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.