Blackman's Brewery Happy Tears

Blackman's Brewery

Published May 12, 2021

It's fair to say they've had plenty of practice crafting West Coast style IPAs at Blackman's over the past couple of years. Even putting aside the fact they've had Reginald in their core range since day dot, there's been a run since, say, Super Hop during which they've barely gone more than a couple of months without releasing a new one, not least since their Needs More... series kicked off.

While that series has focused mainly on single hop expressions, here they want to have hop fiends crying Happy Tears over a beer in which there's no such constraints getting in the way of creating a 7.5 percent ABV, contemporary spin on one of the beer styles to have changed drinking habits over the past couple of decades. Dive in and you'll uncover layers of hoppy goodness: juicy passionfruit, pineapple and rockmelon garnished with a little floral, potpourri bouquet on the nose, a sweet fruit mélange on the palate, and a balancing bitterness.

tl;dr – Modern hops meet traditional West Coast poise.

James Smith

West Coast IPA

Leaving the brewery on May 14

Blackman's Brewery

26 Bell Street
VIC 3228

(03) 52615310
Open Hours

Tues to Thurs: 4:30pm to 10pm
Fri & Sat: 3:30pm to midnight
Sun: Midday to 9pm