This year’s fresh hop release must be up with one of the best ever…so many great beers for us hop-heads! Bayland’s Brewing have hit one out of the park with their 2021 offering: Waifly 7. I’m super impressed with how dank this beer is. Lots of those rich resinous, grassy flavours we come to expect from our green hop heroes. Gooseberry and passionfruit aromas leap out of the glass which is a sure sign that Nelson Sauvin are involved; this hop quickly becoming my favourite this season. Another unique characteristic is the light mouthfeel. The beer is slightly lighter-bodied than other fresh hop heavyweights but I feel that it improves drinking experience and you certainly don’t lose any of the oily goodness. Carbonation is on the lower side but is to be expected from fresh-hopped, West Coast IPA. For me this beer showcases Nelson’s favourite hop perfectly and a real credit to the team at Bayland’s Brewing in Petone.
Yeastie Boys Lazy Slam Hazy Pale AleTuesday 16 August 2022
Yeastie Boys are back and the first beer of their four available that caught my eye was a blue 330ml tin which featured a dude swimming on the label and…
Brothers Beer Welcome to Cryoville IPAMonday 15 August 2022
The can art of Brothers Beer Welcome to Cryoville, a Cryo Hop Hazy IPA, is giving off big Sims energy... does anyone still play The Sims?
Isthmus Figaro Imperial StoutSunday 14 August 2022
Isthmus Brewing’s Figaro, a fig and chocolate imperial stout (9% ABV) is intensely dark in colour, crowned by a coffee crema head. The aroma begins with notes of cocoa powder…
Deep Creek Leo extroverted Hazy IPAThursday 11 August 2022
Reviewer Josh Lee says Deep Creek Leo Extroverted Hazy IPA is the best hazy he's tried this year and recommends it highly.