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Herevana – McLeods – 802 #36

Here we have the newest 802, #36, the one with the Idaho 7 and Riwaka Hops

I don’t confess to having all previous 35, I’m sure there are gaps, but these are hard to go past, and they’re all different and differing.

McLeod’s Brewery make the Mcleods 802 #36 in Waipu, Northland, New Zealand, and this series is in the style that is of IPA – Hazy / New England (NEIPA)  this one with an ABV of  6.8%, this 440ml can is around 2.4 standard drinks in NZ

Simple labelling really works on these.

Lovely hoppy aroma on opening. Lovely hazy pour with the typical white fluffy head, this one is more light hazy than the deeper bright orange that you can get to. It is on the spectrum.

The aroma in the glass is toward grass dank and resin, I approve of that.

Lovely sweet bitterness with a lot of fruit punch washer over to to a dryer and darker lingering finish with a bit of a thud. It’s a journey that you should go on.

A lovely range and display of tastes and flavours in this, along with that great aroma and lovely looks makes this quite a lovely beer to enjoy.

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 on the arbitrary number scale. I don’t think it’s my favourite number, but it is, as always appears to be case, really accomplished and delightful beer that you just can’t help by enjoy.

Music: The Stranglers – Dark Matters. A new album that just popped up on the Spotify.

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.

802 #36 Fresh Unfiltered IPA continues our ongoing series of hop centricity.  While Idaho 7 brings tangerine-like notes over dank tropical punctuation, Riwaka hops elevate the tone with passionfruit and green capsicum. Balanced with soft malts, the finish is moreish, resinous – dare we say oh-so smashable – making it a stand-out sibling in the 802 family.

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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