Category Archives: IPA’s

Sunday Road ‘6 Ft & Offshore’ West Cost IPA

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“A US West Coast style IPA presenting a bold hit of delicious tropical hop aroma, thanks to a large dry hop of Mosaic, Azacca and Eclipse. There’s a wonderful complexity throughout the palate with layers of hop oil as malt and bitterness intertwine to make a very moreish IPA.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Bold amber pour with a sturdy two finger head which holds its shape. Healthy lacing as it ebbs.

Aroma: From the first whiff we knew this was going to be a corker of a beer (yes we’ve tried this on tap at the brewery on numerous occasions). One of the most alluring aspects of this West Coast IPA is the big tropical fruits that are perfectly countered by the sweet caramelised malts. Plenty of support from orange citrus, mandarin, pine, a hint of rind and rich caramel. Top notch stuff.

Flavour: Excellent transition on to the palate. Delicious sweetness from the caramel malts initially with the tropical fruits, pine, orange citrus and rind cutting right through the middle of it and surging through to the perfectly balanced finish of zesty rind, pine and sweet caramel. Good endurance on it too.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly weighted. Smooth as silk with a soft bitterness post swallow. Medium body, finely carbonated. 6.2% ABV is dead set spot on…and well concealed.

Overall: Even considering its ABV it still somehow comes across as sessional. It’s just so well executed one could sit on it all arvo. You may need a wheelbarrow to be carried out at the end but at least your taste buds would be content! Superb.

Modern Times ‘We Love You San Diego’ Hazy Double IPA

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“We’ve been busy over the past few years, expanding our beverage empire, kicking ass, & even occasionally taking names. It’s been a seriously killer ride, but we’re bringing it back home with this delectable murk-lord of a DIPA. Brewed at the Point Loma mothership, this golden miracle features a blend of southern hemisphere hops & American classics: Vic Secret, Citra, & Mosaic. The finished liquid homage to our roots is insanely tropical, exploding with notes of mango, pineapple, & passionfruit, underscored by citrus & pine. Drink it, & prepare to be overwhelmed with warm-fuzzies & intense satisfaction.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Light pastel orange complexion with a cloudy haze. It forms a creamy head which gradually recedes. Nice webbed lace clings to the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: Fruit forward and quite strong on the nectar front; passionfruit, mango, peach and nectarine. Plenty of melon i.e paw paw/papaya along with heady herbals like lemongrass, basil and peppery rocket. Getting that dry and bready malt quality on the flank, albeit conservatively…still it’s effective in providing some balance. All up a pretty decent aroma.

Flavour: To be honest it’s no where near as smooth as we had anticipated. There’s a soft astringency all the way through. Coupled with a mild bitterness and booze burn. Still, there’s tonnes of fruit coming through, pretty herbaceous and green, pithy at times, piney and complimented by an earthy spicy-ness. Good length on the finish too.

Mouthfeel: Rather dense and creamy with a soft chalky texture. Medium body, mild-medium Co2. The 8% is assertive but not over the top.

Overall: Can’t say we’re totally thrilled by it but it ain’t bad. It seems like MT keep all of their top shelf beers for the American market and import all of the standard ones!! Share the love!

Mr Banks ‘Green Lights’ DDH West Coast IPA

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“DDH West Coast IPA hopped with chinook, centennial, simcoe, amarillo & amarillo cryo.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Quite a light pour for the style – straw gold with active Co2 surging up to hold the two finger head together. Good retention and lacing as it subsides.

Aroma: Getting this heady evergreen quality popping off. Oily, resinous and piney notes-a-plenty, zesty citrus, candied lemon, yellow grapefruit, mild florals, tangerine and a really soft hit of earthy spice. Very light and grainy malt profile…bread crusts and crackers mostly. Smells super fresh. Not too shabby.

