Brewed by Independent Breweries NZ (Boundary Road)
Style: American Pale Ale
Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 2.98/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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Flying Fortress Ale symbolises everything great about beer: a big taste, a graceful aroma and two massive engines on each wing. The malts are Pale Ale combined with chocolate and caramel variants while the hops are NZ Motueka and Pacific Jade. Ardmore Airport, just 5km from the brewery, was originally built for these beautiful behemoths. Adjust your helmet and strap yourself in.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerGeekconz (22) - Auckland, - JAN 8, 2013
Pours copper. Thin white head with minimal lacing. Aroma is malty with citrus hops poking through. Taste is nutty malt well balanced by citrus hops with a clean, bitter finish. Light carbonation and thin body. More of a light amber then pale ale but very refreshing and pretty good. Needs more hops!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dartaway (3) - - JAN 27, 2014 does not count
Light and refreshing, with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. Great beer for a sunny outdoor afternoon 28/01/14

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8238) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle. A simple malt-driven pale ale with toasty, nutty bread crust malt and orange jam and pineapple rind hops. Sweet, moderately bitter, rough carbonation, goopy cara malt and orange gelatin candies in the finish. Chinook-like nuttiness and earthiness. Pretty basic stuff, no off flavors but nothing stands out.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DKL (46) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 8, 2013
330ml bottle. Deep orange colour with a head that lasted well. Has an earthy burnt caramel aroma. Some good bitterness to balance a bold caramel taste with hints of cocoa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (3739) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2013
330ml bottle from The Beer Cellar. All round decent beer from this kiwi brewery. Flavour and aroma are quite big and there is a long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kiwianer (3390) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 6, 2013
The head is ok, the body blond-golden. It smells sweet, hoppy, citrus, mild. The taste is hoppy, citrus, fruity, refreshing, malty. Ok, a good ""drinkbeer""" 12/11/11/10/-/11

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
333dogs (2) - Tasman, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 20, 2013 does not count
Great value beer with substantial flavour. Caramel colour with decent head. Nice malty base. Letdown for me was the headache I had after drinking four which is what I get with stein lager classic or Stella.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 5, 2013
Bronzey orange colour with no head. Big malt aroma. Biscuit malty flavour follows through to mild hop bitterness and slight roast malty taste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cantabrian (883) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 25, 2013
Different from what I expected, from what it says in the label. I was full of chocolate stout when I tried this. The sweetness and astringency, the dark copper colour, the thin body, it all seemed out of place. Deserving of a future re-rate.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 23, 2013
horribly astringent bitterness is really all i get from this. maybe iím missing something, but i couldnít get past a few gulps. horrid. bad bottle maybe? i suppose itís a novelty that a mainstream beer is too bitter, heh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beer-yum (602) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 20, 2013
My favorite Boundary Road brew. An excellent beer for the price and a good beer regardless. While I tend to stick with the higher priced real craft beers Iím always happy to have one of these if offered.

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