carries a dry bready/crusty malt profile into the smooth and fruity finish. Excellent length on display too.

Mouthfeel: Ultra smooth, creamy and insanely palate friendly for 7.9% ABV. Medium body and fine carbonation.

Overall: Absolute corker. Probably not on Scorpius or Golden Nugget level but damn close. Top shelf stuff.

Principle Brewing NEIPA



Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Slightly hazy light orange with pastel yellow edges when held to the light. It forms a tightly held two finger head that retains well. Nice lace decoration as we go.

Aroma: It’s pretty restrained for a big 7.5% NEIPA. Thankfully, after 5 or so mins it does begin to open up and reveal a sweet and somewhat stewy stonefruit character which offers paw paw/papaya, ripe rockmelon, peach skins, nectarine, guava, lychee and florals. Getting a sweet honey and or caramel from it too. A little undecided here.

Flavour: Yeah there’s something about it we’re not liking. It has a noticeable syrupy quality to it which we hate. It is pretty subtle though and it’s fortunately well balanced by tangy orange citrus and slightly tart nectarine. Some pithy citrus and rind through the mid and then into a rather dry yet smooth-ish finish.

Mouthfeel: Gassy, aerated and light then drying up in the swallow. Mild-moderate body. The 7.5% ABV was well enough concealed.

Overall: Well they had a bloody good run of about 4 or 5 beers before we got a dud. It seems IPA’s are a bit of a weak point for this brewery. Doesn’t matter a whole lot as everything else they brew is top notch!

Other Half ‘Southernhopalistic’ DDH IPA


“Double Dry Hopped Southernhopalistic was brewed with Motueka, Nelson Sauvin, Wai-iti and Topaz, and then dry hopped with a double dose of Motueka, Nelson and Topaz.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Kinda soft cloudy orange with bright pastel yellow edges. Three fingers of sturdy off-white foam perched on top. Broken lacing clings to the glass on its way down.

Aroma: We must admit it’s not as clear-cut as we were expecting it to be. It’s flush with all the hallmark green aromas that Kiwi hops bring but it’s just not being driven home in our opinion. Picking up a bit of a catty scent as well but it ain’t all bad…there’s discernible zesty lime/rind, luscious green forest, juicy green grapes, earthy spice and tomato vines. Not bad.

Flavour: Slightly disappointing…like the aroma. We can’t actually pick up much of that green, resinous and vinous character that is so synonymous with NZ hops. Somewhat muted tropical fruits, brekky juice and grassy notes open up and half-heartedly languish into the mid. Hints of zesty lime here and there and then a less than inspiring finish to punctuate.

Mouthfeel: Not bad actually – smooth, creamy, medium bodied. The 7.4% ABV is very well hidden.

Overall: Not massive fans of it. We’ve tried a bunch of Aussie and NZ-inspired IPA’s recently and this doesn’t stack up. It appears tired and uninspiring. Very average for a brewery of this calibre.

Other Half ‘Citra + Galaxy’ DDH Imperial IPA


“Double Dry Hopped Citra + Galaxy is an Imperial IPA with a combo of two of the best hops ever grown. Period. This iteration was double dry hopped with Citra Lupulin powder and Galaxy.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Light pastel yellow and turbid AF! It constructs a big and fluffy three finger head that hangs around. Very thick and intricate lace work as we tuck in.

Aroma: We wholeheartedly agree when these guys say how much they love this hop combination. Together they impart most of the favoured fruit aromas in IPA’s – grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/lime, passionfruit, peach and mango. All of them here in spades. We’re also getting more subtle suggestions of spicy herbs i.e basil, peppermint, aniseed and rocket. Nice and dry bready/crusty malt to balance. Supoib.

Flavour: Enter the juice! Just a mild touch of stewy sweetness along with tropical punch, light herbals and pine upfront. Delicate dry peppery spice, grapefruit and pithy citrus developing through the mid which lays down for a relatively fruity-sweet finish, but it’s nicely cleaned up by slightly resinous pine, herbals and a soft bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Pillowy, creamy and well aerated. Just a light but vibrant effervescence, mild-moderate body. The 8.5% ABV is nicely cloaked.

Overall: Very respectable offering. Two of the world’s best hops brewed by one of USA’s finest. You can’t go wrong!