Barossa Valley Brewing founder Denham D'Silva has been pushing into the realm of AI more than anyone else in the local beer world, and they've been adjusting and tweaking their neuron network with customer feedback to deliver a new West Coast IPA recipe. The tweaks come from asking customers to take into consideration West Coast IPA style guidelines while giving feedback on past beers. The idea is that the recipe will be forever changing, although this release hits the guidelines pretty much spot on.
It all starts with the style's classic trademark golden orange colour and not a hint of haze in sight. Citrus aromas then go to work: orange peel, mandarin and tangerine supported by a little apricot. The malts add a little crystal sweetness initially, with a touch of pine making an appearance, before things dry out on the finish as a balanced and refined bitterness brings this to a close.
In this case, the ideas of the future deliver a beer that tastes rather a lot like the classics of the past.
Published October 4, 2023 2023-10-04 00:00:00