Jimthechap (1685) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint at Pomeroyís in Christchurch with travlr and Cantabrian. I must say, Iím bemused (and delighted) at the description of the beer being variegated. My impression was gained in poor light, but I thought it was slightly hazy reddish amber in colour with a good collar of white head. The smell was muted because the pint was cold but in the mouth there was good sprucy hoppiness with almost chewy amber malts. There was good lingering bitterness and a long finish. Tasty stuff!
Travlr (12278) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 13, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Pomís in Christchurch. Dark variegated amber maroon color, thick cream colored head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of bright pine and toasted caramel. Taste starts sweet, then nicely hopped bitter burnt toast. Tasty.
omega (703) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big rich hoppy red. Lovely balance with the malts and the flavours linger on the palate. Yum.
andyfla99 (12) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A strong bitterness evident that is balanced by a deep malt sweetness. The malt provides and intriguing complexity, with hints of turkish delight and also quite a bit of dark chocolate, plus a healthy dose of caramel. Great to see a well-hopped NZ ale that isnít all about the hops but on the contrary is dominated by malt sweetness. I think, in a sense itís a beefed up version of the Bookbinder, seems to have similar malt characteristics (I guess this could be Grace Jones and Bookbinder could be one of Bill Cosbyís daughters!!) More of this please.
bozoNZ (719) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lovely cooper red. Complex hop aroma. quite a strong malt base. Complex bitterness with the red malts combining nicely. Strong and challenging but drinks nice
danbrough (1) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 8, 2010 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Loved this at the 2010 tasting.
Have gone through quite a few litres since.
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber/red in colour with firm off white head. Big hop aroma/f;oral. Very pleasant hop flavour,well balanced. Awesome!!!
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful hue! Very red. Nice tan head.
Roasty, nutty aromas. Strong malt, with an earthy-fruity hops. Nice!
Nice full body, heaps of flavour! Butt-loads of hops, with a solid malt base full of toasty flavours. Man this is a nice beer! Perfect for a cold night. Might be my new favourite brewers reserve.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rigger. A red ale with a lunch of punch. Big full mouthfeel and plenty of hop to balance out the rich malt. Went down very nicely.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep amber/red, off white head. Aroma is quite malty, with a great tropical hop aroma. The flavour is robust and full bodied, rich maltiness supports a good bitterness. Well balanced, moreish and delicious. This is what an India red ale should be!