Deep Creek Aloha
What to expect:
Passionfruit, hint of sour, finely balanced
Auckland’s Deep Creek have established themselves as leaders of the pack when it comes to fruited-sour beers in New Zealand. Aloha is the star turn in their Tiki series of fruit cocktail-inspired sours. Using a Berliner Weisse base, the beer is made with real passionfruit and guava fruit pulp that delivers a nice burst of tropical fruit character without being overbearing. A soft, medium-weight body is packed full of flavour and the balance is nicely weighted, with the sweeter malt and fruit notes perfectly offset by the tart dryness. The judges found it light, zesty and refreshing and loved the just-there sour note.
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The beauty of fruited sour beers is that they walk down same acidic streets as wine, so think about the way it can cut through rich food like risotto or creamy pasta.