Flavour: It all comes together here. Packing a nice big hoppy punch upfront; oily resins, evergreen, pithy citrus i.e rind, zesty grapefruit and orange. The crusty and almost cereal grains coming through as it hits the mid palate. Definitely returns to an oily and resinous finish which drags out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and snappy. Mild-moderate body and vibrant Co2. The 7.1% ABV perfectly positioned.

Overall: We certainly had our doubts once we saw the colour of it but it has come through…pretty damn well too we must say. It really is refreshing to drink a transparent IPA every now and then! Solid offering here from Banksy.

Foghorn ‘Red Right Hand’ Red IPA

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Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Pours an attractive deep amber with soft red highlights. It forms a healthy three finger head which holds its shape nicely. A nice smattering of lace clings to the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: Getting those luscious caramel malts straight off the bat; toffee, butterscotch and a hint of maple. We’re also picking up something a little tangy but we can’t quite put our finger on it…blood orange maybe? The use of Sabro is genius as it provides the slightest hint of toasted coconut, woody notes and it further accentuates the orange citrus characters. Some soft doughy notes happening too. Solid.

Flavour: Definitely tasting more of that tangy orange upfront. They marry up with the sweet malts really nicely…the fusion of them together creates this almost Jaffa-like dessert quality. Flanked by a super subtle touch of coconut, light herbs and dried wood which lead in to the slightly bittersweet finish. Great length on it too.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, a little gelatinous. Dry-ish texture with moderate Co2. The 6% ABV is well positioned.

Overall: The second we heard Shawn was releasing this in tinnies we knew we had to review it. We can’t be certain if the addition of Sabro is a new thing or not but we like its use here. Another cracking drop from Foghorn.

Hargreaves Hill ‘Pursuit Of Hoppiness #8’ Imperial Red IPA

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“POH Number 8 is an 8% Imperial Red Ale with a malt bill of Cara-Amber, Melanoidin, Crystal and Chocolate malts which lays a biscuity foundation for the dry hopping with old and new varieties including; – Centennial, Amarillo, Mosaic & Azacca.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Deep bold reddish amber with copper hues. It forms a tightly held thumb of head which retains well. Healthy lace clings as we imbibe.

Aroma: She’s throwing out some serious complexity. It’s definitely centred around this mixture of red and caramel malts which provide notes of toffee, honeysuckle, caramel, sourdough, biscuits and subtle cocoa. Then there’s the brilliant hop bill that counter punches with zesty orange citrus, tropical fruits i.e mango and melon, lemongrass and a super faint floral bouquet. Excellent.

Flavour: Really malt-driven for the most part. Just a hint of citrusy hops cutting through but it’s all about those rich and chewy caramels, toffee, honeysuckle and biscuits initially. Then midway it turns on a dime and tropical fruits, pine and slightly herbaceous characters develop. It all kind of reconvenes in the malty sweet and fruity finish which endures nicely.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, gelatinous and chewy. There’s a bit of warmth from the 8% ABV but it’s rather well behaved. Flat-ish Co2. Medium body.

Overall: Digging the unexpected turn they’ve taken in this series. Up until now they hadn’t gone any darker than a NEIPA so it’s exciting to see them mixing it up. Look, it’s no MC double red IPA but it carries itself well. Solid drop.

Fuller’s India Pale Ale

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“This historic style of ale was originally created to refresh the troops at the height of the British Empire in India. This brew has faithfully recreated these traditional characteristics, creating a superbly refreshing beer. India Pale Ale is brewed to 5.3% and is a bottle conditioned beer. Bottle conditioning is a process whereby a small amount of yeast is allowed to ferment gently in the bottle, giving this beer the fresh, natural flavour of real ale.”

Glassware: English Pint.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden orange with a short off white head. Decent retention with patches of spotted lace as it ebbs.

Aroma: It’s got a stronger malt profile than first predicted. Super bready, toasty and sweet with caramel and toffee. That Fuller’s house yeast provides a heady amount of estery apple/pear and aniseed while the hops do their thing by adding the classic earthy, floral and grassy characters. Getting a hint of zesty citrus tang as well. Diggin it!

