The polar opposite of hazy on the India Pale spectrum, the India Pale Lager is a rare and frequently excellent style that I’m always on the hunt for.  Wandering IPL (6 per cent ABV) from Bach Brewing brings together a huge US/NZ medley of Mosaic, Citra, Idaho 7, Motueka and Nectaron hops.  Bright and sharp on the nose, with pineapple and nectarine, zingy lemon/lime citrus and gentle pine.  The beautifully ripe citrus and cooling pine race over the smooth and dry malt base to create a character that’s both satisfyingly fruity and deeply quenching, finishing short, bitter and incredibly clean.  If hazy IPA is a fruit bomb, this is a fruit laser beam.

What’s on offer at Beervana

I’m already licking my lips at what’s on offer at next week’s Beervana festival in Wellington next week.

Boneface The Wolf Bites Back Triple Cold IPA

Boneface The Wolf Bites Back Triple Cold IPA is a complex mix of sharp citrus and softer tropicals, with pungent rosewater and light malt sweetness.

Best in Black: Stout Challenge

Tim Newman brings an insider’s view on the increasingly popular NZ Stout Challenge in Christchurch

Hop Federation Glory Glory West Coast IPA

I love the team at Hop Federation and I think they love me because they are always looking after me with beermail and in today we have their latest westie, Glory Glory, their entry to the annual Malthouse West Coast IPA challenge and if my palate were the judge, this...

Parrotdog Boring Beer Oat Milk Hazy IPA

Parrotdog and Boring Oat Milk have joined forces to make Boring Beer, an oak milk hazy IPA that is anything but boring.

Kainui back to the big time

Far North cult favourites Kainui Brew Co have returned to the big time with an outstanding performance at the NZ Beer Awards.