Jimthechap (1925) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It seems I got a bottle from the same batch as my esteemed colleague PDubya as the first appearance of this beer is that it is as flat as buggery. A lovely orange amber colour with perfect clarity though but no head to speak of. Aromas tend toward orange rind, dry red bark and dehydrated apricots. It isn’t as forthright as the Hairy Hop IPA, but has its charms. Carbonation comes out in tasting with quite a zesty spritziness that really showcases the ripe citrus characters of oranges, tangerine and kumquat. This is a tangy beer with an enchanting finish. Once the head retention is sorted this beer will charm legions.
Pdubyah (485) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 31, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2015 I had a bottle that was flat, but I could discern that it has potential to be something nice, I’ll re-rate if I get another bottle..... Which I did, and the result is a clean crisp beer with a lovely over-arching grassiness, with a decent bitter zing. Lovely carbonation and a decent finish. Not a lot of linger though, making this easy drinking and a great way to spend a sunny afternoon.