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Brew Moon (NZ) Hophead IPA

Brewed by Brew Moon Brewing Company
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Amberley, North Canterbury, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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A mile from mainstream beers and made with organic ingrediants, this beer is full of hops. The initial fresh floral character complements the crisp, bitter finish and rich malt flavour. Here at the Brew Moon we take "hand-crafted" to new heights. Everything in our 600l microbrewery is done by hand with great care. Our beers are made naturally using age-old brewing techniques, malted grain, hops, yeast and good Canterbury water. This beer is not filtered or pasteurized - as a result there may be some sediment in the bottle - fear not! Yeast is good for you.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8032) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Pale gold body with a small white head. Saltine cracker and toasted bread malt; lemon, pineapple, apricot nectar, light spice from the hops. Has an odd plastic note and some twangy corn syrup notes. Medium-light body, watery and thin and flabby, medium sweetness, syrupy with medium-low bitterness. Pretty plain and seems unfinished. Could benefit from more carbonation and fuller mouth feel, itís pretty limp as it in and the hop character is basic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiwianer (3339) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 16, 2013
The head is not so good, the body is blond-orange. It smells hoparomatic, fruity, bit bitter. Taste is hoparomatic, bit bitter, fruity, refreshing, bit hop pellets.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (11842) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Draft at LBG. Clear golden yellow color, thin white head. Aroma of light hay. Taste is bitter hay. Easy drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beer-yum (471) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 28, 2013
An enjoyable Antipodean IPA that is no better or no worse than many others of the breed. The comparatively low alcohol content allows it to be semi-sessionable - which could be a plus in some cases.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DylansDad (307) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 4, 2013
I donít know about previous yearsí brews, but to me, this is Pernicious Weed Lite. And thatís a good thing. Lemony, grassy, slightly floral aroma with a little hint of earthiness beneath hits first before a delicious sweet biscuit malt comes up in support. Orange, cloudy, thin and lite body. Cloudy is good. The taste is delicious, orange citrus zesty with the perfect level of bitterness and a great mouthfeel. Much bigger than its 5%ABV would suggest. A new favourite for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
boozedude (1790) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAY 22, 2013
On tap at royal mike.. orangidh pour..thin white head...very hoppy..citrus..awesome ipa

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omega (697) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 19, 2013
Quite a soft floral beer on the palate. A little thin up front but lingers on the back palate. Not as aggressive as the new breed of hop monsters.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EMunk (99) - USA - NOV 19, 2012
A tasty beer I enjoyed along with with three others in a sample palette at the brewery in New Zealand. A great hop beer and I found it had a great rich malt flavor as description. A beer I would buy a six pack of and enjoy one evening.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Tap @ Galbraithís. Clear gold pour with a brief, short white head leaving moderate lace. Pine, fruit and toast nose. Medium-light body and medium carbonation - another NZ ale that fades towards the finish. Peach, pine, oatmeal, vanilla, grapefruit. Short, bitter and sucrose finish with a touch of umami late.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (1651) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 17, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2012 Golden-amber with a full, fluffy white head and eviden carbonation. Lovely grassy notes and lemon scent over the top of orange flesh and golden malts. This is good. Very good. At first it is fresh and fruit juicy and then thereís a soft bitterness where citrus characters begin to come through and then itís bitter with herbaceous zesty flavors on the finish. Iím enjoying this much more than I expected. Nice one. The recipe has changed since the last time I reviewed this and the main change has been an enormous lift in the aromatic hops on the nose. Before this beer I had reviewed the 8 Wired Hp Wired IPA and raved about the grapefruit and lemon qualities available in the glass. This beer was three dollars cheaper and if anything more satisfying in terms of hop aroma and bitterness. I recommend this to my customers in spades unless we run short and I buy the residual myself. A fantastic local ale and one that I think is an unsung hero of Canterbury brewing.

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