The plan with Irony was to brew a lighter, drier, more delicate ale than Team Australia; one that straddled the Pale/IPA divide and was a little less shouty with hops.
Where’s the irony?
Not so much in the dry-hop selection but in the hops themselves: new-wave German aroma hops Hallertau Blanc and Hallertau Huell Melon, which contribute lebhaft mandarin, white wine and melon characters, represent a German take on a New World take on traditional European hops. Who would’ve thought...
Less ‘black fly in your chardonnay’, more tropical fruitbox that goes all Campari on you. Fruity and perfumed upfront with a fair and persistent sting in its tail – a finish cruelly and humorously at odds with expectations... But most of all, we just liked the idea of being able to order ‘a pint of Irony’ over the bar.
- 37 IBU