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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
One of New Zealand’s first new generation pale ales and now something of a classic, Emerson’s 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DiscoForever (71) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 22, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2004 500ml bottle, chilled, fresh batch What would I do without Emerson's? Here is proof again that they are masters at their craft. The 1812 India Pale Ale is a beer whose qualities are as numerous as the number of bottles I could drink. It's a beaut to pour - I was seduced by it's dance and the lightly hazy deep rusty amber colour. And what a head! A big mountain of tight, soft creaminess, it stays intact as it gently sinks - like a cream-coloured iceberg slowly melting in time-lapse. And then the aroma hits: Smooth and round and of sweet caramel malt with pears spiced lightly with cinnamon - it's like a dessert! Superb. The taste is a big gutsy all-over-the-tongue bitterness with a huge slightly sweet fruity malt burst. It just feels luscious - thick and voluptuous. It's a manly beer with an earthy quality to it and leaves a wonderful dusky hop bitterness that begs for another gulp. Part of the head even lasted til the bitter end and gave a creamy burst to my last mouthful. Wonderful. Fruity and creamy in the mouth, while still being bitter enough to count as a manly drop, this is my new treat beer. Even more than the pilsner! Can't wait for a hot summers day to sample this refresher with cheeses & pasta in a spicy tomato pepper sauce, or quench the thirst after a hard day painting houses in Carey's Bay. I could get drunk on this and feel no shame. This beer makes me horny. Emerson's APA is out reeeeal soon! Stay tuned.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2004
Golden-amber with nice head and lace. Hoppy and fruity (oranges, apricot) with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - AUG 11, 2004
(on bottle)True; I´m not an IPA-fan, so this is a tad too bitter for this tounge. Nice head and a hazy real-orange color. Sent a bit metallic and some abricot; whitch is artificial? Watery mouth and then that hard hit of bitterness, witch almost turns to iron in the mouth.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Hansen (7684) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2004
Golden coloured. Fine medium head. So far, so good. But the aroma is bad, bad, styrene, or something like it. Flavor and palalte ok for an IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2004
Deep golden color eith a white head. The taste is sweet maltyness with slight hops which never really comes in to play. Slight bitter palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2004
Golden coloured. Fruity aroma with some hops. The flavour is fresh, fruity and slightly hoppy. Not as bitter as one would have expected after trying their pilsener.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2004
Really nice aroma - hops and fruit - very fresh. Dull malts start of the flavour department but is saved by good, fresh hoppiness. Hint of cabbage let this down a bit along with the weak malts, more kick is warranted, but still a nice brew overall. This, my first IPA, did not live up to my expectations of extreme hoppiness. Nonetheless a fine beer and cheers to Mutant for a fine trade!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
haukur (1438) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - FEB 7, 2004
nice head, light golden color, malty feeling with a little bit of hops, strong taste, overall very nice IPA .. cheers Mal3

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2004
Poured with a massive head that went probably 50mm over the top of the glass and just stayed there. Thought the beer might have been overcarbonated but it was fine in the mouth. Slight haze and nice copper colour. Not a particularly hoppy aroma, but what there is is quite English. Mostly biscuity malt aroma though. Flavour starts solidly malty and then hits with a lot of earthy English hop flavour and a good, solid bitter finish, kind of artichoke-like. Really good stuff - I'd drink heaps of this stuff if it weren't so expensive.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Choos (673) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2004
Best before Feb 04, tried 20 Jan 04. Aroma contains a small amount of malt plus a little bit foresty/herbal but fairly faint. Poured clear orange/brown with a good amount of yeast following it out of the bottle to make it murky. Small head that barely hangs on. The fruity bitterness in the description tastes to me like unripe pear mixed with some passionfruit. Strong not unpleasant hop bitter aftertaste. Highly carbonated but otherwise fairly notiecable consistency.

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