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Beer – #369 – Hop Federation – Red IPA

A Red IPA ?  Yes, a  Hop Federation – Red IPA

Brewed by Hop Federation Brewery in the style of an India Pale Ale (IPA) and they are in Riwaka, New Zealand.

A 500ml bottle of a 6.4%ABV beer, 192 calories a serve. and it’s 49 IBU things and 2.4 standard drinks in NZ.



Brewed with New Zealand and European malts with a big dose of hops from both New Zealand and America. Our RIPA has a full-bodied malt character that packs a punch on the palate and gives off a great, fresh aroma.

This India Pale Ale is a descendant of a tradition with deep colonial roots, stretching back several centuries to when pale ales were boosted with hops and alcohol to withstand the long sea voyage from England to India.

There is a hops variety from Riwaka – called .. he wrote sarcastically. But this has the following;

Malt varieties: Gladfield Ale, Red Back, Aurora and Shepherd Delight

Hop varieties: Simcoe, New Zealand Cascade, Motueka and Southern Cross

So that was a lesson.

Hop Federation Red IPACracking aroma on opening, nice hops, mellow and muted.

Dark rich brown red pour with a small and persistent head. Aroma in the glass blooms into something stronger and even more pleasing.

Gosh that’s a mouthful of pleasing.  Wash of bitter and then a layer of warm malts.

Not overly endowed with body or a full mouthfeel this is however a really nice two step journey and a short and pleasing finish.

Really nice. Great arom,a nicely bitter, lovely sweetness.  I little bit in love.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 a of its things from the thing. It’s really nicely balanced and gives a few flavour layers that are really enjoyable.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? Yes
  2. Would I have another? Heck yes
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Yes, I might share a little, but I’d probably bring enough for two, for two or more.

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India Pale Ale gets its name and unique style from British brewers who were making beer for export to India. This style has an intense hop flavor which was used to preserve the beer for the long voyage. India Pale Ale has a golden to copper color with a medium maltiness and body. The aroma is moderate to very strong. IPAs work especially well at cutting the heat of chili, vindaloo or Sichuan cuisine.

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2 comments on “Beer – #369 – Hop Federation – Red IPA

  1. Jay Edwards
    January 8, 2015

    Hey Philip,

    I had the Hop Federation in NZ a week ago and loved it!! I am from PA and hoping I can get it at some point.

    Where are you based out of? Did you try the Hop Federation in NZ or were you able to get it elsewhere? How did this rate compare some of the other IPA’s you have had?

    Would love to hear from you.


    • Philip Walter
      January 8, 2015

      I’m in New Zealand and the Hop Federation beers are generally available in the store, though I’ve only had the Red IPA (which was fantastic) and the American Brown Ale (which was great).

      I’m on the North Shore of Auckland.

      Other NZ IPA’s, there are so many good IPA beers from all over the place but in NZ there are a couple of stand outs that I might suggest if you can get them, such as Liberty C!tra, or Epic Hop Zombie for instance, and Bach Brewing which is probably a total outsider if you’re overseas and wanting.



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