It’s been a huge challenge to find the words to describe how bloody amazing this beer is — never have I enjoyed a fresh hop IPA as much as I did this one! When it comes to freshly-hopped beers I am quickly becoming a fan of non-hazy versions. It’s my view that they provide less complexity which allows the hop characters to shine through and McLeod’s 802 #33 is a great example of this. As with most fresh hop beers you are greeted with big, bold, fresh grassy aromas which send you into a tantalising trance. As you pour a wonderful amber hue dances round the glass which is completed by a lovely clean head. The best part of this beer is the mouthfeel — it’s light, fresh and beautifully creamy like a milk stout. Flavours are also abundant — loads of passionfruit, lemon citrus and berries mixed with grassy, earthy, pine needles making this beer super dankidy-dank! I bow down to Clayton Hops and McLeod’s Brewing: you have produced my perfect fresh hop beer and beautifully showcased everything good about Nelson Sauvin hops. I will remember 2021 as the year of #33.
About The Author
Mark Gower ‘aka Crafty Mark’ had his passion for beer ignited with selection to the New World Beer and Cider Awards as an associate judge in 2016. Keen to share the knowledge gained at the judging table, Mark started a weekly video blog which featured on the New World Facebook page. The blogs set out to dispel some of the myths around craft beer and bring new drinkers to the category. Being selected to judge at the prestigious Malthouse WCIPA challenge in 2019 stands out as one of his favourite moments so far…it also happens to be one of his favourite styles when enjoying a cold beer with friends. Mark hopes to start brewing his own beer soon using a recently purchased 50L brew house…watch this space!
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