Willie The Boatman ‘Hop Storm’ NEIPA


“This Tropical New England ipa brings you right into the eye of the hopstorm. Bursting with tropical flavours and aromas, the three hops used are all new world and experimental hops that have only recently burst onto the scene. They give off a fresh fruit salad feel with hits of pineapple, canned lychees, coconut, passionfruit and freshly peeled citrus. The lower bitterness and juicy mouthfeel helps this neipa to be extremely approachable and dangerously sessionable.”

Glassware: IPA

Appearance: Straw golden complexion with a fairly mild haze. Nice fluffy head swelling to a finger and a half before retracting a smidge. Webbed lace sticks to the glass as we go.

Aroma: Has this kind of cocktail vibe going on. PiƱa Colada anyone?? Definitely chock full of pineapple, mango, coconut cream, vanilla, orange citrus, passion fruit and fresh leafy herbs. We get a bit of Margarita mix off it too. Nice doughy malt there in the background giving off the white bread notes. Pretty good.

Flavour: The cocktail vibe drops off and is replaced by the classic NEIPA juiciness. A bit of a fruit salad really.. everything from pineapple, mango and melon to orange citrus, peach and pear. Leafy green herbs are nicely fused through with the subtle bready malts at the base. Quite a juicy/fruity finish that lingers.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, aerated and fluffy. Nice sparkly Co2. 6.7% ABV is well hidden.

Overall: Pretty tidy offering here from Willie’s. It’s not a must have NEIPA by any means but it definitely holds its own. Kudos to big Pat!