Eagle Bay Brewing Single Series: Red IPA & IPA

Style
Red IPA & IPA
ABV
6.0% & 6.2%
Bitterness
49 & 60 IBU

Eagle Bay have brewed a long list of styles in their ten years of operation, including many a forgotten or out of focus style, making a habit of homing in on recipe and execution over trend and hype. One of their latest Single Series releases is a perfect example of this: a malt-driven Red IPA featuring New World hops that's refreshingly void of haziness and acronyms.

Hops and malt are cleverly at play in this richer style of IPA with impressive dark, ruby hues topped with an off-white head. A robust grist includes acidulated malt, Carared and Munich malts that unite to add layers of caramel and soft, roasty characters. Indeed, malt is the driving force here, but hops are the all important passenger; old school resinous, grassy hop characters are upfront with bright, citrusy and floral aromatics persisting through the lengthy finish. A firm bitterness is present though complementary.

The malt heavy Red IPA isn’t the only hoppy offering from Eagle Bay this autumn, however, with a slightly hoppier, "straight up" IPA released in unison under the Single Series banner. This variation of the style feels more like a West Coast meets English IPA, with its medium, golden-hued body, sizeable 60 IBU and an abundance of citrusy, pine needle and ripe stonefruit characters dominating. The 6.2 percent ABV is nothing to scoff at, though it is well placed amid a slight sweetness and the resinous, fresh hop characters imparted by healthy doses of Centennial, Citra and Mosaic.

Neither of these beers were meant to make it into bottle but, in a lucky positive for punters statewide, as a result of the shutdown these super small volume, super fresh IPAs will hit fridges instead of taps in limited quantities.

Jono Outred

Published May 20, 2020

Name
Eagle Bay Brewery
Address

252 Eagle Bay Rd
Eagle Bay
WA 6281

Phone
(08) 9755 3554
Open Hours

11am to 5pm - 7 days a week
Summer/Christmas school holidays: 11am to 7pm

Regular events

Super Fresh Fridays - $15 growler fills every Friday!!!!

Tours

By appointment

WA Beer & Brewing Conference 2024 1
GABS World Record B

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