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Beer – #790 – Rocky Knob – Snapperhead * Redux *

More IPA beer, Rocky Knob,  their dIPA – SnapperHead. More beer I’ve had before too, after that mad rush of the Fresh Hop beers it seems that there is a go back to basics and staples, which isn’t a bad place to go, and gives a chance to revisit an old favourite.

Finishes tropical yet bitter on the palate.. Double the hops – double the flavou

Keg version of this, so 1 litres of a beer that is 7.4% ABV,  that would be 222 calories a serve size, 70 IBU things, and this would be 5.84 standard drink units in NZ.

Brewed by Rocky Knob Brewing in the style that is  Imperial IPA and they are in Mt Maunganui, New Zealand

Rocky Knob - Snapperhead

Fresh haircut and not Fresh hop beer.

A blend of Citra and Nelson Sauvin hops mean that this big boy weighs in with a fresh tropical punch on the nose and backs it up with a rich, passion fruit tang.

Finishes tropical yet bitter on the palate.

So what could possibly go wrong?

Not a lot judging by that aroma!. Full bold hoppy sweet and grassy. That’s already a win really.

But I can’t stop there, because I’ve started to I have to finish.

It’s freaking awesome beer is what. Brilliant bitterness, which is daily low, and a lovely bold middle and a decent not dry finish but a brilliant lingering taste. Awesome.

Rocky Knob SnapperHead IPA!I don’t really know that I can describe it any better than that.

I’m going to be brave and give it a go though.

It’s awesome. One of those beers that gives a great aroma hit in the glass as you draw it close, and then the lovely wash of the warm malt with that juicy bitterness.

Ok Awesome might be overstating it a bit, but this is drinking beer of an exceedingly high standard, beer that you would queue for.

I realise that I’m a bit of a sucker of the sweeter more malty beers over the straight out bitter and hope ones. This is firmly in the sweeter over better category.

It does lack a punch in the middle, a deepness of flavour, but then you can’t have everything.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s very very flavourful, a bit of citrus, a bit of passion fruit perhaps (haven’t used the passion fruit thing for ages in a description) and almost Orange Peel. A dryness creeps up slowly as you drink, it’s very nice though and  a reminder that you need to take this beer seriously and stop quaffing and misbehaving.

Because this is a beer that will lead you astray.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 of its things from the thing. Ir deserves a high praise does this, it is as good and brilliant now as it was then  and I end myself a bit miserable because of lack of willpower and and early start means that the rest of the evening will be a cup of tea and fond memories.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? Liquorland in Forrest Hill of course.
  • Am I enjoying it? It would be mad I wasn’t, I probably enjoying it too much.
  • Would I have another? If only I’d thought it through I’d have got more.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? This is really easy drinking beer that would be the accompany to a conversation and not the conversation.  What a way to spend and evening!

Music for this ‘ HighAsAKite”  with an Album ” Camp Echo ”     on Spotify of course

Highasakite is an indie pop and indie rock band originating from Norway. I’d go more pop than rock and it’s a bit soft and overworked.


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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