Black Hops Beers

Our award-winning beers are un-pasteurised, and made with no preservatives right here in Burleigh Heads and Biggera Waters, on the Gold Coast. If you would like to stock our beers, contact us here. If you want to see who’s stocking us, check out the beer finder.

Core Range Cans

Our core range of cans are available in bottle shops around Queensland and NSW, and our Brewery & Taproom in Burleigh Heads.

Mid Range (Pale Ale) – 3.5%

Our mid strength take on the classic hop-forward Pale Ale is bold yet refreshing. The punchy character from U.S. hops is balanced with a distinct malt base. At 3.5%, it’s the Black Hops beer to keep you in the battle for longer.

Grain: Pale Barley, Wheat, Light Crystal, Carapils & Caramunich

Hops: Dr Rudi, Citra, Amarillo, Cascade (US)

Yeast: American Ale

Pale Ale – 4.8%

Defined by a balance of pale malted barley and tropical hop aromas, our Pale Ale is light in colour but big in flavour. But don’t overthink it. It is what it says on the tin, a Pale Ale, the Black Hops beer for every occasion.

Grain: Pale Barley, Wheat, Light Crystal, Carapils & Caramunich

Hops: Dr Rudi, Citra, Ella, Simcoe & El Dorado

Yeast: American Ale

Send It (Session Ale) – 4.2%

Made by 3 mates in Burleigh Heads, at Australia’s 2018 AIBA Champion Small Brewery, Send It is our Gold Coast-inspired session ale. Send It is light in colour with hints of fruit and an easy finish. Beer made easy.

Grain: Australian barley & wheat

Hops: Dr Rudi, Simcoe, Citra, Amarillo

Yeast: American Ale

Lay Day (Lager) – 4.4%

Lay Day Lager is perfect for those who enjoy a clean and crisp beer, brewed with Australian pale malted barley, lightly hopped and cool-fermented longer for a simply fresh finish. Ideal for a Summer BBQ or a day on the beach.

Grain: Pilsner Barley & Wheat

Hops: Riwaka, Motueka & Citra

Yeast: Swiss Lager

Hornet (IPA) – 6%

Dry, angry and bitter, Hornet has some serious sting with a balancing aroma of stone and citrus fruits. This modern IPA drinks with a subtle sweetness and a sturdy presence of hop bitterness.

Grain: Pale Barley, Wheat, Light Crystal & Carapils

Hops: Dr Rudi, Victoria Secret, Motueka, Cascade & Mosaic

Yeast: American Ale

Super Hornet (DIPA) – 8.7%

The Super Hornet DIPA is an upgraded redesign of our Hornet IPA, fitted with extra ABV firepower and extended bitterness range, this bad boy is destined to establish flavour superiority. Loaded with an armament of NATO hops, you will smell it before you see it coming.

Grain: Pale Barley, Wheat, Light Crystal & Carapils

Hops: Dr Rudi, Victoria Secret, Motueka, Cascade & Mosaic

Yeast: American Ale

Monthly limited releases

We brew a new limited release beer every month that is available in cans and on tap around Queensland and NSW and our Brewery & Taproom in Burleigh Heads.

Here are some of our past releases.

Code Red – 6.2% (Red IPA) – A classic American Red Ale, boasting a rich toffee malt body and a luscious ruby colour with minimal yeast character, providing a clean finish and allowing the Simcoe, Citra and Mosaic hops to shine through.

ABC Bomb – 6.5% (Black IPA) – This hoppy black ale is balanced by strong citrus and pine hop aromatics and a distinct toasty dark malt character. The use of Citra, Cascade and Chinook hops give this beer a genuine American IPA backbone with a unique spice flavour through the addition of rye.

Flash Bang – 6.8% (White IPA) – An American Wheat IPA with big citrus and pine hop aromas. Light bodied with a smooth finish, perfect IPA to get you through Spring.

California Love – 7.2% (West Coast IPA) – Bursting with aroma of citrus fruits and pine, our latest limited release was inspired by our founders’ trip down the West Coast of the USA. A subtle malt body and dry finish lets the classic West Coast hop flavours take centre stage.

G.O.A.T. – 6% (Hazy IPA) – G.O.A.T. was first brewed as a small batch, specifically for the 2018 AIBA Awards. After successfully taking Gold at its debut outing in the hotly contested IPA category, we are bringing it back for a limited run in cans. Hazy, fruity with low bitterness true to the NEIPA style, this beer was brewed with high expectations & named accordingly.

FIENS – 11% (French Imperial Eggnog Stout) –  To celebrate the opening of our brewery in Burleigh Heads, Govs brewed a covert batch of an imperial version of our flagship beer – the Eggnog Stout – which until now has never been publicly released. Inspired by brewers in the 1800’s, this “king of stouts” boasts high alcohol and plenty of roasted, chocolate and burnt malt flavours. The spice mix of brandy, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg compliments the aromas of dark fruit from the French saison yeast. FIENS is a rich, intense beer with big complex flavours and a warming finish.

