Jimthechap (1321) - Christchurch, - APR 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was pleasantly surprised to find this tap in a bar full of macrobrews and a solitary tap of Garage Project. But as I have found out, the bar scene in Wellington is refreshingly craft friendly and this beer definitely smells crafty. Golden amber pint with a vestige of white head (poured too cold off gas-flow, when will New Zealand learn to accept just under room temperature beer). There was good spritzy citrus hopping and nods of spruce to the aroma. It was medium bodied with a prickly mouthfeel but with that resinous spruce there was enough to prolong the finish.
Where is this beer currently sitting alongside other New Zealand produced APAs? I would suggest that the market is dominated by heavy hitters who brew with a heavier hand on the hops and a bit more body. In saying that I am not disappointed with this beer and it was excellent in its time and place. I am also looking forward to tasting my way through the range from this brewer.
Love the logo. It seems vaguely similar to some of Reg Mombasa’s work.
Travlr (9808) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 11, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft at the source. Clear amber color, almost flat. Aroma of toasted caramel. Taste is peppery burnt caramel.
CyntaxEra (1) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 3, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A big favourite of mine. With the Citra APA there’s loads of passionfruit on the nose and overall a very enjoyable, easily drinkable drop.
craiggyNZ (9) - - JUN 29, 2013 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at BD brewery. I liked this. No doubt that citra hops are involved, based on aroma alone. Not overpowering in bitterness, but pleasantly showcasing the citra hop's signature characteristics. Thumbs up.
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