Flavour: Fairly similar to the nose…picking up the toasty malts, bread crusts and subtle honey and caramel sweetness on the flank. The house yeast getting right in amongst it as well – kinda spicy/herbal with a touch of orchard fruits. Earthy, floral and fruity hops are a little timid but they’re there to be found. Slightly dry and grassy finish with hints of toast and cereal grains.

Mouthfeel: Pretty crisp and snappy. Mild-moderate body, dry-ish texture. The 5.3% ABV is pretty low for today’s standards but it works as this is as traditional English IPA as you’ll get.

Overall: Look, it’s a cracking drop and English to a tee but we much rather the London Pride or the ESB. We can respect it but, it does do all the right things.

Garage Project X Trillium ‘Galaxy Valley’ Double Hazy IPA

“We’re off to Australia’s Derwent River and Buffalo River Valleys for our third hop harvest collaboration with East Coast brewing legends Trillium. A hop free boil and massive dry hop addition of Galaxy and Vic Secret create a giant juicy hazy homage to the exciting new wave of Australian aroma hops.”

Appearance: Proper turbid pastel yellow to orange with a fluffy two finger head resting atop. Good retention and healthy lace as it ebbs.

Aroma: Smells the goods already! Still to this day we can’t nail down this vital difference between the likes of MC and GP/Trillium and the rest. The insane level of juicy-ness is here i.e frosty fruits, pure nectar, juice concentrate etc but it’s this certain peppery spice and somewhat dry and creamy oat quality that separates them. Can not fault it!

Flavour: Like the aroma… faultless. Uber juicy and creamy but astonishingly smooth and aerated. It’s an absolute juice bomb but the creamy oats and overall fluffy-ness makes it feel like we’re drinking juice flavoured clouds. Also this line of chalky dryness runs through it from the start to the warm and sweet nectar-filled finish.

Mouthfeel: As we’ve already mentioned numerous times the fluffy and aerated texture is next level. There’s still a bit of weight to it with a nice coating on the palate too. The 8% ABV though…where is it?!

Overall: We feel this release would have to be the best of the 3. The intensity of flavour, complexity and texture is simply world class. The fact they’ve brewed it with an Aussie hop is just icing on the

Ringwood Brewery ‘Circadian’ Session IPA

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“Circadian means a pattern recurring naturally on a twenty-four-hour cycle. At Ringwood we felt that it would be the perfect name for our new ‘Every day IPA’. To give circadian the full flavour of an IPA while keeping the ABV to a sessionable 4.5% we used a total of 5 exotic hops! We recommend Circadian is best enjoyed with a spicy curry and good company.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Bright amber and as clear as day! It forms two fingers of sturdy white head which holds up well. It posts thick and sudsy rings down the glass.

Aroma: To be honest it doesn’t smell at all English. If we were to guess our first thoughts would be an Australian IPA as we reckon our IPA’s fall somewhere between the malt-forward English version and the hop-charged American ones. It’s obviously crammed full of American hops as we’re copping a tonne of pine and candied citrus, mild tropical fruit and spice. As it warms the rich and sweet malts really come in to play. A little unorthodox but we like it.

Flavour: A little lackluster unfortunately. The hop bitterness is here but the actual hop flavour is rather muted. The BB date is 30/6/21 so it is quite old but then again English IPA’s age better than all their other counterparts. After a few more swigs we do pick up subtle pine, citrus, a bit of resin and evergreen along with a somewhat dry and earthy malt profile but that’s about it.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, slightly dry and well rounded. Nice vibrant Co2, medium body. Only 4.5% ABV so they’ve done well to cram all that in.

Overall: Well this is about as American as an English IPA can get. We’ll admit it was a pleasant surprise but it’s a shame it tastes a little tired. We’d love to try it again fresh.

