grapengrain (125) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 4, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Really strange - extremely estery Belgium yeast ester characters - no real hop flavours, hardly in style.
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From 330ml bottle. Very rich nutty brown in colour, lovely head. Aroma a bit weak, slightly metallic, hints of nuts and fruits. Surprisingly sweet on the tounge, fading to a nice bitterness. Very full and round in the mouth, stimulating the palate with fruit and nut. Could’ve done with more hoppiness, but complexity comes from some nice sav blanc characteristics under the nuttiness of brown ale.
davidm (1926) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Underground. Great beer, the best of their regulars IMHO. Aromas of flowers, grass, and caramel. Taste has a sweet start, followed by long-lasting bitterness. Velvet in the palate, and medium body. Amber colour, the head does not last long.
DonBirnam (108) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 25, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper-orange appearance. Some hop and some malt in the aroma, but not much of either. Slightly metalic hop character. A plausible APA, very drinkable, but nothing special.
phaleslu (5875) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Dux de Lux in Queenstown. Pours a clear gold-amber color with a medium eggshell head. Aroma and flavor dominated by hops along with mixed fruits and grain, with a touch of soapiness. Bitter, fruity, with moderate carbonation. An interesting take on an APA.
beer4eternity (199) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2010 330ml bottle. Fantastic aroma. Very strong fruity aroma particularly dried fruit (date, raisin) initially then very peachy mango-ish. Average sized creamy off-white diminishing head, slightly hazy light amber hue. Fruity sweetness especially date flavour and caramel, long bitter finish. Low level of carbonation.
Perhaps a little too peachy - reminiscent of Speights apricot flavoured summer harvest wheat beer - a drain pour, though this beer is in a totally different league. A nice beer.
Re-rate: 1/2/10 Draught at Galbraith’s Alehouse, Auckland. not peachy this time, wonderful passion fruit and citrus aromas, smooth . Much better on tap.
EastCoaster (122) - USA - JUN 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice rich malty character with a fair smattering of hops. A slight brett spicyness not overpowering but pleasant.
Dbeers (26) - , NEW ZEALAND - MAY 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap FYO rigger from The Thirsty Bloke Chch. Golden orange with heaps of fruity hop aroma. great beer when fresh, one of the best NZ apa’s (did i mention the fresh part?)
Have had a few disapointing versions of this but now that I’ve had a fresh well stored version I’m a massive fan. Get this beer on tap and you too will join the band wagon!! only bad part is I’m back in Auckland with the Tap that I got if from back in Christchurch!!!!!
snuffla (156) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 9, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a golden amber colour.Aroma is fresh cut grass and passionfruit. Sweetness from the malt predominates but finishes with a cleanness and a slight fruity bitterness. Mouthfeel, fine bubbles. Good beer but lacking something to make it a very good one
DuffMan (6163) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy orange, with a towering orange-tinted head leaving generous lace. Massive aromatic hop aroma, lots of mango, passionfruit, perfumey lychee, certainly on par with the best of the American versions I’ve had of this style. Sweet toffee malt with the same aromatic hop profile, but with interesting berry notes as well. A little overcarbonated. Very astringent, bitter finish. Delicious.