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Saturday
Jun142014

HARGREAVES HILL IMPERIAL IPA

Hargreaves Hill Imperial IPA. On a trip to the Yarra Valley wineries I conveniently had to pass Hargreaves Hill’s bar and restaurant in Yarra Glen. Just a couple of doors down from the landmark Yarra Glen Grand Hotel, it’s situated in a bank building that dates back to the 1880s. There’s a cosy little bar area at the front with the restaurant occupying most of the building. I didn’t try the food but it’s supposed to be one of the better restaurants in the area.

Along with their core range I noticed this Imperial IPA on tap. Apparently it was inspired by perhaps one of the most widely regarded Imperial IPA’s in the world – US brewery Russian River Brewing’s Pliny the Elder. Using a simple malt backbone it’s heavily hopped with Simcoe, Amarillo and Chinook. Not idea of the IBU level but it’s 8.6% ABV.

Hazy honey-like colour with a fine head exhibiting hop oils. Great pine aroma. Medium body, moderate carbonation with a slightly resinous mouthfeel. Strong pine and citrus flavour. The hop bitterness cuts through the malt with a cleansing and firm bitterness. The hop flavours lingers with a dry finish making you want to come back for more. There are no bittersweet or boozy characteristics that can sometimes be associated with high ABV beers.

Definitely one of the best Imperial IPA’s I’ve had in a long time. Great to see an Aussie brewery producing American style brews of such a calibre. Unfortunately, this was a limited release but I hope they brew something similar in the future.

 

9/10

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