xpandnz (12) - - MAY 18, 2012
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Seriously? This is why big brewers need to be careful about how they promote their products to the uneducated beer drinkers of NZ. This is not an IPA. This is bitter, has no good aroma or hop flavour. This beer will probably put some people off from drinking good IPA’s or DIPA.
Aroma: Hardly any, and if there is one, its not a good one. Where are the hops? Was this dry hopped?
Appearance: Pours thinly and amber into the glass. Very clear and filtered. Heavy carbonation.
Taste: More like a Pilsner made with Amber malt. Again, a sharp bitter taste that would be good with a Pilsner but no flavour or aroma like I would expect from a decent IPA.
Palate: A little bit metallic, a reasonable amount of bittering at the beginning but a quick and flavourless finish. Nothing lingers here except the sharp Pilsner style bittering.
Overall: Look, I drink a lot of IPA and DIPA. I love the complexity and balance of good APA’s too. But this beer is the same ABV as their Bouncing Czech (5.2%) and it tastes almost the same. This is not an IPA in todays standards and pretty much why I tell people that Tui is not a real IPA. But this is the problem now. If a big brewer can sell this 6 pack for $12 and some one who has never had an IPA buys it and hates it then they might not by other IPA’s and surely won’t spend $10+ on one bottle of an actual decent IPA like Epic’s Armageddon IPA or something from the states. I hope they can adjust this recipe and make it worth while but from me, its the lowest score so far. Just flat our disappointing.
chinchill (1378) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle with a BB date of 26 March 2014.
Pours deep amber with very good calrity and a decent head.
The aroma and flavor both have a substantial sweet malt component that nearly balances the stronger smell and taste of floral/herbal New Zealand hops. The aftertaste has very good duration and is only moderately bitter.
O: a nice IPA featuring NZ hops. Recommended.
mkel07 (2520) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle from The Beer Cellar. Pours a solid amber almost copper colour. Quite clear with good sized head. Floral and pine needle aromas fill the nose. Nice clean flavour with floral hops dominating. Long resinous finish.
Joe_F (9) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 14, 2013 does not count
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poorly rated, but not really unjustified.
Lots of bitterness, but doesn’t showcase any type of hops well.
Like one or two people said before though, as a gateway to bigger IPAs this is a good choice. It is very cheap in comparison to many craft beers on the market, and for $12-$15NZD for a six pack it beats drinking cheap lagers, or European branded beers that are brewed in Auckland.
Simply put :
Value for money is up there on this one, a seasoned craft beer drinker might not appreciate, but if you want to introduce a cheap beer drinker to a new world, this could be a good beer to use, Likewise sometimes a nice Sunday night on the couch with a six pack of these, for the price of a single 500ml of some beers, is a good buy.
BarossaLuke (537) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is not a bad IPA, but nothing too special either. Very clean beer with some good fresh hop aroma of tropical fruits and moderate bitterness.
DylansDad (295) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 26, 2013
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
The bitterness is very similar (in my memory) to their Flying Fortress Pale Ale, but of course this has none of the malty goodness that made that beer fairly good. It is drinkable and I think the carbonation adds a bit to the otherwise bland mouthfeel. A bit better than normal macro slosh
gam (3065) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 24, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear copper pour medium white head aromas fruit citrus sweet malt passionfruit the flavours grapefruit passionfruit citrus peel bitter tropical fruit floral taste honey malt the finish average ipa best tastes the bitter and citruus hops floral backing okay IPA
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. An amber beer with a huge off-white head. The aroma has notes of hops, citrus fruits, malt, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and a bit of butterscotch, leading to a bitter finish.
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 28, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Orange/red in colour with creamy white head,but disappeared quickly. Soapy aroma. Thick soapy flavour, very bloating.
ciaranc (706) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 25, 2012
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Clear amber pour, little head. Nose is quite strong, sweet hops. Very bitter in the middle, not much else, with an astringent, slightly metallic finish. Thin bodied, quite fizzy carbonation. Not sure where they are going with this, wont appeal to craft drinkers as its uncomplex and will be too bitter for pale lager drinkers.
dgi (14) - DENMARK - SEP 28, 2012
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Straight from bottle. This beer is very bitter, and that’s definitely its dominant sensory charachteristic. Some sweetness and roasted notes from the malt are also perceivable. The body is really light and watery. Quite lively carbonation. It’s got a very long bitter finish. I like bitter stuff so at overall level I enjoyed it, but definitely nothing memorable.