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.
RogerRabbit (26) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 8, 2009
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Decent enough lager, but confusingly conservative compared to other beers in the range. Nice and clear with moderate carbonation. Straw coloured. Malt and hop flavours subdued, nothing standing out. Average.
yeastlove (9) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 2, 2009 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tried this beer at Beervana 08, clear golden in colour with strong head retention. Smelt great !! Floral hops are present with a smash of citrus.
flavoursome but not over bearing still got the refreshment factor going on... If youve ever mowed under the grapefruit tree on a stinkin hot day and theres fruit on the ground that goes under the mower and as it goes clunk clunkirrreeeen you just happen to take a deep breath... you probably deserve a beer.
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330mL bottle enjoyed at Eureka in Dunedin.
Pours crystal clear, pale golden. Nice lacing.
Nice floral hop aroma, ever so slightly grassy with zesty citrus.
Flavours dominated by a great hoppy bitterness, some citrus (grapefruit) and herb notes and even hints of bubblegum. A mildly sweet malt balances.
Finishes slightly dry, clean and amazingly refreshing - especially after walking around Dunedin on a hot day!
kiwibt (55) - , NEW ZEALAND - JAN 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden yellow with good head retention. Aroma of strong herbal,floral,woody hop, a combination of Noble and USA hop ?.
Tastes spicy,saaz like,well balanced with full body and mid bitterness.
Overall a nice lager with unusual hop flavour, would like more bitterness to finish it off.
KiwiJonno (76) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 24, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330mL Bottle. Clear golden lager with a average white head - floral on the nose. The hop tastes are sort of similar to Epic Pale Ale, yet isn’t nearly as good or bitter. Refreshing Lager, but not as compex as I expected it would be.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 2, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2008 Bottle, pouring a clear light gold with a large white foamy head. Hoppy aroma with grass and citrus - similar to that of its big brother. A dry hoppy palate with earthy malt. A little bland when it comes to flavour, though I guess that it is being honest to the style.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 4, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted 04/05/2008. 330ml bottle from New World, Thorndon. Pours a bright yellow gold with a thinning creamy white head. Delightfully fresh, zingy herbal hop aroma has a hint of floral note. A little cornflour malt character on the nose too. Very clean. Superbly fresh! A little sweet aroma of biscuit dough malt at the bottom of the glass. The first few sips are bursting with that herbal hop flavour. Very clean malt character supporting. Medium bitterness. Stops short. Spot on carbonation and weight. Pretty good recipe, great execution (wouldn’t expect less from Epic). In then end, like an amped up Stella (a beer I do like), it feels like it needs a little less hop flavour and/or a more assertive bitterness. I’d have preferred to see Epic Brown Ale than a green-bottled premium but I’m not the target market and this is a pretty solid addition to the family.
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 12, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright golden colour with thick white head. Good lacing. Mild hop taste. Hoppier version of the C&B Blue Goose. Very clean, well balance hop/malt lager.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 25, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2009 Brand new beer on tap at the Malthouse. Pours a nice gold. Hops come through nicely but do not dominate, with a hint of fruit before. Very similar to Epic Pale Ale only easier to drink and much less malty. Very nice.