The odd keg (and one cask) of this beer have been floating around for the past week or so, but we thought we'd fire it up on Crafty on International IPA Day, on which it is being featured at a number of venues. The beer takes the concept of Bridge Road's Galaxy IPA, which has been brewed fairly regularly over the past 18 months, but uses a new hop variety developed in Tassie. From start to finish, nothing but Stella is used, allowing the beer to be a showcase for a hop described by Hop Products Australia as "reminiscent of, yet distinctly different in character to noble European varieties". They say it displays "subtle hints of anise and a satisfying fullness of palate" and "provides a contrast to the citrus and tropical fruit characters of many modern hops". Expected to be the next star of the Aussie hop scene after Galaxy, this is as good a chance as any to see what it's all about.
Published August 4, 2011 2011-08-04 00:00:00