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


on tap


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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ALLOVATE (2816) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2006
I like the new label. It has a kind of íBlair witchí meets íSummer of Samí feel about it visually. Possibly the best thing it has going for it. A shimmering fiery copper it produced with intermittent, fine carbonation rising up to that magnificent crown of crowns - a two inch thick, sloppy bed of cream that held form and drabbed a very messy lace down the glass. It pours so attractive, so seductive (Iíve already lied on its qualities!) that if it could just sit there in the glass the world would be a good place, but the world is not and this baby needed to be consumed.
Aroma has damp lawn clippings festering in the sun. The smell of Summer and that corner of the yard youíve been meaning to weed yet keep watering. A strange under-waft of cola joins in, doesnít go unnoticed. Heavily woody, heavily grassy and musty in the mouth. Very dry, pasty in feel like starchy unconverted grains. Pine, freshly sanded with the dust settling on the tongue. Some feint cocoa and treebark. There is a raspy and sharp bitter bite in back that follows into the long, dry, hay and grass swallow. A light hint of bitter fruit comes in. No sweetness shows even once warm. Have they changed the recipe along with the label. It wasnít distasteful, but for me it just didnít quite work. Aggressive hopping with no thought involved. Different, but not a winner. (33cL, 27/06/07, The Beer Store Morley)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 26, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2011 I was a little bit harsh on this beer last time. In addition to the lovely coppery colour and white head, thereís a distinctive hoppy grassy nose on top of a bold, brassy malt. The flavours follow that similar run with a lovely lingering bitterness. Easily in my top two mainstream beers along with Hoprocker. Not a bad drop at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pickled (47) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 14, 2006
Hoppy and malty. Not a complex beer but tasty and good value. I like this as a session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
markas101 (2221) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2006
33cl bottle, Wellington. Pours a deep amber colour, thin head, very hoppy aroma that does not follow through to the flavor. A good beer, but perhaps not as good as the Macís Copperhop for hops lovers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (22614) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 9, 2006
Draught at Smugglerís, Nelson. Clear brownish amber. Light mangolike hop aroma. Medium sweet with fairly light body and clean mouthfeel. Vague notes of paper. Grassy hops and licorice dominate the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
winkle (478) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2005
Bottled: Big hoppy nose followed by dominate hop flavours and finishing with a bigish bitter finish. IBUs must be up around 35. There is some malt for balance - not a bad hoppy bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Big Haz (2) - Wanaka, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 11, 2005 does not count
A really good beer with food. It will appeal to those who like strong hoppy flavours underlaid by a very rich malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2005
Reddish copper colour, thin white head. Spicy/woody hop aroma, some caramel. Flavour is quite hoppy. Woody goldings come through on the palate with a long moderately bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 25, 2005
From tap at brewery pub. Brown-red colour with a small head. Hoppy aroma with hints of blackcurrent. The taste didnít quite live up to the aroma though. Quite malty, I got (burnt) caramal flavours. But was also very carbonated, but maybe that is more the pubís fault (but it is at the brewery). Not bad, but there is better in NZ of its kind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 24, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2007 Tasted 23/01/2005. Rerated 09/03/2005. A "Pint" at the bar in the brewery. Pours a red amber with an off-white almost creamy head. Temperature of beer at the brewery is too cold to release the full aroma, but the nose hints of berry fruit, wine and some floral notes. Flavour is caramel, aniseed and has a soft hoppy bitter bite. Palate is left very clean. A good kiwi red quaffer but another Wellington Brewery beer chilled well down below maximum enjoyment. Re-tasted 06/01/2007. New branding. Lovely drop. Hop sack indeed! Tropical fruit, a little strawberry and subdued earthiness on the nose. Then fresh grated chocolate and pale malts come through. Fairly highly attenuated for a "Best" but a nice caramel and toasty malt presence, plus lovely strawberry, papaya and lemon hop aromatics make it a winner. Iím almost digging Saaz B. Bottle beats tap, for me. Possibly the most balanced of all these new world ales coming through in this part of the world. I guess thatís why itís winning best Amber Ale every year at BrewNZ.

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