A little while ago, Mikey made his first trial of the Australian IPA, lots of different hops, and then some.
It was a great beer, and pretty hoppy, but not quite as hoppy as one would expect given what was thrown in there…
The aroma was great, with sweet caramel and biscuit smells. Some lychee was thrown in for good measure as well hints of vanilla. I was expecting a little bit more in there given all the hops. It’s possible that it was too much and things simply got confused.
All in all, it looks and feels light for an IPA. It has a good body, but not as heavy as would be expected. The hops don’t come creaming out, but the bitterness is there and sits at the back as you would expect. There are some great citrus and sour notes in the taste. However, it’s fairly mild for an IPA.
Adding to this, finding any malt in the flavour was difficult. The biscuit and caramel was great in the smell, and some malt in the taste would have been great. This is a very hop driven beer, yes, but it needs some malt to wrap around. Alternatively, it could have been good just to push the hops further and leave it at that. In my opinion, that’s the two general directions an IPA can go.
All that being said, this was a good, easy drinking beer. It could easily be a nice session beer.
Have to agree with everything here.
The lack of malt and body let this beer down. The crystal grains didn’t give enough flavour. Probably needed more. And only using 700 grams light dry malt extract was an error. Should have added more and/or added amber malt.
At 6.1% alcohol I’m not sure if you’d want this as a session beer. But I know what you mean about it being easy to drink. Next version will have a few changes.