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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.95/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Bird Dog uses only one hop variety, NZ Cascade, from the boil right through to its massive dry hopping. Single hopped beers really give an appreciation for the characters of that particular hop and The Brew Crew here at Emersonís reckon Bird Dog showcases NZ Cascade beautifully. A copper coloured pale ale with huge amounts of NZ Cascade that has created a floral, spicy aromatic pale ale that smells as delicious as it tastes. The hop flavour is high with a firm bitterness that leaves a crisp finish. If you arenít a ĎHopheadí already this is the Emerson beer that might convert you!


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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rangi (638) - - JUN 15, 2013
Wow what a great beer. Big aroma and flavour of grapefruit orange and citrus. Taste is bitter refreshing but not overly so. The intense flavour caught in the beer is the stand out. Love that beer that makes you sit back and go "oh wow" and reminds you of that 1st time you discovered beer could taste so good.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tombutlin (86) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 9, 2015
Hard to believe this comes from a single hop variety, it is very well rounded and complex. I opened this outside on a windy day, but the fruity, floral, citrus hop aroma was massive - perhaps a wind vortex is the optimal method for delivering aroma? :-) Taste was full bodied and nearly as rich as the aroma promised. Only downside was a slight saltiness that I sometimes detect in a rich IPA

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pdubyah (517) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 31, 2015
This is a real treat. Not hoppy at all but well balanced bitterness, the hops are more citrus than grassy and they donít add to a hard finish. The flavours really dance in this and the whole is really drinkable, understated bitter that is clean to drink. Superb IPA style beer that isnít hop heavy or a palate crash but a nice easy drinking refreshing beer that made me smile.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jinroh (726) - ESTONIA - DEC 17, 2014
Pours clear amber, bit of foam there. Nice looking. Aroma is sweetish, some fruits, not really hoppy. Feels a bit old, so should have drinken this earlier. Taste has mild hops, bit of fruits, rather malty beause hops are getting fainter with time. Good and tasty drinking but I imagine I need to rerate if I can try it fresh.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joe19612 (2137) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle conditioned. Pours a dark orange colour with a thick white head, aroma is hoppy and very fruity, taste is medium bitterness with a dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 7, 2014
The head is good, the body orange-brown and cloudy. It smells yeasty, fruity, aromatic, hoppy-intensive. The taste is fruity, aromatic, hoppy, citrus, yeasty, tasty and nice. 3.4

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
k0mpsa (1750) - Jšrvenpšš, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle from king liquor king, christchurch. Clear deep golden color, white head. Aroma is fresh hops, lot of fruits, malts, grass. Balanced fresh hoppy taste, malty body, grass, leafs, fruits. Great brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobboLovesBeer (4) - - JAN 19, 2014 does not count
Pours a very cloudy amber, typical bottle condition with massive head. All the typical IPA fruit and hop with hop on the nose. Not as bitter as I was expecting, has a great palate though and hides the higher alc well. Some lacing down. Great stuff from Dunedin's best brewery.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brodies_Best (263) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 5, 2013
Pours light amber with good head. Aroma us of citrus and pinenut. Sweet and then floral hops moderate and well rounded. The floral hops and bitterness continues. Bitter dry aftertaste. Decent and well balanced. Only criticism is it kinda foams as you take a swig... not a great sensation

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mpersinger (360) - , California, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Prominent orange and tropical hop aromas and flavors punctated by some resiny hop flavors make for a fine íwest coast styleí IPA. Well-done carbonation, medium-lean body, with slight drying to longer, clean finish. Thank you kmweaver for sharing.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tonybaldeagle (61) - - SEP 20, 2013
Fresh & alive this beer is like running through a meadow on a crisp spring morning. Full of flavour and balanced nicely with hops, this beer knows what it's about. A real credit to the brewers. Served out of the fridge I'd be interested to know how it tastes at the recommended 8 to 10 but I don't think it will last that long to find out! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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