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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
k0mpsa (1850) - Jšrvenpšš, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2014
Bottle at casino, christchurch. Nice amber color, white head. Light malty aroma, little fruity. Malty body, fresh hops, fruits, dry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
3fourths (8696) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2014
What starts out as your basic caramel / toffee American malt opens up into more of a dry pet food mix and potato starch and husky over-kilned grain character. To balance this youíre provided abundant orange jam (jelly) and pine resin hops, delivered through a medium bodied, coarsely-carbonated semi-sweet malt body. Pretty ho-hum. From draft.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyleCameron (33) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 30, 2013
Light caramel nose with mild hop and turkish delight aromas. A re-affirmation of the caramel for half an instant on the palate then a big resinous piney hop coating of the whole palate. A lingering bitterness that lasts till the next day. A beer that is definitely a brewers beer, I suspect a large percentage of caramalt and bittering hops for this beer. Well made even if the palate a little light to match the hops. Lucky I like the hops!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
duncanneilson (7) - - OCT 27, 2013 does not count
Not as hoppy since Emmersons was sold to Lion Breweries, more bitter and caramel notes, but miss the hop flavour ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 3, 2013
The head is good, the body gold. It smells sweet hoppy, aromatic, bit malty, fruity. The taste is fruity, citrus, orange, bit malty, balanced, bit mild.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CH-303 (1743) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUL 8, 2013
Appearance: Medium brown, clear. Some off-white head. Aroma: Hops, mostly. Malt hidden. Taste: Lots of hops, some malt and fruit. Info: 425ml draft, 31/5-2013, 234/500

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beer-yum (930) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 26, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2015 An original benchmark Kiwi craft beer. Still holds itís own against other pale ales but probably lacking the hop forward taste expected of an IPA today. For that, try their new "Bird Dog" brew - looks to be a classic for the modern era.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 2, 2013
doesnít stand out but is awfully well made. everything seems to fit into place just nicely. pine bitterness and light fruits supported by solid maltiness. seems to be an excellent example of a pale ale, something thatíd do well in those categorical competitions.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bif (1738) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 31, 2013
On tap at Brew on Quay. Served a copper color with a decent head that faded to bits of lacing. Aroma of citrus, some fruit with a hint of malt sweetness and spice. Taste of citrus with a mild malt sweetness and bit of spice. Nice bitterness and a clean finish. Medium body, crisp and flavorful. nice balance. Enjoyable beer worth checking out

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DylansDad (468) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 30, 2013
This beer really deserves to be drunk fairly íwarmí, Iím guessing mine is now about 8deg C and everything is coming together beautifully. At 5% ABV, I could drink this all night. First time I drank this straight from the fridge and was totally underwhelmed, but having huge love for Emersons product I gave it another, warmer go. Totally worth it.

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