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Herevana – Isthmus – 3D

Isthmus 3D IPA – August 2014 seems to be the first time I had this beer. That it remains a core beer for Isthmus says a lot, these are your foundations and platforms.

Isthmus have been wise enough to package up a selection of 6 of their beers, and of course there I am all wanty. Thanks to the lovely people at BeerJerkNZ for the quick delivery.

Isthmus Brewing make the Isthmus 3D IPA in  Auckland, 🇳🇿, New Zealand as an IPA  with an ABV of   6.6% and with   80 IBU. This is 2.3 standard drink units.

What’s not to look forward to in a beer that doesn’t hold back when it tells you on the can that this is a beer for hop heads? What could possibly go wrong?

That is a loud aroma when you open the can with a sharp pleasing crack.

Of course it’s glorious beer to pour and it is bright gold orange wit ha lovely airy firm head. There’s a thud of hops on the nose from the glass.

Oh I was not expecting that, there is such a small of sugary malt in this that you almost gasp, it’s like toffee, and the slightly distracted you’r brought back into the world with a not gently but not aggressive bitterness. I’m going to have to go again!

You get that nose, then you get to sip, then you get that rodeo again.

I’m a serial adventurer in beer and like to try the latest newest thing, Beer is not a cheap hobby or undertaking, but lets say I wasn’t this would be a strong contended for a beer you could settle on because it delivers in spades on what it says it is and yet it is easy to drink and really easy to enjoy,

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 on the arbitrary number scale. Delicious with a lot of differnt things going on, that sweetness, the hops unfolding and that light dryness at the finish, it’s really enjoyable and engaging.

Music. It’s been in the news a bit, and it’s now 30 years old. It is of course Nirvana with the Album Nevermind. It’ll be the first time I’ve listened to this album in full. Honest.

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.

We’ve often heard American IPA described as ‘over-hopped’ or ‘one-dimensional’, but we believe hops can be complex too. 3D IPA showcases the multiple dimensions of American hops, with hefty additions of Simcoe, Amarillo, Citra, and Columbus. Fermented with a neutral American ale yeast using a simple, all-NZ malt base, the resinous, citrus and tropical fruit qualities of these hops shine through. Not a beer for the hop-shy, but we cant get enough of the stuff.


The India Pale Ale (IPA) is used to describe a hop-forward, bitter, dryish beer. None of these beers ever historically went to India, and many aren’t pale.The standard version generally stands for the American IPA and range between 5.0-7.0 ABV. The American IPA is a decidedly hoppy and bitter, moderately strong American ale, showcasing modern American or New World hop varieties. The balance is hop-forward, with a clean fermentation profile, dryish finish, and clean, supporting malt allowing a creative range of hop character to shine through. The “East Coast IPA” is more balanced, offering a malt sweetness with citrus and fruity hop character with a nice little hop bitterness, more reminiscent to traditional english IPAs. In the case of the “West Coast IPA”, bitterness is the at the frontline and pushes malty sweetness to the very back. Stronger and more highly hopped than an American Pale Ale. Compared to an English IPA, has less of the English character from malt, hops, and yeast, less body, and often has a more hoppy balance and is slightly stronger than most examples. Less alcohol than a Double IPA, but with a similar balance. Color ranges from medium gold to light reddish-amber although many substyles exist, each having their own color tone. These other IPA substyles generally are closer-related to their base IPA substyle and should be listed with them, if the substyle is listed.


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