The polar opposite of hazy on the India Pale spectrum, the India Pale Lager is a rare and frequently excellent style that I’m always on the hunt for.  Wandering IPL (6 per cent ABV) from Bach Brewing brings together a huge US/NZ medley of Mosaic, Citra, Idaho 7, Motueka and Nectaron hops.  Bright and sharp on the nose, with pineapple and nectarine, zingy lemon/lime citrus and gentle pine.  The beautifully ripe citrus and cooling pine race over the smooth and dry malt base to create a character that’s both satisfyingly fruity and deeply quenching, finishing short, bitter and incredibly clean.  If hazy IPA is a fruit bomb, this is a fruit laser beam.

Shining Peak Gung Ho! IPA

Shining Peak Gung Ho! Fresh Hop IPA sits firmly at the top of ‘Crafty’ Mark Gower’s fresh hop ratings for 2022.

Baylands Waifly 8 Fresh Hop IPA

Now in its eighth iteration, Baylands Waifly is a proven fresh hop classic and this year’s is one of the best

Parrotdog Bruce Hazy IPA

Parrotdog Bruce is everything you can hope for — nice upfront peach and tropical fruit flavours with a neat, dry finish.

Good George Cold IPA

For lager drinkers it could be way too hoppy, for IPA lovers it might be too light-bodied. But I’m starting to get Cold IPA.

Brothers Beer Modern Love West Coast IPA

Brothers Beer Modern Love IPA is one of the best showcases of focused citrus purity we’ve encountered this year. 

Hop Federation Green Limousine Fresh Hop IPA 

Each fresh hop season you cannot go wrong with Hop Federation Green Limousine IPA, says Tim Newman.