turnermj (5) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 8, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
beer-yum (239) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2013 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 wasn’t beginner’s luck or something.
Second sample (from a bottle) was even better - and I’ve rated up to match.
DylansDad (290) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2013 Rerate: Half a dozen of these later, I’ve 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 didn’t stick around. Aroma is very pilsener-like, maybe from the Riwaka hops’ saazer parentage. Faint citrus, grapefruit. Hops are not very pronounced compared to today’s 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.