I’m a massive fan of these Pirate Life beers. Love that they’re in cans too – #moretinnies, please!
This Pirate Life Brewing Hopco NZ Pale Ale is one of the Pirate’s new releases and is brewed in conjunction with Tassie hop growers and merchants Hopco. The intention with here is to showcases some of the Kiwi grown hops including Cascade, Pacifica and Motueka. Made with a combination of pale and crystal malts, the intention here is to craft a hop driven style without going too far…
Initially, it seems quite overtly hoppy on the nose, all lime and pineapple. But underneath this is a well balanced number, more inline with the NZ Pale Ale style, the bitterness not intrusive, even though this is a hop, rather than malt, driven style.
Quality brew. 4 stars. 4.8%
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While the other two hops are Kiwi, Cascade most definitely isn’t. I enjoyed this on tap, although I probably slightly prefer the standard pale ale if I had to choose. I am liking the cans too -better for freshness of the hops, but also because I can fit twice as many cans as I can bottles in the space I have allocated for my beer in the fridge.