Riwaka is the hop that most defines that “NEW ZEALAND” hop flavor.
Riwaka, first farmed in 1997, was originally an offshoot of Czech Saaz hops (earthy, peppery hops used in pilsners) but this hop has double the amount of oils and smacks of passion fruit, grapefruit and citrus. It’s a bold hop for sure and one of every brewers favorites when they can find it.
Brewery: Anchorage Brewing Co. Anchorage, AK
Style: Hazy IPA Double Dry-Hopped with Riwaka 6.4%
Flavor Profile: Lots of Fruit in the Aroma, Herbal Notes in the Flavor
Palate: Med Bodied, Dry, Nice Bitterness, Medium Haze
Grill Pairing: Grilled Pineapple on a Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Trader Joe’s Chile Lime Mayo