Akasha ‘Mosaic IPA’ (IPA) – Five Dock, NSW
Single hop beers can often be an interesting tasting exercise, learning about the individual characteristics of various hops that are usually blended. A long ago vertical tasting of the BrewDog ‘IPA is Dead’ series was fascinating, noting the differences between Amarillo, Comet, EXP366 and Kohatu (Comet was my favourite). However, hops are used together for a reason, adding elements of aroma, flavour and bitterness. As a result, a lot of single hop beers lack depth and structure. Not in Akasha’s very talented hands though. Whilst predominantly an aroma hop, this beer is beautifully balanced and also showcased subtle, but delicious flavours.
Growler from Club Rivers Malt Barrel. Pours an orange hued gold with a thick, frothy white head. Inviting floral, citrus, grass, and peach aromas with a backing of caramel. Subtle, yet flavoursome citrus flowers, peaches, grass and pepper with a moderate bitterness that lingers and builds towards some resin, without becoming cloying or over the top. Incredibly balanced with a hint of sweet caramel.