Jimthechap (1994) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 6, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It is one the pale side of most APA’s I’ve indulged in with a clinging collar of white head that seems stuck to the glass like frothy chewing gum. The aroma is of citrussy hops with grass and cone aromas, but not in any threatening quantity. Yes it smells like an APA, but usually you get an olfactory assault, which you don’t get here. Again, those zesty, resinous spruce gum hops have been converted into flavour. At first you think "Well, here it is, but there could be more of it." but then you start to consider how much is enough. I mean you get enough to let you know there’s American hops there, but not enough to grasp the tongue and start braying the star spangled banner. This is an APA with subtlety, but I’m afraid that will be lost on most. It’s finish is of orange peel and is spritzy. A charming beer, but one that is trying to gently cough to get attention in a very noisy throng.
omega (783) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 6, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is the bet selling in the numbers line up, maybe due to its higher presence of hops. However it is not overly bitter and has a nice clean finish.
TimE (3974) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden amber color. Lime, tangerine and a bit kiffer. Very light body. A touch sweet. Light bitter finish. Very quaffable.
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2011 Tap @ Hallertau. Cloudy gold pour with a short, fine white head leaving moderate lace. Toasty, pine nose. Pine, toast, almonds, tea and grapefruit. Medium body and carbonation. The latter is quite fine and yields a creamy mouth feel. This is one of Hallertau’s less hop-forward ales (i.e. more East Coast APA).. Recommended for those favoring a more bitter and meatier APA.
beer4eternity (212) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle. Hazy orange gold with a thin white creamy head. Delivers on the floral and zesty citrus and honey malt and although the aromas are luscious they are a lot more subtle than "hops galore.. and bursting" as suggested by the commercial description. (then I’m thinking Epic Armageddon or Renaissance MPA). Taste is very nice sweet and bitter with reasonably long duration. Tingly carbonation, slick and sticky, medium body, bitter then astringent finish. Probably not a classic but still very nice.
KapitiCritique (369) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - NOV 6, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hashigo Zake on tap
- hoppy citrus nose;
- gold with yellow highlights, slightly hazy, small head and minimal lacing;
- bitterness is distinct but not overwhelming;
- medium bodied, slightly slick or sticky, lively carbonation, slightly astringent finish;
Overall, a pale ale. Not complicated but nice.
snuffla (156) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 21, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Poured into a glass saying ’oh, but this looks pretty’. Rose gold with a fine wispy head. Honey aroma with pithy grapefruit. Little sweetness followed up with some lemon bitter notes. Nice enough but a little underwhelming, drops away in the middle of the palate and leaves me wanting something more.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 2, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Malthouse.
Pours hazy amber/orange, thin off white head.
Aroma of zesty grapefruity hops.
Quite a bitter flavour, but not much depth. A zesty citrus flavour followed with a biting bitterness.
A simple but very enjoyable hoppy beer.
joKing (11) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 29, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Latest stuff on tap is GOLD!!! US Cascade throughout with NZ Hop Goodness. Well done.
sunevdj (3425) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Manakau festival. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a white diminishing head. Light sweetness with some bitterness. Light strawlike maltiness. Light, slightly grassy hoppiness with a citric hint. Light to medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. Dry finish. I had a feeling that this festivl cask had a hint of diacetyl.