Range Brewing Party Starter & Fashionably Late

Both 6.5%

True to their motto of "forever exploring, forever evolving", new Range releases often feature variation on a style. A previous recipe is taken, tweaked a little with a new process, new combination of hops or other ingredients, and a new beer is released only for – and we're assuming this based on the frequency of beers – the whole process to begin again immediately. That ethos of exploration seems perfectly captured in this collaboration made with the New Zealand hop growers at Freestyle Hops. Both IPAs use Nelson Sauvin and Motueka and are identical in their recipe and process with one key difference separating them: the time when the hops were harvested.

Party Starter uses Nelson Sauvin picked on March 23 and 24 and Motueka that was harvested on the first two days of the month, with the combination swerving between lime, lychee, white grapes, pear and a softer touch of passionfruit. Like its sibling, those hop flavours all sit atop a creamy, soft and luscious malt body that complements the beer's juicy nature.

For Late To The Party, its Nelson was harvested from April 2 to April 4, while the Motueka came in on March 17 and 18 and it's probably best to think of the siblings as being separated by a sharp fruit note versus a more mellow one. And it's Late that's the more mellow of the two, with the beer providing rich, ripe melon, papaya, some further lime and a distinctly dank note that's also quite grassy and oily. In other words, while both beers might have started life together, look closely, enjoy them together and you'll find quite clear points that separate them.

Will Ziebell

Also fresh out from Range at the time of writing are a new DDH pale named Hold Music and collaboration with Brisbane's live music venue The Triffid, And The Nominees Are.

Published November 22, 2021

Range Brewing

4 Byres Street
QLD 4006

(07) 3310 4456
Open Hours

Wednesday: 4pm to 7pm
Thursday: 4pm to 10pm
Fri & Sat: midday to 10.30pm
Sunday: midday to 9pm

Froth Town 2024 B 2
Gypsy Hub

More from Range Brewing

Range Brewing Sunshine XPA
Range Brewing Dreams Hazy IPA
Hazy IPA
Range & Friends Reunion
Various Styles As Indicated
5.0% & 6.9% & 7.0% & 8.2% & 8.4%
Range Brewing DISCO
DDH Hazy Pale
Range & Garage Project Lights & Music, Tips & Tricks & Fush & Chups
TIPA & IPA & Imperial Pastry Stout
10.4% & 6.2% & 10.8%
Range Brewing Trust The Process, Wild Side, Part Time Party Planner & Low Key
Czech Pilsner, IPAs & Non-Alc Pale Ale
4.7%, 6.3%, 6.5% & 0.3%
Range Brewing Full Circle #3, Without Doubt & River City Pils
Pale Ale, IPA & Pilsners
4.8%, 6.5%, 5.3%
Range Brewing Keep 'Em Cold Series
All 6.4%
NZ Hops 2022: Range & Your Mates
Dry-Hopped Lager & DDH Sour
5.5% & 4.0%
Range Brewing Culaccino, Orbit & Sunstorm
5.6%, 3.6% & 5.1%
Range Brewing Do A Kickflip, Keeping Time & New Phone, Who Dis?
6.1% & 7.7% & 8.0%
Range Brewing Full Circle #2, Crisp & Note To Self
Pale Ale, Lager & DDH IPA
5.2% & 5.5% & 7.6%
Range Brewing Group Hug
West Coast IPA
Range Brewing Clean Slate
Pale Lager
Range Brewing Factory Settings
Range Brewing New Slang
Oat Cream DIPA
Range Brewing Table For Ten
DDH Pale Ale
Range Brewing Guava Sour Ale
Guava Sour
Range Brewing Mustard
Munich Helles Style Lager