Bach Brewing Freebird Hazy IPA
Craig Cooper and the team at Steam Brewing have delivered a beauty of an East Coast IPA with Freebird (6.5 per cent ABV).  It pours thick, juicy and bright which speaks volumes for what’s ahead. When it comes to aroma, you can’t avoid the big grassy pine notes plus some sweet apricot and peach underneath adding to amazing experience. Drinking is the best part; the beer delivers strong bitterness throughout which is unusual these days as brewers try to make their beer more palatable to a wider audience.  Citra, Riwaka and Amarillo have been beautifully blended together and produced what I think I the best example of a East Coast Hazy IPA I’ve tasted in a longtime.   True beer lovers will enjoy this one so get onto it before they’re all gone!

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