One of two IPAs released simultaneously by Clare Valley – the other being a NEIPA – this beer was created in partnership with Portland’s Migration brewing and opts for a grain bill of pilsner malt, wheat and corn grits in order to allow the hops to shine.
The Brut IPA pours a clear, bright yellow with effervescent bubbles and a cloudy, peaky perfect white head. The aroma confuses the senses a little, offering a mix that sits somewhere between white wine and beer. Aromas more commonly associated with sauvignon blanc come from the Hallertau Blanc and Nelson Sauvin hops, while a good hit of lychee leeches forward supported by a splash of orange.
The citrus rolls to the fore on the first sip, with the help of Vic Secret hops, as the vinous white wine flavours intertwine with orange and lychee in what's a medium bodied, 7.5 percent ABV drop. Along the way, this IPA serves a kaleidoscope of flavours and aromas yet finishes in typical Brut fashion: drier than Lake Eyre.
Read about the NEIPA here
- Brut IPA