Jimthechap (1879) - 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.
k0mpsa (1490) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - MAR 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from local market lake tekapo, new zealand. Hazy orange color, white head. Aroma is malty, hoppy, honey. Hoppy taste, sweet malty notes. Good brew.
miquelcrush (1625) - Granollers, SPAIN - JAN 30, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cervesa amb molt bon aroma i gust, destaquen sabors a fruites tropicals i té un punt amarg molt equilibrat.
Cerveza con muy buen aroma y sabor, destacan sabores a frutas tropicales y tiene un punto amargo muy equilibrado.
Capa (2137) - Transient., - JAN 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep copper with a white head. A bunch of sweet caramel with candied fruit hops. Too sugary sweet for me.
Leonardus (46) - Rolleston, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good brew. Always enjoy. Nice caramel, chocolate malty flavour. I like a lot.
waiake (299) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Kiwi unleashed label pours cloudy gold with a lingering lacy head fine fragrant aroma of hops pineapple citrus crisp bitter taste is delicious full of hoppy citrus flavours
ShaneJ (639) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from The Beer Cellar online "Kiwi Unleashed" (April 2014). Clear amber/orange, medium off-white head, massive citrus hop aroma, high citrus/pine bitterness, rich sweet malt, well balanced, thick texture, full body, long bitter finish. Really nice.
joe19612 (1997) - 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 (69) - 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 (709) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2014 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 (14377) - 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.