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Herevana – Isthmus – Typhoon

Isthmus Typhoon – a beer I first had in November 2020. Time flies.

I really like how Isthmus have developed a core range that has a bit of everything, and just how good they are when you revisit them, something I’m bad at generally.

Isthmus BrewingIsthmus Typhoon is brewed in  Auckland, 🇳🇿, New Zealand as an IIPA DIPA – Imperial / Double Hazy (NEIPA)  with an 8.0% ABV. This is 2.8 standard drinks in NZ.

I didn’t think there was anything remarkable in the aroma when I opened it.

The pour is a beer that is the duller end of the hazy beers, it really is very much at the darker end and seems impenetrable by light, sitting there a dill orange with a cursory head that is quite white but not enthusiastic about it.

The taste comes at you slowly, and the flavours almost pass you by, and I’m wondering what happened there and did I actually have a sip?

The taste are quite deep, like the colour and take a bit of work to get to if you want to really find out what they each are. Then you realise that as a thing the whole is rather clever, and you’re getting a full load of flavour that is familiar, friendly and enjoyable without being load about it. What you might get is that little kick at the end and a hint of dryness in the lingering.

This is a beer that you have to go slowly with, it’s quite dense and needs a bit of time to digest, some of the flavours are quite heavy and low, and you’re probably joking for something higher sweeter or sharper. They are in there.

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 on the arbitrary number scale. I think that tight and focussed are a couple of words that you could use with this, there’s a lot of heavy lower flavours that slow you down and make you take this easy.

Music . Sometimes you go with what Spotify says, in this case it’s Joan as Police Woman with an album Real Life. It’s from 2005.

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.

There’s a tropical storm brewing and it’s going to be huge! Hunker down and prepare your taste buds for the full force of Typhoon’s hop blast. This double IPA is double dry hopped, to maximise tropical fruit flavour and juiciness.

You’re about to be blown away!

Brewers Notes

IIPA DIPA – Imperial / Double Hazy (NEIPA)

The “Imperial / Double New England India Pale Ale (NEIPA)”, also known as “Imperial / Double Hazy IPA” or Double Juicy IPA, is an strong IPA with intense fruit flavors and aromas, a soft body, and smooth mouthfeel, and often opaque with substantial haze. The term “Double / Imperial” is arbitrary and simply implies a stronger version of an NEIPA, generally based around the standard Hazy IPA with 8.0 to 9.5% ABV. The 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 Double IPA, the Imperial 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 “Triple Hazy IPA” or “Triple NEIPA”, a massively hoppy beer of at least 9.5% ABV with outrageous amounts of dry hopping flavor, malt flavor, alcohol and bitterness, without the big maltiness balance of an American barleywine. The Triple NEIPA may be similar to a Double NEIPA in hop character, but is differentiated from the style by a thickier, syrupy body and often accented by even more intense dry hopping that makes it a heavy sipping beer.


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