Big River is an Aboriginal tribe located just north of the Derwent in southern Tasmania. The Big River tribe lived so remotely, it was claimed that they were the simplest people on Earth. They existed in harmony with nature for millennia and now the spectacularly fertile land where they lived is prime hop growing country.
Our IPA showcases two wonderful hops from the region, Ella and Enigma.
Short description: Tassie IPA – tangerine and passion fruit – tart bitterness
Hops: Ella, Enigma
Malt: 2-row base Irish malt
Strength: 5.3% ABV
Bitterness: 46 IBUs
Colour/appearance: bright orange colour, fluffy white head.
Aroma: strong floral notes, combined with a bright passion fruit and fresh pine aroma.
Flavour: hops are to the fore here, with up front bitter tangerine flavours, followed by complex pine resin and tart redcurrant. Touch of anise in the finish.
Aftertaste: pleasant lingering tart bitterness.
Food pairings: this Tasmanian IPA has lots of lovely bitter pine flavours, which makes it the perfect match for an oily smoked fish like salmon, mackerel or trout. The hops cut through the rich fish – think of how you would serve Burren Smokehouse salmon with a lemon segment on the side – while the anise works as a delicious counterpoint. Make a smoked fish pate with Cork smoked mackerel from Woodcock Smokery or Belvelly Smokehouse and see how the flavours sing together or try it with a baked potato topped with Goatsbridge Smoked Trout.
First launched: October 2015.
Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius
Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)