When you sit back and think about how far the beer scene has come in Australia over the last ten years, there’s a lot to be said for smaller bottleshops developing partnerships with local breweries. Most brewers will tell you a major key to success is cultivating loyalty in your local community, and small bottleshops are very good at doing just that.
For Brookvale brewers 7th Day, their ties with local legends Cromer Cellars run deep. Cromer were the first bottleshop to stock 7th Day’s very first batch of Pilsner and pretty much every other beer they’ve released since then. For their 3rd and 10th birthdays respectively, Mike from 7th Day and Sean from Cromer came together to collab on a hefty 7.8 percent ABV double IPA, as you do.
If you’re going to call your beer Fruit Bomb NEIPA, then you bloody better well make sure it’s absolutely bursting at the seams with tropical hops. Opening the can is like rolling around in the fridges at Boost Juice: mango, passionfruit, berries and even a hint of white grape layered on top of a thicc and juicy golden haze. As expected, the bitterness is soft but present, which balances out the mild malt sweetness and late alcohol warmth.
Published February 2, 2022 2022-02-02 00:00:00