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Kaimai Pale Ale (Southern Cross Hopped)

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Brewed by Kaimai Brewing
Style: American Pale Ale
Mt Maunganui, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.07/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Brewed using New Zealand malt and Southern Cross hops.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (13369) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2013
3rd January 2013
Very hazy amber beer, big fluffy white head. Mild sherbet lime on the nose. The head has a light floral lime sherbet nose. Creamy malt supports lovely mild floral lime hops. Finishes smooth. Simple but utterly delicious, Why so many naff rates for this is beyond me!

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jimthechap (1483) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 16, 2012
Classic amber pale ale colour, clear and with a definite greenish-creamy white head that is leaving good lace down the side of the glass. The aroma isn’t nearly like what I was expecting. I was expecting an up-front heady hoppiness but instead got biscuity malt, almost cheesy Belgian ale aroma and very little hop. Odd. I tasted it and ah, there they are. Sweet at the front with a grassy herbalness and then a return to that sweet malt and candy sugar. The finish offers a little bitterness but is otherwise mediocre. As an APA it is incredibly wide of the mark, but as a stand alone pale ale it would fall into the cheerful quaffer were it not for the highish alcohol content. Just what is this exactly?

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ComradeK (922) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours a murky chestnut-brown, with a moderate off-white head, which offers decent retention and reasonable lace. There is not a lot going on so far as aroma is concerned: a light floral fragrance, some sourdough and a peculiar aroma of vintage cheddar, which seems to develop in the glass, and is not altogether very pleasant. It does taste a little better than it smells, but not a whole lot. Grapefruit and pepper hops flavours introduce a body of slightly shrill lemon and very weak caramel, which fades out into a lingering grapefruit finish. This is certainly not the best beer out there, although there is nothing terribly offensive about it, except perhaps for its slightly unpleasant aroma. The thing is, there’s not a whole lot to like about it either - it’s simply very missable.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Brenhophead (524) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2011
Pours a deep amber with a nice head and ok lacing with not much of an aroma (some malt and resin). You can tell when you taste this beer that it is heavily hopped although it would seem the south cross hop doesnt have alot of flavour to it unfortunantly well compared to other hops. There are grassey note with some herb like flavours but altmost no citrus flavour. This hop is reminiscent of Bramling cross in colour/aroma but the flavour is lacking.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
omega (642) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 18, 2011
Malty with a bitterness in the back palate, this beer pours a golden brown colour with minimal head. Body is quite full with a bit a creaminess to boot.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KevBrew (37) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 30, 2011
Amber/brown wispy head, good lacing. Wet cut grass (Silage), clovey spice, caramel, cookie dough. Biter/sweet peppery up front, spacey bitter finish. Enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
grapengrain (125) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 27, 2011
I like this beer and am a bit surprised by the low score. It not an APA and don’t understand that classification - it is a big rich malty pale ale with clean bitterness and vibrant S/C hop notes.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hawthorne00 (2258) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 20, 2011
Bottle. Clear amber with a cream head. Aroma has pears, pine, grapefruit, crackers. Taste has a little grainy sweetness before quite sharp spicy and piney bittterness. Very dry finish. Boozy and not entirely harmonious.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkel07 (2520) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2011
500ml bottle. Deep copper colour with a good cushion of beige foam. Popcorn and caramel malt aromas are pleasant as is the nutty biscuit flavour. Dry on the palate with good mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 10, 2011
20100610 500ml bottle from State Line. Coppery amber with large, lingering beige head. Aroma is hugely floral, lavender, Ivory soap, with mild citrus/orange and light crackery malts. Reminds of some bottled English pales like Twisted Thistle, especially in that the yeast/hop combo comes across as slightly Orval-like. Some mild pretzel, sourdough maltiness. I really enjoyed this beer, but if I recall it cost about a zillion dollars because they had to use 20,000 gallons of fuel getting it to MD from New Zealand . Nonetheless, very tasty.


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