baylands waifly 8

Baylands Waifly, now in its eighth iteration, is one of the recurring fresh hop releases on my “can’t miss” list.  It’s routinely one of the very best every season, and this year’s is no exception.  Fresh Nelson Sauvin leads the charge on the nose, with gloriously fresh passionfruit sorbet alongside Waifly’s signature gummy bear lollies.  Ripe and fresh on the tongue with sharp citrus rind and a streak of cooling menthol before the firm bitterness grips the finish. Another exceptional vintage for a beer that Baylands can confidentiality regard as a New Zealand fresh hop classic.

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.

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.

Bach Brewing Freebird Hazy IPA

“Crafty” Mark Gower says Bach Brewing Freebird is the one of the best examples of a East Coast Hazy IPA he’s tasted.