Pdubyah (506) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a bit of alright. Hops galore and the malts play an early part, but are soon pushed to the back. Fantastic colour beer, nice to drink. yes.
DRummery (5) - Whangarei, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 20, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I love red beers and I love hoppy beers, so naturally I absolutely loved this one! Great aroma when poured, good colour, and just a bit more oomph than the average amber IPA/APA.
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was fantastic! Huge hop presence that is wonderfully balanced by the malt. This is a great beer which ticks all the boxes.
BeerGeekconz (22) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of lots of american hops with a subtle underlying malty base. Appearance is RED. thin hop tinged head with good lacing. Flavour is malty upfront, quickly dominated by the hops rolling through to a long bitter finish. Soft on the palate with moderate carbonation, very nice mouthfeel. A very good California style red ale, the malt is dominated by the hops and I would like to taste a little more of that glimpse of that promising underlying malt.
kiwirevo (11) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 7, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Excellent beer. I got a gorgeous hit of the hops as i poured and drinking it was even better. Can’t recommend this enough.
omega (786) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a lovely brick red colour and has a generous hoppy nose. On the palate quite soft and the bitterness is tempered by the malts. Have to admit I was a little disappointed by this beer as upfront the flavours are muted and a little thin.
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Like the prior reviewer - and the brewer himself, based on what is on the label - this is a hard to pin down beer. Which is one way of saying it’s all over the place. Rich deep red, malty, sweet - almost sticky. But lots of bitter grassy hops and lingering aftertaste. But, I don’t know, it’s maybe trying a bit hard? It’s almost a great beer; almost *many* great beers, but it doesn’t quite meld, I think.
Jimthechap (2041) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It was difficult to know where to pigeonhole this beer as it was dark, but not as dark as a porter. It was strong, but not Imperial. It was hoppy, and too hoppy to be a Scotch Ale. I hope the classification suits. Aromas of the classic Pacific Northwest hops. spruce and citrus, along with long resinous bitterness. The beer was served too cold to truly so it justice, but I would estimate this beer would be felt in the mouth for a good half an hour after the liquid had disappeared.