West Coast The Trial NDH is a 6.5% hazy IPA from West Coast Brewing Company, based in Mochimune, in Shizuoka, Japan. It’s part of their limited edition lineup and at the time of writing, can be found in both cans on tap. As the name suggests, West Coast The Trial NDH does not use any dry hopping during the brewing process. Could this be a push back on what has fast become a de facto in the making of American IPAs?
West Coast The Trial NDH Aroma and Taste
West Coast The Trial NDH was lively! Straight out of the can and into the IPA glass, but with almost half of the glass filled with frothy white head on top that seemed to cling onto the side of the glass for its dear life. Once the head had abated, there was mixture of aromas going on, with the main ones being a dank, resinous aroma, followed up with some tropical fruits of pineapple and guava. Once West Coast The Trial NDH had warmed up, the citrus aroma of lemon and grapefruit just cutting through. While the aromas were not as potent as perhaps some of the dry hopped beers I’ve had in the past from West Coast Brewing Company, West Coast The Trial NDH still packed some of a fruity punch.
The body to West Coast The Trial NDH started off with a smooth bitterness that was welcome and nice, though it didn’t linger long. The fruitiness from the hops were well-balanced – pineapple, guava, lemon, and grapefruit – and came together nicely throughout drinking. There was a faint amount of malt sweetness which was a light pilsner with some hint of honey going on too. An interesting mix that blended more so when West Coast The Trial NDH had warmed up. The lingering honey and fruitiness in the aftertaste was a nice change from the chloride bites that hazy IPAs sometimes have.
West Coast The Trial NDH The Bottom Line
West Coast The Trial NDH shows you don’t always need to dry-hop your beer to get flavour out from the hops.
Where to Buy West Coast The Trial NDH
West Coast The Trial NDH can be bought online at the following places: