Brouhaha Brewery Northern Hemisphere IPA

Total Score: 7.4/10 Orange1Biscuit1HopFlower1Nonicpint1

Over to the Northside of Brisbane, which apparently includes Maleny, for this review in the battle of IPAs of Brouhaha Brewery Northern Hemisphere IPA. DISCLAIMER: I now live on the Northside of Brisbane, however I claim no bias in the much heated battles Brisbanites have “between North and Southside which is better?” due to living equally on both sides and being originally from Canberra anyhow. So let’s take a look at the hop bill for this one: Well… erm… there’s no info anywhere on the label or the interweb, so we’ll just have to believe Brouhaha on this. While I’m at it though I might take a stab at guessing what’s in this brew and maybe the brewers can get back to me if I’m right: Citra, Mosaic, Amarillo and Columbus are my guesses.

Poured from a 375ml can into a nonic pint.

A: Clear amber body with a nice cream-coloured and sticky cappuccino foam head that slowly drops back leaving faint lattice-work lace on the side of the glass. Looks much nicer than the Slipstream brew (sorry SBC team). Still, filtered IPAs? Nah mate. 8/10.

S: Interesting turn in the much vaunted “battle of the IPAs” – this aroma is much more muted than Slipstream’s IPA. Aroma is more of a figgy-jammy character [FIGJAM] with a sweet fruit fragrance from ripe fig and orange blossom honey, and a hit of piney character in the centre which leads to a tangerine note in the background. This definitely has Mosaic hops fingerprints all over it. Smells fresh, but less fresh than Slipstream’s IPA [canned on: 06/11/17 aha, that’s why then]. 7/10.

T: Hmmm, tangerine forward and all over here, with a honey biscuit and caramel malt centre, light floral/piney character and a slight grassy hop finish. Much more subdued in flavour and attitude from the Slipstream brew, however that was a part of Slipstreams problem – it was too busy. This has fewer hop voices in harmony, and again from Brouhaha’s DIPA – they seem to know how to hide alcohol, with this 6.8% ABV being quite sly. 8/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a thin, watery carbonation and very light hop resins – neither brews win this battle. 6/10.

D: Out of the 2 brews (this Brouhaha & Slipstream Southern Hemisphere IPA) I feel that the Brouhaha brew is the one that I would more likely return to – it may have less hop character, but that lessor hop character works better. 7/10.

Food match: Probably biased because I had it for dinner tonight: Greek cuisine.

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Slipstream Southern Hemisphere Collaboration IPA

Total Score: 7.25/10 HopFlower1Passionfruit1CutGrass1Nonicpint1

Looks like a battle of IPAs has descended upon Brisbane between Slipstream (representing the Southside) and Brouhaha Brewing (representing the Northside). Poor little Doc takes no sides – having lived equally on both sides of the Brisbane river (TBH both sides of this fine city have their pros and cons). This is a rather clever IPA battle though, with Slipstream, and many Southside establishments, choosing the Southern Hemisphere hops with a hop bill of: Cascade, Ella, Vic Secret, Nelson Sauvin and Galaxy – it reads like a superstar line-up of Australian and NZ hops right there, and after reading the hop bill on the Brouhaha brew this is going to be a real close battle for my tastebuds! Oh yeah and both brews were canned yesterday! Fresh as brah 😀

Poured from a 375ml can into a nonic pint.

A: Clear golden body with a thin white head that lingers on for a while, not leaving much in the way of lace either. Not the best start for Slipstream, however I still reckon the battle will be tight. 6/10.

S: Punchy green hops from the off! Grassy/cannabis notes mingle with a smell I’ve only ever encountered from brews this fresh: rubber. I shit you not: rubber. Wafting up from that rubber is a fragrant floral note and a light tropical hint of passionfruit. You can thank Galaxy hops for that delightful passionfruit note. This IPA is the beer equivalent of milk straight from the cows udder – udderly great. 9/10.

T: Flavour is a bit more restrained with the hops – there were a few big aroma hop names on the bill, this is to be expected. Front end is grassy/green/cannabis/rubber, mid palate is dry cracker malt, and finish has a syrupy tropical passionfruit and green papaya. Not really getting the Nelson Sauvin character much (usually brings in a Sauv Blanc white wine note but not getting that here). It’s not lacking in variety of hops, it’s actually suffering from a few too many voices here. 7/10.

