waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 30, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on my 2nd bottle which poured golden brown with a fine frothy head the aroma is mildly hopped & inviting the taste is real good full of hops bitter tangy malty flavours a bit rough but is going down really well
KyleCameron (33) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 18, 2015
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hops are dominated by the chewy malt profile. Felt cloying and sweet. With a whole lot more hop bite, it may have had a chance, but it just wasn’t enough to match the style. I found it difficult to finish the beer to be honest.
DylansDad (581) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 19, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An easy drinking if unspectacular little number. Starts sweet and fruity then a touch of citrus a tad of pine and a decent bitterness at a good level to match the light body. Slightly metallic/sour after taste. Not bad at all.
omega (886) - 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 (2064) - 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 (975) - 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 (3428) - 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 (3) - 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 I’d 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 (1263) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2016 Restrained aroma in a copper pour. Similarly restrained flavour profile with a hop forward balance to start followed by a tasty fruity malt body and sustained bitter finish.
beerledgend (1196) - 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.