|Highest Rated||Partywave (77 / 100)
||Average score||76 / 100 (Excellent)|
|Lowest Rated||Peachy Keen (76 / 100)
76 / 100
Peach IPA brewed for GABS 2016. Following last year's sensational Partywave, this was an eagerly anticipated second beer of the festival. Discovered while drinking it that it was also Dave Kurth's (Hot Water's) swan song to brewing, which was very sad to learn.
Pours a gold colour, very cloudy almost opaque. Cream-coloured head, large whispy bubbles that doesn't really stick around. Bit meh, no head retention and a bit too cloudy for the style.
Smells good. Huge peach character, with a nice malty base of caramel, honey and some notes of pear and apricot as well. Touch resinous underlying that helps to ground it but also renders it a little sharp.
Peach!! on the palate as well. Caramel grain upfront and then a big juicy fruit note that gets huge and ripe and supple midway, then cleaned up by a good, slightly sharp citrus bitterness, with lemon, passionfruit and a hint of grapefruit. Overall it's quite soft but a good long finish to remind you it's an IPA.
Decent body, bit of texture but not too much.
Pleasant NZ style IPA with great fruit adjuncts. Farewell Kurthdog, the beer world is poorer for not having you any more.
This beer was shortlisted for a retry and ended up my number 13 beer of the festival.
77 / 100
Tried on-tap at GABS 2015 in Melbourne.
Pours a pale golden colour, very cloudy in the body with a bit of weighty heft behind it. Head is white, leaving a pocked, bubbling ring that leaves some few streaks of lace. It looks decent enough.
Nose is really solid. Nice, forward, fruity hop characters give it a lifted sweetness, with undertones of body from the malt—these provide a pleasant richness like orange cake. Very sweet and smooth, but with a brightness from the hops. Lovely.
Taste is light and crisp right from the start, and this continues throughout the palate. This is complemented though by sweeter flavours—smooth, stewed orange and a good neutral body and sweetness from the malt. Back is quite light, but that's not bad, it means it finished very bright and very clean. Lingering mild malt and fine carbonation punctuate the ending.
Feel is light but decent, and aids the drinkability.
Overall, this is a really drinkable IPA—extremely solid stuff, and for a "standard" style of beer like this to so stand out at a festival like GABS, it has to be. I loved it.
77 / 100
Pours a straw colour, very cloudy to the point of sedimenty. White webbed head, retaining OK. Quite pale. Not terrible.
Smells wonderful. Honey touch to the malt upfront that bleeds into big NZ hop character - passionfruit, pineapple, peach and pear. Tangy, delicious and balanced. One of the best aromas at GABS.
Taste is full of NZ hops as well with a good belt of American resin as well. Nice malt touch upfront, not a lot of character but enough to lead into the big hop complexities all over the back - pear, peach and passionfruit dominate with a big lemon citric character as well. Really very bitter and pithy but wonderfully padded and balanced. Just like an IPA should taste.
Body is thin, has a fair hop pull on the back. Not bad.
Excellent New World IPA. Big hop notes, fruity and complex.
I was a little low on this at the time but upon retrying I ranked it as my #5 beer of the festival. Upon retrying a full glass of it and other beers ahead of it the following weekend in Sydney, I revised this to be my #2 beer of the festival. Nothing idiosyncratic but a fantastic IPA.