BeerGeekconz (22) - Auckland, - DEC 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours light copper with a short lived head and nice lacing. Sweet caramel malt aroma with firm spalt hop presence. Great crystal balanced by hop flavour. Water perhaps overcompensates the big crystal character. Dry, bitter finish. Very good ipa balancing the malt of the uk with the hop rates of the us.
mpeacey (15) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 21, 2016
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
946ml Squealer. Golden, hazy pour. Nice lacing head. Hoppy aroma with resin, melon, and citrus. Taste is fairly bitter with restrained sweetness and a hint of alcohol in the finish and strong carbonation. Good stuff.
nickd717 (4160) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 24, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brewpub. Golden pour with a small white head. Nice aroma, citrusy Nelson Sauvin, white grape, slight herbal. Flavor is restrained, pale malt backbone, citrusy hop finish. Medium bodied, crisp, lively. Decent.
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[8237-20160512] Tap. Fruity navel orange skin and toasted bread aroma. Clear, orange body with a medium-lasting creamy white head. Light bitter citrus flavour. Medium body. Good. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
(@ Good George brewpub, Hamilton, NZ)
jercraigs (9835) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 16, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2016-05-12. Crisp golden IPA body, moderate head. Aroma is pleasantly hoppy, notes of green melon and fruit. Flavour is fairly bitter throughout, hop character is similar to aroma with notes of green melon, tropical fruit and lightly resinous green hops. Average bodied palate, good carbonation. Tasty, very drinkable. 7/3/7-8/3/16+ On tap at Good George, Hamilton, NZ.
adasko (1875) - Poznan, POLAND - MAR 22, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruity, juicy fresh aroma. Grapefruit, mango, a bit of orange and nafta. Hazy, golden color, small white head. In taste a lot of oily and nafta like notes. Typical NZ hops. On the back end some fruits and rather medium bitterness, but itís pleasant, short, good quality. Good mouthfeel, refreshing, crisp. Quite a good beer.
Samtzu (189) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 5, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1l bottle. Fresh happy aroma with a significant bitter kick. Possibly too much bitterness as there seems to be very little else going on. Still enjoyable.
waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 31, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Couple of 330ml bottles with a decent hoppy aroma while the taste is a great blend of tropical citrus hoppy flavours & a bittersweet very fruity finish
GlassBrass440 (315) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a slightly hazy light amber with fluffy white head that doesnít stick around for too long. Moderate aromas of tropical fruits balanced by an earthy, bready note. Flavours bring spicy and tropical hops with a bready malt base. Fairly bitter with citrus and alcohol in the finish. Medium light bodied and moderately high carbonation.
Cantabrian (990) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this quite a while ago, in an uncanny can with a Boticelli image and a Maori name. I have no notes, but I remember it being lovely, full of fruits (grapefruits, passion and melons) on the nose and flavours. One of those typical New Zealand IPAs with delightful hoppy sensations that weíre so proud of. Named after a soon-to-be compulsory holiday, but still beautiful as that Italian Venus.
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale gold with a faint haze and a bright white head that left good lace down the side of the glass. I got so into drinking this beer that there is barely an inch of it left in the glass for me to review. The aroma is of honeydew melon, hibiscus, lemon curd and herbal hoppiness. Itís a tasty beer too. All of those flavours in a spritzy, zesty mouthful that springs from the glass and slaps your tongue around with citric bitterness that goes on and on and on. It is truly lipsmacking and I dearly hope this isnít a limited release. I want more... lots more.
Earlier Rating: 10/11/2014 Total Score: 3.5
This is lighter in scale than many IPAs of my acquaintance, but then I have been surprised to find that colour is not necessarily equitable to flavour. This had a white head that formed a gibbous crescent over the top of the body. The scent is grassy with lemon peel and pith as well as some gooseberry in the aroma. The flavour is bright, zesty and charming, highlighting the difference in tasting it at its source and 1,000km away in Christchurch at The Brewery. It seems fresher and more alive and has a tangier finish.
This was a charming IPA but somewhat light for its 5.8%abv and would probably struggle when pitted against bigger IPAs of the same abv. On its own though, the numbers speak for themselves. This also points to the fact that we have an embarrassment of excellent IPAs in this country. This one seems to bear some good similarities with Three Boys IPA.