tombutlin (74) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 7, 2015
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pleasant, but not more than that. The aroma was non existent, perhaps more malt than hops. The taste was great, a bit of caramel and long bitterness. Surprised to see a who’s who of hops on the label, as I found this very low in the hop stakes.
Jimthechap (1997) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I take reviewing beer rather seriously. I like to savour beers that are fine examples of their style, search for exotic beers on shop shelves and physically go to breweries to find new beers to review. For this particular beer, I made sure that I didn’t just assess the one. It came in a six pack and a few of those got a bloody good seeing to.
First of all, it appeared orange in the glass with a temporary white head that left good lace down the glass. Aromas of dry caramel, orange peel, gooseberry and grapefruit translate easily into the flavour with a nice bite of bitterness. It was easy, approachable and sessionable.
I looked at some of the other reviews that I felt were a little too critical and to an extent, they’re fair enough. However, this is one of those beers that will warm the nervous first timer to the style and provide those who take their beers seriously something to look for in the fridge of their local as it becomes more widely spread. I would buy this beer again, quite happily.
SNL (387) - - OCT 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy light caramel colour, tiny White head.
Yeasty Nose, with a sour hint. Taste is crisp, hoppy with notes of grapes.
Not very bitter. Medium body, average carbonation.
Earplay (39) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 14, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light carbonation, some aroma of citrus and sweet malt. Reasonably dry, resinous hop flavour, with lingering bitterness. Little malt character.
waiake (371) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
pleasant fruity slightly hoppy aroma with a nice brief head, taste is quite sharp with a lingering hoppy bitter finish, nice beer
PGNZ (7) - Hastings, NEW ZEALAND - APR 23, 2014 does not count
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Stale Malt Aroma, Slightly Cloudy Light Amber Colour, No significant Hops taste, Rapidly failing head, No lacing, Stale Malt Bitter lingering aftertaste. I totally missed any smoothness or caramel notes in this beer
Mark_Eck (995) - - MAR 24, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a hazy copper color. Aroma and taste are light fruits with some bitter hops.
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 15, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The head is good, the body blond. It smells sweet, hoppy, malty. The taste is sweet, malty, bit hoppy, fruity, bit flowery. Medium, bit boring.
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 19, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
rating from backlog, very normal stuff, medium hops and light malt to back it up. good enough i suppose.
AshtonMcCobb (3676) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle from Vino.
Appearance - cloudy orange with a slim head which disappears fairly quickly.
Nose - honey and cereal, just a touch of citrus.
Taste - more of the same but not quite as refreshing as the nose suggests. Some soapiness on top of the honey and malt.
Palate - light to medium bodied with a similar texture and a clean finish.
Overall - a solid and very sessionable IPA.