Breakfast Beer Tasting: Brewdog Waimea

If it’s Wednesday, then it must be IPA day. What do you mean that was last week? Oh well, better late than never. Today we return to the Brewdog single hop series. To recap: they take the same 6.7% base (a cut down version of Hardcore) and use the same malt backbone of Marris Otter, Crystal Malt and Caramalt. All the beers come out at with 75 IBUs but the gimmick here is to see how the four hops-all from different continents-compare.

Now Waimea is a brand new NZ hop, 2012 I think, that I’ve never had to my knowledge and all I know about is that it’s related to Pacific Jade. Which is of no use as this early in the morning I’m struggling to remember what that exactly tastes like. But that’s probably all for the good as it means it comes with a zero comparison slate. The bottle itself is, of course, 330ml.
It poured a nice, slightly hazy, bright amber with a large off-white head. The aroma was pungent and attractive: an unusual mix of overripe fruits, tangerine and citrus notes, along with grassy, herbal hop notes. The ripe fruit theme follows through in the taste with orange, grapefruit, peach and plum all there. Then there’s the floral, slight medicinal undercurrent. More astringent than hoppy, it gets drier and drier until the very satisfying finish.

Tyson says: The bastard lovechild of Simcoe & Galaxy? It’s certainly different and hard to find an exact match to, but in a good way.


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