Brewed by Macís Brewery (Lion Breweries - NZ)
Style: Bitter
Auckland, New Zealand
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LesArgen (276) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 11, 2013
Lots of floral fragrances give way quickly to marshmallow and honey, then finally some earthy notes including dirt, metal and sump oil. In the mouth itís more hoppy with good length and a reasonable malt structure. It could probably do with a little more bite, but itís an enjoyable drop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beersiveknown (4409) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 26, 2013
Keg at shed 22 Brewbar, Wellington 7/1/13
Clear amber-brown with slight spicy apple aroma. Medium bodied, sweet caramel, some cardboard and astringent flavours and rasping bitter finish but little in the way of hop flavour. Another red ale I donít like...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rangi (662) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 30, 2012
Very sessionable beverage. Tasty enough without being outstanding. Would be happy to drink when the rugby is on.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ciaranc (1102) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
dgi (16) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
petergaynor (137) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bif (1800) - 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.

   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beermack (725) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7253) - 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.

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