Swell Brewing Playa Nexpa

Swell Brewing | Playa NEXPA

Location
McLaren Vale
Style
NEIPA
Name
Playa NEXPA
ABV
5.4%
Price
$23 (4 Pack)
Availability
Limited | ONLINE
Our Score
77

Playa NEXPA has been a taphouse favourite for punters lucky enough to be able to head down to the Swell home base in McLaren Vale. A fantastic venue in the heart of the Fleurieu wine country and a great place to break up the day on your next visit to the area.

Swell‘s new line of beers have taken on a new look with a very clean colour coded design. Personally I love the direction and feel that they appear much stronger in the fridge than the older, predominantly black cans. The bright green canned Playa NEXPA pours a dirty hazy gold in colour. It’s got that typical NEIPA haze but lacks that juicy look which has become so common. Perhaps more like a fancy vegetable juice rather than straight up orange. Fresh and vibrant on the nose, plenty of nectarine and a mixture of other stone fruit aromas combine nicely with tropical notes of passionfruit and guava.

These characteristics carry on nicely to the palate but lack a base to really shine. The mouthfeel comes across a little thin for a beer sitting at 5.4%. In craft beer terms this could be considered a mid-strength but we’re still talking about a beer which sits just below the 5.8% of a Coopers Sparkling. The original “heavy” beer in this state.

A touch of citrus leads you nicely into a softish bitterness and a moreish dry finish. It’s definitely an easy drinking beer, one that packs a lovely flavour profile without being too challenging. Like a Marvel movie, you leave the theatre feeling pretty pleased with what you just witnessed but you’re hardly going to have to Google the plot. Grab a four pack and look out for the next warm weekend afternoon.

Swell Brewing Playa Nexpa
Swell Brewing | Playa NEXPA
IN SHORT
Swell's sessionable take on a New England IPA.
SAM
77
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77
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