We travel a distance from our normal ultra-hoppy IPAs for this Wayfarer Sour IPA. Sour takes the place of bitterness in this style, but we couldn’t resist bringing hops along for the ride. En route, it is dry hopped, bringing out the sweet tropical fruit aromas of Amarillo and Citra. The sour comes comes from eight strains of super 8 lactobacilli, finishing things off with a tart bite. Approachable and easy drinking, this Wayfarer won’t leave you in the dust.
Short description: sour IPA – fruit tart – fresh and tangy
Style: Sour IPA
Hops: Amarillo, Citra
Malt: pilsner malt, malted wheat
Strength: 4% ABV
Bitterness: 6 IBUs
Colour/appearance: hazy yellow in the glass.
Aroma: sour lemon and gooseberry on the nose, with a hint of fruity sweetness from the hops.
Flavour: a fresh IPA with a mild tang. Tart lemon pith, gooseberry and green mango flavours blend with juicy passionfruit hop notes.
Aftertaste: this sour doesn’t linger, making it a flavourful and refreshing sipper.
Food pairings: a lemony sour like Wayfarer is tailor made for fish. Try it with pan fried hake in a lemon butter sauce or miso butter salmon and see how this tangy beer enhances the flavours. A young goat’s cheese from St Tola, Bluebell Falls or Ardsallagh, with similar fresh lemon flavour notes, will work well with Wayfarer. Try the cheese in a sandwich with some caramelised pears and give your tastebuds a treat. On the sweeter side, give your guests a zippy ending by pairing a simple Cuinneog buttermilk pannacotta with the beer.
First launched: November 2016.
Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius
Availability: 330ml bottles, limited draught