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Brewed by Moa Brewing Company
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in English pint

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Moa Five Hop winter ale shows the unique signatures of traditional North European bottle conditioning. Displaying a Nelson-dominant hoppy nose with a subtle oak character leaving extra smooth and creamy, honeyed characters on the palate. A well-balanced companion to eastern style spiced foods. Traditionally served just below room temperature.

Tasting Notes
Moa Five Hop Winter Ale utilises pilsner, Vienna, Munich and crystal malts to produce a distinctive mouth feel and flavour. New Zealand grown B Saaz and Hallertau aroma hops are used to produce an ale with an extremely high bitterness. An English ale yeast completes this ‘Brewer’s Beer’. Moa Five Hop is a strong ale fermented at warm temperatures to maximise aromatic and floral aromas. The English ale yeast provides a low apparent attenuation and sweeter finish. Bottle conditioned, Moa Five Hop will age well. Moa Five Hop is best served at approximately 9-11˚C in a tulip glass.

Awards
Gold – Australian Intl. Beer Awards
Silver – Australian Intl. Beer Awards
Bronze – Brewing Industry Intl. Awards


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DiarmaidBHK (3395) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Bottle from great spirits. Pours brown with an inch of khaki foam that disappears fairly quickly. Has a bit of malt on the nose. A bit of hop bite on the finish. Solid.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Bottle. Poured an amber color with a large sized off white head. Floral hops, citrus, grains, and toasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fletchfighters (1077) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2013
375 ml into a tulip Corked and caged Hazy orange amber color, one finger light brown head. Nice looking carbonation and good head retention. Lots of orange, candied orange and caramel backbone. Good nose. Vibrant and fresh. Orange, pine and grapefruit bitterness with enough caramel to subdue it. Just some touches of plastic but not enough to hurt it. Lively carbonation and feel. Medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation. Solid ESB/ APA whatever. Good beer

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jado (528) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2013
Great to look at - a clear rich sunset amber with a fluffy white head. Noble hops are prominent in the nose, along with lighter scents of vanilla, lemon, bread and pepper. Taste has some rich malt up front with a hop bite in the mid-palate. Citrus, vanilla, cloves and cinnamon come through at the end. Fresh, clean finish with a spicy aftertaste. Smooth, complex and really nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer-yum (472) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 27, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2014 One of my favourite Moa beers. Well rounded but different enough to be interesting..

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 21, 2013
not that good at all, there was a lot of bitterness but not much else, esb? doesn’t remind me of my other adventures in the style at all, not sure about this one. not bad but doesn’t do much for me.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HopRedHead (355) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2013
UPDATED: APR 28, 2013 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours a pale opaque orange with a 4-5cm of fluffy white head. Orange and zest aromas predominantly. Flavour is really sweet citrus with a light malt. Thin/medium body with a fair whack of bitterness. Towards the bottom of the glass it had a weird ashtray taste but until then, a solid ESB.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maneliquor (3110) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2013
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours dull orange with a whopping big, fluffy off white kind of yellow head. Slowly bubbling down. Nose is orange - slight zest, reminiscent of an old fashioned preperation. Very light and sessionable stuff. Loads of orange and lemon zest. Clean, light biscuit. Pretty solid but a touch over carbonated

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vanz (189) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2013
Aroma: orange citrus and hops. Appearance: strong dark golden colour with a dark cream head, cloudy. Taste: tastes of an orangey English bitter, lovely citrus hops, some flavours of cereals too. Medium bitterness. Palate: strong carbonation but lovely aftertaste, medium mouth feel. Overall: a great tasting beer, love the orange citrus flavours, tastes a mix between an English bitter and an IPA surprisingly drinkable.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tgncc (2818) - Bellmore, New York, USA - APR 9, 2013
From AC Beer Fest. The aroma is caramel, but not sweet. The flavor is more or less the same. Caramel red in color. Finishes a little dry, bitter. Not great.


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