Mike’s Single American Pale Ale
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Brewed by Mike’s Brewery
Style: American Pale Ale
Taranaki, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
The all American (hops) hero, real West Coast AIPA, but more refined (thats real. AIPA, not the real West Coast  that would be Taranaki) Pours rich golden amber with a coppery tinge, and a creamy white head lacing beautifully. The aroma is complex with tropical fruit including passion fruit, pineapple and melons all vying for attention. The flavour is complex, with the tropical fruits now balanced out by the layered malt flavour and intense hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is rich but crisp and clean without being dry, and then the aftertaste is deep with a solid lingering bitterness. This is generously hopped beer, with solid yet complex flavours. Serve chilled in a tall pilsner glass, allowing the amazing colour to shine, and the aromas to excite the drinker. This beer has nailed the balance between flavour, hop bitterness and alcohol content enabling it to be enjoyed in any season, its a thirst quencher in the height of Summer, but equally at home in front of the fire in the depths of Winter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pdubyah (641) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 30, 2012
Mike certainly has a thing going. I know that Pale Ale is a stock beer for craft brewery places, but this is a bit good. This is quaffingly good beer, I almost forgot to sit and mull over the range of flavours that this has. Almost. It’s crackingly good. The bitterness is offset by the malts, the layers of taste give it length and depth. Get some if you can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 4, 2012
Tasted from bottle, appears a gorgeous amber with a persistent white head and very thin beads of carbonation. Aromas of dehydrated guava, peach and apricot, tropical pineapple and rock melon, a dash of full-on resinous spruce and this aroma really is something to write home about. Upon tasting you have to wait as you get through the flush of tiny bubbles before a wave of orchard fruit and the little bits of dried tropical fruit in breakfast cereal. This is balanced with fresh, green hoppiness that imparts a rewarding bitterness that carries the finish on for ages. This beer is (not quite simply) lovely.

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