Winner of the IPA category at the 2021 Brewers Guild Awards.  Behemoth founder Andrew Childs wanted to return to a more expressive old-school malt base with this beer, while still showing off the brewery’s flair for modern hop varieties.  Interestingly, those varieties are sourced from not just the US but Australia and NZ too, making it a more international IPA than most.  Full bodied with a big malty chew at first, a breadth of drying hop flavours begins to emerge.  Strongly dominant American pine, with some drier Aussie grassiness and New Zealand tropicals follow.  The bitterness builds into the finish, ending up firmly in charge.  A classic old school IPA for classic old school IPA drinkers.

Three Boys Gas NZIPA

Three Boys Gas NZIPA was originally brewed as a collaboration with Burkes and took third place at the 2021 Smiths IPA challenge.  Now Three Boys have got it into cans for a wider release in their Brewers Reserve series.

Craftwork Good Lord Abbey Tripel

From Oamaru’s Belgian style maestros, Craftwork, Good Lord is an unusual bottle-conditioned Tripel.

Boneface Big Unit Hazy Double IPA

The Unit from Boneface in Upper Hutt was one of the first all New Zealand-hopped hazy IPAs, and it remains one of the best. This souped-up version promises to be twice as nice.  Passionfruit, gooseberry, grapefruit and rockmelon all crowd around the nose, giving a...

Robinsons Trooper English IPA

Christmas time ... when the novelty beers come out to play, and invariably find their way to me from family members who have some vague idea that I’m supposed to be ‘the beer guy’ but very little else in the way of actual beer savvy.  The pick of the bunch this year? ...

8 Wired Hopwired Pacific Sunrise Edition

If you want an example of how hop selection can change a beer compared 8 Wired’s Pacific Sunrise version of Hopwired with the original. It’s a “Sliding Doors” beer.

Burkes Brewing Unforgiven Porter

Despite being ‘just’ a porter, Burkes Brewing Unforgiven takes that one brush and paints a masterpiece in black.