Before Willie The Boatman first brewed Nectar Of The Hops the concept of a hazy / New England / East Coast IPA was pretty much unknown in Australia. It’s hard to say unequivocally that they were the first Aussie brewery to jump on the now massive global trend, but they were certainly amongst the first. And given they’ve kept one in the lineup pretty much ever since, they’re certainly one of the most consistently devoted breweries to it. Yet for a style of beer that seems to come within inbuilt social media power they don’t, or haven’t, made much of a song and dance about it. In a way that’s a reflection of the understated pioneering spirit of a group of brewers who are happy to have fun exploring without necessarily wanting to tell it to the world. They prefer to just let the beer do the talking.
When this one speaks it’s with a mellifluous fruitiness that goes down with the ease of tropical juice, a low bitterness smoothing the path. The alcohol feels right at an even six percent ABV. It’s not an over the top beer, it’s just really nice. You could give it to someone who has no concerns for the what or where of hazy beer and they wouldn’t care, they’d just enjoy it. But if someone who knew what they were looking for in the murk was to try it, they’d enjoy it too. And that rather seems like the whole point of brewing.
- East Coast IPA