patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. 22 oz. Split with and courtesy of Vinnie. Bottle neck sort of shattered when Vin cracked it, so beware! Anyway, this beauty pours a hazy, murky brownish caramel orange with a two-finger white head. Aroma is fucking crazy: it literally smells like a bowl of French onion soup with a bit of scalliony armpit odor and Ramen noodle savory hint. Certainly unusual, but really much better than the sum of those things would suggest. The flavors followed through on the nose in the bitter, earthy department; tons of fuelly, dank, resinous Nelson hop pussy juice. Finishes with a slight savory/sweet kick and settles slowly down into the belly. Very satisfying, rich, bold IPA. I really want to try this again.
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From Skjold Burne, Aarhus, DK.
Amber with white head. Aroma of malt and hop spices. Flavor with fruit and caramel.
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 (3753) - 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 (17028) - 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 (2655) - 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.