One of the earliest releases (and one of my favorites) from the Volstead Brewing Company, the Riwaka Hazy IPA (5.7 per cent ABV) has finally found its way into cans. Explosively fruity nose of sharp passionfruit and tangy lemon sherbert, with some sweet grapefruit and rockmelon to be found further in. More prickly lemon citrus leads the palate before a fountain of tropical juice that maintains lift and energy long into the finish, with a bitterness so mild as to almost go completely unnoticed. However you might feel about the ‘Juice Bomb’ style of hazy, this is a beer that embodies it perfectly.
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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