bozoNZ (735) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rich but slightly muddy amber colour. Pungent fruit and rich hop nose. OTT for what you’d expect from a traditional amber. Some resin, slight citrus (tangerine) and a hint of pithyness. Drinks big but passes the 6 pint test
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. While some seem to be a bit on the fence about this Amber, I’m loving it. It shouldn’t be sessionable, but it sure drinks like it. For me, I quite like the juxtaposition between the malt and the hops.
grapengrain (124) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lovely, brutally bitter but clean amber ale. Nice richness without any oxidation notes that are commonly found in ambers.
KapitiCritique (375) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - JUN 5, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beer Engine at Hashigo Zake
Aroma: not overwhelming but hints of hops and malt which was a little disappointing given its advertised hop character;
Appearance: amber, thin head and medium lacing;
Taste: nicely bitter and fairly rounded taste but no real hint of sweetness. sourness or salt;
Palate: carbonation - almost fizzy, slightly sticky, medium to heavy body;
Overall: pleasant enough but not remarkable.
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Delicious citrusy hops assault the nose at first sniff. On tasting it, it’s more like a hoppy american pale ale than an amber. It lacks some malt to back up the delicious hops, but that didn’t stop me drinking two pints and wishing I had time for two more. Another great beer from NZ’s newest brewer on the block.