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Herevana – Renaissance – Unfiltered Series #3

A Five beer Series. A series simply 1-4 and a 15 year celebration beer. Obviously the place to start is at 1 and finish with the 15 year celebration beer. Little pause there for work purposes, but it’ straight into the second session.

Renaissance Brewing make the Renaissance Unfiltered Series and they do that in🇳🇿 Blenheim, New Zealand.

The Unfiltered Series #3 is an IPA  of 6% ABV and 12 IBU, or 2.1 standard drinks in NZ

The label promises beer that is at the very top of their scale of hoppy and citrus and at the much lighter end of the scale. What could go wrong?

Quite a nice hoppy aroma on opening, into a lovely hazy beer, not dazing bright and not thuddingly dull orange, it also has a lovely head of fluff and air, and it comes with a lovely hoppy aroma. So it’s off to a flyer.

It is quite bitter, instantly bitter, almost raspingly so on the front of the tongue there, with a decent amount of carry and fullness that washes over to a lingering nice manageable bitter finish.

This seems to be quite a nice rounded out and even beer, offering the spikes and the softness in equal measure making it quite nice to drink and enjoy and not be needy, but also not so discrete that you’re not fussed about it.

Probably because I can’t remember the other two if I’m being honest, which might be a reflection on the beer not me, This one seems a step in the right direction.

However if really is just another NEIPA, a somewhat stalled and stagnant style for me, pretty much you get orange hazy beer of bitterness and or juiciness, that’s the style. It was an arms race, but it’s symmetrical, for me everything just about the same in a narrow band of either full noise and drama or middle of the road.

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 on the arbitrary number scale. This is quite nice beer, it’s bitter where you want it to be bitter and it has enough flavour and depth to keep it all centred and aligned.

Fantasy Country by Flyying Colours is the music that’s playing in the background whilst I ponder things.

A simplified IPA malt bill with loads of oats and wheat and a drop of lactose to give it a more ‘Milkshake’ mouthfeel (they say it brings all the boys to the yard). Zappa, Huel Melon and Motueka hops were used, resulting in rich aromas of passionfruit, honey dew melon with subtle hints of candied fruit and lime.

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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