The first in our series of IPAs with artist SKGN coincided nicely with the arrival into the UK of the 2019 harvest hop varieties from Australia.
Although it is the US varieties that get most attention and widest usage, Australian varieties have some truly unique qualities and can pack equally a fruity punch. We chose to focus on two varieties – Enigma and Topaz.
Enigma became a big favourite in the brewhouse last year and we’re looking forward to trying it out more through the autumn. It has a pretty unique profile bringing to mind melon, pinot grigio and the ever-popular juicy tropical fruit character to back it up. It pairs excellently with the resinous qualities of Topaz, which shines in IPA’s with notes of orange and lychee.
As a base for these flavours we put together a grist of malted and flaked oats and filled out further with maltodextrin. We also threw in some citra for bonus tropical fruit and Columbus for a balancing touch of pepper and pine.