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Herevana – Kereru – Totally Tops

Kereru Totally Tops is the latest in the monthly beers from Kereru. I always look forward to these beers, because they’re fresh, and because they come with lovely art on the can, and because they’re nice people.

I Was recommended some music from one of the Directors of the company where I work, and having only recently shared my enjoyment of beer with him he’s been very keen to go along and try all the new ones that arrive each month, we’re had a good old time, I think we’re both enjoying as much as each other. He thought I’d like some music and he was absolutely right. Kae Tempest, scroll down a bit and you’ll find a party for your ears.

Kereru Brewing Company make the Kereru Totally Tops in Upper Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand, and it’s IPA – Hazy / New England (NEIPA) or a Pale Ale with an ABV of  7.2% and it has 30 IBU things

I really do like the effort they put in the can, the little Easter egg, or other tidbit, you’ll have to get one if you want to see.

I don’t really get an aroma from the can, but given a moment it’s there a low tropical thing.

How pretty is that

I doubt there is a better pour of a hazy beer than this, it’s really right in the zone, and that crisp bright head looks so inviting.

That aroma in the glass is a mixture of tropical things that I have no idea about but are juicy and bright.

The taste is a lot softer and a lot less brash than you might be expecting, 30IBU is really quite low down on the bitterness scale (Guinness is 40).

I found that there’s quite a pleasing little hop of dryness at the linger of this beer, and although this is fridge cold as it’s warmed a bit and settled down there’s a burst of new and there flavours going on. It’s alive!

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 on the arbitrary number scale. Glorious looking beer, if that was the competition then this would be a contender. Then there’s the layers of flavours that unravel as this sits in the glass, which is quite the thing. The low bitterness might count against this a bit but I found that little bit at the end rewarding. Easy enough to imagine a few of these in a evening.

Kae Tempest – The book of Traps and Lessons. A spoken word artist. There’s so much to like in this album, so much passion in a spoken word. Named a Next Generation Poet by the Poetry Book Society, Kae started out as support acts such as John Cooper ClarkeBilly Bragg and Benjamin Zephaniah. If you like John Cooper Clarke you’d enjoy this.

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.

Totally Tops hazy IPA is a hazy hoppy Pale Ale that has been triple dry hopped with NZ hops for a delicious tropical aroma with notes of citrus and pine

Brewer Jesse wanted to see what happens if we add hops during fermentation, secondary ferment, AND while the beer was cold conditioning. The results are different layers of hop aroma and flavour. A complex chord of tastes to savour and enjoy.

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