WellyCascadian (6) - - APR 30, 2013 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dear god, I love this beer. After many years of drinking heavy, syrupy and pungent IPAs from Northern California and Oregon... I move to Wellington to NZ to find this VPA. This beer impresses me in ways I’ve never believed possible. Silky smooth, easy drinking with a gorgeous citrus hoppy hint... yet full of shockingly subtle yet dynamic flavour. Move over Pliny, the VPA is my new favourite pint.
Hop_Hedonist (469) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2016 Sign me up with the Corps - enjoyed this a lot. Low in malt, great hops. Alcohol doesn’t come through... dangerous! Not complex but very drinkable. Had this again and again - 7 June 2016 - this batch well balanced as usual - the kaffir lime doesn’t come through. Still fantastic.
HopObessaison (21) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 20, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Hashigo Zake - This is like a punch in the mouth, stupidly easy to drink..
Maris (1382) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
From a 650ml bottle on 26/1/2015. Pours a slightly cloudy golden with a small head. Has a gorgeous floral, fruity nose with some definite west coast IPA elements to it. Take a sip and it’s clear you’re dealing with something special. There’s oodles of lovely tropical, stone and citrus fruit sweetness (mango, peach, apricot and mandarin), along with the promised kaffir lime leaves, and a big, firm grapefruity hop bitterness. Tha palate is exquisite - silky and syrupy, with the modest carbonation spot on in the circumstances. This is seriously one on the best pale ales you’ll ever try. Super complex and moreish, it actually manages to leave many IPAs in the shade in terms of flavour, balance and character. A truly sensational brew.
Rangi (670) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance is a very clear well carbonated light sparkly poor. Aroma comes across as ice cream soda but the flavor is wonderfully fresh new and best of all tasty. Subtle flavors of kaffir lime leaf and lemon grass come through but they just keep lingering it really is very awesome. It is like drinking a well made Asian broth but in beer form. Zesty, tasty and interesting. Not as in your face as I was expecting but well balanced and well made. I was trying to save this bottle to share with friends but succumb to the awesome art work and intriguing ingredients. Will just have to head out and pick up another.
tombutlin (220) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 29, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2016 Blimey. This is a memorable beer, best for sharing. The aroma starts with massive lemon grass and then the kaffir lime leaves kick in almost immediately, before mellowing out with a citrus and mildly bitter aftertaste. It is exactly as described on the label, except maybe the bit about Venusian Spear Fungus.
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lovely beer. Good flavours, nice balance, and just that little different. One of the better GP beers.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 30, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
[ Keg ][ 2oz ][ Festival of Dankness ][ ~$2 ][ Plastic Taster ][ 8.22.15 ]
>> My favorite beer from the festival probably because of how intense the flavors were - super herbal and sharp. Four samples. A big standout amongst IPAs that begin to blur together. Clear reddish tinged copper pour. Gigantic lacing. Ultra zesty ruby red grapefruit character in nose and taste. Bracing lemongrass that doesn’t go chemical or perfume on me. Refreshing and novel.
hkkiwi (13) - HONG KONG - DEC 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lemon, bread and yeasty aromas. Pours lightly clouded golden with a persistent low foam. Slightly sweet, lemony but with a rich mouth feel. Good pale ale with added complexity from the vegetal additions.
omega (896) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 20, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2015 RERATE: This beer has improved out of sight over the years, and I was surprised to see my rating of 3.5 initially. Nose is now vibrant with a real turkish delight aspect, and on the palate is light and ethereal yet engaging. Just had a real hard day at work and this put a smile on my face.
INITIAL: Pours a clean golden colour, which belies the flavour hidden inside. Has quite a bit of dry bitterness on the finish which I have to admit I was not a fan off. Reminded me of bitter oranges.