buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, - AUG 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
So very complex, so very subtle; but what a punch of hops. This is a confident brew; it doesn’t hide behind stunt levels of hops or a mouth-full sweetness; it’s balanced, boozy, hoppy and just goes down nice and slowly. One of the best strong IPAs I’ve ever tasted.
Pdubyah (622) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 4, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
monk191 (1735) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
marcus (9016) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
ElDesmadre (3078) - Mikołów, POLAND - FEB 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Cantabrian, huge thanks for that! It’s refreshing to drink an IPA the way it probably used to be made in the old days. It’s 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 IPA’s emerges. This is not a beer for hop heads but for those who value a deep, classy brew. Excellent.
Brodies_Best (266) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Travlr (21196) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
beer-yum (1297) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A double IPA that was a little disappointing given the reputation of the brewer. An enjoyable rather than spectacular way to end a session.
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good beer. Nice balance and perfect hop presence. Real english DIPA. Worth a try.
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy orange colour with thick white head. Fruity plum flavour. Smooth creamy mouthfeel, short bitterness hides alcohol well.