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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (5966) - 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 (11018) - 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.

   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) - SkÝrping, 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; Iīm 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 (8092) - 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) - Holbśk, 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
HildigŲltur (5104) - KÝbenhavn, 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!

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