Davros (1725) - 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 (2014) - 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 (531) - 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 (2334) - 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 (125) - 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.
KevBrew (37) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pouring a rich golden amber, this is one of the best looking brews I have seen for some time. Sweet at the front before the New Zealand hops release all those pine, lemon peel, grapefruit, passion fruit flavours. Fruity and oily on the palate with a long bitter finish.
Jimthechap (1332) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It was difficult to assess the colour in the dim light of the tasting, but it was clear, possibly a light amber colour with a white head that dissipated quickly.
Hoppy grassiness abounds upon nosing along with lemon zest, passionfruit. Not a great deal of malt driven aroma, but frsh and perfumy.
A little thin, but puckering and satisfying bitterness. A good aperitif beer that creates thirst. Sauvignon-blancy?
This beer was the result of a brewer’s roadtrip around New Zealand where they sampled 222 beers from around 44 breweries and created a beer that was their take of a representative of NZ brewing. In addition to local malts from Gladfields, British malt was used to represent the strong infuence that naton has had on our craft beer and brewers, American yeast reflecting that we also look to the New World in tems of style and Southern Cross, Rwaka and NZ Cascade hops.
I enjoyed the concept of this beer, but also importantly the flavour. Glorious.