Brewed by Cassels & Sons Brewing Company
Style: American Pale Ale
Christchurch, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
The name is a clue that our brewer likes to keep things simple for this super-hoppy pale ale; just one type of malt and a single hop variety are used. Pouring a brilliant old gold hue beneath a deep, rocky white head, the aroma is sweet, perfumy and inviting, with the distinctive citrus, tropical fruit and grassy signature of New Zealand Cascade hops. The palate is at first soft and creamy, yet tart and spritzy, with sweet malt vying to balance a riot of tropical fruit flavours and tongue-coating hop resins. Then the mouth becomes dry as an uncompromising bitterness kicks in and lingers. Great stuff! A celebration of New Zealand hops, this beer makes a splendid aperitif or a wonderful partner for hot, spicy food and milder blue cheeses. Geoff Griggs – October 2011

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2016
[8300-20160520] Tap. Not much aroma, a little grains. Clear, orange body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head and thick lacing. Citrus peel bread hops flavour. Medium body. Good. (6/4/7/4/15) 3.6
(@ Cassels brewpub, Christchurch, NZ)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9835) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2016
2016-05-20. Crisp dark yellow body with a small beige head, light lacing. Aroma is pleasantly fruity, citrus peel and tropical fruit. Flavour is moderately bitter throughout, interesting hop character, muddled but nice tropical fruit notes, some grass, moderate pale malt throughout. Sort of earthy not quite resiny quality lingers in the finish and aftertaste. Average bodied palate, good carbonation. Not bad. 7/3-4/7/3/14-15 On tap at The Brewery, Christchurch, NZ.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Luvystypotables (1649) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2016
A perfume like floral aroma with distinctive citrus notes, hints of tropical fruit and hops. Pours a good looking clear gold color with a lasting white well laced head. A floral hops taste with a dry feel and a bitter hops finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
canadiankiwi (146) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 7, 2016
UPDATED: APR 3, 2016 Poured from tap at cassels and sons. Medium frothy head. Good hop flavours follow through. Earthy tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
mtangel (10) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 16, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2015 Dark golden appearance with decent head. Fruity aroma with a hop heavy flavor and a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
k0mpsa (2464) - Tuusula, FINLAND - FEB 21, 2015
Tap at cdb bar, christchurch. Clear golden color, white head. Aroma is fruity, sweet malty notes, hops. Nice fresh fruity and hoppy taste, sweet malty body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GlassBrass440 (315) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 9, 2015
On tap at pier side cafe. Herbal and resinous hop aroma with mild caramel notes. Taste is of caramel malt with a hearty bitter bite. I think the draft lines could use a cleaning, but the beer is still quite good. I prefer this on a hand pull. Too much carbonation on tap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer-yum (1334) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 28, 2014
This is a superb beer. Not least because it held up well when following a Quad IPA! Alluring aroma and full, balanced flavour makes this my favourite Cassel’s brew (so far).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
majormax (7) - - APR 11, 2014 does not count
I wasn't sure if one malt could hold up cascade hops on it's own, but this is a well balanced, flavourful, and sessionable brew. Cascade, as always, is great on the nose. It is easy on the palate, and finishes with a dry, but not too dry, finish. Thoroughly enjoyed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm89walt (1945) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2014
Keg - Brothers Beer, Auckland. 5.5%. Poured a lively golden amber with a small but lasting white head that left a uniform lace down the glass. Bright, fresh citrus and tropical fruit characters across both aroma and flavour with a lean towards a resinous bitterness in the finish on the palate. Balancing pale malt complexities develop, particularly aroma-wise. Light to medium body, crisp palate effervescence and a finish that lingers submitting eventually to an aftertaste of biscuity malt sweetness. A perfect thirst-slaking drop.

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