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Bach Brewing Hopsmacker Pale Ale

Bach Brewing Ltd
Brewed at Steam Brewing Company

Style: American Pale Ale
Auckland, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Hopsmacker is the reinvention of an award winning original recipe, a new world style pale ale brewed with bucket loads of NZ Riwaka hops and US Cascade hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tombutlin (238) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 2, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2015 Easy drinking and refreshing. orange, clear, minimal head, light body, soft carbonation, bitter, chocolate, resin. Moderate taste that doesnít linger as long as Iíd expect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joe19612 (2618) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark orange colour with a thin white head, aroma is fruity with orange and hops, taste is bitter with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pdubyah (642) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 22, 2014
I thought this was a bit brash and brassy and all uppity. Whilst itís really really nice and Iíve have another if I was in the having another mood this doesnít tick all the boxes for me. Its nicely and brilliantly bitter, but the body is very bold and smashed the carry and the finish is lost. Fantastic lacing though. Top work and a beer Iíd buy over many many others on a night out. Get in

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 20, 2014
It was some time ago that I enjoyed the namesake beer from Limburg from a bottle in the old Twisted Hop. Sadly, Limburg is gone, and thanks to the earthquake, so is the Twisted Hop. This reincarnation Is a bright orange beastie with a lingering white head that left good lace down the glass. It has orange zest, spruce and amber resinous hop qualities giving a bright and vibrant impression. This carries on in the flavour, which is citrus and spice all over. It is spritzy and endearing, like a gorgeous strawberry blonde barmaid who makes you have to remind yourself that youíre old enough to know better. The difference here is that you can take this one home and <CENSORED> to it as often as you like, More please.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9150) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Aroma hops are resin, grapefruit and Juicy Fruit bubble gum (Riwaka) and orange jelly (Cascade). Faint pepper and earth / wood notes suggest English noble hops. Medium body, beefy, luscious malt, carbonation is low as expected in NZ beer but itís frothy enough and the acidity is high enough that it works: the malt sugars are washed away and a lingering leafy bitterness and citrus juice acidity remains. Clear amber with a short white head. From draft at The Rogue & Vagabond in Wellington.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
inceptioj (54) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 7, 2014
Very nice indeed. Fruity on the nose, tastes resinous and fruity and delicious. The palate is a real highlight here too, itís kinda prickly in a way which I canít recall feeling in many other beers. Finish is bitter but not exceptionally so. Very well balanced and incredibly enjoyable IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chinchill (4338) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2013
On tap at Lumsden Freehouse in Auckland. Clear medium-light amber body with medium carbonation and a very durable off-white head. Aroma: hop forward, mostly floral with some herbal Flavor: hop forward: herbal with a hint of weed. Mildly bitter aftertaste with some lingering herbal and floral notes. Feel: near medium body; medium-light carbonation. . O: OK but not worth seeking out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
turnermj (5) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 8, 2013 does not count
Excellent golden brown with nice head. Packed with a range of herbs on the nose and nice weight through the palate which develops. Finish carries a nice level of bitterness that gives good length, balanced with a caramel character from the malt that lingers with the hoppy bitterness. Every enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer-yum (1368) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 22, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2015 An excellent antipodean pale ale. Full bodied flavour up front with a pleasantly bitter finish to follow. Will need to try again (initial sample was a draught) to ensure it wasnít beginnerís luck or something. Second sample (from a bottle) was even better - and Iíve rated up to match.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DylansDad (591) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 19, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2013 Rerate: Half a dozen of these later, Iíve added points to flavour and aroma. The first bottle was a tad muted, the rest have been very nicely balanced - the flavours are just right for this relatively light beer. First glass poured slightly hazy, second poured crystal clear amber with a finger of head that didnít stick around. Aroma is very pilsener-like, maybe from the Riwaka hopsí saazer parentage. Faint citrus, grapefruit. Hops are not very pronounced compared to todayís show-offs. Body is light end of medium with a slight prickliness at the end. Taste is as aroma with a bit of orange mixing with the grapefruit. Light, unchallenging, easy-drinking, I can see myself drinking a lot of this in the coming summer.

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