Lazlo_Panaflex (6) - - SEP 1, 2011 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Oh wow. A Sauvignon Blanc in beer form. That’s what this actually smells and tastes like. Stereotypical NZ sauv blanc flavours; strong citrus with passionfruit, lychees and gooseberries. But then the hops kicks in and smashes the fucking door down like a drunken and horny gatecrasher at an all girls school function. Tables are getting flipped over and people are screaming and running for the door. This is a great beer. Probably the best IPA out of the 5 I have tasted. Burnt orange with a small head, it has a strong front palate with citrus flavours but then that gives way to a smooth and dry lingering finish. A delicious floral beer with a punch in the face. Like getting beaten up by a bridesmaid after you got drunk at a wedding and tried to get some poon-tang and had no idea your advances weren’t warranted. Fantastic.
sax (14) - California, USA - AUG 31, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great hoppy IPA. Pretty disappointed that I’ve been to pubs and "beer shops" on much of north island, NZ and no one had even heard of 8 wired until I got to Auckland. Anyway, great beer. Glad I finally found some in NZ.
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber, orange colored brew. Hazy. Floral hoppy aroma, some pine and citrus. Flavor is nice, good bitterness, some malty sweetness. Nice.
Enjoyit (3736) - Vadum, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange of color with an off white head. An aroma of hops, grapefruit and malt. A flavor of hops, malt and grapefruit. Very nice!
Rasmus40 (16625) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy dark orange with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and rather hoppy - pine needles and peach. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. 230811
jazz88 (2650) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A nice golden color with a white head. A bright hoppy aroma with a well balanced dry, bitter hoppy flavor balanced with citrus and fruits. A very nice IPA - nice job NZ.
BarossaLuke (552) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer has probably the best NZ hop aroma I’ve ever had. Lovely balance and quite complex. Good bitterness throughout, this is a very smart IPA.
Terminus (3544) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle-pours dark hazy orange with a small spritzy white head around the rim of my glass. its not that great looking but not bad. seems somewhat too hazy. anyways, nose is earthy, bitter, woody, with quite a bit of oxidization. flavors exhibit the oxidization but its not all that bad-nice woody notes with quite a bit of earthy tones. not overly bitter. medium body with a very clean mouthfeal. Im sure this is a great IPA fresh, but ok in this state. HOwever, i am SO sick of buying these beers that are supposed to be "fresh" when they are far from it. short finish with some lite woody notes and lingering earth.
HopObessaison (21) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 6, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap at HashigoZake - Awesome. Enough said. This is a staple of my hop diet. One of the best beers in NZ.
mkel07 (4921) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle. Cloudy after the initial pour and carries a fine level beige head of foam. Orange colour is vibrant and eye catching. Tropical fruit in the nose, passionfruit, lemon and berry. Big punchy hop flavour that fills the mouth with wonderful flavours. Big bold beer.