Since Hope have a winery on site, and the NZ hop variety Nelson Sauvin is known for its ability to bring white wine notes to a beer, I went into this beer half expecting it to taste like sauv blanc in a can. So when I poured it out and was immediately hit by the sticky smell of breakfast juice, I had to reset my expectations.
This single hop NEIPA fills the air with golden juice sweet with mango and banana nectar, along with dried apple, nectarine, and just a hint of white wine in the background. And yet the sweetness is dialled right back on the palate: the fruits are still there, but softer, and now allow melon and citrus to show themselves.
While you’re sipping and the fruits are washing over you with ease, take a moment to notice that this beer contains 8 percent alcohol. Your brain will need to remind you not to throw back a few of these in quick succession, because your tastebuds certainly won’t.
- Single Hop NEIPA