Shining Peak

Dogfish Head 90 Minute (named for the continuous hopping process used) IPA is one of the grandfather’s of strong American IPA.  It’s difficult to find in New Zealand, and even more difficult to find in good condition, but it’s something I think all lovers of strong IPA like myself should try at least once and taste where this thing started.   There’s distinctly barleywine-type malt intensity on the nose, with orange barley sugars before dried apricot, candied citrus peel and sweet pine.  Luscious malt sweetness is again first on the palate, tempered by juicy bitter orange and stonefruit.  With an unabashedly full body and comparatively (for 9 per cent abv) moderate bitterness, this would probably be classified as an American Barley Wine rather than IPA if it was released today.  But categories aside, this is an immensely rich and satisfying drop that’s defiantly malt forward in today’s hop dominated world.

The Beer Project — Shining Peak

I arrive at Shining Peak on a hot, sunny Taranaki morning in January. New Plymouth has just lost the crown of NZ's sunniest town to Tekapo, after two years on top, but founder and head brewer Jesse Sigurdsson isn't fazed. There has still been plenty of good golfing...

New World Beer & Cider Awards — Highly Commended

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It seems like every year there’s a better, more diverse selection of styles in the New World Beer & Cider Awards Top 30 — and the 10th edition stands out. The Top 30 features established — and popular — craft brands such as Garage Project, Parrotdog, Emerson’s,...

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Kiwis Rolling In Gold At Australian Beer Awards

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Wanaka Beerworks X Beers Garstonstein

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