M: Reminds me a bit of the 4 Pines In Season IPA, which was a bit insipid in the mouthfeel: Mid to light bodied, tad watery, some hop resins floating around and a light carbonation. Meh. 6/10.

D: I reckon this is one of those brews that is a corker on tap – there’s a lot of fresh hops on a wafer-thin malt base, and the extra body that comes from a tap would only serve this brew. As it is canned – it’s good but not great. I think barring a shock the Brouhaha brew [ha-ha] will win this IPA battle for me. 7/10.

Food match: Vietnamese rice paper rolls with a chilli dipping sauce FTW.

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Hop Nation Jedi Juice NEIPA

Total Score: 8.55/10 HopFlower1Earth1CutGrass1Nonicpint1

Keeping up the NEIPA (New England India Pale Ale) roll I’m on next up is Hop Nation Jedi Juice NEIPA. Whilst I’m not sure about the Star Wars reference in the name, the hop bill reads like a list of superstar hops: Riwaka, Nelson Sauvin, Citra and Mosaic. Yep, if someone told me they were brewing with those hops I might have to conjure up my best James Earl Jones impression with an “Impressive… most impressive”. Yes I am a Star Wars nerd, whatever – I don’t give a Wookie what you think. Also Princess Leia on the can with tattoos? Yeah, not attractive, but she does love hops so her character is totally redeemable in my eyes. Anyhow this brew is well poised to capture my tastebuds like the Imperial forces descending on Hoth, there’s no escape this time rebel tastebud scum!

Poured from a 375ml can into a nonic pint.

A: Looks almost exactly like my previous review brew: 3 Ravens Lemon Juicy – cloudy AF mango-coloured body with a boisterous white cappuccino head that slowly drops back. However this one has much better protein action going on in the head which leaves a nice chalky lace on the side of the glass. 9/10.

S: BIG hop character in Jedi Juice – it’s fresh (brewed 30 Oct 17, yeah!) and chock full of green, grassy, cannabis hop notes. I could’ve sworn I just opened a bag of hop pellets and dropped it in front of my glass – that’s the kind of aroma I’m talking about here. If there’s a glimmer of fruit in all this green hop gloriousness and that fruit would be mandarin… maybe a dash of mango. This is right up my (hop) alley though. 9/10.

T: Interesting, most interesting. This is like an east (coast, US) meets west (coast, US) IPA with that NEIPA style cloudy, heavy and textured body with assertive west coast hops. There’s none of the fruitiness I’ve come to associate with a NEIPA, just grassy/green/cannabis/piney/earthy hops with a hint of citrus. This actually reminds me of Modus Operandi’s Zoo Feeder… Zoo Feeder was a bit of that mix. Finish is mid to high in bitterness, nonetheless this is pretty tasty – it’s a bit like Hop Nation brewed off more than I can chew. I like it. 8/10.

M: Medium to heavy bodied, hop oils aplenty, dense but light carbonation. 9/10.

D: Very tasty stuff, quite hop tea green, to its detriment one might imagine… however I do love hops – as is well documented. The balance was just a bit out – a bit too skewed towards hops, and those hops were “in yo face!”. 9/10.

Food match: With hops this spicy the food needs to be as well: Shredded chilli beef.

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3 Ravens Lemon Juicy NEIPA

Total Score: 8.6/10 Lemon1Orange1HopFlower1Nonicpint1

In the beginning there was Juicy, then God saw fit to beget Extra Juicy, now the Lord, in all his infinite wisdom has bought upon this Earth: Lemon Juicy, which thine tasted of the fruit of lemon – the most yellow of fruits, and reminded the Lord of pub squash which he dranketh at his local Merthyr Bowls Club – for the Lord enjoys a game or two of barefoot bowls. He also liketh the meat raffle every Sunday night, once the Lord won a giant platter of thin sausages – there was a glorious barbeque that next weekend. Ahem, so yeah, I didn’t get my hands on Extra Juicy when it came out (people told me it wasn’t great so I gave it a miss), but this time with Lemon Juicy the temptation is too great – I must have this version of Juicy with organic lemon zest added to it, for you see I am a fan of lemons (the fruit).

Poured from a 375ml can into a nonic pint.

A: Even looks a bit lemony [snicket!] with a cloudy AF mango-coloured body and a white cappuccino foam head that slowly descends to a blanket of goodness. Light flecks of lace on the side of the glass, decent enough protein action there. 8/10.

