When Woopi Brewing hit their first GABS, they hit it with a IIPA that punched through the flavour barrier of all the weird beers around them.
Named for a potentially dangerous stretch of huge waves over shallow water, Bombora IIPA offers up plenty of thrills if you can handle it. A straightforward malt bill opens up the way for waves of hops; Galaxy, Eclipse, Citra and Nectaron were thrown into the dry-hop at twelve grams per litre and it shows.
Bombora flashes gold like molten sunshine, with no haze to be seen. A huge whiff of tinned fruit salad hits you full in the face, and once the liquid’s over the lips those sweet fruits also bring with them some fairly dry resin. There’s a smooth alcohol flavour boosting everything else, but it brings no heat at all.
I was about to say this beer settles into an earthy bitterness, but it’s more that the thick hop presence in the taste has you expecting a full-on bitterness. But the bitterness itself is so well balanced with the other flavours that it’s almost inconspicuous, blending in with its surroundings like a chameleon.
Published July 3, 2023 2023-07-03 00:00:00