cassels nectaron double ipa

Cassels Nectaron IPA is still my go to for a core range beer showcasing this terrific new hop, so this (ostensibly) double IPA version (8.2%) caught my eye immediately.  Bright and sharp aromas of passionfruit, pineapple and nectarine leap out of the nose, with tropical guava hovering further in.  On the palate there’s concentrated stone fruit and orange citrus before big chewy malt and a late but firm bitterness.  A big and weighty IPA with great concentration of flavour and a good malt presence that gives the palate extra fortification for winter drinking. 

Capital dairy November 2021 – The Return of Beerhunting

Given the challenges of in-house drinking at alert level 2, much of my November was spent tracking down interesting beers and making overdue visits to some of the capital’s off-licenses. I missed the launch of Double Vision’s pumpkin amber ale Sleeping Hollow at the...

Boneface Outlaw IPL

Winner of the International Lager category at the 2021 Brewers Guild Awards.  Boneface IPL is, ostensibly, lager that’s hopped like an IPA.  It’s been one of my favorite beers for a long time, but seems to forever be stuck as a fringe style.  Outlaw has clean and...

Garage Project Proper Crisp IPA

This IPA was the winner of the International Pale Ale category (oops!) at the 2021 Brewers Guild Awards.  True to its name, along with NZ and US hops, Garage Project Proper Crisp IPA is partially the product of potato slices added to the mash.  Whether it’s the...

Emerson’s Bookbinder

Winner of the ‘British Ale’ Category at the 2021 Brewers Guild Awards, Emerson's Bookbinder actually predates the Guild itself, which was set-up (with Richard Emerson as a driving force) 15 years.  Twenty-five years is a long time for anything, but 25 years in the...

Sunshine Brewing Gisborne Gold

Available in six-packs, this old school lager (3.8 per cent ABV) is hopped with an all New Zealand mix of Green Bullet, Dr Rudi and Motueka hops.  It’s got an expressive, gristy malt aroma with delicate grass and floral hop notes.  Smooth and gentle on the palate,...

Trials tribulations and trophies

Tim Newman carries out a post-mortem on the trophy winners from the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards.