Brewed by Hawkes Bay Independent Brewery
Style: Amber Ale
Napier, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 2.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
A handcrafted blend of pale and crystal malts which gives the deep copper colour that is complimented by the thick creamy head. A pleasure to drink.

bozoNZ's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
bozoNZ (758) - Christchurch, - JAN 4, 2013
Really only a glorified nz draught. Lovely clarity, no head. Slight honey texture but pretty innocuous

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (5754) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 2, 2016
330ml bottle pours a pale amber color with 2 fingers of off-white head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is perfume at first followed up with some citrus and caramel. Taste is a citrus hop bitterness with a light fruity and caramel malty sweetness. Light bodied with decent enough carbonation. Overall, this brew is quite tasty and well crafted despite the low ABV. Getting a little bit of a rough time on here.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
canadiankiwi (146) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 21, 2015
Pretty average for a craft beer. Tasted like tui. Would not want to have it cold. Drinkable but nothing of note

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
olsentribe8 (17) - Napier, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 11, 2014
What a disappointment! Being a Hawke’s Bay local I was expecting good things from this "handcrafted beer". It wasn’t even on par with plain old boxed beer. I tried 4x 500ml varieties and same result, very reminiscent of my first or second batches of just acceptable home brew. Come on HBIB you can do better than this!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
heyden (137) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 1, 2014
Tried onsite so review will be short. The only beer of their range that has a hint of flavour. Pale red, filtered thin body. Slight caramel aroma and taste. The best of the range but very bland. For the price you have to pay; avoid

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
sm89walt (1972) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2014
Keg - The Mousetrap, Taupo. An effervescent dark amber with a small, mostly lasting foamy white head. Mid-fruits, grain and caramel on the nose. Flavours of biscuit, bread dough and grain. Light to medium body, lively full carbonation and a short, subtly fruity, malty finish. Fair enough as a freebie for completing a skydive earlier in the day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (21661) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Draft at the Londoner courtesy of nate2g, thank you!. Clear dark amber brown color, tan head. Aroma of burnt caramel on toast. Taste is similar. Nicely hopped.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2013
Light amber colour. Aroma is full of caramel. Taste is similar, with lots of earthy goldingesque hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ciaranc (1102) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 27, 2012
Pours copper, no head. Not much on the nose. Soft, malty palette. Short finish, with a hint of caramel. Boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brodies_Best (269) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 14, 2012
Pours copper with off white head. Aroma of fruit, sweet floral hops. Taste is bitter with sweet malty tones, well rounded medium bodies. Caramel aftertaste.

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