In a market where NEIPAs are winning our hearts and mid-strengths are on the rise, All Hands Brewing House have brought out a core range mid that hits a sweet spot. While Rouseabout is labelled as a pale ale, I’d happily call it a session NEIPA: with the alcohol content of a mid, and the explosive flavours of an East Coast IPA.
Rouseabout pours bright with a lasting white head, and gives off the kind of aromas and flavours that’ll stick with you in your dreams. A trio of New Zealand hops (Rakau, Taiheke, and Wai-iti) combined with an East Coast yeast brings a flurry of tropical and stonefruit flavours, with just a hint of the floral in the upper palate. There’s nothing mid-strength about the taste of this beer.
Head brewer Sam Clayman credits the impressive achievement of hop flavours to a recently discovered and largely unexplored process called hop compound biotransformation, in which yeast interacts with hop oils during fermentation and puts out flavour compounds other than just your regular hop aromatics. It’s a process the brewing industry largely discovered by accident with the rise of NEIPAs (because hops made it into the fermentation phase of brewing in a big way), but which brewers can now grab onto with both hands – or, in this case, with All Hands.
- 30 IBU