Brisbane Brewing Collective BNEIPA

30 IBU

Australia saw a lot of New England style IPAs release in 2017, with 90 percent seemingly using the words "juice" or "crazy lazy hazy Swayze" in the title. It makes sense, given NEIPAs are known for their juiciness and for looking like a hazy glass of orange juice. But, when ten Brisbane breweries join together to brew such a beer, they can be expected to bend the rules.

Thus it was that members of White Lies, Slipstream, Semi Pro, Helios, Revel, Newstead, Brisbane Brewing Co, Ballistic and Aether gathered at Archer Brewing’s headquarters to create a NEIPA with all the hops, but none of the haze. They called it a Bright New England IPA, or BNEIPA. And, since BNE is the abbreviation for Brisbane, as well as the airport code for Brisbane Airport (very on-brand for Archer Brewing), you just know they’re still patting themselves on the back for coming up with the name.

The inclusion of 25 percent wheat malt and 12 percent raw oats means that this beer has the full body of a NEIPA. There’s the slightest bitterness from the cooled whirlpool addition, but the real hop presence is from the ten consecutive days of dry hopping – one day for each brewer. After settling post-fermentation, the beer was was coarse-filtered through a five micron filter (aka small), which brought its clarity close to that of a pilsner.

All this means there’s an awful lot more hoppiness than meets the eye. If you raise a BNEIPA towards your lips expecting mild-flavoured beer, you’ll get quite the surprise; what hits your nose is the sweet scent of farmers’ markets in the Brisbane sun, while the taste is a smooth mouthful of fruit salad. The masses of hops (Astra, Galaxy, Topaz and Vic Secret) lend it plenty of peach and lychee and passionfruit and pineapple, and a whole lot of easy drinkin’ too. Perfect for a sticky Brisbane afternoon.

The haze days are far from over. But one thing’s clear: the BNEIPA.

Mick Wust

Published March 7, 2018

Aether Brewing

340 Melton Road
QLD 4013

1800 325 013
Open Hours

Friday: 3pm to 7pm
Sat & Sun: midday to 7pm

Frigid Cloud 2 B
Canberra Fest 2024 B

More from Aether Brewing

Aether Brewing Summer Of Sour: Barrel-Aged Raspberry
Barrel-Aged Raspberry Berliner Weisse
Aether Brewing Summer of Sour: 2023 Pet Nat & Imperial Blackberry Breakfast Smoothie
Barrel-Aged Beer-Wine Hybrid & Imperial Fruit Smoothie Sour
7.0% & 8.0% ABV
Aether Brewing Oaked Imperial Ginger Beer
Oak-Aged Imperial Ginger Beer
Aether Brewing Black XPA
Black XPA
Aether Brewing Biscoff Porter
Biscoff Porter
Aether Brewing Barrel Aged Old Ale
Barrel-Aged Old Ale
Aether Brewing Barrel Aged Cherry Sour & Peanut Butter Stout
Barrel-Aged Cherry Sour & Peanut Butter Stout
5.8% & 7.0%
Aether Brewing Sparkling Sour
Berliner Weisse
Aether Brewing American Pale Ale
American Pale Ale
Aether Brewing Twisted Vine Passionfruit & Blood Orange NEIPA
Fruited NEIPA
Aether Brewing Summer of Sour: Yuzu Sake, Royal Fruit Cup & Strawberry Creamsicle
Fruited Sours
4.5% & 5.5% & 8.0%
Aether Brewing Blueberry NEIPA
Blueberry NEIPA
Aether Brewing Anti Matter Cascadian Dark Lager
Cascadian Dark Lager
Aether Brewing Junkyard Giant Barrel-Aged Red Rye IIPA
Barrel-Aged Red Rye IIPA
Aether Brewing Mulled Wine Imperial Stout
Mulled Imperial Stout
Aether Brewing Creme Brûlée
Dessert Beer
Aether Brewing Southern Haze
Hazy Pale Ale
Aether Oak & Organisms: Intertwined & Severance
Barrel-Aged Beer-Wine Hybrid & Truffled Witbier
6.8% & 6.5%
Aether Brewing Oak & Organisms: Respite
Barrel-Aged Breakfast Stout
Aether Brewing Event Horizon
Spiced Rum Porter