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Hancock & Co Grand Pale Ale

Hancock & Co Craft Brewing
Brewed at McCashin Family Brewery

Style: American Pale Ale
Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.29/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Sweet caramel and roasted hazelnut flavours fill the mouth. Balanced with nuances of tobacco, slight pepper, cloves and herb noted on the finish. Grand Pale Aleís unique flavour comes from the combination of a variety of NZ hops and continuous hopping in the brewing process. This style will create a strong but not crushing hop flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tombutlin (176) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 10, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2015 Slightly surprised this is called an APA, as is is maltier and less hoppy than expected, but true to the label. Moderate aroma, but big taste of nuts, tobacco & herbs. Re-rated, this now has a vegemite aftertaste, which has persisted as Iím working through a dozen bottles. Downgraded from good to OK

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
waiake (605) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 11, 2014
330ml bottle pours hazy & golden, flavours are nuts, pepper & caramel with an enjoyable hoppy bitter finish. Great beer great price: again, free 4 pack with 6 Stokes!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 13, 2014
The head is ok, the body gold-brown. It smells dry-grain. The taste is grain, dry, hoppy, bitter, bit mild. 3.0

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
3fourths (8962) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Copper pennies, oxidized caramel malt, twangy corn. Sour, paper-y, starchy and metallic. Sherry malt, soda water carbonation, tin can finish. Bottle says notes of clove lol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KodiBear (1) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 13, 2013 does not count
Darker golden colour than I expected, aroma of slightly sweet hay. Easy drinking, full round flavour. Nice rounded hops not too strong. Slightly nutty, really well balanced finish on the palate. Medium sweet, slick texture, soft carbonation and a very long, mellow well balanced finished. I really like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (19525) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Draft. Hazy yellow color, white head. Aroma of dusty straw. Taste is fruity straw. Decent.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
waihekebrewer (1) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 20, 2013 does not count
Possibly the nastiest beer Iíve tried so far this year. Unpleasantly cloudy with a wet cardboard aroma and dull, murky palate. Just another in a long line up of sily attempts by New Zealandís big breweries to try and fool the public with fake craft beer. To paraphrase Monty Python, íThis is not a beer for drinking. This is a beer for laying down and avoiding.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DylansDad (552) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 31, 2013
Very bitter. The label mentions among other things nuances of tobacco, and man Iím getting that in spades. Reminds me of when I was a practising smoker rolling cigarettes and getting stray strand of tobacco on my tongue. Well, not quite that intense. To be honest, this is a slow sipping beer for me, itís not quite balanced enough for me to want another one immediately.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopMeASAP (2) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 2, 2013 does not count
Not your typical Pale Ale, it was a enjoyable easy drinking beer with great hop flavour..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
monobrow (7) - Wanganui, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 23, 2013 does not count
average carbonation, bitter, long finish, light sweetness, very bitter, toast, I loved the malty , hoppy bitterness & aftertaste ,a real cracker I really enjoyed this . More flavour than Boundary Rd Flying Forttress but then this is a step up @ around $14 for 4 x 330 ml bottles.

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