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RATINGS: 148   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (15294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2010
Light golden colour. The aroma is light and somewhat mushroomy. Light palate with caramel accents. A little bit bland.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 22, 2010
500 ml bottle Aroma: moderate to light cereal malts, moderate indeterminate hops, no evidence of yeast. Appearance: pours clear brownish gold, moderate head dissipates to marginal opacity with moderate lacing. Taste: not sweet, definitely bitter but not very complex, a short finish with a hint of salt. Palate: Medium body, slightly creamy texture, moderate carbonation and mildly alcoholic finish. Overall: OK. Name is more memorable than the beer, not at all complicated but it is a drinkable IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KolonelKlink (65) - AUSTRALIA - APR 14, 2010
Aroma: Citrus, pine, caramel and floral notes. Flavour: perfectly balanced malt sweetness and spicy hops! This is a beautiful IPA. Importantly, it doesnít fall into the trap of so many beers in this style Iíve tried recently: lack of balance. This beer has alot of hops, but they are balanced by the malt. So many breweries in America and around the world are in a massive pissing contest to see who can make the most íin your faceí beer. Iím glad that Emersonís has decided to not take any notice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mjollnir (396) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2010
500mL bottle. Pours clear gold with a small but persistent off-white head. Aroma of earthy hops with some citrus and pine, and a little malt. Sweeter than it is bitter, slightly fruity and without much hop flavour. Light-medium bodied with average carbonation and a long but subdued bitter finish.

There is no bottling date but the best before date is "MAY 10" so I suspect this bottle has been sitting on a shelf for some time, it tastes more like a premium bitter in this condition.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerequalizer (22) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 31, 2010
UPDATED: APR 2, 2010 This beer doesnít need much in the way of equalizing, but itís my way of making sure I treat all Craft beers as equals... What a drop! I really do enjoy Emersonís... Just great for the end of the day. Plenty of hops, and good malt character too. As hawthorne put it, "IPAís donít have to be an attempted mugging"... well said!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidm (2068) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Bottle 500ml. Delicious IPA. Aromas of grass, caramel, spices, and apple. Taste has sweet and bitter notes, and itís long-lasting. Palate is velvety, with a medium body, and high carbonation. Orange colour, bubbly, with a big frothy head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (3420) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 3, 2009
Bottle. Copper, small light beige head with some lacing. Toast, seville oranges and grass nose. Medium-bodied, very slightly oily. Insistent spicy bitterness at the finish. Not terribly complex, but nicely balanced. Just enough alcohol and hops for the journey - IPAs donít have to be an attempted mugging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2009
Bottle. Pours with a large foamy head over a light amber body. Aroma of resin, flowers and ginger bread biscuits-similar tastes with a shallow bitterness. Full bodied and smooth. Nice, but not profound.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Davros (2716) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2009
Pours golden amber with a ridiculously huge soap-suddy head. Aroma shows lots of floral and grassy hops, along with juicy pears and grapes. Thereís some sweet clean malt, and later on the aroma takes on more of a herbal note, with coriander and cloves. Different to any other IPA Iíve had! Flavours include some floral hops and juicy fruit, with some light sweet malt and a prominent but easy-going bitterness. Unfortunately thereís a soapy taste in there that quite off-putting after a few sips. Moderately high carbonation and a light body makes for quite a refreshing brew. Very easy to drink. If fact I wouldnít even say this is of IPA strength.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2009
Bottle. Clear amber with a foamy white head that lasts ages. Fruity hops on the nose with notes of caramel, citrus, pine and stonefruit. Flavour is very similar with lemon, grapefruit, caramel and passionfruit. Medium body but very high carbonated and with a long dry finish. A good IPA, particularly good on a hot day, and another great beer from Emersonís.

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