If you love your hops but you’re ready to take a break from the juice, Staves IPA is a cracking example of an IPA that brings in powerful malt character to carry its hops.
Right away, the rich gold colour hints that it’s going to have a solid malt base, and it doesn’t lie. Caramel and honey sweetness lay the foundation for the southern hemisphere hop flavours to come - a bright citrus twang of lime and tangerine sherbet sit alongside gentle, sweet melon and a hint of pine. And just as any well-dressed gentleman’s belt should match his shoes, the level of bitterness is expertly matched to the malt. Subtle but effective.