Bridge Road “NEeD #2′ West Coast IPA

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“The second beer in our new bi-monthly IPA series is a nod to the old school, with a Bridge Road twist. A luminous copper colour in the glass, the aromas are of pineapple, citrus + pine. Some grapefruit earthiness on the palate, makes way for a firm lingering bitterness and a hint of malt sweetness on the finish. It’s lean, mean, dank and ready to be drank.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Bold amber with practically 100% clarity. It forms a sturdy two finger head that maintains its shape nicely. Healthy lace as we go.

Aroma: Jeez this has top shelf old skool west coast IPA written all over it. The first whiff yields dank piney resins and weed, mixed tropical fruits like pineapple, lychee, passionfruit and melon, earthy orange citrus and ruby grapefruit, florals/blossom herbals and a kinda spicy and stewy note which reminds us of the IPA’s of yesteryear. Tight AF!

Flavour: Dead set spot on. Aggressive yet well tempered. It comes on with all of that dank, resiny goodness, pine and weedy herbals then in to the pithy citrus and rind. We noticed this on the nose and were too caught up in the hop profile but it has an excellent caramel malt base which fills it out nicely. Tropical fruits tailing in late before a sharp, piney and herbaceous finish.

Mouthfeel: Chewy initially then it completely dries out post swallow. Medium body, IBU would have to sit around the 60 mark. Low-moderate CO2. 6.9% ABV reveals itself here and there.

Overall: This would have to be the best beer to come out of Bridge Road for years! It’s pin point for the style…big and aggressive yet well balanced and palatable. Kudos to the brewing team for this one. Superb.

Marston’s ‘Old Empire’ IPA

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“A memorable and deceptively easy drinking IPA. This is an authentic recreation of the beer style created for, and enjoyed throughout the Empire. Goldings, Fuggles and American Cascade hops combine to give a crisp, citrus hops aroma with a balanced bittersweet finish,”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Amber with a mild haze. It constructs a rocky two finger head which gradually peels off and leaves an absolute mess on the glass.

Aroma: Straight up English IPA. There’s a solid base of semi sweet and lightly roasted malts for the orange citrus-driven and grassy/herbal hops to work off. Definitely some floral and spicy aspects along with that somewhat earthy, cedar-like character that’s synonymous with English ale. Just a hint of funky English yeast cutting through as well.

Flavour: We’re seeing the age old battle between malt and hops play out here. Earthy, citrusy and herbal/grassy hops seem to take control but the toasty and semi sweet malts immediately pull them back into line. Also getting a dry, spicy and grainy flavour which forms a big chunk of the finish…which really goes the distance.

Mouthfeel: Very well rounded. Slightly chewy yet crisp and a little dry. Perfectly carbonated. The 5.7% ABV is right on the money as well.

Overall: This style has to resurface again at some point. There’s too much to like about it for it not to. The precise balance, the light and crushable yet kinda complex nature of it. We want to see more new world English IPA!

Counter Culture ‘Holy Grain’ Honey Toasted Hazy IPA

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Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Bright golden complexion with little haze. It forms two fingers of fluffy and well retained head which goes the distance. A nice smattering of lace decorates the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: For a rather light aroma there’s surprisingly good depth. It kicks off with a hint of hop oil and pine needle then it’s quickly chased by a mix of stonefruit and passionfruit, dried coconut, creamy oats, vanilla, wholemeal toast and semi sweet honey. Buried a little deeper are the hallmark hazy characters i.e frosty fruits, brekky juice/concentrate, paw paw, papaya etc. We haven’t been digging Sabro lately but we dig it here.

Flavour: Sweet and creamy upfront with the Sabro front and center. Coconut, vanilla, oat cream, sweet orange citrus and stonefruit. Toasted grains and subtle honey sweetness add an interesting, albeit subtle, element. Even more so when it meets the juicy and citrusy notes late in the piece. She really dries out in the finish and carries piney, citrusy and creamy notes for days.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy, creamy and aerated. Quite light on actually. Mild-medium body. 6.2% ABV is well positioned.

Overall: We can say with certainty that this new release blows Earl Of Swirl out of the water. It’s fun and well structured. Good beer.

