Brewed by Hawkes Bay Independent Brewery
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Napier, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 2.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.6   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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BOTTLE: A refreshing summer ale spiced with ginger tempered by the subtle addition of natural Hawke’s Bay honey. Brewed in a traditional style, yet creating a truly unique summer flavour. WEBSITE: There is no entry for Special Reserve Summer Ale but there is for Special Reserve. They may be different beers. SPECIAL RESERVE Citrus flavoured ale infused with honey and cinnamon. Developed with dining in mind and an especially good compliment to spicy food. 5% alc/vol

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bozoNZ (719) - Christchurch, - DEC 28, 2012
Nice light golden, good head retention. Very sweet, ginger notes a little strange. bit too cardboardy too unfortunately.

   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 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
heyden (45) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 1, 2014
Thin pale body. Strongly carbonated. Ginger beer aroma. Ginger taste is all that comes through. Slight hint of honey. Not good. Bland

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Oakes (12514) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2013
This is the ginger beer "Special Reserve Summer Ale". Pale colour. Sweet, a little bit gingery, somewhat, and with not much character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Davros (1939) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2012
Pours deep amber with a fading head. Nose shows caramel, toasty malt and soft floral hops. Not too bad, a little faint though. Flavours introduce ginger and astringent lemon to the mix, ruining what could have been a pleasant, malty beer. Needs more carbonation.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Brodies_Best (246) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 14, 2012
Pours light golden with white head. Metallic aroma. Sweet, cider like, citrus with cloves and spicey ginger aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (3182) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 2, 2011
moderate cinnamon and honey. sweet, malty enjoyable brew. nice summer beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Vas (64) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 12, 2011
Bottle. Has a radler-esque flavour. More citrus shandy than ginger. Sweet, thin body. No distinct honey flavour. Frothy white head, crystal clear, dark golden colour. Easy drinking but a bit cloying and one dimensional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mkel07 (3381) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2011
500ml bottle. White even layer of foam caps off the glass and sits atop an inviting amber gold beer. Foam settles fairly quickly and there is some ginger in the aroma with some nectarine also present and some honey also creeps into the nose after awhile. Spicy flavour with a sweet aftertaste in the mouth and also some ginger flavours.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beth101 (531) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2010
Golden yellow with no head looks carbonated. Smells herby. Tastes of spice. Fairly smooth.

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