Caribbean Crusher – 6.5% (Fruit & Rum-Soaked Hazy American IPA)Originally brewed as a limited ‘Recon Series’ release, this crowd favourite is coming back and into cans for the first time. This hazy American IPA is spiced with citrus, pineapple, mango and coconut-infused Mt Gay Black Barrel Rum to give this already aromatic beer a fresh Caribbean twist.

Occasional releases

We also have a few favourites we bring out from time to time. Here are a few examples.


3.9% Cucumber & Mint Gose

Made in our front yard, to be enjoyed in yours, Frontyards is our modern interpretation of the classic German Gose style.

With a saltiness achieved through the use of actual sea water from the beach out the front of Black Hops at North Burleigh (Frontyards), a lemon tartness of the Gose style and a refreshing mix of cucumber and mint, Frontyards is the ultimate sour smasher.

Tropic Like It’s Hot 

4.2% Pineapple, Lemongrass & Ginger Sour 

The ultimate thirst quencher showcasing fresh pineapple, ginger and lemongrass, this sour ale is the shizzle for those sun-drenched days down at the beach. When the sun tries to get at you, tropic like it’s hot!

Eggnog Stout

5.8% Infused Stout

A dry Irish Stout with subtle notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla bean and French brandy.

Eggnog Stout showcases a mild bitterness through the use of roasted barley and a generous late hop addition.

It was the first beer we ever made, the first beer we brewed at our original brewery and a key part of our story.

Pink Mist

4.7% Raspberry Saison

A Saison brewed with fresh raspberries and delicately hopped with Nelson Sauvin & Citra hops. This results in a beautiful pink colour with tart berry flavour and a dry crisp finish.

Pink Mist is one of our most award-winning beers and one of the first beers we ever made, well before we even had a brewery.

Taproom only releases

In addition to our core, draft core and limited releases, we also have a pilot system at each brewery we use to brew on average 1-2 different beers every week for our Burleigh and Biggera Waters taprooms. Here are a few we’ve done in the past.

Thunder Cloud – 9.8% (Hazy Triple IPA) – First brewed in Australia in January 2017 at HQ with our O.G. assistant-brewer Spencer Cloud, a recipe that has been honed over many years with his father in their San Diego home brewery. A big tropical tribute to the West Coast IPA’s of past and present, this beer is all about balance. Just be careful you don’t lose yours in the Thunder Cloud.

I Heart Lager – 6% (Hoppy Lager) – I Heart Lager is our hoppy India Pale Lager collaboration with friend and early supporter Wade Curtis. Riwaka, Amarillo and Calypso hop flavour melds with old world lager brewing techniques for a dry clean refreshing summer beer. We are proud to offer this beer in partnership with The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation, where $1 from every glass sold will go to research into a specific heart condition Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM).

Guns ‘n’ Goses – 3.9% (hopped Gose) – This debut release by Black Hops’ top rock-dog Darren ‘The Gun Show’ Kearns’ to mark his first year of service, is a hard rocking interpretation of the classic German style Gose (pronounced ‘Goes-Uh’). With an amped up injection of hops to go with the rock solid Gose rhythm section of salty tartness, this beer seriously shreds and pummels. And at a breezy 3.9% it’ll bring some serious Slash to your smashing summer soundtrack. Welcome to the Jungle, baby!

Beach House – 4.8% (Saison) – Our Gold Coast take on the traditional French Farmhouse ale. Light bodied, low bitterness and dry, makes this easy drinking. Delicately hopped, giving tropical aromas whilst letting the yeast shine through with zesty fruit & spice. Beach House won champion Saison at the 2018 AIBA awards.

BeetleJuice – 6% (Black NEIPA) – Originally brewed in collaboration with The Scratch Bar in Milton for The Weekend of Darkness 2017, we’ve revived this for a special limited release. This unique Black New England IPA (NEIPA), which we christened Beetlejuice, is our twisted, dark take on the current haze craze.

Assault Trifle – 6.1% (Trifle Pale Ale) – Our Trifle Pale Ale was brewed for GABS Festival 2016 and was one of only 2 Queensland beers to finish in the top 10. This bold Pale Ale is brewed with all the important ingredients of a good trifle including aeroplane jelly, toasted coconut, flagons of cream sherry, madagascan vanilla beans, lots of fruit and yes, sponge cake. *Contains Lactose

HQ – 6.8% (Fruit Salad NEIPA) – Brewed for Taproom manager Ali’s 12 months service at Black Hops, this fruit salad NEIPA is a celebration of everything great about HQ, our Burleigh Heads taproom that Ali was a huge part in creating. This juice bomb was brewed with Ali and some of our top customers, and features the signature opaque appearance of the NEIPA style, paired with an explosion of tropical fruit thanks to the additions of fresh Strawberry, Pineapple, Peach, Mango & Passionfruit. Cheers to Ali and the people who make HQ the place it is.