Christmas time … when the novelty beers come out to play, and invariably find their way to me from family members who have some vague idea that I’m supposed to be ‘the beer guy’ but very little else in the way of actual beer savvy. The pick of the bunch this year? Trooper IPA, brought to you by Iron Maiden — obviously. The actual brewers are Robinsons in Stockport UK (just south of Manchester), who are pretty well regarded as independent brewers and producers of Real Ale. So, let’s see if half the globe’s worth of transit and then god-knows-how-long sitting on display at ambient temp have killed this one. The unmistakable earth, dried fruit and spice of Goldings hops leads the nose, with more subtle citrus and significant malt heft. That robust malt backbone carries the bold palate, with fresh grass, spice and citrus hop characters adding lift. For only 4.3 per cent ABV it carries a surprisingly medium body, with plenty to chew over in the complex and moderately bitter finish. Although it’s undoubtedly lost something of itself along the way, I can confidently declare this one alive, and more than that, it’s a rare glimpse into the original style of IPA that’s nearly impossible to taste within the realm of New Zealand brewing.
Deep Creek Leo extroverted Hazy IPAThursday 11 August 2022
Reviewer Josh Lee says Deep Creek Leo Extroverted Hazy IPA is the best hazy he's tried this year and recommends it highly.
Boneface The Wolf Bites Back Triple Cold IPAWednesday 10 August 2022
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Hop Federation Glory Glory West Coast IPAWednesday 10 August 2022
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,…
Parrotdog Boring Beer Oat Milk Hazy IPATuesday 9 August 2022
Parrotdog and Boring Oat Milk have joined forces to make Boring Beer, an oak milk hazy IPA that is anything but boring.