Brew Boys Hoppapotamus

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I have been hearing hushed whispers of the greatness that is Brew Boys lately, particularly this brew: Hoppapotamus. I have to give a massive thank you to Chris at Low Buy Liquor in Lilydale for relinquishing this beer from his private stores. My brothers bought it for me for my birthday (who have excellent taste) and he graciously offered it. Thank you all who were involved in this excellent present…

Style: American Pale Ale

ABV: 7.0%

IBU: N/A

Got it from: Chris!! and my Bros… Thanks guys.

Pour:

Pours a hazy copper amber orange with fluffy white head.

On The Nose:

Incredibly floral and fruit forward on the nose: super fresh nectarine, peach blossom, melon, fresh passionfruit, pineapple with fleshy orange and lime. Freshly crushed, floral pine needles in the background and light resin with sweet spice and lychee. Brilliant, brilliant nose!

Palate:

The palate, like the nose, is all about the hops to an insane degree… Dominating fresh citrus sweetness, fresh stone fruits and zesty tropical fruits. Orange pith, grapefruit, lime and juicy nectarine. Finishing in some intense, chewy pine and resin.

Final Thoughts:

This is up there as one of my favourite brews of the year! Just absolutely, amazingly balanced and fresh with hops being the victorious hero of this beer. This brew to me seems to be more IPA than APA though, which is in no way a criticism, it’s the only thing I can think that is even slightly negative in any way. It’s just so perfect! Everything I have come to know and love about the humble hopis here and here in spades… Amazing citrus and tropical fruits with juicy, mouth watering stone fruits. I cannot speak any higher of this beer, just get it. Now.

Victoria High Country Brewery Collab: Rule 47 2014

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What is not to love about this brew from the get go? A collaboration between the best brewers North East Victoria has to offer this annual tradition involves the coming together of Black Dog Brewery, Bright Brewery, Sweetwater Brewery and Bridge Rd Brewery and the brewing of something they would not necessarily brew by themselves; a unique beer that showcases a love that they all share: Riding. Hence Rule 47 of the Velominati (basically disciples and preachers of cycling), which states:

Drink Tripels, don’t ride triples. Cycling and beer are so intertwined we may never understand the full relationship. Beer is a recovery drink, an elixir for post-ride trash talking and a just plain excellent thing to pour down the neck. We train to drink so don’t fool around. Drink quality beer from real breweries. If it is brewed with rice instead of malted barley or requires a lime, you are off the path. Know your bittering units like you know your gear length. Life is short, don’t waste it on piss beer.

Words to live by I think…

Designed to quench the thirst of any cyclist, they use  regionally grown hops and celebrate the excellent trails connecting the high country towns North East Victoria has to offer and is available at all of the breweries involved in the collaboration. Let’s see what they have done with this years brew!

Style: India Pale Wit. Basically IPA style mixed into Belgian White Ale…

ABV: 6.6%

IBU: N/A

Got it from: Low Buy, Lilydale.

Pour:

Pours a beautiful, light copper orange with fine white head.

On The Nose:

Some fantastic sweet spices of cinnamon, candied ginger and nutmeg with chewy bubblegum and fresh, sweet apricot and melon. Getting light notes of preserved lemon, sweet pepper and fresh biscuit with lees/ yeast notes.

Palate:

Palate has a very solid, spicy malt back bone with lots of broad fruity ester notes: spiced apricot, peach, lemon and grapefruit pith. Finishes us bone dry with lots of lingering, chewy bitters. Crushed pine needles and aromatic resin.

Final Thoughts:

Have to say, I would be very happy to smash a few of these after a ride! If I got off my arse for a ride… Absolutely fills the criteria here: Clever balance between two different styles: this Witbier base steps it up with some serious additions of aussie Enigma and Summer hops and seriously freshens it up with some interesting Belgian notes playing along. Seeing this on tap somewhere would make me very happy… Perhaps in the Yarra? Pretty Please?

Garage Project: Hop Trail #1

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I’m always interested to try single hop brews. As a guy who is fairly amateur when it comes to hops (I have a fairly good idea of some them and their characteristics) I always find it fun to get hold of them and see what they have to offer and this particular one was too good to pass up. Now comes this rather brilliant blend of science and brewing from Plant and Food Research and New Zealand hops and Garage Project. The two have gotten together to trial new, unreleased hop cultivars. Let us see what this can contains: in the name of science!

Style: IPA

ABV: 7%

IBU: 55

Got it from: Low Buy, Lilydale.

Pour:

Pours a light straw/ lemon colour with bubbly, fluffy head.

On The Nose:

The nose is bright, fruity and tantalisingly spicy. Notes of lemongrass, white pepper and floral chamomile with fresh pineapple, peach, juicy watermelon and spritzy sherbet characters.

Palate:

That prominent spicy lemongrass note jumps out first with tart grapefruit, lime and pineapple with that watermelon note floating around in the background adding to the mouthfeel. Getting some fresh peach and melon too finishing in a brilliant , lingering bitterness of mint, eucalyptus and fresh pine needles.

Final Thoughts:

When i first heard about this I knew this new cultivar was going in to safe hands. Garage Project is one of the premier brewers of New Zealand and wizards of hop use so I knew it was going to be good. And it was fascinatingly good. This hop I found to be all about the bitters. Seriously bitter bitters, and I think would be a very worthy addition to any brewers hop itinerary. It is an ideal bittering hop with some interesting fruit characters to bring to the game. I really hope this hop makes the cut! Would love to see it in a brew again…