3fourths (7769) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2014 Czech Saaz on steroids. Lemon balm, sulfur, herbs, grass, cheese rind and touches of BO, the Saaz character is powerful and may be the strongest I’ve experienced. Exceptionally soft malt is creamy, silky and velvety and delivers the strong spice, peppercorn, cheese rind must, lemon oil and herbs with prickly, lively acids... succulent and juicy and savory. I want to say the bitterness is extreme but I don’t find it overbearing, on the contrary I’m marveling... smacking and quenching, frothy and creamy, pithy and zesty and minerallic... very intense sensory experience contrasted with the softest malt core I’ve found in New Zealand. I went through the entire bottle waiting for hop fatigue to set in but I only found it more appealing. A few more of these to be sure. Update: second bottle was so-so... Re-update: third bottle was quite basic like a better version (clone) of Pilsner Urquell. Score lowered from 4.0 to 3.6.
DylansDad (295) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 9, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Somewhere there lurks some nice flavours in this beer, they’re just hiding behind a dough-dominant aroma and a middle and finish where a slightly lemony carbonic-type tang just blows everything else away. Drinkable, but disappointing after their glorious Hopsmacker.
turnermj (5) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 8, 2013 does not count
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured clear, golden with light head. Tight on the nose with little aroma, followed by a lackluster palate that was void of texture and minimal malt or hop backbone. Overall left disappointed.