Instagrammer @_____dusty_____ his lens on a selection of different IPAs, from cold, to red, to black to hazy.
Rhyme x Reason Calm Down Karen
Perfect winter drinking unlocked here! Calm Down Karen from Wanaka radsters Rhyme x Reason is a 6.6% abv Black IPA hopped up on Cascade, Chinook, Simcoe, Citra and Amarillo. On the nose there’s choc malt/spice/citrus. On the palate I’m picking up subtle melon. The mouthfeel is soft/rich with a coffee like bitterness, coffee/spice/chocolate/tropical/citrus in a brew what’s not to love? Amazing.
Sawmill Red IPA
The latest hit out for Sawmill Brewing in the Aotearoa series show-casing everything Kiwi, #26 is a 6.4% abv Red IPA. Off the tear there’s sweet caramel/toffee backed up by pine/citrus which follows suit on the palate picking up some stonefruit on a tingly carb with a mild yet lingering bitterness, a winter beer fridge essential.
Eddyline Hopulence Cold IPA
Hopulence is a 6.9% Cold IPA from Nelson outfit Eddyline. Hopped up on Rakau, Nelson Sauvin and Simcoe there’s plenty of peach/berry off the rip. On the palate I’m picking up additional grapefruit/orange/melon notes the mouthfeel is light and crisp making for one easy-drinker.
Deep Creek Cancer Hop Oil Red IPA
The Red IPA winter continues with Deep Creek and their new Zodiac series release Cancer, a 6.7% abv hop oil Red IPA. Loads of zesty citrus, oily pine and biscuity malt with a prickly carbonation and syrupy finish, great example of a Red IPA.
Waitoa Golden State
I love a westy and Waitoa are doing it right with their 7.0% Golden State WCIPA dosed up on Colombus/Simcoe/Citra. Plenty of lime/orange/grapefruit/melon and it’s clean, crisp and danky with a bitey bitterness. Smashable!
Brothers Welcome to Cryoville
A new seasonal tin from the good people at Brothers Beer, Welcome to Cryoville is a 6.0% haze boi hopped up on cryo Citra and cryo Mosaic. It’s light/crisp/refreshing with loads of lemon/lime/melon/weedy/dank notes on a juicy-az mouthfeel, a prickly carb and drying finish — a utopia of hoppiness!
8 Wired Sunrise Express
Sunrise Express is a 7.2% abv NZ IPA from 8 Wired brewing, which features the re-emergence of Pacific Sunrise hops alongside Nelson Sauvin, Nectaron and Motueka. Loads of danky pineapple at the fore followed up by lemon/orange/herby hits, the mouthfeel is soft/creamy offset by a floral bitterness, great brew!
Sprig + Fern Oast House Party
Oast House Party is a 6.5% abv NZ IPA from Sprig + Fern in Nelson. Plenty going on here from this Waimea-hopped brew — notes of passionfruit/floral/lemon/pine/caramel with an oily mouthfeel, sharp bitterness and a drying finish, great stuff.