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Brewed by Hop Federation Brewery
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Riwaka, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.08/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.88   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Brewed with New Zealand malt and Nelson Sauvin and Motueka hop varieties. Our Golden Ale has a clean bitterness with a refreshing ruby grapefruit and passionfruit finish.


3fourths' rating

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
3fourths (8239) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Quiet white wine / Sauvignon Blanc / fruit cup aroma hops with slightly husky Pilsner malt crackers and biscuits and such. Brash carbonation, equally rough malt, notes of saccharine and rice cake, some dirty laundry soap off-notes and a lasting calcium carbonate residue in the mouth. Yeast seems to dirty this one up a bit, though overall it’s very non-expressive so it doesn’t suffer too much. Draft at the brewery in Riwaka.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
waiake (201) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle at lord nelsons ak city appealing citrus aroma leading to a crisp & slightly watery taste but finished really good with fruity mildly bitter & subtle hoppy flavours

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jimthechap (1792) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 22, 2014
To look at it, it does what it says on the tin: it’s golden and has a pronounced flow of carbonation from the bottom of the glass in a constant stream to the top. This contributes to a stable white head. The aroma of grapefruit and lime is appealing along with some grape character. This is manifest in the flavour with tangy bitterness and Meyer lemon. yes, it is a light coloured beer, but it doesn’t suffer from lack of flavour. This contradicts the usual perception that Golden Ales are the airheads of the beer world. Tasty stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
beer-yum (602) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 8, 2014
Good smell but thin taste. Pretty sure they can do better and I will try again to confirm.


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