Garage Project ‘Excessive Machine’ Triple Hazy IPA

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“Take a trip to the outer limits. Excessive Machine, a huge hazy orgy of excess, where too much is barely enough. Brewed with unreasonable quantities of malt, jacked up on brewer’s sugar, then triple dry hopped with exorbitant amounts of Mosaic, Simcoe and Strata creating opulent layers of juicy tropical fruit, pineapple and passionfruit laced with dank resinous notes. Nothing succeeds like excess.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Hazy pastel orange with pastel yellow highlights. Nice thick haze going on. Two fingers of well retained head creates a fine lace down the glass.

Aroma: Oh wowsers it’s like a big boozy fruit salad.. the fruit profile coming off it is intense! Tonnes of pine resin and weedy herbals, dried coconut, peppery spice, juice concentrate, frosty fruits, mixed berries and one last thing we can’t quite our finger on. It’s best described as dank!! Just all sorts of danky goodness.

Flavour: Like a mirror image of the aroma: ripe and fleshy stone fruit, citrus, pineapple, guava, passionfruit, dank weedy herbals and pine. Some malt sweetness showing up too…really magnifies the sweet tropical fruits and subtle candy notes. The fruit salad character surges in to the slightly dry and pithy finish and hangs around for days!

Mouthfeel: Dense, smooth, chewy and luxurious. Medium-full body, mild-moderate CO2. The 10.2% ABV provides a bit of warmth but it’s generally well behaved for its size.

Overall: That’s a big (and we mean big!) statement from GP. Our only criticism would be that it borders on a cloying sweetness but in summary it’s a dangerously drinkable beast that’s sure to put hairs on your chest.

BrewHeart ‘Haze Jones’ DDH IPA

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“This one is for all slaves to the hops. Loaded with insane amounts of HBC-692 (Talus?), Citra and Mosaic. Crack one open and listen to Grace Jones.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Light golden amber with a faint haze. It forms a humongous four finger head which takes an eternity to reduce. Once it does it leaves a smattering of lace on the glass.

Aroma: Interesting to say the least. We keep picking up a subtle hint of smoky bacon but it fades away as it settles. Bizarre. That’s not before the initial wafts of soft tropical fruits, weedy herbals, candied lemon, ginger, citronella and yellow grapefruit. Hardly a hint of malt in sight! Maybe a flutter of wheat grains/hay but that’s it.

Flavour: It’s mostly centred around this slightly artificial candied lemon character which gets a little cloying we must admit. It’s flanked by yellow grapefruit, sticky pine resin and weed/herbals. A touch of wheat grains coming through before an oily finish with herbals and warming booze in the tail.

Mouthfeel: A little sharp and prickly, oily, mild-medium body. Spritzy Co2. The 8.2% ABV shows a little but it’s fairly well behaved.

Overall: Not liking this emphasis on the candied lemon quality, it gets a bit much by the end. It’s also a little unbalanced and puckering as well. This was our first crack at this German brewery and it’s most likely our last.

Resin ‘Olfaction’ NEIPA

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“Hazy,Juicy NEIPA. Nothing, but malt, water, yeast and hops!!”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Hazy sandy golden pour with a thumb of loosely packed foam atop. The head gradually peels off and forms a halo with patchy lace as we go.

Aroma: It’s certainly not short of the brekky juicy character but what we’re loving the most is the dry and kinda spicy oats which give it this almost chalky quality. Delicate hints of frosty fruits, mixed berries, unripened pineapple, rockmelon and guava. The fruit salad is really emphasised as it settles. Liking the subtle touch of vanilla and or lactose too. Really solid nose.

Flavour: Good transition. It opens with a nice dose of brekky juice with that oaty/chalky dryness on the flank. Slightly dank resin and pine, herbals, fleshy stone fruit, mixed citrus, vanilla and frosty fruits also getting a good look in. Really dries out late in the piece and finishes chalky and spicy with good length.

Mouthfeel: Dry, chalky, a little creamy. Mild-moderate body. Finely carbonated. 6% ABV is nicely positioned.

