Brewed by Ben Middlemiss Brewing Company
Style: Imperial IPA
Auckland, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.75/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
Hodgson is another great ale from New Zealand veteran brewer Ben Middlemiss. Christened after the London brewer George Hodgson, this hearty "India Pale Ale" hearkens back to the 1700ís when ales were highly hopped to be shipped unrefrigerated to the colonies. NB: hearken means to "pay heed" and indeed you should, as the uplifting NZ Motueka and Kohatu hops in this modern iteration of a classic style will fill your sails and transport you too! This classic ale will develop for 4-5 years if kept under ideal cellar conditions. Store in an upright position and keep away from light. Do not store in a refrigerator. Serve at 10-12C (50-55F). Decant into a glass large enough to accommodate the entire bottle in one smooth pour. Enjoy!

buzz_and_hum's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, - AUG 28, 2012
So very complex, so very subtle; but what a punch of hops. This is a confident brew; it doesnít hide behind stunt levels of hops or a mouth-full sweetness; itís balanced, boozy, hoppy and just goes down nice and slowly. One of the best strong IPAs Iíve ever tasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pdubyah (596) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 4, 2016
I like this. From the bright orange intense colours the strong sugary malt and that orange citrus taste, it has a full intense mouthfeel and is quite the chewy beer, but after that initial bitter burst it settles into being quite the drinkable drink. What a treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
monk191 (1609) - California, USA - NOV 25, 2015
A very interesting "IPA". More like a dunkel mixed with a pale. Pours a very nice deep cloudy Amber with a tan head. Smells awesome, with melon, lots of mango and a hint of hops. Taste is melon and mango all the way. Some hops upfront, but surprisingly malty all around, hint of banana and honey. Had in the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (8696) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 25, 2014
Bottle from Berkeley Bowl West. Pours orange copper with a thick beige head and a toffee aroma. There is a smooth caramel malt flavor with a dry pleasantly bitter finish. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElDesmadre (2929) - Mikołůw, POLAND - FEB 18, 2014
Bottle from Cantabrian, huge thanks for that! Itís refreshing to drink an IPA the way it probably used to be made in the old days. Itís also interesting that in spite of the NZ hops used to brew this one, it feels very old school. Granted, there is a suggestion of kiwi and gooseberry but only peripheral. The hoppiness is for the most part of the floral, spicy, light citrusy type. The light caramelly backbone is more than solid, with notes of earth and overripe fruit completing the picture. Thickish and heavy in the mouth, it benefits from a light tart note, vital for the balance. A medium bitterness goes hand in hand with a warming feeling. And yes - after it warms the lovely apricot marmalade note of old world IPAís emerges. This is not a beer for hop heads but for those who value a deep, classy brew. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brodies_Best (266) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 2, 2014
Served cold at number 1 Queen St Auckland. Pours orange brown, cloudy without much head. Not much aroma, kinda musky with light floral hops. Very sweet. Amazing floral hop aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 17, 2013
The head is good, the body darkred-brown & cloudy. It smells hoparomatic, sweet, malty, a bit alcoholic. The taste is hoppy, aromatic, creamy-malty, less bitter, fruity, balanced and interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (19906) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Jimthechap, thank you! Bottled June 2012. Cloudy golden amber brown color, fluffy tan head with good retention. Aroma of stonefruit, light toast. Taste is sweet, malty rye bread, light spice. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beer-yum (1211) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 4, 2013
A double IPA that was a little disappointing given the reputation of the brewer. An enjoyable rather than spectacular way to end a session.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2013
Good beer. Nice balance and perfect hop presence. Real english DIPA. Worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 5, 2013
Hazy orange colour with thick white head. Fruity plum flavour. Smooth creamy mouthfeel, short bitterness hides alcohol well.

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