Category Archives: Hong Kong

Heroes KUPZZY In Time Hazy DIPA

Brewery: Heroes Beer Co.
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 7.8%
Style: New England / Hazy Double IPA
Other Notes: The sky diving golden phoenix

Brewer Description: (from can) Kupzzy the phoenix was born with unparalleled vision, which she used to lead her followers through rains and storms. But the sky is getting darker than ever as a dark force is bringing in unprecedented cyclones and thunder. The only clear path she sees leads her flock into a terrifying cluster of black holes.

Time is pressed and forward is the only way through if they don’t want to get wiped out by the storm. She takes the lead, and dives into the black hole, only with hope that there is a bright warm sun waiting for them at the other end.

In Time Hazy DIPA is a beer you should dive into right away. Intense aromas of limes, grapefruits, mangoes, and papaya with hints of coconuts. Hazy but smooth and juicy on the palate. Just like a glass of fresh squeezed juice, drink it fresh and drink it in time.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.07
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 330ml can, canned on 25th August 2020, poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A hazy orange colour with an almost two finger white head that had decent retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Juicy, citrusy lime, orange rind, papaya and mango.
Taste: Juicy sweetness, mango, papaya, citrus rind, light bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, light to medium bodied, with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nice tropical juiciness, but a little sweeter than I prefer. Still, it’s another good NEDIPA in an ever improving beer scene in Hong Kong.

Carbon Brews Little Rich Lupulins v.6

Brewery: Carbon Brews
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 6%
Style: New England / Hazy IPA
Other Notes: 22 IBUs. Malts – Pilsner, Oats, Vienna and Carahell. Hops – HBC 630, Sabro and Nelson Sauvin. Yeast – London III. Experience – Fresh, juicy

Brewer Description: (from postcard) Some of our favourite hops right now are HBC630, Nelson Sauvin and Sabro, so we piled them into the dry hop resulting in a juicy beer packed full of flavour. Initial burst of pineapple, lime and candied cherry followed by a subtle coconut and white grape character.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.86
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.7

Intro: A 330ml can, with a best before date of 12th February 2021, so should be less than two weeks in the can. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A hazy but murky orange colour with an almost two fingered white head that had decent retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Pineapple juice, lime, orange pith, citrus zest, with notes of mango.
Taste: Light to moderate bitterness, citrus pith, lemon zest, lime, grapefruit, melon, with a hint of coconut here and there on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Personally I preferred the original version more as the stone fruit flavours were more my thing. I believe the change was partly due to not being able to source certain hops in the current environment, which is fine as I enjoy trying different beers. In addition, there was also the mention of candied cherry in its description, and I love candied cherries a lot, but I don’t even get a hint of that here in the aroma or flavour. All that being said, this was still fresh and enjoyable with citrus pithy and melon flavours coming through strongest.

Carbon Brews Crazy Rich Lupulins

Brewery: Carbon Brews
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 8.2%
Style: New England / Hazy Double IPA
Other Notes: 23 IBUs. Malts – Pilsner, Wheat, Oats, Carahell and Vienna. Hops – Mosaic, Cascade, Citra, Galaxy and Simcoe. Yeast – London Ale III. Drink – Fresh. Experience – Smooth, juicy, mango, papaya

Brewer Description: (from can) Double Hazy IPA.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.11
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 330ml can, with a best before date of 8th January 2021, but should be less than a month in the can. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A hazy mango orange colour with a one finger white head that had good retention and nice lacing.
Aroma: Fruity, papaya, melon, mango, and orange juice.
Taste: Lightly bitter, juicy, orange juice, papaya, mango, and mandarin zest.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Nice, enjoyable and juicy, the citrusy orange juice flavour stands out among the fruits.

Carbon Brews Staying Alive

Brewery: Carbon Brews
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 4.6%
Style: American Session IPA
Other Notes: 41 IBUs. Malts – Pale Ale, Carahell, Carapils, Abbey and Wheat. Hops – Warrior, Citra, Mosaic, Idaho 7, Simcoe Cryo, Centennial Cryo and Cirra. Yeast – US-05. Experience – Sessionable, citrus

Brewer Description: (from can) Session IPA.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.81
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 330ml can, with a best before date of 8th April 2021, but should be less than a month in the can. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden colour with a two finger white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Melon, papaya, grass, pine, with citrus lemon peel notes.
Taste: Lightly bitter, orange pith, orange zest, with hints of grass and pine.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with moderate but spritzy carbonation.
Overall: Easy drinking and great during the hot summer.

Carbon Brews Ambrotos

Brewery: Carbon Brews
Country: Hong Kong
ABV: 10%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Bottle 130 of 250. 86 IBUs. Malts – Oats, Wheat, Marris Otter, Carafa 2, Carafa S3, Caramunich, Chocolate and Amber. Hops – Chinook and EKG. Yeast – Chico. Experience – Oak, candy sugar, fig

Brewer Description: (from bottle) rum & red wine b.a. imperial stout.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.85
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 650ml bottle, bottle 130 of 250, bottled on 12th July 2019 and with a best before date on 12th July 2021. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: It poured black in colour with pretty much no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Roasted malt, chocolate, oak, red wine vinous, dark fruit and licorice.
Taste: Much like the aroma, light roast, moderate sweetness, chocolate, red wine, vinous, dark fruit, licorice and booze.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: A little sweet and boozy which isn’t really my thing, but luckily it isn’t overly so. Body is also lighter than expected, but there is interesting roast, chocolate, red wine and dark fruit flavours.