Akasha Head Brewer, Dave Padden, is known for his love of hops from his time at Riverside. So it was only a matter of time until he brewed a double IPA under the Akasha name.
The closest descriptor I can give for the colour is a weird one. Have you seen Jurassic Park? Well it’s a lot like the amber at the beginning of the film.
There’s no dino DNA in this though (but maybe that’s an experiment for Doctor’s Orders) but there is a good amount of resin. Held within this amber are a shed load of hops which give this beer a huge, bold grapefruit aroma.
You can bet Dave Padden was giddy with excitement over brewing this double IPA. And obviously he hasn’t pulled any punches. It’s full flavoured, has a touch of that imperial chewiness you want in this type of beer, and it has a thrashing bitterness which after a pint or two might start tearing at the enamel on your teeth – in a good way!
At 8.5% ABV, you might want to take it easy though. A small glass is perfect for a beer like this and you still get the full experience.
Any brewer who achieves balance in their double IPA deserves massive praise in my book. That’s what Akasha have done.
There’s full and aggressive bitterness, boozy slickness and raging citrus hop flavours. But the bitter bite is balanced by the malt back bone, the booze isn’t overwhelming and it finishes impressively dry, while the hops taste fresh and green rather than just like fruit juice in your beer.
There’s a tiny touch of haze which you’d expect in a beer like this but it only just sits on the translucent side of clear. The beer remains entirely enjoyable throughout and finishes with a wonderfully clear, golden drop remaining in the glass.
I had this with a pulled lamb burger and some greasy fries but you could drink it on its own or pair it with something spicy like a Thai chilli chicken burger.
Korben D IIPA is Akasha’s Summer Seasonal for 2015-2016. You can still find it on tap around Sydney but get it quick because it’ll be best when it’s fresh. And anyway, it’s sure to sell out soon.
Akasha are going great, so you’d hope for a beer like this as a permanent release. Get out there and buy it so Dave Padden will brew more!
From: Five Dock, NSW
Beer style: Double IPA
Pair with: Thai chilli chicken burger
Have you tried Akasha Korben D IIPA? Leave a comment and let me know your experience of it.