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.
About The Author
Tim Newman is a A Wine and Spirits Education Trust graduate who has been gradually fermenting inside the Christchurch craft beer scene since it's primordial days. When the world of wine writing turned out to be a labyrinth of un-returned emails, he hopped the fence over to beer writing and reviewing and hasn't looked back. On an endless mission to taste the length and breadth of New Zealand craft brewing, and wrangle the most esoteric flavours into prose.
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