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Limburg Hopsmacker

Limburg Hopsmacker
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Formerly brewed at Steam Brewing Company
Style: American Pale Ale
Auckland, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Limburg Hopsmacker is loosely based on the English Pale Ale style, with a kiwi twist! The use of English barley malts and a combination of English Fuggles and New Zealand grown Saaz hops gives this pale ale a great malt base and a beautiful citrus/fruit character on the nose.

Brewed by Steam for Limburg Brewing Company.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EastCoaster (122) - USA - AUG 10, 2009
only upon memory from a visit there but I do remember it being one exquisite brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunevdj (3965) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 8, 2008
Pours a clear light yellow with a white head. No sweetness just bitterness. Does have a light caramel maltyness. Quite hoppy with aromas of pine and a bit of resin. Medium bodied. Lively carbonation. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - FEB 29, 2008
One of the last ones that I could find after the announcement that this beer is now defunct. Pours a light brown with no head, itís never really ever looked good in the glass since they stopped bottle conditioning. Has a rather prickly carbonation to it but a lovely passion fruit nose which is probably due to it now being brewed by the hop king at steam breweries. Itís unfair to judge this bottle because itís an old on and a wee bit dusty but I have drunk many pints of this and itís a great beer. One of the only decent beers to be found on tap in Hamilton in the early part of this century so I owe it a huge debt!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Plimmer (252) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2008
Bottle 33cl. Clear amber body with normal size off white head. Nose dominated by hops and fruit/citrus. Flavour with bitter sweet hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2008
(Bottle 33 cl) Pours a clear, deep golden with a creamy, lacing, off-white head. Very pleasant, peachy hop aroma. Medium-bodied with lightly sweet notes of caramel malt and then otherwise completely dominated by the rather sophisticated hop blend that leaves lots of flavour but not so much bitterness. A fantastic session beer. This may be based on an English style but with the Kiwi twist it certainly came out as a brilliant APA. 240108

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 3, 2007
Bottle courtesy of beer_ledgend. Pours copper white with a rocky white head. Smells of citrus, pine, some caramel, spice. Tastes earthy with some peppery splashes and elements of biscuits. Mouthfeel is full with a peppery finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1475) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - SEP 20, 2007
A deliciously juicy example of New Zealand brewing. They do a fine line in pale ales brewed with local hops, and this seems to be one of the best. Thereís no longer any mention of Fuggles on the label, instead referring to NZ Saaz and "other New World hops", which tends to confirm my impression that this is now closer to an APA than an EPA. Itís a cracking beer, whatever the style. Thereís very little to fault, from the towering head with lashings of lace to the gloriously fresh and zesty aroma and the exquisitely balanced flavours. Loverly stuff. Gives off big drafts of lychee, passionfruit, orange Fruit Gums, gooseberry greenness and Curacao. Soft carbonation. Tart, juicy tropical fruit with some US APA-style toffee malts and pine. All very restrained and balanced. After starting an NZ holiday with a few duds, this one lifted my whole mood because I knew I had something really good to drink for the rest of the week. (330ml bottle from Scenic Cellars, Taupo)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2007
Love this beer, this years batch of hops have a great passionfruit aroma. Such a clean taste, itís such a pleasure to drink. Beautiful looking, beautiful tasting!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bozoNZ (758) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 13, 2007
On tap @ Rosies Hastings 19/10/06. Slightly cloudy, big fruity citrus floral nose. Stonefruits, grassy & passionfruit. Big thru to the finish - love it. Nice to meet Chris too...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 21, 2006
I was very happy to have been served this beer when I asked for a recommendation from the barman. I was served from the bottle which gave the beer lingering carbonation which lasted to the very bottom of the glass. It had boatloads of hoppy character and a lingering after-taste matched only by the beers from The Twisted Hop brewery in Christchurch. The orange and coriander complimented the weather outside (dismal) making it very much a comfort beer. The purchase price was justified by the aroma alone, which made me look forward to the next bottle.

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