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Herevana – Renaissance – Hazy #15

A Five beer Series. A series simply 1-4 and a 15 year celebration beer. A celebration beer to close out.

A celebration beer. you can hear the brewer shouting “lets just throw everything at this” and you can hear the accountants eye roll.

Renaissance Brewing are in🇳🇿 Blenheim, New Zealand and the Renaissance Hazy #15 is brewed as an IPA – Hazy / New England (NEIPA)  in style and has a 6.5 ABV which is 2.3 standard drinks in NZ

They say “generous hop addition” and finish with a plea to drink this as they need the tank emptied. I mean, what could possibly go wrong? The brewer may have not got what he wanted.

It’s a pretty run of the mill aroma on opening but it has a very low note. It sits heavy in the glass does that aroma, I can only describe it as heavy. It’s properly hazy though and has a nice head about it.

Ok so it’s bitter. Not drop dead bitter, more a challenge to less bitter beers. That it to say that this isn’t puckeringly bitter, so that’s off the list of things that it could be. It’s not juicy either, There’s not lip smacking going on and a raised eyebrow about how did they get a whole pineapple in that glass type of way, so that’s crossed off.

So, to recap, I thought I was going to get a beer that I didn’t get. But this isn’t the beer that the brewers intended, and as a beer the #15 is not bad, it’s has looks, it’s got bitterness, it’s tasty, and enjoyable. But if you like to live on the edge then this isn’t the beer for you.

So what is it? I know what they wanted you to have, the bestest beer that you’ve have from Renaissance, a proper showpiece of a beer that makes you proud that you like the core range, but how cool that they do the hipster thing. What the delivered is a beer for the core range drinker that takes them to place they don’t want to go.

I don’t know and am not privy to the workings of Renaissance, their goal or plans. I hope though that they don’t pin their hops on this as being something to ride into a new dawn on .

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 on the arbitrary number scale. I’m don’t want to play this down when there’s really not much wrong with it except that it isn’t the new flag bearer of the hazy beers. It’s a fine beer, even if you wanted something else.

 This big and juicy hazy IPA was brewed to celebrate 15 years of wonderful Renaissance beers. Fruity and delicious as you’d expect!

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.



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