Winner of the International Lager category at the 2021 Brewers Guild Awards.  Boneface IPL is, ostensibly, lager that’s hopped like an IPA.  It’s been one of my favorite beers for a long time, but seems to forever be stuck as a fringe style.  Outlaw has clean and bright aromas of lime, pineapple and rockmelon, with an extremely neutral and fresh malt base.  Smooth malt and citrus-focused hop character leads on the palate, with faint tropicals and minty herbaceousness following.  Moderate but precise bitterness closes out the brisk and refreshing finish, leaving the palate cleansed and wanting nothing more than another sip.  Hopefully its recent success at the awards encourages a few more brewers to tackle this style.  We’ll see.

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.