Arowin (5) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 12, 2011 does not count
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A deliciously fruity beer with hints of tropical and citrus flavours. Also has an awesome New Zealand backstory.
TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle from New World. Clear gold pour with a brief white head leaving minimal lace. Nose is nicely balanced: fruit, citrus, pine and light malt. Medium-light body and moderate carbonation. Grapefruit, light fructose sweetness, pine, toast and lemon zest. Finish has some slight umami and heaps of bitterness, with almost and oiliness. An interesting, hoppy blond which could suit a hot day.
hawthorne00 (3453) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear gold with a large fluffy white head. Aroma of citrus, tropical fruit salad, light biscuity malt, a lick of pine. Tastes sweet and fruity with stone and tropical fruits, supporting biscuity malt, then decent finishing bitterness. Alcohol seems far too prominent for the clean glugging refreshment it offers.
bmeup (638) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clean fresh tropical fruit and zesty citrus hops dominate the light biscuity bread malt background. Great hop taste throughout and a most enjoyable beer at that.
Davros (2746) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose show fruity, NZ hops with peach, grapefruit and gooseberry notes.
Underneath is bready, cookie dough-like malt in large quantities - nice!
Very similar flavours, once again theres a fair bit of expressive malt. Finishes with a bold, sharp bitterness.
Nice med-light body, carbonation could be a bit higher.
jonno (2461) - JAPAN - JUN 17, 2011
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The nose delivers a lovely tropical punch bowl of tropical fruit. It is overtly carbonated and in turn a little ’spritzy’. Average body with a little non descript bitter finish. Hides the alcohol very well. A brew that represents NZ could have and should have been so much more than an easy drinking summer beer.
BarossaLuke (552) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 31, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brilliantly clear with mice fluffy head. Big hoppy aroma with loads of grassy and herbal notes, some good citrus fruit there too. Just as much hop character in the flavour, just a shit tonne of hops in this beer, and I like it!
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Is this ’the’ NZ ale? Who knows. But I think it will appeal to a lot of NZers who are discovering NZ-brewed craft beer. Clean with tropical fruit and grapefruit, and a bitterness that really creeps up on you.
grapengrain (124) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 21, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brightly hopped extremely aromatic golden ale - hops dominate aroma but palate is ballanced against malt. Golden/orange hue.
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 14, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From the pour it is very grassy, very hoppy. Lovely deep rich white head; for appearance sakes this beer looks lovely. In the mouth it moves very suddenly from sweet to sour, to the point where I went "why am I drinkiing this?" A few more sups confirmed this... what is this ale trying to do? Is it an IPA? Is it a ESB? More to the point, is it drinkable? If New Zealand beer means being over-hoppped , with malt struggling to grab a hold, I think I’d prefer to see innovation over collaboration.