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Beer – #538 – Lakeman – Hairy Hop IPA

Odd Beer, Odd Music, Odd numbers and Odd one out.

” Pretty gentle not too aggressive  and a soft bitterness to finish. ” 

Lakeman Hairy Hop IPA

This is a 330ml bottle, with a 6.4% ABV, so 1.7 standard drinks units, around 160 calories a serve size

Brewed by Lakeman Brewing Company this on in  the style that is  India Pale Ale (IPA) and the are in holiday destination  Taupo, New Zealand

Summer turning me well tanned!

Summer turning me well tanned!

Aromas of summer fruit citrus with a  hint of pine.

A smooth rounded malt ends with a bitter finish.

I’ve never had this, therefore you can deduce that since I was in Taupo last and now the brewer has introduced a couple of new beers,  Not that you could tell with the dearth of information on the intertubes abut them.

So apart from a lack of internets presents what could go wrong with this?

Citrus hop aroma on opening, which is fairly muted and seems under carbonated, or may be right carbonated.

Pour is a dark chestnut colour and with a a small but persistent off white almost orange tinged head.

It looks ok in the glass does this. The aroma really picks up and blooms in the glass a lot of orange citrus, I had to put the glass down because that was a bit of a pleasant surprise and I wanted to go again.

It delivers too in the taste, that’s a cracking balance of bitterness and malts with a decent length and a muted and understated finish.

Lakeman Hairy Hop IPAI’m really happy and surprised because I wasn’t really expecting a lot, based only on what you can read and discover by not moving from the keyboard.

It fills out in the middle as it gets warmer. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. The warming adds some depth and drys out the finish even more, so the lovely citrus is still available up front and then you get a kitty journey that is a nice interlude to the next sup.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as an 8  of its things from the thing. It is a surprising beer, with a lot of nice things going for it. The scant information appears to be close to the mark, citrus, bit of malt and a pleasant finish.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? I am indeed, it’s a nice low easy access IPA.
  2. Would I have another? I would indeed have another.
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? This is a nice beer that would suit a lot of people across styles as it’s kind of soft and muted and not harsh and heavy in any particular point.

I went to “The National” as a change of music, from the “High Violet” album, this is “Terrible Love”


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.



2 comments on “Beer – #538 – Lakeman – Hairy Hop IPA

  1. Zak
    February 27, 2015

    Our lab has found and imported it from New Zealand.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Philip Walter
      February 27, 2015

      I have some fresh in the fridge for a re-run of the last lot, and I’m looking forward to them


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