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Herevana – Workshop Brewing – XP EH! Wamo – Hybrid 04

The Hybrid Box. Workshop brewing has taken their core range of beer, and used them as a base to experiment with different combinations and ratios of dry hops… The result – their Hybrid range. 

XP Eh! Hybrid 04 – 04 – Wamo (Wai-iti + Mosaic) 5.4% in a ration of 1:3

For the Social #Herevana session I’ve picked up a mixed 6 pack, or is that a 2-way 3-way?

Xpeh! Hybrid comes in a 500ml bottle, and I’me having the XP Eh! hybrids, there’s two of them,
04 – Wamo (Wai-iti + Mosaic) 5.4%
05 – Camo (Cascade + Mosaic) 6%

The first pair have a combination of hops:
Wai-Iti. – Expect an incredibly fragrant bouquet of lemon, lime, and mandarin citrus notes
Mosaic – bouquet of earthy, pine, and fruit aromas from berry to mango.
Cascade – fruity, citrus aroma with spicy notes.

XP Eh! Hybrid 04 is made by Workshop Brewing Co who are based in  Raglan, Waikato, 🇳🇿 New Zealand. This is a Pale Ale of 5.4% ABV and that’s 2.1 Standard drinks

What could possibly go wrong? Well I’ve not had the ‘standard’ version so I have no baseline, but I do have two version of the same beer, so I’m pleased with that.

The aroma is ‘beer’, it’s a pale beer, with a lively pour and a lot of head action, rather roo much, there’s a bit in the middle that I’d prefer this, but head on beer is the one thing I look forward to. There’s not an awful lot of aroma in head though so it still smells rather like ‘beer’.

It’s surprisingly nice, not surprising that I thought it wouldn’t be ‘nice’ but pleasantly and refreshingly nice. Well balanced and at the lower end of any bitterness this is quick drinking beer. The taste points are subtle and understated. When you notice them they bring a lot of job and merriment.

I kind of expected something more brash and earthy with some edges and a bit of a bit and dryness perhaps. Perhaps I don’t know Pale Ale. Perhaps I’m thinking of the more brash and forward American Style.

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 on the arbitrary number scale. I’m than aback about how delicate and light this is to be honest, in a good way. What I’ve got is a really nice beer that I’m wondering how to get more of, and if the standard version is as good, or how different.

I really liked this beer, a lot, and based on this one bottle I could imaging being a big fan if this was on tap.

 I listened to The Notorious B.I.G. And I really liked it.

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.

Sometimes less is more…unless you add more to what was less…and then you realise that can be valid too sometimes…more or less. Confused? Don’t worry, all you need to know is that less malt and more hops means a super refreshing tropical Xtra Pale summer ale that will put a goofy smile on your dial. Drink it now! 

Brewers Notes

Pale Ale – Australian / New Zealand

The Australian Pale Ale and the New Zealand (NZ) Pale Ale are a golden to light amber colored, refreshing and average-strength hop-forward ales, yet with sufficient supporting malt to make it generally more balanced than IPAs. The clean hop presence reflects modern Australian or New Zealand hop varieties with usually features such as tropical fruit, mango, passionfruit or stone-fruit. These Pale Ales will generally be very reminiscent of American Pale Ales with specific hop varieties. Less bitterness in the balance and alcohol strength than an American IPA. More balanced and drinkable, and less intensely hop-focused and bitter than Session IPAs. The term Pacific Pale Ale is also accepted, to serve a function of describing Pale Ales featuring mainly hops from Australia and New Zealand, often mixed with American varieties.

 

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