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Arbor Single Hop Motueka

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Brewed by Arbor
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Bristol, England

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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
As the name suggests, we’ve used just one variety of hop in this pale golden ale. Brewed with just low colour Maris Otter malt and a little wheat for head retention, we’ve selected some of the more “interesting” hops and added several bucket loads to each brew. Currently we’re using one of our favourites, NZ Motueka. Expect a tropical citrus twist, with hints of lemon and lime.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
a_cross (593) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2014
On gravity at Parkstone beer festival; gold, no head; the first beer of the festival is often the best and this wasn’t the exception - a classic grapfruity pale ale, but nicely soft, with lots of grassy hops; straightforward but good and moreish; I tend to avoid Arbor because of the ridiculous and annoying number of one-off beers they brew - I fortunately forgot on this occasion; chances of ever coming across this again are unfortunately very slim, however.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
s_hartshorne (1007) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2014
Cask west riding dewsbury. Golden good thick white head lacing. Aroma is fruity. Taste is fruity ok malts and hoppy bitter finish. Medium body. Decent enough.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ComradeK (975) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours a hazy pale gold, with a smallish white head, which lasts fairly well and leaves a little lace. Mandarin, mango and floral hops notes sit over a caramel base to create an appealing aroma. Mango and mandarin hops up front segue into a light caramel body. Floral hops come through in the finish. This crisp golden ale serves as a good vehicle for Motueka hops. Quite enjoyable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (4291) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Cask @ Old Fountain. Listed as "Motueka" @ 3.8%, so I’ll put this here. Still, strange that Arbor have separate entries for single hop goldens that only differ by .2%. Gold with a small head. Almost cheesy, funky nose. Tangerine, tropical undergrowth. Salted cheesecake. Similar flavor. Slightly oily creamy funk. A touch of acid and citrus fruits. Mildly bitter finish. Light oily body, soft carbonation. OK.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnCook101 (292) - - MAY 13, 2014
Murky copper with a small white head. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Flavours of tropical fruits, pine, nectarine, light malt. Moderate bitter finish. Decent body for the abv. Carbonation is light to moderate and quite fine. Well balanced and very drinkable.
Earlier Rating: 1/31/2013 Total Score: 3.5
500ml bottle. Pours cloudy amber with a good head and a long ttle sediment. Slightly floral aroma. Not hugely complex but has a really good hit of hops. Light and refreshing with a substantial but not overwhelming bitter finish. A slight grassiness in there too. Just my kind of beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardW (1448) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2014
BCA, Rehills, Newcastle. Had this on cask as part of their single hop series a while back. ABV reduced to 3.8 from 4 so not sure if it’s a different beer or not? Anyhow, this has lovely soft, peachy tropical fruit aromas, with a creamy mouthfell and a hint of subtle citrus late on. Pours quite a murky gold colour, with a good white, foamy head, that stays throughout. Very tasty.
Earlier Rating: 10/16/2010 Total Score: 3.3
Cask, Carlisle BF. Very pale yellow beer, with a decent, sharp nose and a good bittersweet tang and bite. Aftertaste is fruity and just a touch woody.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (6036) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 29, 2014
(Cask at Euston Tap, Euston, London, 9 Apr 2014) Golden colour with frothy, white head. Fruity, malty nose with citrus, peaches, mango and grass. Fruity, malty taste with notes of peaches, orange, tropical fruit and a balanced grassy/floral bitterness in the finish. Light body, with a touch of sweetness. Tasty and refreshing. Quite nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (2088) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2014
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. This is a hazy golden coloured beer with tropical fruit flavours, a creamy mouthfeel and a biscuit, vanilla and earthy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (3844) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2014
Bottle. Yellow and slightly cloudy.Starts of hoppy than a trace of bitterness creeps in. Not bad but not outstanding.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8574) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2014
Cask conditioned gravity dispense Lamplighter Northampton 28/02/14. A golden coloured beer with an off-white wispy head and lace. Fairly noticeable tropical fruit like NZ hopping. Malts are a bit bready though and it’s therefore oddly unbalanced. Drinkable though and not ordinary.


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