Every now and then when I am on the verge of not feeling overly excited about the colourful barrage of new craft beers that see the light of day on a weekly basis down under, there is bound to be one of the old faithful breweries that releases another milestone.
A brewery that has never let me down in that regard is Dan Dainton’s enterprise, one of the most consistent breweries in terms of quality standards, creative new creations and well-calibrated experimentation, all of which carry what has become the trademark Dainton DNA.
For over seven year, apart from its solid core line-up, Dainton has pumped out a wide array of quality releases ranging from staples via sours, smoked porters to barrel-aged beers.
Dainton’s hazy IPA are what made me fall in love with the brewery, so I was excited to learn about a new addition to their core line-up, i.e. the Equalizer, which seems the ABV dialled down a notch for this hazy pale ale.
Stating that the Equalizer has juicy notes would be an understatement par excellence, as the melange of pineapples, orange and grapefruit flavours is positively overwhelming. I did not anticipate to have a hazy regular go-to, but this one is definitely a contestant.
Now, let’s shed some light on an expression I have been dying to try and a beer that in every aspect lives up to its big name – ABBA would be proud: Enter the Supertrooper.
The Supertrooper has things dialled up to eleven in every single aspect that an Imperial NEIPA could be: Haziness, sticky sweetness, piney resinous-ness and tropical fruitiness that is counterbalance by a beautiful maltiness, rounded up with a warming alcohol content of a whooping 10%.
Dainton’s Equalizer and Supertrooper expressions are perfect examples for Dainton’s approach having been nearly perfectioned whatever end of the beer claviature they plan to tackle and I cannot wait to sample future releases.
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