Demise (57) - Wellington, - MAR 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber with thin off-white head. Malty aroma with subtle caramel, tangy berry characters and citrus hop notes - quite a sweet aroma really. The floral hop shines through in the flavour, briniging through herb-like then citrus notes. Grapefruit is quite prominent, and subtle caramel and vanilla also present. There is also a refreshing fruity flavour I canít wuite pin down, perhaps a hint of plum? The malt is subtle in the flavour, but for the bitter hop/malt finish, posing merely as a canvas to the hop and the other, more complex, flavours. Yet the hop seems to balance the whole mouthful and create a refreshingly bitter flavour. I do love a bitter finish, and although the body is a bit too much on the subtle side, the hop pulls it through to become a very drinkable and very notable brew. Will definitely be back at regional for another rigger before the kegs are finished.
bozoNZ (731) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint - presents well nice reddish tones. Aroma with some yeastiness and fruit notes. fruity - hard to pin down. Others mention stonefruit, berries and citrus for mine itís a bit of all 3. Not your normal malt touch for a vienna, the hops to take the fore and do it well
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I like this beer. My drinking companions found it underwhelming, but it spoke to me. A beautiful reddish amber, with a cream coloured head. The aroma was interesting and complex - baked bread, some tannic "tang", and nice fruityness. The mouthfeel was my favourite part of this beer. So smooth! I drunk two pints of this much faster than the 5.6% abv deserved. A bitter, drying finish kept me interested right until the last drop.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
1.25L rigger from Regional, pours red/amber with an off white head. A bit of hops on the aroma, some light burnt malt and a bit of passionfruit, kinda like the pilsener.
Quite a bitter taste to this one, resiny hops a strong and fruity. The passionfruit comes into the flavour, along with a good helping of slightly roasted malt.
Quite a quenching, tasty beer.
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Tonic in Dunedin. Pours a nice amber hue.
Initial aroma is a simple malty lager, but then grows slightly in complexity. The ítrial hopsí show through first, and mixed with the malts give it some wildberry and citrus tones.
As for the flavours, the hops are rather distinct - aromatic, but providing a reasonably sharp bite of bitterness.
Mingling with the trial hops are flavours of toffee and caramel.
Somewhere through all of this I noticed a bit of a spirit-like presence of alcohol.
An ever so slight sweetness of ripe orange accompanies a bold, bitter finish.
Quite a nice beer when served cold on a hot day.