New Zealand Dry-Hopped Table Beer
Brewery: Batch Craft Beer & Kolaches
Style: Experimental Beer (34C)
Package: 16oz Can
Purchased: Beer To-Go!
Canned Date: April 1, 2020
Consumed Date: April 25, 2020
Details From the Brewer
Aggressively dry-hooped w/ Waimea, Motueka, and Pacific Gem
Aroma – 7/12
Lime, tangerine and mixed citrus at a moderate level. A sappy pine note joins in as well. Light grainy, white bread malt aroma. The citrus nose comes across almost like Sprite. There’s a bit of a light cantaloupe note too.
Appearance – 3/3
Pours a light straw yellow liquid. A heavy haze obscures any transparency. Small bubbles make up a giant white head. It lasts with excellent retention. Nice lacing.
Flavor – 14/20
Moderate zesty lemon and key lime hit the tongue first. Bitter tangerine at a low-medium level. Very dry with minimal sweetness. As it warms, hints of pine come out with a touch of grass. The finish is slow, leaving a lingering citrus in the mouth. Balance is greatly towards hops.
Mouthfeel – 5/5
Soft and medium bodied. Moderate carbonation hits the sides of the mouth, and prickles on the finish. No alcohol warmth or astringency.
Overall Impression – 7/10
A very sessionable hop-forward beer. The lemon-lime soda aspect is pretty unique and well balanced with the delicateness of the beer. It would be nice to have a bit more or brighter malt expression here.
Rating – 36/50
I really enjoy trying less than 4% beers. It’s hard to balance ingredient expression in them without overpowering the beer or conversely having it become watery. This does the hop expression well. I’d really like to pair this beer with some aged cheeses.