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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
One of New Zealandís first new generation pale ales and now something of a classic, Emersonís 1812 is all about balance. Pouring a bright amber hue beneath a deep cream coloured head, the aroma hints at caramel and dark toffee balanced with a light citrusy fruitiness. Medium bodied, the palate first offers a marmalade-like combination of ripe citrus and caramelised malts before resiny hops come to the fore and lead into a lingering dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2005
Bottle. Light hazy golden colour with a off-white head. Light sweet hoppy spicy aroma and a sweet hoppy citrus taste. Medium body and a light sweet bitter dry citrus finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2005
Hazy amber colour with a small off white head. Hoppy, light citric bitter aroma. Malty flavor with some bitter citric hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (30737) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2005
An unclear orange beer with a nice orange head. The aroma is sweet with notes of coriander - like a Wit bier?!? The flavor is sweet and rather hoppy, but also quite spicy - with coriander standing out. The end is dry. Quite weird - a hoppy belgian ale? or is it because it was 6 months old or so, though still within the best before date.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAY 18, 2005
Pours hazy orange colored and a foamy off-white head. Mild apple and spice aroma with sweet candied fruit notes. Rancid malt and hop flavor with plenty of fruit and some spices. Quite weird and not very balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lunkie (1579) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAR 25, 2005
Sweet malt aroma. Orange red colour with good head. Smooth malt sweet flavour with floral tones. Smooth palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stew41 (1808) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2004
Cloudy dull orange with some lightening at the rim. Good head retention and lacing. Lifted fruity notes, very pure and has good penetration. Very good in the palate, nice broad fruity notes and a little maltiness is arrested in the back of the palate with medium (at best) level of hops. Not particularly bitter but this is an excellent drop, of course putting most beers from the other side of the ípondí to shame.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2004
Big thick head laces nicely. Cloudy orange body.Very fruity aroma. Not as bitter as I expected from the aroma, relatively thick palate. Light bitterness that does last a remarkably long time. Nice enough. Maybe needs something in the flavour between the light fruity hops and the delayed bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (5798) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2004
(500 ml bottle conditioned, thanks to JensenTaster). Deep golden / amber colour, large & lingering fluffy head. Lovely flowery and grapefruity aroma, all from the hops, no doubt. Flavour is dominated by the grapefruity and resiny hoppy bitterness, which is a tad too rough for me in the finish. Long lasting aftertaste. A beer well above average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 8, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2008 Tasted 2008. 500ml from Sweet Mothers Kitchen. BB Jan 2009. I ordered a Pilsner but theyíd run out. In its old form, as a superbly balanced hoppy amber ale, this was one of my very favourite beers. Hasnít been the same since the change to New Zealand malt. Now itís still trying to find a new identity. This time: Hazy orange-gold. Malty sweet, a little flabby with a hint under attenuation. Tropical and autumn fruit in the flavour. Medium bitterness. Pretty clean and, to be fair, it is still quite drinkable. I just find it muddled and muddied. It seems to be morphing into something of an 1812 / Maris Gold hybrid. Richard, I do so miss my old friend. Kill this new imporster off, rename it or, better still, bring back the original. [old rating was 4.3 - perfectly balanced hoppy malty amber ale - just as the label stated. Delicious apricots.]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
madsberg (10801) - SÝborg, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2004
Bottled: Orange/light amber coloured. Clear. Beige medium sized dense head. Light hops, fruit and herbs in the nose. Flavour is very light hoppy and has a light fruitsweetness. Is bland and watery. Is light bitter in the end. Disapointing IPA. Boring and forgettable.

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