beer4eternity (212) - Tauranga, - JAN 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle. Yummy cocoa powder aroma at first, some medicine/bandaid, damp rotting leaves, leather, caramel, slightly smokey, interesting in a good way. Wonderful deep rich copper hue with a large slowly diminishing light beige creamy frothy head and good lacing. Mild-medium caramel sweetness, moderate-heavy bitterness, mild sourness. Soft carbonation, light-medium body, long dry peppery very astringent finish. Different and enjoyable.
heyden (111) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 5, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Im not sure about the inclusion of chocolate malt in a pale ale style. It could be an interesting premise but this isnt a very well made or balanced beer. Wouldn’t try again
tombutlin (97) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 24, 2015
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Weak aroma and surprisingly dark colour for a pale ale. Slight improvement when tasted, with rich malt, chocolate and caramel coming through, but a long and astringently bitter aftertaste restores the original verdict. Full marks for trying, but I won’t buy this one again
KapitiCritique (375) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - FEB 17, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nutty wheat nose, clear dark gold colour, sour and noticabely hoppy--but I would not have guesse is was a pale ale, think nose and thin lacing, light body. A session beer but it would be very welcome in China
waiake (466) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 8, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
clear golden brown with a malty aroma this is bitter & hoppy with light chocolate caramel flavours & a lingering smooth bitter sweet finish, tasty easy to drink ale
Dartaway (3) - - JAN 27, 2014 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light and refreshing, with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. Great beer for a sunny outdoor afternoon 28/01/14
3fourths (8638) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
DKL (46) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 8, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
mkel07 (4343) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
333dogs (2) - Tasman, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 20, 2013 does not count
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.