BrewCult Hop Zone Sessionable IPA

Total Score: 7.45/10 HopFlower1 Caramel1 Butter1 Nonicpint1

Another day, another IPA – this time it’s the work of Hendo, an all-round decent chap/brewer. Hendo (aka BrewCult) isn’t out to bash your tastebuds with extreme brews, he likes finessed flavour in his beers. As such BrewCult has created this new breed of “Sessionable IPA” (which coincidentally abbreviates to “SIPA”), which is an IPA that has those hop driven IPA notes without the 6%+ ABV. Kudos if he can pull it off.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Hazy auburn-orange body with a wispy white head that reduces to a nice easy lace for a head. Not bad, looks like a right tasty IPA. 8/10.

S: Wow, big fruity and sweet with tropical hop notes (think more mango/lychee than anything else) followed by an overripe jackfruit providing a high fructose saccharine hit. If the flavour is as big as the aroma my mouth is in for a bloody good party. 9/10.

T: The flavour flattens out the above characters a tad, don’t get me wrong it’s still good, but there was this syrupiness to the nose that really had me excited and the flavour is a touch muted. Also the hops upfront are more pine/citric than tropical, balanced out by a caramel base that detract from an initial bitterness and finish with a hint of butterscotch. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a dense but fizzy carbonation, a touch over-carbonated to be a real session ale (for me at least – I have trouble with a hiccup reflex if I drink anything fizzy). 5/10.

D: I might have sounded overly negative above, so I’ll balance this review out with some “this is still a decent IPA, that lives up to the sessionable name”, and some “overall I think it is good and would buy it again”… however – it isn’t going to replace Feral Hop Hog or Little Creatures Pale Ale in my regular fridge rotation anytime soon, though I do commend the one man brewery that is Hendo in his efforts and look forward to his future endeavours, keep up the good work! 8/10.

Food match: Vietnamese, something Pho-ish, or a Pad Thai (consumer advice: always ask for fresh chilli when you buy a Pad Thai – they’ll give you a container of the good stuff).

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