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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Our latest brew caused quite a buzz around town and is a hot topic of discussion in the brewing circles. Due to the high demand it is only available on tap at the brewery and a limited edition at this stage. Be quick or you might miss out.
Editor's note: now also available in bottles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigPumpkin (16) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 22, 2008
It pours a glorious orange/brown, with a thick lingering head. The aroma of fresh hops is laced with stonefruits and plums. The hops and malt combine on the palate for a smooth tasting pale ale, with a well rounded finish. A grand beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HugoPotomus (8) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 26, 2008 does not count
500ml from La Vino, Ponsnoby. Bronze/amber with thick head and persistant lace. Clean citris and herbs, very fresh and clean aroma. Bright hops followed by earthy warm malts, great ballance. APA on the hops, EPA malt characters. Lets call it New Zealand Pale Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunevdj (3962) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2008
On tap at brewery. Pours a clear dark amber with an off-white head and some lacings. Smells of hops and alcohol. Quite bitter with a heavy maltbase. Also strong hops aromas. But a bit too unbalanced towards the malts and caramel. Heavy bodied. Medium to low carbonation. Long and very bitter finish with citric and grape hops aromas. Very robus beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2008
(On tap) Clear, amber golden with a creamy, off-white head leaving some lacework. Fresh aroma of citrusy hops. Medium-bodied with lightly sweet caramel notes before some excellent aroma hops in the finish that has a solid bitterness. More American than English Pale Ale. 300108

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 21, 2008
Hazey bronze colour with big off white head. Big hop aroma. Honey accent. Well balanced malt and hop flavours, mild tangy mouthfeel. Cross between an amber ale and an Amercian pale ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 9, 2008
Tasted 09/01/2008. 500ml bottle from Regional Wines and Spirits. Brilliant rose-gold with a diminishing lacy light-tan head. Caramel malt, ice cream, fruity nettle-like hops and a mild spice on the nose. Good malty presence in the mouth, with medium carbonation. Caramel malt lends a nice balance to the firm herbal - almost medicinal - hop character. Clean finish, a little short of short. Lingering fruity hop flavour and bitterness. Very nice - just a shade too much nettley hop flavour. Reminds me, a bit, of what Hopsmacker used to be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 25, 2007
Bottle, poured a slightly effervescent reddish-copper with a foamy yellowish head. A good juicy malt aroma with spicy hops of orange and cinnemon. A moderate bitterness on the palate, fruity flavours at first, then getting more dry and tangy in a long finish. A well brewed Pale Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2007
I’ve been waiting a while to try this one....the ’organic’ bullshit doesn’t fly with me but by all accounts it’s a good beer, pours a lovely reddish sunset gold colour with a dense off white head (that quickly diminishes) intense nose of summer fruits, nectarines and passionfruit which is extremely appetising....doesn’t quite deliver on flavour or body though. Tastes good but there’s something missing....the bitterness isn’t too intense but has an unfortunate slight acrid metallic tang to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bozoNZ (758) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 8, 2007
500ml bottle ex BrewNZ Awards. Pours a glorious apricot/brown with a touch of haze. Thick lingering full head that you really have to drink through. Nice mature aromas - smells well conditioned with hints of plums and othe stonefruit. Nice rounded malt flavours, full and complex. Nice hops finishing flavour rather than bitterness, soft with a gentle clinging finish. Scored a gold medal & I can see why. Would be nice to see this added to the range full time.

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