A new all-American hopped West Coast IPA from Taupo’s Lakeman, with Amarillo, Citra and Zythos in the mix.  There’s lime and grapefruit up first on the nose, with a distinct Zythos’y tangerine note rising further back.  Remarkably focused grapefruit on the palate, with some pine and very faint passionfruit mixed in with the light and fresh malt base.  All good stuff, but the most striking thing about this 6.9 per cent IPA is the bitterness.  It kicks in right from the front of the palate, like chomping straight down on a grapefruit (skin and all), and it stays meshed with the citrus flavour right through to the finish.  Impactful, arresting and laser focused on its style.  One of the top IPAs I’ve tasted this year.

Moa Sultana Single Hop IPA

This is part of Moa’s ongoing series of single hopped IPAs.  The hop this time around is a recent American variety that started life as the experimental X06277 before being commercially released as Sultana towards the end of 2019.  As hops go it’s a new one for me, so...

Baylands The Hops Awaken IPA

I was lucky enough to join the judging panel for the 2019 edition of The Malthouse WCIPA challenge so I know first-hand how revered a win is at one of New Zealand’s most prestigious beer events.  Epic and Parrotdog have dominated top spot for many years so I was...

Bach All Day Non-alcoholic IPA

Bach Brewing have just released a non-alcoholic IPA in six-pack format and it’s one of the best zero ABV beers I’ve tasted

Urbanaut Juno Lite Hazy IPA

This wee new release from Urbanaut is a true lite beer at only 2.5% ABV; well past the dubiously broad ‘session’ bracket.  As such, it has the incredibly hard task of bringing the absolute minimum amount of malt to bear without the flavour falling into an insipid...

Hop Federation Space Cadet IPA

After being released from my self-imposed dry August, I thought I’d kick off my first review with Hop Federation's Space Cadet (7.5 per cent), their entry for this year’s Malthouse WCIPA Challenge. West Coat IPAs are by far my favourite style, containing all things I...