It’s not often that we see Kees beers in 440ml cans, he reserves that format for specialty, one-off or celebration beers. So when I saw this new beer available in the larger can, I stocked up. And I’m glad I did!
Hoppy By Nature is a double IPA, and ‘a treat for the hophead’ as noted on the can. Nelson Sauvin, Ekuanot and El Dorado are the hop weapons of choice here, and they create a delightful fruity and floral character.
On the nose, I reckon you get a good dose of tropical fruits – peach, papaya, mango and some white citrus; maybe guava. It smells light and fresh, and so very inviting.
These flavours follow through in the taste. A medium-heavy malt body, along with good carbonation means this beer is super easy to drink. The is a reasonably firm bitterness on the finish, which is dry and a little peppery.
Probably not a style that Kees is known for, but here again proving that good brewers can turn their hands to any style and make a darn good job of it.