- My Rating: [B-], I gave it a (3.3 of 5) on Ratebeer.com
Waimea IPA is Dead (single hop IPA), 6.7% ABV – 75 IBU, 330ml. (part of a 4-pack), (Ellon, Scotland)
on the front-right label and from ratebeer.com:
“…Each IPA contains the same malt backbone and is brewed to be 75 IBU and is enthusiastically kettle hopped and dry hopped with Waimea, El Dorado, Dana & East Kent Goldings…
“Waimea is a new hop variety that has both aroma and bittering capability, and is the granddaughter of Pacific Jade. Pacific Jade is also a hop, not a hippy belly dancing gypsy on crack.
It has been described as having intense fresh tangelo, citrus fruit and pine needle characteristics,
High on it’s own alpha, Waimea has a new world flavour, infusing unique fresh crushed citrus aroma and flavour notes into this IPA. Sharp as a razor, this New Zealand hop slices your taste buds with intense fresh tangelo, citrus fruit and pine needle characteristics There is a huge depth flavour with astringent gooseberry balanced against the robust malt base. Throw another shrimp on the Barbie mate and you are all set. New Zealand is near Australia, right?”
- Style: (single hop, Waimea) India Pale Ale
- Taste: Tangelo citrus grassy soft bitter toffee malt
- Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
- How much: $17 (after 10% off) CAD – 4 x 330ml., September 2013
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not too special
Visual: (Cellared for 2 years). Pours translucent pale orange-brown with minimal head, a thin hazy layer of micro retention, a few small bubbles here and there.
Nose: toffee barley malt, hints of musk. (lvl-7)-pungency
Attack: thin-tongue numbing, low CO2
Mid-palate: tangy, tangelo bitter, (lvl-5-sweetness), light grassy, toffee barley malt
Finish: DRY, lingering malt and soft bitter hops.
Summary: Good smooth mouthfeel with very nice light drinkability. It doesn’t drink as thick nor heavy as it smells.