TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 25, 2005
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 22, 2004
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hoppy nose, I reckon hops were added late as an after thought. as very plain beer. Is red in colour with small head.
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 13, 2004
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2007 rer8 out of the bottle: i was a bit worried that this is now made by macs cause i have not had good experiences with their beers, and once again despite all the hot air on the label they have managed to brew mediocre thin-bodied ale. good aroma of passionfruit, lots of flowery hops, some english yeast, and biscuit. clear auburn. palate however is sweet, cloying and watery at the same time, a feat usually only achieved by pasteurised english bottled bitter. tastes oxidised. finish is empty with only a thin grassy hop tang. original (brewpub) rating (3.6): has to be the first ever brewpub where the "red" is the best beer they make. actually no the gruit was better. but this came close. heaps of NZ hops in aroma - floral, grapefruit and passionfruit - very nutty, full, smooth malt with traces of toast and biscuits, then a big fruity-bitter finish. lots of flavour, original, and easy to swill = good marks from me.
motelpogo (5815) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
very flavoursome amber ale. nougat and peanut shell aroma. full in the mouth, some nougat sweetness and pineapple. this place is well worth a visit, i just wish i could have spent more than 15 minutes there