Sunday, December 7, 2014

2014 Advent Beer 7: Nuclear Free ANZUS

Our second straight selection from the Southern Hemisphere also boasts an unusual name, and relates to an unfamiliar story about New Zealand leaving the Cold War alliance of Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. in the '80s due to their stance on nuclear weapons. Using hops from all three nations to concoct a potent India Pale Ale is a good rationale for the name, but does the beer measure up?


It presents a clear, orange-tinged golden yellow, with a modest head. The nose is dominated by tart hops, but with a hint of floral characteristics as well.


The hops are the predominant flavour, as is appropriate for an IPA, and balance out pine and citrus elements pretty well. The overall mouthfeel is fairly fresh and not too puckery, as can sometimes occur when hops are given free rein. At 7% ABV, it would be a good summer quencher, but a poor choice for a session ale.


A sharp but smooth-drinking entry that is a worthy addition to this year's calendar.


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