S: Basically regular Juicy (orange/pineapple/passionfruit) with a nice big wedge of lemon thrown in for good measure. The original formula was pretty damn tasty in the aroma department so there’s little to detract from again with Lemon Juicy. Perhaps it’s getting borderline fruit salady, not that there’s anything wrong with that, and frankly if you’re quaffing a New England IPA that’s what you signed up for. 9/10.

T: Well it really leans in towards that lemon character BIG time. Hints of the above noted fruit salad mingles with a slight grassy hop note – Lemon Juicy is a bit more hop aggressive than Juicy then. Still has a classic NEIPA restrained bitterness in the finish, though I suspect citric acid from the lemon zest has given this NEIPA some teeth (though nothing like a full-on West Coast IPA). Tasty as Lemon. 8/10.

M: Nice body Lemon Juicy! Medium, not quite as heavy as I remember Juicy being, but still a decent mouthfeel from the oats and triticale (a wheat/rye hybrid) used in the brew. 8/10.

D: Totally fulfilled the brief: Lemon Juicy. Lemon juicy this is. TBH it’s almost a flavour preference decision from 3 Ravens – do you want fruit salad or lemons? You decide. Juicy just has a slight edge in appearance and mouthfeel, but other than that it’s game on Donkey Kong. 10/10.

Food match: It’s lemon chicken for me mate.

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Brewski Barbarian IPA

Total Score: 7.35/10 Pineapple1PapayaMango1HopFlower1Nonicpint1

Last of the 5 Brewski beers I had in my fridge waiting for review is Barbarian IPA. Here’s hoping it’s an OK bottle as 2 out of the 4 I’ve reviewed had issues with refermenting in the bottle and gobbling up all the sugar leaving them overly bitter and crazy fizzy! Still I’m not too deterred as the ones that were good had a great deal of promise, and it seems that all the Brewski brews are unpasteurised so there is a trade-off with that (flavour characteristics versus possibility of over-fermenting yeast). Although it could be some other problem with the brewing process, IDK I’m out of my depth here, all I know is that lightning shouldn’t strike twice and with the Brewski beers I tried it has. Lightning striking 3 times? Surely that is impossible! *TCHSSK*

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Uh-oh, another gusher of a Brewski, with a massive white sea foam head and a cloudy pineapple juice coloured body with huge yeast clumps floating around before sinking to the bottom of the glass. This is looking an awful lot like Mango Hallon Feber – which was totally spent of sugar content. I normally don’t mind yeast clumps (a good dose of Vitamin B) but in this beer I’m worried. 6/10.

S: Fruity, hints of pineapple and mango, with some hefty green piney notes too – it’s shaping up to be a good one if the bottle survived the 4 sea voyage. The hop character in the aroma is superlative, as it was in Mango Hallon Feber too, just so green and fresh – these Brewski peeps use top-shelf ingredients. 9/10.

T: Well, ok then, it’s fizzy AF, but it’s more like Conan DIPA with OTT sweetness. Flavours are: Pineapple, mango, hint of lychee and piney hops, with a light biscuit malt base, the sugar coming more from confected tropical fruits than anything else. Overall flavour, like Conan, tips too far towards sweetness, however it’s not quite as cloying or pronounced as Conan. 7/10.

M: Yep, as noted above: Fizzy AF – too much carbonation, with a medium body and some cloying sweetness, not nearly as enjoyable as Donkeyboy, which it appears is the pick of the bunch. 5/10.

D: Cliff notes: Better than Conan DIPA, not quite as good as Donkeyboy, lacking sweet/bitter balance being skewed towards sweetness, though the flavours on offer are alright. Brewski really should consider pasteurising their exported brews, I get it has an effect on flavour but their consistency is lacking. 8/10.

Food match: Tropical fruit salad.

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Bacchus Brewing Dmango Unstrained

Total Score: 7.45/10 PapayaMango1HopFlower1mint1Nonicpint1

Damn Ross! Every time I try to pass up another Bacchus brew he, being the mad scientist that he is, throws out another clever pun-named brew of brilliance! This time Ross has named one of his beers after one of my favourite Tarantino films: Django Unchained. Dmango Unstrained is a New England style IPA (NEIPA) with mangoes used in the brew, and the thing that struck me immediately was how cloudy the beer looked through the brown glass of the bottle – it’s going to be murky AF, and that to me is a definite green light when it comes to this style. Can it beat out my favourite Bacchus NEIPA: JAF IPA? Well, being that I love mangoes (they’re like my #2 favourite fruit after watermelon), it’s in with a damn good chance!

