Bootleg Dusty Brut IPA
Not every day you get a beer named after you! Big thanks to Bootleg for doing this and always being so cool and supportive, great people making unique beers in a unique environment. Dusty brut is a 7.1% Brut IPA hopped up on Centennial, Idaho 7 and Nelson Sauvin. Immediate notes of grapefruit, melon and peach on the senses, big juicy mouthfeel with a sherberty carbonation, the brut aspect is paired back but definitely there. Delicious.
Waitoa Afterglow Hazy IPA
Easy to see why this is New Zealand’s current reigning hazy champ! Aptly named Afterglow, this 6.7% abv hazy boi is fully juiced up on Citra, Mosiac and Simcoe. Loads of citrus and tropical hits with a light crisp mouthfeel a spritzy carbonation prickly bitterness and a drying finish. Summer in a can.
Urbanaut Living Beer #3
They stay rad crew at Urbanaut are it again with their third edition of their can-conditioned ‘living beer’ series. This witbier features purple hibiscus, Szechuan pepper and yuzu — a melting wok of Asian flavours; tart, crisp, super-refreshing citrus and floral notes meets chilli warmth. Great series this one.
Sawmill Ozone Coffee Oat Stout
Sawmill and Ozone Coffee have teamed up so you can kill two birds with one stone and get your beer/coffee fix. Rich, dark, roasty, bittersweet, espresso, caramel greatness. Big flavour on a low 5% abv. We all need this.
Rhyme x Reason The Usual Coffee Red IPA
Wanaka radsters Rhyme x Reason team-up with People’s Coffee in The Usual’ a coffee infused red IPA. Rolling in at 6% abv, it pours an awesome red-caramel colour with an off-white foamy head, lots of pine, toffee and caramel up front and some background tropical notes, creamy mouthfeel with a mild bitterness and a sticky caramel finish. One easy-drinker right there.
Ground Up Lunatic Fringe Double IPA
just when you think you have found your fave IPAs of the year, Lunatic Fringe, an 8% double IPA from Wanaka legends Ground Up brewing destroys that notion. Immediate engulfment of ripe pineapple, grapefruit, melon and passionfruit and a weedy dankness. It has a bitey bitterness, juicy, oily mouthfeel and a drying finish. So good, so well balanced, highly recommend.
Epic The Incredible Hops IPA
Epic Beer and IPA. Does it get more iconic in Aotearoa? The Incredible Hops is a 6.9% abv IPA smashed with Magnum, Simcoe and Columbus in the hop department! Sweet caramel malt backbone lays the platform for these hops to punch out big tropical and citrus flavours with a resiny pine mouthfeel and spikey bitterness … soooo good.
Brothers Beer Pop Art IPA
How cool is the can? Pop Art, a 5.9% abv IPA from Brothers Beer, is quite a mesmerising drop. This CryoPop-hopped brew has intense mandarin and vegetal notes at the start but slowly opens up revealing melon, pine, apricot notes with an earthy malt backbone. Nice!