Moon Under Water Brewery/Brassneck Brewery :The Tall Man Phantasm Hazy IPA


Moon Under Water Brewery/Brassneck Brewery :The Tall Man Phantasm Hazy IPA Review

What do Marlborough region New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and IPA’s have in common? Both rely on thiols, a group of compounds that produce characteristics of tropical fruit. Very recently some brewers lucky enough to get their hands on it has been experimenting with something called Phantasm. This powder is made from New Zealand Sauv Blanc grapes, specifically from the Marlborough region, which is known for its unique tropical fruit aroma. Phantasm is full of the precursors that make thiol and used in conjunction with certain hops (with plenty of free thiols and thiol precursors) can kick a tropical smelling IPA into overdrive.

Take, for instance, The Tall Man, a collaboration IPA between Moon Under Water and Brassneck. The Tall Man is cloudy orange with a billowing white head that lingers. The aroma is quite special, a big citrus nose with all sorts of depth and character to it. There are notes of passionfruit, mango, guava, and orange, but also a clean-smelling layer of grape and apple. It is light-bodied, well carbonated, and has a great pillowy mouthfeel. The flavour has a surprising amount of perceived sweetness, like freshly squeezed tropical fruit juice. Tropical fruits, such as passionfruit and nectarine, dominate with secondary notes of kiwi, dragon fruit, and mango. There is a very small amount of bitterness. The finish has a mild alcohol note with ongoing passionfruit memories, almost like a passionfruit sorbet with a hint of dank.

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About This Beverage

  • Colour: Orangey
  • Head Size & Retention: Above average head/retention
  • Carbonation: Well Carbonated
  • Clarity: Hazy
  • Balance: Very Hoppy
  • Drinkability: Definitely Drinkable
  • Enjoyment: I would definitely seek this beer out again
  • Malt Characteristics: Juicy Malt
  • Hop Characteristics: Fruity, Citrusy, Tropical
  • Other Flavours/Aroma: Phantasm powder
  • Palate: Juicy


Phantasm powder puts this tropical fruit forward IPA over the top with huge aroma and big juicy flavour.

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