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Herevana – Isthmus – Cumulus

Isthmus Cumulus Hazy IPA. A Beer I had at the beginning of this year.

It’s a dreary old afternoon, there’s rain and it’s quite chilly. It can only get better.

Isthmus Brewing : Isthmus Cumulus Hazy IPA is made in Auckland, 🇳🇿, New Zealand as an IPA – Hazy / New England (NEIPA) style with an ABV of 6.5%. This is 2.3 standard drink units.

Lovely IPA aroma when you open this.

The pour is equally a thing to be hold a lolly bright orange hazy with a stark sharp white head. The aroma screams of tropical juice and demands you take a sip.

This is all the things at once, there’s a bitterness that being beaten down by a whole load of soft juicy sweetness and flavour, but the bitterness wins out at the end and in the lingering finish. It is lovely.

The bitterness that this is is of that pleasing level kind, it’s there, and as a beer drinker I enjoy having it there in a support role and not the act. The act is the lovely and quite delicious bunch of flavours that bloom as you enjoy this.

There’s no need to rush this beer, although it again has many of things that bring instant and repeated enjoyment and pleasure, there’s quite a lot more in this than just quaffing beer. Even if it is jolly good quaffing beer.

I nice beer to sit with an under the day, to start and evening or to enjoy with something to eat, a really nice beer.

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 on the arbitrary number scale. It’s really nice, almost too nice, this sits nicely between the just good and the really good in the way that it stretches you a bit on the bitterness and the intensity without taking you too far out of a comfort zone, a beer that invites you back.

Music . Public Service Broadcasting – Every Valley. I really can’t decide if I like this, or I don’t.

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.

This beer has a mouth feel as soft and pillowy as a cumulus clouds. Hoppy, fruity and of course cloudy, this beer will put you on cloud nine!

Brewers Notes

IPA – Hazy / New England (NEIPA)

The “New England India Pale Ale” (NEIPA), also known as “Hazy IPA” , “Juicy IPA” or “North-East IPA”, is an American IPA with intense fruit flavors and aromas, a soft body, and smooth mouthfeel, and often opaque with substantial haze. Less perceived bitterness than traditional IPAs but always massively hop forward on the aromatic side. This emphasis on late hopping, especially dry hopping, with hops with tropical fruit qualities lends the specific ‘juicy’ character for which this style is known. Appearance ranges from hazy, often opaque, straw to yellow and sometimes with an orange hue. The juicy effect refers to an impression of fruit juice or ripe fruit, not actual additive. Haziness comes from the dry hopping regime, starch haze, set pectins, or other techniques but not suspended yeast. Compared to American IPA, the NEIPA has a fuller, softer mouthfeel, a more fruit-forward late hop expression, a more restrained perceived bitterness balance and a hazier appearance. The style also includes the “Oat Cream IPA”, made using lactose and oats to impart a smooth and creamy texture. “Session” variants are generally closer-related to the base substyle and should be listed with them.

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