There was a moment during the Blind Tasting sessions we were running at last weekend's Australian Hotel Beer Festival where we wondered if we'd ever finish. It wasn't due to the questions from the audience or any long-winded spiel from our guest brewers, but came when Mike from Goat was talking about the Goat IPA that had just won its round. We were trying to recall all the IPA variants the brewery had made, a list that went something like: IPA, Double IPA, Imperial IPA, Seedy Goat, Thorny Goat, Gypsy & The Goat, Before The Dawn, Hip Hip Hooray IPA... you get the message. Among them was the RIPA, or Rye IPA, which among very good company is still one of the brewery's finest - according to both drinkers at judges. It's back again as their Spring seasonal with the 20 per cent rye malt banging its fulsome body and spiciness against the familiar Goat IPA wall of punchy New World hops from Australia (Galaxy) and the US (Cascade). It's a little boozier than past years too. Bottles are out first - look out for kegs around the second week of November.
Published October 25, 2013 2013-10-25 00:00:00