omega (736) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Solid little drinker this one. Not overtly hoppy, but enough to keep the senses engaged. Little light on the palate, but had to keep reminding myself this is not meant to be a hopmonster.
Jimthechap (1820) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From tap at The Twisted Hop, Woolston after a long day of judging beer and I just needed a nice quaffable stable ale. This was just the thing. Mahogany in colour but with a minimal head, nice mature fruity aromas and flavours in a pint with good body and lengthy but well balanced bitterness. Plenty going on in terms of flavour, moving from fruity and sweet at first to measured, woody and elegant as it sat on the palate.
Another pint would have been perfect if I had time.
Cantabrian (886) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2014 Christmas dinners are not the best times for tasting. This was nice and fruity on the nose, well balanced on the flavour, easy to drink. The appearance though was not too kosher, completely lacking a head. I should re-visit this one day. Love the bats on the label!
kiwianer (3413) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The head is robust. It smells aromatic, full bodied, fruity. The taste is very nice aromatic, hoppy, malty, bit bitter, fruity, creamy
p13 (2) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 15, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had a pint of this after work yesterday poured from a freshly filled (and beautifully branded) flagon.
Aroma kinda thin, sweet and lightly floral, poured a deep gold with a low white head that laced lightly.
Tasted mainly sweet with yeast underneath. Slight bitter and sour tones developed as the brew quickly warmed in the afternoon sun, adding an interesting complexity. Fairly light body with the slight yeast adding more perceived weight. Average-light carbonation and a short finish reflecting the overall taste.
Good beer overall, can see it as a mainstay over BBQ season and afternoons in the sun. An interesting easy-drinker for those times when Iíd want more than a couple of glasses of something that has an interesting flavour but not the complexities, higher alcohol or price of the double IPA crafters.
beer-yum (655) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2015 A surprisingly full bodied pale ale. Definitely worth including in a tasting session if available.
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark red in colour with thin white head, sweet candy floss aroma. Well balanced hop and malt flavour.
alectron (30) - - MAY 2, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Lots of hops with very strong pineapple and some gooseberry notes, yeasty/mash-y and a tad metallic, also, potatoes (?).
Bitter, malty, mash-y, some fruit from the hops.
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 29, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle from Regional. Dark with a head that fades a bit too quickly. Itís bright and fresh on the noise, Iím almost getting a bit of pinot gris in the aroma? Odd, but interesting. In the mouth it is sweet - perhaps a bit too sweet - and the fruitiness of the hops mixes with that sweetness to again make me think of a lychee-like pinot gris. Itís also very light in the mouth, again like a white wine. Which is weird, from a very brown beer. I donít think I could call this a very good pale ale, but it is a most interesting one. Iíll try again, because maybe itís just this bottle...
ciaranc (1015) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 9, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark gold with a head that doesnt last. Honey, malt, bread, toast aromas. Bittersweet in the taste, with a hint of sourness. Quite a thin, slick mouthfeel. Finish is short, with a little more honey and bitterness. A little too sweet for my tastes.