Although Akasha launched with a pale ale, there was something approaching unspoken agreement in beer circles that this was a brewery that could only properly be measured once it had released an IPA. The reasoning stretched back mainly to Daveâ€™s time creating the hugely successful IPA variants as head brewer at Riverside, but that legacy was merely a culmination of many years honing his skills at a home brew level, which had in turn had been formed by trips to the USA that tuned his palate to that countryâ€™s big West Coast IPAs. Itâ€™s only at the end of this long chain where we reach the Hopsmith IPA.
Many might baulk at having to come up with another new IPA, in a market full of them, that not only met expectations but also sought to exceed them. Dave stepped up in typically fastidious fashion and delivered on the unspoken promise. Built on a couple of the headlining hops of American IPAs, Simcoe and Amarillo, at times, both aromatically and palate-wise, itâ€™s like prancing through a pine forest before wandering into a citrus grove â€“ a result of the triple dry-hopping. The bitterness is pronounced but because the malt has been balanced carefully, itâ€™s a beer thatâ€™s lean, clean and drinks like a dream.
- West Coast IPA
- 60 IBU