Overall: A pretty damn fine NEIPA for this relatively new brewery. Somewhat of a local for one of us hopheads! Solid way to kick off proceedings… we’ll be very keen to try the rest of the range.

Moo Brew IPA

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“We said we’d never make an IPA, because Moo Brew (and Moorilla) owner David Walsh isn’t into IPAs. Then we made a Limited Release IPA and made Walshie drink it. He did not fire us. Plus it won a bunch of stuff. So here we are—adding an IPA to our core range. And it’s a lightning-strike tempting 6.66% alc/vol. Praise be.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Moderately hazy light amber complexion with a sturdy two finger crown. Excellent head retention and healthy lace clinging to the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: Pretty basic to be honest. Picking up slightly artificial fruits initially i.e boiled candy, syrupy stonefruits and canned peach and pear. Hints of pine and tropical fruit like mango and pineapple with a touch of orange citrus sweetness. Quite a mellow malt bill…semi sweet and grainy and it sits far enough out of the way to let the hops shine. Not bad.

Flavour: Yeah, again it really isn’t doing anything too out of the ordinary. The hop profile is throwing out similar traits to the nose – candied fruits, canned peach and pear, ripe stonefruits and pineapple. There’s a slightly more pronounced citrus character though. Grainy and kinda toasty malts are a bit apprehensive. Nice and dry finish with a lively bitterness in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Fairly sweet and well rounded, becoming dry and bitter in the swallow. Medium body and Co2. 6.66% ABV offers a bit of oomph.

Overall: Not totally convinced. It’s a little too safe for us, but then again all of Moo Brew’s beers are very conventional so they’re sticking to their guns. Gotta give them credit there.

5 Barrel ‘Little Nipper’ Hazy IPA

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No Commercial Description.

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Hazy light amber with a faint orange tint. It forms a thumb of off white head which holds its shape fairly well. Nice wavy lace clings to the glass as we imbibe.

Aroma: Wow the tropical fruits really lift out of the glass. That’s gotta be Mosaic hops…the sweet tropical nature of it is offering oodles of mango, pineapple, orange, peach, melon, paw paw and guava. Quite resinous and piney too. Definitely picking up the dry and kinda creamy oats and almost tart wheat grains as well. Very promising!

Flavour: Very similar to the nose – it kicks off with an encapsulating mix of tropical fruits; mango, peach, passion fruit, orange/rind, pineapple and mixed stone fruits. Loving the light and creamy addition of oats…we can almost taste the proteins and starch they provide. Quite dry and pithy through the mid, leading in to a mildly bitter finish with acetic rind and pine on the outer.

Mouthfeel: Nice and full yet it still has a creamy and aerated texture to it. Finely carbonated. Only 5.8% ABV but we dig it…not too big but not too little either.

Overall: Another decent beer from Five Barrel. From memory we’ve never had a bad beer from Phil & Co. We’ll call him Mr Consistency! That’s a fine offering.

Humble Sea ‘This Is Foggin Unreal’ DDH IPA

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“DDH Foggy IPA with simcoe, galaxy, and el dorado.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Hazy, light sandy yellow kind of affair with a fluffy two finger head. It slowly breaks up and leaves a wavy lace down the glass.

Aroma: Lots of stone fruit and fleshy tropical fruits hitting the olfactory’s first. Passion fruit, pear, orange citrus and pine offering good support. Just a subtle hint of concentrated juice but it has that touch of pepper to it which we love. This beautiful nectar-like scent opens up as it settles too. Nice and dry doughy malt structure to boot. Diggin it!

Flavour: Smooth as silk. Follows on from the nose with the lifted stone fruit and tropicals then a delicious nectar-filled hit of passion fruit comes through. Hints of pear, grapefruit and pine then lead to a rather pithy finish with soft earthy and herbal notes on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, well rounded. Finely carbonated. Medium body. 6.8% ABV is spot on.

