Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Holgate Hopinator + Yarra Valley Big Cat Beer Co’s Fable IPA
Despite still having potential to gain more visibility, Holgate Brewing has established itself as a veritable heavyweight in the Australian craft beer landscape and after its initial success and a fulminant reception by connoisseurs, 2020 sees their old school exercise par excellence in hoppiness, i.e. the American DIPA Hopinator re-merge.
While the original incarnation was heavy on the malts and with a nice bitterness derived from Vienna and Crystal malts, the 2020 variant sees those features being married with an added flair of citrussy, piney notes and a light zestyness.
Not unlike with peat and smoke in the realm of whisky, dank and spicy notes get me going when it comes to IPAs and in that regard Holgate’s 2020 Hopinator delivers in spades, as the aromas of Chinook and Columbus hops are further enhanced by the addition of Amarillo and Ahtanum hop blends, which help to dial up the juicy fruit notes to eleven, before culminating in a delicate bitter and moreish finish.
The result is a nice riffing on the classic American Double IPA that beats the already exquisite Millennium Falcon in terms of hoppy and resinous deliciousness.
Talking of exquisite breweries that produce outstanding IPAs, let’s have a look at a new one entity from Victoria that goes under a fulminant and full-bodied moniker, i.e. The Yarra Valley Big Cat Beer Co.
Passionate about channelling their alchemy in the creation of a premium craft beer range, the common denominator of YVBCBC’s emissions is that taste-wise, things are dialled up to eleven.
Case in point: Their Yarra Valley Big Cat Beer Co’s Fabled IPA.
Clocking in at 6.6% ABV and thereby only being moderately alcoholic, bold flavours reign supreme which are crowned by delicate citrussy highlights.
Yarra Valley Big Cat’s Fable IPA is an expertly calibrated exercise in showing how hops can work in symmetry without running danger of overpowering each other, with the result being a wonderful IPA that makes one curious about the brewery’s future emissions.
images from company websites
Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide To Happiness Hachette Publishing Bill Bailey is an interesting one. I remember watching him incarnate in the third dimension and after the first fifteen minutes, ... read more
High Adventures in the Great Outdoors - Nudie Laid back with his mind on the money and his money on his mind, Snoop Dogg used to roll down the street, ... read more
The Formative Years – Soundtracks part II Let’s start the second part of the series dedicated to movie companion albums off with a bona fide classic: Curtis Mayfield’s Super Fly soundtrack ... read more
Water of Life – Provenance matters There are many factors that contribute to the creation of a whisky - there is maturation, wood and cask work, the distilling process and ... read more
The Formative Years - Soundtracks What makes a great soundtrack? It goes without saying that a movie’s score, i.e. largely instrumental and / or orchestral music between or to convey ... read more
Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:
Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.