If you're planning to compile a mixed pack of beers showcasing hops, Deeds are always likely to be high up your list of potential suitors. With Centre Stage the Glen Iris brewers return to the familiar territory of a hazy, 8 percent ABV IPA pouring with a solid yellow haze and a loose white head. Expect to find sweet passionfruit curd from yay to nay, a boozey touch of gooseberry, with a touch of drying bitterness there to aid drinkability.
Central Coast-based Six String are best known for their deeply malty Dark Red IPA, and their entry into the Great Brew Challenge is by far the sweetest and maltiest of the dozen too. Moutere Double Dip IPA – a reference to the use of the dip-hopping technique – sees creamy caramel and toffee smothering the pineapple hops in layers of chewy viscosity, with the hops making themselves felt more keenly in the bitterness instead.
You can read about other NZ Hops Great Brew Challenge here: Hemingway's and Working Title, CoConspirators and Mismatch, Molly Rose and Sailors Grave, Uraidla and Mountain Culture and Range and Your Mates.
Published January 17, 2022 2022-01-17 00:00:00