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Wow! This has to be the murkiest pale beer I’ve ever seen, it’s like the pale version of a Stout. The body is totally opaque (no light coming through from the other side) mango juice coloured with a thin white head that dissipates rather quickly leaving a thin ring in the glass. This essentially looks like juice hey. 8/10.

S: Fresh green and ripe mangoes with a pervading note of green papaya and a green hop character in the finish. If this was a West Coast IPA I would be expecting a truckload of bitterness coming my way, however being this is a NEIPA it should be quite balanced in the flavour. This aroma is great though, very very green, and tropical, fantastic. 9/10.

T: Thick and soupy from the get-go. Mango with green papaya, grassy green hop backend, herbal as well, touch of Vietnamese mint (which is more spicy than mint). Where you would normally expect to find a malt base it has taken on a mango juice vibe, this is almost like a concoction of mango juice with hop tea – it finishes with a mid to low bitterness but then you get that sharp green hop character in the aftertaste. It’s an interesting mix between a beer and juice… beuice! 7/10.

M: Mid to heavy with a cloying juice-like consistency and a medium carbonation, which due to the green hop character takes on a sharpness. 7/10.

D: TBH I think this might be Ross’s ‘bridge too far’, and he’s done some crazy stuff over the years (King Of Denmark being my current favourite craziest thing he’s done). I picture some Bacchus brewers (in suits) sitting in a boardroom going “beer and juice, it can’t be done!” and Ross quietly nodding to himself. Still it is rather tasty, it’s just a bit of a line blurrer. 7/10.

Food match: If ever there is a beer that deserves green papaya salad this is it.

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Brewski Pango IPA

Total Score: 6.25/10 PapayaMango1Passionfruit1CutGrass1Nonicpint1

“Brewski time, come on and grab your friends, we’ll go to very distant lands, spe-cifically Swe-den with Doc the hu-man, the fun will never end, it’s Brewski time.” Yep it’s my new favourite time of the week since my review of Donkeyboy IPA… which was like 2 or 3 days ago… yep, I need a new hobby. So this another fruit-infused beer from Brewski, as you may know the Mango Hallon Feber I had of theirs was either a bad bottle or a bad batch or something, which means that I am going into this review of the passionfruit/pineapple/mango-infused Pango IPA with a sense of trepidation. That said in my previous experience with bad bottles lightning rarely ever strikes twice, fingers-crossed! [post review: lol me]

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: New England IPA cloudy AF Gamboge-coloured body with a very fizzy (uh-oh!) white head that sticks around as a cappuccino foam blanket on top (phew?). This is all looking reminiscent of Mango Hallon Feber… me-hopes it is not. 5/10.

S: Again Brewski manage to have a real grassy hop note upfront in the aroma of all their brews – I get a sense that they go all out with their hop quantities. Also noted are mango with hints of pineapple and passionfruit. Not much else. This is evidently a NEIPA in style and they rarely put up a whiff of malt in the aroma. 8/10.

T: Yep – it’s another overly refermented bottle from Brewski* – although this one at least is reasonably drinkable, if not lacking in flavour. Flavour profile is a muted mango with hints of pineapple and passionfruit and a slight grassy note towards the finish, which is thankfully not insanely bitter as Mango Hallon Feber turned out to be. If it wasn’t for the refermentation in the bottle I reckon the flavour balance would have been more towards sweet, as it is this is dry and lacking flavour. 6/10.

M: Gassy AF, almost undrinkable here – burped easily over a dozen times, body is thin too – excessive secondary refermentation, you bastard! 3/10.

D: Though this isn’t quite as lost as the Mango Hallon Feber the other day it’s still a big disappointment, especially now that I’ve had a decent brew from Brewski in the form of Donkeyboy DIPA, which was excellent. Not sure if it’s down to bad transportation practices or lack of filtering, but Brewski have been real hit n’ miss for me thus far. Still got Conan and Barbarian to go yet. 7/10.

Food match: Some sort of antacid to head off the burps?

*The insane carbonation gave it away.

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