South Australia’s Mismatch join forces with Melbourne’s Hop Nation for Meet in the Middle, a beer designed to be equal parts West Coast and East Coast, complete with a solid haze for good measure. Originally planned for the cancelled 2020 Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival, it's instead been brewed in time for Good Beer Week 2021. And they didn’t mess around, going head with heavy-hitting hops Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe to rain down juicy tropical fruit and hazy deliciousness.
As for the beer’s flavour characteristics, well, it's one that ventures further into East Coast territory. Upon opening, tropical juices drip from the can – you can pick them up from a good few metres. Pineapple and passionfruit shine through like straight up breakfast juice, with a little underlying resin and orange citrus on the back palate. The mouthfeel is soft and light, if a tad heavier than pillowy, while the clean yeast means the hops can go to work untroubled, creating a merging of styles that bursts with juiciness, yet still ends quite dry with a subdued bitterness.