Jimthechap (1624) - 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.
joe19612 (1840) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark orange colour with a thin white head, plenty of fruit and hops in the aroma, taste is light at first with fruit which then leads to a dry finish.
heyden (43) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The citra hops create huge citrus fruity aroma - can be almost smelt at arms length! Similar taste is provided by the hops along with full bodied malt and warming high alcohol. Carbonated and medium length bittersweet aftertaste. Tastes great and looks just as good. Clear pale to amber body with nice lacing. Very enjoyable, especially on american independence day! This beer is hard to get your hands on, so if you get the opportunity, buy it
beer-yum (456) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A solid example of the style. Have enjoyed this brew a number of times and I’m always satisfied. I’m unable to ID the hops used in the "Kiwi" labeled version but whatever they are they are good and tasty.
Travlr (11214) - 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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