For her second brew, Ava Wilson has partnered up with Epic Beer’s Luke Nicholas to create an extra hoppy Red Ale. Nicholas being globally known for his fondness of hops has certainly flexed his muscles delivering a bold shot to the taste buds as well as the olfactory nerves. For the 6.5 per cent ABV Extra Hoppy Red Ale, Wilson says that she has brought the “sweetness” – working with Nicholas to ensure a balance between the floral notes and alpha levels of the hop mix and the rich red malt used in the brew.
lisagirl (140) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
great amber ale. extra fruitiness, very citrusy. it almost seemed as if there were some red berries in here, imparting a slighly sour note? also a great lingering bitterness. very tasty.
Jimthechap (1190) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ll start on a brief negative: too damn cold. Everything else in this review is positive. I was positively glad to try this beer. I positively devoured it and I positively ordered a second. Red is such a glorious colour in beer and I want to see more red ales. This had very much a red body with a white head. Aromas of red orchard fruits, pecan nuts, Gala apple peels, nectarine and spruce. It follows quite an evocative theme this. The flavour smacks of Luke Nicholas’ guiding hand with monstrous bitterness and shed-loads of sprucy hops. There was fruitiness without the beer being effeminate. It was grassy and challenging with amber aplenty and a lip-smacking lingering finish. I also have to give credit to the label designer: a great job and a great idea for a beer. A front runner for my favourite local beer this summer.
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