bluevegie (3067) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 27, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pale yellow body with a mainly lasting head. Some passionfruit on the aroma along with some floury notes. Noticeable hop taste but dont dominate, low to medium body, light carbonation, light bitterness. I was probably expecting a little more from this Epic beer.
Davros (2323) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden pour with a small, short-lived head.
Aromas show a fair bit of NZ hops, with passionfruit, clean sweet malt, some spicy hops. Light, but pleasant.
Flavours show some grassy and passionfruit-like hops, slightly grainy and bready malt, and a dry bitter finish.
Light body, but the carbonation is on the high side.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Bright, clear golden pour with a large fluffy white head that lasts ages and leaves a lot of lace. Nose is both hoppy and malty with notes of citrus, pine, grass and caramel. Flavour is more malty but is otherwise the same as the aroma. Very well balanced with plenty of lively carbonation and a nice dry, bitter finish. One of the best lagers I’ve had in a while.
Jimthechap (2057) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 17, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Possibly a bit funky/vegetal on the initial nosing, then citrus and a whiff of banana. Enduring fluffy white head.
First taste was dry with roast barley, coconut rough and golden syrup. Cleansing with a lovely lingering hop character - a twist of bitterness and citrus and the end. Inviting.
This beer was described by the brewer as a gateway for New Zealand palettes into the Epic Pale Ale. It uses German/Czech pilsener malt and hops. This beer was brewed out of a brewing philosophy rather than as an outright assault on a tired mainstream market.
snuffla (156) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 12, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Looks gorgeous in the glass, yellow golden colour and head shows a lovely persistancy. Classic noble hop nose and toffee malt. Vaguely astringent in the finish
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours pale golden lemon with a nice white head. Nose is very inviting! Grassy, herbacious and citrussy all at the same time. Nelson Sauvin i assume? Palate translates beautifully, spicy, grassy, herbacious, citrussy with some underlying biscuity, grainy malt playing nothing more than a supporting role. Carbonation and palate weight is bang on, so damn good!
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. Pours golden with a lively white head. Malt, cut grass and citrus. Good hoppiness for a lager. Thin-medium bodied with good carbonation. Crisp and bitter finish. A refreshing beer. It’s great to find well crafted lagers out here.
DuffMan (7996) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pous a bright golden yellow with a densely frothy thick white head showing excellent retention and decent lacing. Nice perfumey fruity hop character along with clean pale malts, perfectly balanced and in generous proportion make this one of the best lagers I’ve tried in a long time. Nicely nuanced flavour, really really good.
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 1, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ve been drinking a bit of this lately after not initially enjoying it and now the time has come to rate. Yellow, frothy, appetising looking. Surprisingly lacking in aroma - just a hint of citrus, and bready malt. The flavour is a lot more impressive. I swear it never used to be this good. Initial blast of interesting spicy hops (I get lemongrass, lime, and ginger) flow slowly to an almost tropical fruit flavour and finally to a lingering and delicate malty sweetness. It’s a beer I can drink in quantity, and it’s gone from being something I’ll drink if there’s nothing else interesting to something I’ll actively seek out when the weather turns warmer.
thirstystirrer (15) - , NEW ZEALAND - FEB 26, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Have tried this on tap at The Malthouse in Wellington and in bottles from Regional- Great ’intro’ beer for those new to the world of craft lager. Bright lemony straw colour with good head retention. Floral tones with a hint of cirtrus and herb, which while flavour packed is not overbearing. To be honest, I didnt enjoy this much at first however... the crisp, clean finish keeps bringing you back for another- pretty much a regular feature in my fridge now as my uninspired Becks and Stella drinking mates can handle the transition to this easier than with many other beers of this style.