Brewed as a replacement for our long serving house APA ‘Base Isolator’, Base Jumper has the same malt profile and ABV, but made with a barrage of different hops (US Simcoe, US Cascade, US Centenial, NZ Orbit, NZ Motueka).
Spawned by freewheeling Californian hopheads, American Pale Ale is the red-headed stepchild of the classic IPA. Big and extroverted with plenty of bitterness, a great APA shows off some fruit on the nose and the kind of earthy, herbaceous complexity Pinot Noir buffs drone on about when they corner you at a fundraiser. Anyway, we had a thumb through the Tuatara atlas and discovered that kiwis are New World too. So we reckon it’s time a New Zealand APA pulled on its Dockers, flashed its Blackberry and generally talked louder than anyone else in the bar. Here it is.
ABV: 5.8 %
“What a great pale ale. When so many pale ales are mini-IPAs this one really fits the bill. A good whiff of tropical fruit hops on the nose. Decent hop flavour backed up by a solid, but not overwhelming, malt and caramel backbone. This beer is all about balance. Enough hop to let you know you are drinking an APA (not an IPA), but balanced with a whack of malt, including some tasty residual sweetness. Passionfruit, citrus and tropical fruit flavours et al in abundance but still in control. My new favourit APA (apologies to Epic)”
Source: RateBeer.com (Vas)