We're beginning to suspect there's something in the Woodend water at the minute. Holgate's original Mount Macedon Ale has discovered a punchier new hop character, the Hopinator's reacted in kind and their seasonals are flying out the door like there's no tomorrow. With this year's final batch of Brick Kiln Dark Wheat Beer still conditioning, it's time for Spring and the arrival of the Road Trip IPA. Inspired by Paul Holgate and family's holiday in Pacific Northwest USA last year, it's a hop lover's treat. This year sees the Chinook and Centennial varieties return, although the Cascade of last year is replaced by Citra. Together, they still make for an aromatic pine, passionfruit, grapefruit and marmalade nose - and a sizeable smack of bitterness too.
Published September 17, 2010 2010-09-17 00:00:00