beer-yum (439) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A solid example of the antipodean take on the style. Inviting aroma followed by a finely balanced flavour and finish.
Jimthechap (1571) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Itís a lively little fucker, this one. I opened to a violent surge of head out of the bottle. In the glass it is hazy and the head sits as a rocky remnant of the half-poured ale that remains in the glass to be carefully decanted. The aroma is outwardly herbaceous and grassy with green spruce cones. This beer has not been tamed one iota. Its virulent yeastiness dominates proceedings so far and even pointed reminders from the metaphorical bench have reminded the witness to tone down its evidence.
The label suggests the hops have been tamed by the maltiness, which I would, your honour, suggest this to be misleading and deceiving under s6 of the Fair Trading Act. It is the hops that have humbled the malt as the characters suggest citrus rind, a mouthful of grassy chlorophyll and resinous redwood bark. There is some tropical fruit character underneath and gentle protesting reminders of the fruity malt and yeast characters but the star, first and foremost is hop, hop, hippy to the hip hip hop...
Your honour, I rest my arse.
3fourths (7887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazed gold body with a thin film of a head, difficult to to force even that. Grapefruit, flowers, green onion, cheese rind, honey, gum, nuts, a faint bit of armpit BO / mustiness, toasted grains, a little caramelization evident. Medium body with vibrant hop acids pricking the mouth throughout. Medium sweetness, medium to low bitterness, tends to be a bit goopy *and* watery in the finish (sugar goop across the middle gives way to thinning nothingness) and an unpleasant peanut oil flavor begins to awaken as it opens. Itís hoppy as all get out but not overly bitter, something which Iím finding common in Kiwi hoppy pale ales, which I certainly prefer over the "IBUs over everything" approach seem to commonly in the states. From 12oz bottle, 5.8%, 50 IBU.
Travlr (9997) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from the source. Clear golden color. Aroma of sweaty and dank pine and grass. Taste is bitter pine and grassy straw.
GT2 (8283) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330mL thanks to Travlr fresh from NZ! Pours a clear golden with spotty foam. Nose is dusty, cheesy, candy corn, candied lemon. Taste is dusty, cheesy, soapy, hints of quenching grain. Dry palate. Hmm.
Stew41 (1728) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Impressive. Not quite your typical resin loaded new world style but perhaps all the better for it. Ultra clean with quite impactful hops, perhaps more than one could expect for 50 IBUs. Some metallic component, a nod to the classic style, but the hops are very fresh and floral. Really good.
DylansDad (300) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured opaquely muddy yellow with a lot of sediment. 5mm thick white head which immediately disappeared. No lacing.
Aroma was the high point. Strong burst of floral/citrus, then a nice yeasty bread. The taste is nice but doesnít have the intensity of the aroma and lacks complexity. Mouthfeel starts watery, teeters on the brink of slight creaminess in the middle, then quickly disappears in a short, watery, medium bitter finish.
Having said that, Iíd happily drink another right now.
Pdubyah (351) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
itís bitter hoppy facade really does mask the shortcoming that this has. Itís the muddiest flattest pouring beer Iíve ever had. It comes with a reputation that it does not deserve.
Itís not awful, itís just not better than a bunch of other similar beers that arnít as thin, or one dimensional.
omega (681) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rerelease after a long hiatus. Now in 330ml and alcohol content has dropped to 5.8%.
Pours a nice cloudy golden colour.. Hops on the nose with a "bready" undertone. Quite dry and would agree with this is more an APA than a ASA.
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap @ brewery and bottle from a local shop. Hazy orange pour with a short white head leaving moderate lace. Nose is a mix of pine and malt. Medium body and carbonation. Pine, tea, grapefruit, walnuts and light caramel sweetness - more hoppy on tap at the brewery than it is in an older bottle. Not my favorite from this up and coming NZ brewery, but a solid example of an IPA - not an ASA in my opinion. Like the Epic Mayhem, perhaps itís more of an Imperial Pale Ale.