Melanie IPA - Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had on-tap at the Local Taphouse in Sydney. First IPA from Hargreaves Hill? I believe so. I do enjoy Hargreaves Hill, and I love IPAs, so I hope this is a treat. Named, apparently for the "melony" character from the hops. Ho ho.
Pours quite dark, a deep amber-bronze colour, with a deep hazing. Fine and firm sandy coloured bubbles form a solid head, with great sheeting lace. Looks pretty good.
Nose is sweet, with aromatic characters that suggests Amarillo, giving a biting green papaya and lightly citric tang to a big body of rockmelon sweetness. Slight hint of caramel malt, but the melon itself is the main source of the sweetness. Lives up to its name, at least.
Taste is similar. Again, the rockmelon comes through, with a bit of crisp greenness. Smooth palate, but surprisingly little bitterness, just a touch of pepper and sweat. Not really that much of an IPA as a result, but the palate is still tasty: smooth, fragrant and flavoursome.
Very drinkable and quite smooth. Not a big IPA, and probably almost stretching the truth in calling itself that, but it's very sessionable, and very tasty. And I'm happy with that.
Serving type: on-tap
08-08-2011 07:01:25 | More by lacqueredmouse
Melanie IPA from Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company
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