For those who have been waiting, it’s back. For those who are yet to experience one of our Festive IPA limited releases – we have a new reason for you to give it a nudge. Head Brewer David Nicholls has ramped up our highly popular limited release Festive IPA brew yet again, this time with a Belgian twist and more hops.

The new Festive IPA (Belgian Edition) comes close to 80 IBU, stepping up the stakes in subtle mouth-numbing bitterness and bold hop aromas and flavours. With a distinctive royal purple and bronze label, the third installment of the Festive IPA series swaps American yeast for Belgian and sports a fusion of American and Belgian styles. Belgian qualities come from the Belgian Ale yeast, known for its fruity and spicy flavours, whilst the complementary American hops Citra and Amarillo used for aromatics bring a light and very drinkable American influence.

“As the third evolution of the Festive IPA brews, the Belgian Edition satisfies the beer believer’s need for a classic, strong hoppy beer that also excites the palette with complex fruity and spicy characters,” David says.

Tasting notes:

American style India Pale Ale fermented with a Belgian ale yeast. Hopped with Columbus for bittering, late hopped with Amarillo, Simcoe and Citra, and dry hopped with Citra and Amarillo, citrus (tangelo) and pine resin characters feature in this hop dominant IPA. At 75-80 IBU your mouth will be left comfortably numb, making it the perfect beer for the mid-winter festive season..

Availability: 

  • Limited to 750 cases (12x500ml).
  • Available at leading craft beer outlets, selected New World, Pak n’ Save, Four Square, FreshChoice supermarkets nationwide, selected Liquorland and independent bottle stores nationwide, and selected craft beer bars nationwide. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more details. 

About the Festive IPA series:

Our first Festive IPA (later named the Green Edition), was launched to coincide with the New Zealand Christmas/Summer Festive season in 2014, with pine-like hop characters to mirror the scent of freshly cut Christmas trees and embrace fond festive memories. The first release was a runaway success and with countless requests for more, David then created the Red Edition, an American IPA with smooth, caramel aromas from the medley of malts used. All-or-nothing American, the yeast used was American Ale yeast, and the hops used were all from America too. The Green Edition sat at about 70 IBU then the Red came in at 75 IBU.