phaleslu (5174) - 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 Galbraithís 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 apaís (did i mention the fresh part?)
Have had a few disapointing versions of this but now that Iíve had a fresh well stored version Iím a massive fan. Get this beer on tap and you too will join the band wagon!! only bad part is Iím 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 (5789) - 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 Iíve 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.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - APR 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. This rating is for the bottle, but also had from the keg. Pours cloudy with a large beige head. Aroma of passionfruit, lychee and pine, grassy hops. The flavour packs a punch here. Caramel malt, passionfruit, lychee, fruit. Medium bodied with great bitterness. I was really impressed with this beer.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 5, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours amber, with tan head. Aroma is slightly grainy, fruity hops are present but not as strong as Iíd expected considering the style. Flavour has medium hop bitterness, but the malt overpowers making it taste more like a bitter than an APA.
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Iím giving this a "meh" itís almost a version of Limburg Hopsmacker but not as clean or interesting. It’s a muddy muddled version of an APA but falls well short of the great exponents of the style, diacetyl and harsh hops.....not the best.
highlandlad (1394) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A decent Kiwi pale ale. Not top flight but solid drinking. Muddy orange with a thin corona. Quite an authentically American aroma of mango, passionfruit and caramel chews. Soft mouthfeel. Malty backbone. Tropical fruits and a nice tart gooseberry finish. (330ml bottle at Sullyís RB 07 Sydney Xmas gathering)