Spud69 (21) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good Clarity estery passionfruit nose and a hint of minerals, Taste is of nice tropicalfruit which is cut in half by a savoury burnt flavour and finishes refreshing balanced, Whats up with the flavour? overpowering diesel and tar, so much better 8 months ago
sharmon33 (1) - USA - DEC 6, 2010 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One on NZís finest. Pours burnt hazy orange. Hops are very floral, tropical aroma. But toasty malts balance it nicely. Seems to have developed a cult following very quikcly and certainly the flagship for 8 wired brewing.
Stew41 (1728) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - NOV 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ultra classy IPA. A traditional style that doesnít rely upon souped up malts and hops. Wonderfully fragrant passionfruit and green fruits run through the nose with licorice and nettles. Relatively firm in the mouth as the hops do harden up a fraction but still plenty going on: nettles, aniseed, bitter citrus fruits. Complexity to burn.
mcsimmo (30) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 26, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. Pours an amber orange, decent carbonation forming a thin but noticeable creamy white head. A cloudy pour, opaque clarity.
Aroma hits you from 20 paces: awesome fruity notes on the nose, definitely grassy hints there. Also malty/syrupy sweetness present.
Light malty sweetness on the palate followed by a well balanced hop hit. fruit salad taste prominent. Nice hoppy astringency that doesnít dominate.
Good hop taste.
bluevegie (3051) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Muddy looking body with minimal lasting head. Pear, passionfruit and other fruits in the aroma. Different sort of bite in the taste, medium body hop driven but some malts late. I didnít really pick up on the alcohol in this. Drank well.
stewac01 (62) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 17, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Murky orange with a creamy white head. Upfront aromas are a dank, dark hop character - thereís passionfruit, mango and honeydew too but overall itís a wet, musty earth/spice which dominates. Fair whack of crystal malt sweetness to balance. The deep and dirty hop character dominates the flavour also with aniseed, pepper and bitter green vegetables. Heaps of caramel/fudge malt behind the hops, accentuated by a thick and chewy mouthfeel. Finish is resoundingly bitter and drying. Very, very impressive beer - my favourite IPA to date.
bmeup (509) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - NOV 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mud brown, but thats good because what lies within is a welcome suprise. Great tropical fruit and citrus and yes som Kiwi fruit sweetness. Big on hops this one and doesínt it work well. Damn, Kiwis are good at these. A fav for shure.
gam (3183) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large white fluffy head misty dark orange gold pour aroma floral hoppy fruit malt sweetness like honey flavour resinous caramel grapefruit passionfruit woody note interesting orange sweet berries bubbly touch the hops great aftertaste hops and sweet malt all fruit and caramel great ipa
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy brownish orange pour with a short creamy off-white head that doesnít last long. Spicy, hoppy nose has lots of citrus also: orange, grapefruit, lime, passionfruit, pine, ginger, black pepper and mint. Unfortunately Iím not very familiar with gooseberries. Flavour follows the aroma fairly closely but with more powerful spice and herb notes and more restrained fruit; with additional hints of juniper, spearmint, pepperberry and malty caramel. Mouthfeel is slightly oily and slick with moderate to low carbonation and a long bitter, spicy finish. Not a bad IPA, the Kiwi hops certainly make this different but I would find this a bit rough around the edges to enjoy it often.
hawthorne00 (2374) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2014 [11/10] Bottle. Slightly hazy amber with a creamy light beige head. Aroma has some caramel and pears, then heaps of Kiwi hop aromas - cut grass, gooseberries (oh come on, I have some in the freezer), kaffir lime leaf, white grapes, cardamon pods, oranges, custard apples, galangal, black pepper. Taste is really all about the hops (and the aromas are all there in the apparent taste), but the malt has enough presence to work as is dark enough not to seem just lolly-sweet. Quite boozy. Itís almost hot with spices and a bit of pine at the finish.
Complicated isnít the same as complex and despite the many interesting flavours I didnít like this much. Cacophonous. [3.3]
[2/14] Still not loving this one, for much the same reasons.