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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Hops Galore! Itís Richardís favourite time of the year!! March is usually the most awaited month on the brewing calendar, Richard waits with bated breath, Will the weather be kind to the hops? Will the hop oil content be up?ÖAll these questions hang off the brewerís tongueÖ Richard and Father flew up to Nelson in early March to inspect the hop harvest and the quality of the hop going through the hop kilns. Oh GodÖthe aroma was divine! The air was heady with delicate, perfumey and spicey hop aroma. Gosh if only this could be bottled! It was great to be able to talk directly with the hop farmer, discussing the merits of hop varieties, how the hops have to be immediately driedÖ What really caught Richardís eye was the huge pile of hop cones just sitting outside the hop kiln awaiting baling up. The temptation was too great, Richard simply had to fall back into the depths of the hops up to his ears with a Ďhoppy griní. Of course, we canít really leave Nelson without actually rubbing some hops together to appreciate the aromas. Immediately Richard asked for some freshly kilned hops to be sent to the brewery for our first Fresh Hop Ale. The two different hops, NZ Hallertau and Nelson Sauvin have been thrown in large quantities into the kettle near the end of the boil, and everyone at the brewery had a hand in chucking the hop cones in! The beer has a strong hop presence in the aroma, then a lovely tropical fruit flavour starts to fill the mouth. The malt has been carefully chosen to showcase the hop flavours with plenty of mouthfeel. Enjoy! Cheers, The Emerson Brewing Team


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29217) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 16, 2010
Growler bought at the brewery. April 2010 release. A pale amber beer with a thin off-white head. The aroma has pretty strong notes of hops, though not as much as in other green hopped beers, combined with notes of grapefruit and some caramel and malt. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of Nelson Sauvin hops as well as notes of grapefruit, and lighter notes of caramel and hops, leading to a bitter finish. OK, but Iím somewhat disappointed from the style and brewery.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DiscoForever (71) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 21, 2009
Well, I just love a pale ale and I could drink this one 4 eva! Delicious hop aroma, with feijoa, gooseberry and piney hops in the taste. And yes, the body is smooth-as with low carbonation feel. My wife exclaimed "this is frigginí awesome!" Yip - bottled hops!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 6, 2009
Wow! Gorgeous hop nose - with a lot of fruit notes. Passionfruit, apricot and lemon. Sweet malt in the background. The flavours are resinous and very hoppy - this manifests into loads of fruit. A nice malt base, even though quite basic. It doesnít show through due to the massive hops. An almost perfect bitterness, right through the finish. Leaves a fruity, resinous coat on the palate. Lovely!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
snuffla (156) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 6, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2009 Lovely pint, all hops on the nose, gooseberry and passionfruit, lovey fresh hop aromas. Taste is lots of passionfruit and pineapple with a sweet malt backbone that lets the hops shine. One of the best brewers reserves in the last few months. Re-rate - 1 day later and the beer has lost all the hop character. . Thereís no aroma, not bitterness, nothing. Weird. Now tastes like a strong ale with no significant hopping

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 1, 2009
2L rigger from Regionals. Pours golden/orange with an off white head. Aroma is hop dominated with lots of lovely passionfruit and citrus. Itís like their Pilsener on steroids. It is balanced with malt, making for an excellent aroma. I found the flavour to be somewhat unbalanced. Initially there is a hop explosion, full of passionfruit and a mild bitterness. But this isnít really backed up with any malt, which makes it somewhat less palatable. This one could have been outstanding, but itís still good. Worth a few more litres.


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