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Brewed by Macs Brewery
Style: Bitter
Wellington, New Zealand
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A Hoppy Best Bitter with a combination of flavours including nutty, biscuity characters from the 5 malts, fruity esters and the contrasting flavour of the NZ Saaz hops. These flavours meld together resulting in this intriguing and balanced beer.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ciaranc (985) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 14, 2012
330ml bottle. Looks the part, clear copper pour with a nice beige/off-white head. Lovely mellow caramel malty nose with a decent hop background. Flavour follows aroma, biscuit, smooth caramel malt with a spray of nicely judged soft hops. Mouthfeel is soft, a touch creamy even, carbonation is minimal. Finish is long and luscious. Excellent beer. Extraordinarily good for its price point.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
dgi (14) - DENMARK - OCT 7, 2012
330 ml bottle. Pours dark amber with a thin head and a very lively carbonation. Nice floral and citrus hop smell. Roasted malty notes is what makes most of the flavour, with a lingering bitter finish. The body is very thin. Nice easy drinking beer.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
petergaynor (114) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 24, 2012
330ml bottle. Pours dark red-brown, good off-white head. Smells toasted nutty malts. Tastes herby hops with toasted malt. Good bitter, nice surprise.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bif (1563) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle- Pours a nice amber color with a small head that fades to nice lacing. Aroma of roasted malt sweetness with spice and some grain in the back ground. Taste of malt sweetness and a bit of spice. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. fairly medium body, smooth and a bit creamy. Has a distinct character. Nice drinker that goes down easy. Not bad for the style.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2012
A really good, cheap and quaffable beer. Its not pretentious but easy drinking with a good balance. Donít let the price mislead you into thinking this is a bad beer!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beermack (676) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 16, 2012
33cl bottle. Pours hazy copper with thin light tan head - decent amount of lacing. Aroma is of dark fruits, floral notes, sweet malt, slight nuttiness. Taste is fruity - dark fruits - floral notes, and a citric hop zing which gives a pleasant degree of bitterness. Plenty of rich malt action in the taste too - caramel especially - very well balanced. This is a very tasty and very sessionable beer, reminds me of some of the new twists on the traditional Irish Red Ale that a handful of Irish microbreweries are coming out with at the moment - lovely.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (6526) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2012
Bottle. A collision between sweet fruity and nutty malts, and some decent hops. Toffee and caramel notes too, before a decent bitter finish. Enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sevenlee (1411) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2012
Pours a deep red colour with an off-white head. Aroma is quite malty with nutty and biscuity notes. Taste is also quite malty with some nuts, biscuit and fruit leading to a dry bitter finish from saaz hops. Not bad.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
omega (724) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 10, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2013 A nicely hopped beer which is not too overpowering. Colour is a nice amber red and has a nice soft carbonation.

2.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jado (575) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2012
No doubt this is a complex beer, bit Iím not sure it works necessarily. Thereís not too much on the nose, but looks great in the glass with a clear red colour and a small dissipating head. The taste is a blend of malts with fruity but not overpowering hops. Doesnít linger much. Interesting, but Iím not sure it all comes together.


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