Now here’s a saison with all the trimmings.  Fermented with a mix of Brettanomyces and conventional Saccharomyces, then aged for a full year in ex-bourbon oak.  The wood is hugely expressive on the nose, casting a layer of spicy vanilla and buttered popcorn over the sharp lemon citrus and subtle brett funk.  Initially gentle and curiously light-bodied (6.2 per cent), the palate has more citrus and a light drying tartness.  The flavors gently unravel into the finish, revealing oak tannin and char alongside citrus blossom and elderflower.   Big, long and complex; possessing many of the esoteric flavors present in barrel-aged sours without any particular sourness of its own.  A great one to take one’s time with and really get into that complexity.  Just make sure that bottle is fully settled out and decant carefully; there’s heavy yeast sediment here and too much in the glass will dominate the flavour.

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.