Lots of love
BEER: Holgate Hopinator Double IPA
Long live the new generation of Australian artisinal beer producers. Brewers that have drunk the world’s finest brews, know how to make said beers and still want to push on through into interesting styles. Such a breath of fresh air in an Australian beer industry that has laboured so long with a culture that celebrates tasteless swill and a ‘brand first, flavour second’ ethos.
Anyway this is a classic example of such interesting new beers. Effectively a double IPA, the flavour here is attributed to an ‘outrageous continuous hopping schedule’, producing a beer that is something of a classic ‘double in style. It smells of rich caramel malt and herbaceous hop flowers, carrying through to a dry, richness-meets-bitterness, caramelised and full palate of weight, finishing long and with a resinous hop edge.
Big, hoppy, rich and involving. It’s a full, alcoholic love hug of a beer with conviction and power. Probably a bit too full to drink more than one or two, but at least they’ll be a good one or two…