3fourths (8229) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Diacetyl to go with your caramel and apple malt and grapefruit and pine hops. Oily butter, solvent, some sweat / iso acid noticed. Medium body, sweet, medium bitterness, crunchy and brash malt texture with rough carbonation. The brewer knew that this batch had diacetyl and mentioned recipe changes and an increased boil temperature which he hopes will clean up the next release.
From draft at the brewery in Riwaka.
beer-yum (590) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A solid example of the breed but nothing that stands out from the competition. Their Red IPA is a better bet.
Jimthechap (1788) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper amber colour with. Transient white had and evident carbonation. Aromas of brassy malt, apricot pulp, passionfruit and a hint of creamed corn diacetyl. I must stress that it is only a hint and doesn’t spoil the aroma for me. It has that brassiness up front along with flavours of orange peel as well, gentle bitterness and that creamed corn again. One pint of this would be nice. Two pints of this would be better.