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Beer – #687 – Baylands – Area 650

A visitor from the nether regions brought me a gift, most welcome indeed, of fresh from the brewery door beer, which I then had to put in the ridge and hope that it would be ok for a few days.  Like the Choice Bros. I’m Afraid of Americans this is a beer for West Coast IPA Challenge entry 2015. When then I get, Same, Soul, Score and Blues.

2015 Malthouse West Coast IPA challenge 

This magnificent gift is  a 1.25 litre growler of their IPA which is 6.5% ABV, so around 200 calories a serve size, and  this tops out at 6.41 standard drink units in NZ

Brewed by Baylands Brewery in the style that is India Pale Ale (IPA) and they’re in Lower Hutt, New Zealand

Odd man holds odd named beer

Odd man holds odd named beer

A bitter, moderately strong American pale ale that uses its clean, supporting malt to showcase its hop character.

Why over-egg the cake with more detail or description then?

So, what could possibly go wrong?

Deep rich hop aroma on opening.

Bright orange pour with a small but nice white head of substance that sits and behaves.  Aroma really blooms in the glass,lots of pine, grass and an underlying earthyness.

The bitterness in this is prickly and it’s also really early in the mouthfeel, low down, and it’s also transient underneath what is quite a thin carry.  Not that this is a ‘thin beer’ in the sense it’s tasteless and lacking middle or carry, I just thought there was a gap between the bitter bite and the carry. A bid odd really, and not something I recall from other beers.

Baylands Area 650This has a lot of grassy pine linger in the mouth, particular on the whole tongue, it’s quite insistent.

A beer of a mixed presentation then.

On the one hand looks great, smells great

Then it drinks slightly odd, the bitter appearing and leaving early, and then the bitter grassy linger that hangs around, I’m wondering if my taste buds are off because I’m sure there is a middle in this too, but I can’t recall exactly what.

BUT it is nice drinking and I’m enjoying it, looking forward to it and happy I have some more to drink, indeed a paradox.

I’m stopping to think and reset myself on this. I can’t fault the look or the aroma, but even then I can’t square with that early entry bitterness which now I’ve thought about it moves to an earthyness in the carry, The lingering bitterness is quite nice. The overall is a beer that you’re quite enjoying, perhaps because it is a bit quirky and not quite in order that you might expect.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7.5 of its things from the thing. I’m going to unusual half number on this between this is good but needs to kick on to be great.  I don’t think this is totally to my taste, I think it’s a bit roller-coaster peaky on the tastes it delivers which for me moves it from an experience to a bit of an adventure, and some days you want comfort not excitement.

I re-read this and two words popped up: Peaky and Earthy, perhaps that should be the story.

The double dip review

  • Am I enjoying it? Not as much as I want to, it’ a bit peaky.
  • Would I have another? There are many good IPA’s that demand my attention
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I might, of I could work out the back story, the brewer isn’t too forthcoming and that makes it difficult to understand the reason and reasoning behind the profile.

Music for this : Northern Soul – “Nolan Porter” his album “Nolan” on Spotify  Nolan Frederick Porter is an American R&B singer and songwriter who recorded two albums and six singles in the early 1970s.


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.

One comment on “Beer – #687 – Baylands – Area 650

  1. Pingback: Beer – #807 – Baylands – 650 | A life just as ordinary

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