Just like you, but different
That’s right, a proper beer festival beer pack for my Herevana experience. Herevana, a beer festival at my place.
Because they’re in a list that I might or might not follow I started with the Sours, and then I thought lagers and then the Pale and IPA’s. Getting near the end here a toss up between this one and the Deep Creek as a finisher.
Funk Estate make the Funk Estate Mos Definitely Hazy IPA and although the app says they are in the lovely 🇳🇿 Tauranga, New Zealand, they are a but further south in Blenheim for this, an IPA – Hazy / New England (NEIPA) wit a 6.5% ABV, this one is 1.7 standard drinks.
Funk Estate Mos Definitely Hazy IPA is jam packed with our favourite US hop Sultana, for a soft bitterness and a juicy delicious hop character. Juuuiiicy
As usual a high quality bit of label art on the can. The pour is a little hazy range golden with a lovely white fluff of head, sure it’s hazier than some beers I had but this isn’t like orange juice hazy. nice aroma though, approve of that.
Quite interesting with what seems like a lot of bitterness but really isn’t, I read the can because I can, and it’s a hop called Sultana, and they describe it the same way, ‘soft bitternes and juicy” so I feel happy about that.
I don’t know how happy I am about it though, perhaps I have an inflated idea of what a beer festival should be, or started at the wrong end of the scale and should be working towards the sours. As a Sunday session beer though this is pleasing enough, but it doesn’t rice my boat so much that I’d like to take it home in a growler fill.
But I can flip flop if I have to and it seems, unsurprisingly, I’m wrong.
I see from online apps that this is a variation on a theme and is a tried and tested brew with other hop combinations. I’m glad that this tries something new, and I’m not sure I’ve had this, I’m not that much of a geek that I drill down into what hop combinations beer has. unless it’s something the brewer feels it’s important I know. I think in this case it was important because this is a strange compelling set of sensations and tastes that make this quite interesting when I’ve finished waffling on.
The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 on the arbitrary number scale. An intriguing beer that offered up bitterness that wasn’t and juiciness that wasn’t really that juicy but as a pair made this quite enjoyable and engaging.
It is vinyl Sunday and I’m now listening to The Pet Shop Boys – Actually – you can join in on Spotify
The Top 8
1. Behemoth – Just a Little Slice
2. Duncan’s Boysenberry and Chocolate Ripple
3. Urbanaut Luz
4. Funk Estate Mos Definitely
5. 8 Wired Welcome To Tijuana
6. Emerson’s Hell Yeah!
7. Sawmill Aotearoa IPA Series #17 Hazy Riwaka – mostly because it’s not a festival beer.
The GABS Invitational pack brings you a true “Craft Beer Summer in a Box” and features eight carefully curated craft beers that won’t be found anywhere else including Just A Little Slice Cheesecake Sour from Behemoth, Double Boysenberry & Chocolate Ripple Sour from Duncan’s, Mos Definitely Hazy Mosaic IPA from Funk Estate, Luz Grapefruit Brut IPA from Urbanaut, Aotearoa IPA Series #17 Hazy Riwaka from Sawmill, Zenith Hazy IPA from Deep Creek, Welcome to Tijuana Lime Lager from 8 Wired and Hell Yeah! Helles Lager from Emerson’s.
Herevana beers are those I drink at home, I’m not at some beer festival, like, for instance, Beervana, but am just in my kitchen, usually, dining room table, sometimes, or outside, occasionally, where I can take an average picture and write in real time about the beer that I’ve invested in, both in a monetary and emotional way.Philip himself.