The IPAs in our Top 30 are incredibly diverse – ranging from creamy, sweeter Hazy IPAs from Garage Project and Behemoth – through to more aggressively bitter, traditional styles from McLeod’s, Panhead and Lakeman. Those traditional styles – search for the grapefruit and pine resin hop notes – work brilliantly with comforting, rich pub grub fare. The carbonation, bitterness and slight acidity cuts through fat and handles a bit of salt from the likes of burgers, nachos, a mixed grill and pizza.
Hazy IPAs are a different story. You’ll find the mouthfeel is creamy, silky and lush and the flavour is all tropical fruit with a sweet finish. They are great beers to offset briny shellfish such as oysters or mussels. The richness of a hazy IPA makes it a great alternative to wine; try them with lightly spiced noodles or rice – such as a Malaysian-style Nasi Goreng or Mee Goreng. The sweet, fruity flavours go superbly well with vanilla and chocolate desserts too.