Reviews

Parrotdog Bruce Hazy IPA

Parrotdog Bruce Hazy IPA

Parrotdog Bruce is everything you can hope for — nice upfront peach and tropical fruit flavours with a neat, dry finish.

North Coast Brother Thelonious

North Coast Brother Thelonious

Brother Thelonius (9.4 per cent ABV) is not quite in the echelon of a Pliny the Elder, but definitely one of those American craft beers with international recognition.

Epic Cryopop IPA

Epic Cryopop IPA

The Cryo-Pop blend lacks a bit of lift and zing, but a big, bright and bitter IPA like Epic Cryopop is where it does its best work.  

Steinlager 0.0

Steinlager 0.0

The increasing growth of the zero alcohol beer category is reflected in the fact Lion is “importing” Steinlager 0.0 from Australia.

Bach Brewing Wandering IPL

Bach Brewing Wandering IPL

The polar opposite of hazy on the India Pale spectrum, the India Pale Lager is a rare and frequently excellent style and Bach Wandering IPL is a precise example.

Volstead Riwaka Hazy

Volstead Riwaka Hazy

However you might feel about the ‘Juice Bomb’ style of hazy, Volstead Riwaka Hazy IPA embodies it perfectly.

Three Boys Gas NZIPA

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.

Boneface Big Unit Hazy Double IPA

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

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? ...

Alibi Temná Zima Bohemian Dark Lager

Alibi Temná Zima Bohemian Dark Lager

Alibi Temna Zima, New Zealand’s Champion Dark Lager, is an immensely satisfying dark lager that compacts many layers of flavour into its extremely mild 4.8 per cent ABV.

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