Hopwired - 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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4.15/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Finally I succumbed to the temptation of a Growler - the fact that it is fresh from the tap and reasonably priced may have something to do with it... or the fact that I am a craft beer fanatic (I even have 2 brewery T-shirts) may have something more to do with it. Who cares, I've got a Growler now. And what better way to christen it than to have a NZ IPA from my favourite alehouse 'The Archive'? None.
Poured from a 2L Growler into a Stein.
A: A standard cloudy amber body, no head just white soap lacing: this is a hallmark of a good hoppy IPA.
S: There is a great aroma of caramel malts on the fore with pineapple, guava and a hint of tangerine hops, all very appealing. The hops aren't full-on and vying for attention though which is a pleasant change in an IPA.
T: The above aromas present well in the flavour profile. This is sweeter and less bitter than expected of an IPA, with a nice tropical fruit nectar prevalent throughout. Then the aftertaste kicks in sharp and bitter like a typical American IPA. On a second sip one can note a floral potpourri taste and buttery Dycetyl.
M: Mid to light body. Carbonation is flat however this may be a characteristic of the Growler, will know when I review my next Growler brew.
D: This is one easy-to-drink IPA, could quite easily enjoy a full session on this beer. Balanced and interesting, well crafted, a fine example of an antipodean brew. Ten thumbs up (and 'yes' I am a mutant with ten thumbs so that statement is perfectly viable for me).
Food match: The tropical fruitiness of this brew would lend itself well with a classic Kiwi Hāngi; roast pork, cabbage, taro, and sweet potato. Other than that Thai or Malaysian cuisine is a winner too.
Serving type: growler
06-25-2013 09:05:23 | More by doktorhops
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