DKL (46) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich brown colour and a light brown head. Aroma is mostly caramel without the green citrus aromas of American hops. A good bitterness that makes this very drinkable, but no distinct notes to make this IPA stand out among the other kiwi greats.
Jimthechap (1885) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I developed a bit of a shine to this beer. Clear rosy amber colour with a cream coloured head with the sparkle of carbonation. There’s a lovely spruce and stewed fruit aroma with green spruce needles. Oddly, it tasted like a shot of coffee at first and then there was caramel, fruit.. and.. and wow. There was a lengthy finish, which was good because I was enjoying every drop. Good bitterness and just a grand pint. It shows that you can pack flavour into a beer without it being outrageously alcoholic.
Nice. More of this please.
3fourths (8382) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewery in Wellington. Chestnut brown body, faint haze, short off-white head. Medium body full of chewy brown malt, a bit sludgy and thick and syrupy up front before showing it’s leanness in the finish. Bread crusts, toasted grain, caramelized sugar, orange bitters, wood / nuts (Chinook-like), candy apple and maraschino cherry and such. Fizzy carbonation with matching malt coarseness. Pretty average.
beer-yum (709) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2014 Sampled on release and was definitely impressed. Only the excellence of its competitors prevents it from being a style (low alcohol/full bodied) benchmark.
kiwianer (3413) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The head is good, the body brown. It smells hoppy aromatic, fruity, bit flowery. The taste is a bit malty, more hoparomatic, fruity, bit orange, citrus, very nice! 12/12/12/12/-12/