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Herevana – Deep Creek – Pontoon in a Monsoon

Deep Creek Pontoon in a Monsoon. Without a doubt one of the icon beers from Deep Creek. I made first note of this in 2014, and I know it’s been in bottles since, and has been canned more recently.

Part of a 10 year anniversary offering, I believe based on user feedback. So glad this one made it I’m

Deep Creek Brewing Co brew the Deep Creek Pontoon in a Monsoon in Auckland, 🇳🇿 New Zealand, in the style of an IPA  with ab ABV of 6.9%, the 440ml can is 2.4 standard drinks in NZ.

I read what I thought about this in 2018. I quite liked it. Naturally. Support Local.

Glorious pour of orange gold beer with a head that I light airy and trying it’s best to stay the course.

Large bitter front on this washes over everything else, with a quite sweet malty undertow there to mitigate what’s happening, and a decent finish where they both collide and enjoy it. As do I.

That back note of the floral bitterness is nice and although I’ve had this a lot I don’t think I’ve ever called that out.

I can imagine why this might have been shocking years ago, it was a great time for new and edgy beers, and although the style might have become more robust and possibly even divided this still has some outstanding bits that remind you what a good IPA is all about, and how the brewer knew what he wanted and went for it.

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 on the arbitrary number scale. Once again I find myself with fade memories and an expectation that might not have been met with this can. That’s probably on me more than anything. This does have some loveliness about it though, that bitterness the florals and that lovely finish. Sublime.

Music . The Wedding Present – Locked Down and Stripped Back

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.

Origin: The English increased the amount of hops in their Pale Ales to preserve their beers for the long journey to the East Indies. They didn’t realize they were creating the most popular and exciting of all ales… for this, we salute you guys! This Deep Creek smooth ale has a dominant citrus flavour that we hope refreshes our patrons and brings them back again. Don’t let us hold you up reading this, grab one, take in the aroma and then savour. We hope you become a fan too!

Brewers Notes


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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