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

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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.75/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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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


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
majormax (6) - - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm89walt (1716) - Northern Beaches, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cantabrian (762) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 24, 2014
Taster, at CBD. Ultra fruity on the aroma, with peaches and lychees. Fruity and perfectly balanced with hoppy & grassy bitterness. I must have a pint on its own to enjoy it better.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiwianer (3315) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 8, 2013
The head is good, the body blond. It smells hoparomatic, fruity, citrus, aromatic. Thetaste is hoparomatic, ctrus, aromatic, delicious

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DKL (46) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 25, 2013
Tap at source, subtle aroma of caramel and citrus. Nice and dry, surprisingly restrained hops well balanced with malts. Very refreshing, not very bitter aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rulymel (91) - SPAIN - SEP 11, 2013
Ambar colour with a thin head that disappears quickly. Fruity and citrus aroma well balanced. Hops notes. It is a classic IPA, midium bitterness, fruity and tasteful. Good finish plenty of hop. A great beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Draft at Goldings Free Dive. Clear yellow color, thick white head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of lemongrass and white pepper. Taste is bitter citrus and straw.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ckelly (4) - - JUN 11, 2013 does not count
Nice golden colour Poured to a good head. You can taste the cascade hops there, comes through in citrus nose also. Nice malty background and bitter mouth finish. Liked it

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
horotane (18) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 22, 2013
Now this is the shit dreams are made of. When you do, as you would, as we shall, need a tipple to just take you somewhere, do it with style and take the lead, well Sir, 1PA. There’s just nothing to it. A single hop rings clear, explaining what Cascade is all about, on a caramel unchallenging but supportive backbone of malt. There. I said it. Malty backbone. Say what you will about hipsters and their crazy hop fetish, this is pale ale made right. Smash.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
andyfla99 (12) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 19, 2013
From FYO at Regional Wines Welly NZ. Nice pine hop aroma. Taste is remarkably like a pilsner, sharp hop flavour, very nice malt undertone in the aftertaste. Clean and sharp bitterness. Very drinkable for a 6%. A fine job. Nothing too complex.


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