Overall: This really is foggin unreal. Super smooth, sessional, perfectly balanced. A pleasure to drink really. Impressive.

Humble Sea ‘Otter Space’ DDH IPA

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“DDH Foggy IPA with citra, galaxy, and pacific jade.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Nice mustard-y and super hazy complexion. Thick and frothy two finger head which slowly recedes but it literally hangs a sheet of lace down the glass.

Aroma: It certainly has all the hallmarks of a good NEIPA; tonnes of stonefruit, mixed citrus, doughy/biscuity malt and tropical fruits but it’s the soft musky scent that has us intrigued. Picking up some herbal notes too, a hint of pine and creamy oats for extra measure. Solid.

Flavour: Really smooth with a trace of dryness upfront. The fruit profile is more restrained as opposed to the aroma…citrus and stonefruits mostly with the tropical fruit sweetness having a spell. A mix of peach, rockmelon, pineapple, mango and passion fruit finish with a nice drying bitterness. Good length too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy and well rounded. Finely carbonated, medium body and 6.5% ABV…which is well concealed.

Overall: This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of this mob but it is the first entry for them. We’re proud to say that it wouldn’t stack up against an MC or GP hazy but it definitely holds its own. Decent.

50/50 Brewing ‘West Coast Haze’ IPA

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“This is our unique twist on the New England style craze of a hazy IPA. Loaded with Calypso, Azacca, Mosaic, Amarillo and El Dorado hops – juicy, hoppy, and delicious – West Coast style. Let’s just say the West Coast is the Best Coast.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Hazy pastel yellow-orange with a big and creamy three finger head. It holds together nicely and works a healthy lace down the glass.

Aroma: Not getting a great deal off it. There is still an inch of head hanging around though. Once the head eventually settles it still isn’t displaying much intensity. Slight fruit juicy-ness… pineapple, orange citrus, melon, mango, papaya, light florals, pine and apple/pear. Something a little herbaceous happening too…comes off as a little earthy. Interesting.

Flavour: Showing a bit more citrus as opposed to the aroma. Orange/rind, grapefruit and a hint of lime. Definitely getting pineapple, mango, papaya, apple/pear, subtle spice and or resin, pine and earthy herbals. Somewhat dry and slightly bitter finish with traces of papaya, pear and herbs on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth, creamy, light-moderate Co2. A nicely tempered bitterness. 6.2% ABV is spot on for the style.

Overall: Not as polished as CAPA but still a good drop in its own right. Certainly hits the burgeoning ‘no coast’ style nicely. Not bad.

Bridge Road ‘B2 Bomber – Mach 10’ Imperial Belgian Black IPA

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“This year we have re-created B2’s revered Imperial Belgian Black IPA base, with the addition of a carefully selected coffee blend – It pours like liquid dark chocolate with a lasting tan head and medium carbonation from our biggest-ever malt bill. en years on, B2 Bomber continues to evolve and transcend style, and remains singular in the Australian craft beer landscape.”

Glassware: IPA.

Appearance: Black with a loosely packed brown head which snaps back to the rim. It posts thin rings as we imbibe.

Aroma: Scintillating wafts of rich dark chocolate, licorice, Candi sugars, vanilla, coffee, musk, piney hops, mixed citrus, weedy herbs and a subtle array of yeast esters; apple pie, banana and solvent. God damn the Mach series is epic and it only gets better each vintage.

Flavour: Hhhmmm. That’s surprising…no where near as defined as the aroma. It just seems a little muddled to us. There’s something a little tangy which isn’t working with our palate. The upside is it’s quickly overtaken by big chocolate, coffee, vanilla and yeast esters which carry well in to the finish.

Mouthfeel: A little flat and oily. Medium-full body. 10.1% ABV is reasonably well hidden.

Overall: It’s no secret these guys have had Co2 issues with the past couple of vintages. It was great that they recalled the bottled release but it seems there’s still some lingering problems with it. It still seems a little flat-ish which is such a shame coz it really could be a superb beer.