A new one for me, this ‘American’ pilsner promises to be even more hop forward than the New Zealand variant.  You might suggest that puts it pretty close to IPL territory, which probably isn’t far wrong, but with Boneface being the current holders of a Brewers Guild trophy for exactly that style (The Outlaw), I see that as a plus.  The aroma blends familiar citrusy noble hop aromas with distinctly American stone fruit and melon.  The palate is sharp, taut and incredibly fresh, with a cleansing bitter finish that lingers on the citrus.  It’s a fairly big pilsner at 5.5 per cent, but nicely rapid and refreshing nonetheless.  An intriguing and satisfyingly full-on evolution of the NZ pilsner style.

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.