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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Davros (2831) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9426) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Draft at Atlas Beer Cafe in Queenstown. Pours amber with a small white head. Gentle aroma of hops, grapefruit, grain, malt. Flavor is balanced but muted because itís a little watery. Gently bitter finish. Simple, straightforward IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DonBirnam (108) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 5, 2009
Copper golden. Very tipical IPA. Surprisingly buiscuity malty aroma but with some hops too. Very strong hop flavour, whch retreats a little as it warms. A very nice IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jonno (2524) - JAPAN - SEP 11, 2009
Swimming in malt with a faint hop kick on the end. Totally not what I was expecting. Heavy bodied for 5% and fairly one dimensional. Decent but not what I was hoping for (or led to believe)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snuffla (158) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 21, 2009
I like this beer. Very nice, good advert for NZ hops. Grapefruit and weetbix. Nice clean finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kiwibt (55) - , NEW ZEALAND - MAY 1, 2009
Bottle bb feb 10 Meduim red/brown with medium head. Slight aged aroma, sl cascde?/amarillo?, bit of skunky chessy trub. Meduim malt/bitterness, some cascade,/ amarillo ? hop flavour. Overall a bit thin, more of a APA, a bit trubby.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HenWrist (4) - , NEW ZEALAND - MAY 1, 2009 does not count
What do I like about this beer? Everything. Poured from a 500ml bottle and was instantly hit with a wonderful hoppy aroma. Clarity was exceptional. Amazing balance between ílip smakingí bitterness and a sultry, sexual malt flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2009
Bottle at the Minibar, Queenstown. Pours dark golden with a small frothy head. Aroma of caramel, toffee and tropical fruit. The flavour is caramel, toffee and fruit. Good bitterness. Smooth finish. A really good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - APR 9, 2009
1.25L rigger from the brewery, thanks to sdriessen! Pours amber, with a very little head due to the almost nonexistent carbonation. The hops poke through bready malt on the nose, bit of caramel & citrus there too. In the mouth, there is medium bitterness as the resiny hops dominate the flavour and linger around for quite a while. Have this one warmed a little, as the malts will come through much stronger, adding some sweet caramel to balance the nice hops. A nice, but not outstanding IPA.

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