While some breakfast beers are fruity and light by nature, this one is a true IPA that leaves the fruit behind. The nose is hoppy which hides the subtle malt flavors that are in the body of the beer. The body is not thick at all and the flavor is light, which leads to a fleeting but satisfying aftertaste.
In New Zealand there is still some stigma around the concept of a breakfast beer, but with a few recent releases we may be seeing a change in this conception with any luck. This beer is low alcohol so don’t worry about getting too out of it early in the day. Perfect with a hearty cooked breakfast or brunch on a hot summers day.
This beer was also released with an appropriately themed label for the Rugby World Cup 2015 (pictured below).
Who: Hallertau Brewery, New Zealand
Nose: Light hops
Look: Golden clear
Taste: Light hops and malt
Finish: Fleeting light hops
Form Tried: 500ml bottle