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

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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Moa Five Hop is a New Zealand take on a traditional English ale. A range of Nelson Hops including Cascade, Pacifica, Motueka, Hallertau and Sauvin give Moa Five Hop a savoury, hoppy nose and creamy, honeyed characters on the palate. A well-balanced companion to any meal.

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


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonnyguns (1074) - - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle from mane liquor. Deep copper pour with a disappearing white head. Nelson sav straight up on the nose!! Passion fruit and grassy/earthy hops as well. Taste is quite smooth. More floral hops and caramel malt. Well balanced. Doesn't deliver the Nelson sav aromas in the taste though. Nice bitterness. Half ipa/half esb. Pretty cool. Good beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
waiake (195) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 3, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2014 Pours hazy dirty brown fine hoppy citrus sort of fizzy taste goes down real nice lovely tangy aftertaste lingered for ages

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nezzapunk (9) - - NOV 26, 2014 does not count
bottle 500ml, good reddish thick appearance, good level of fizz and good frothy head, taste is little bit lacking but it is well balanced , kind of like a full bodied ale with hint of citrus notes and bit malty but not in your face style, finish is quite clean but with a little bit of roasty notes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minutemat (1880) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2014
375ml bottle @ the 9th Shrewsbury Bottle Share Oct 14, courtesy of myself. Bought at Utobeer. Pours a hazy reddish amber with nice citrus aroma. Taste is citrussy with lemon, lime, grapefruit & gooseberries, smoothly presented and enjoyable. The most vibrant ESB I think I’ve ever had.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (4144) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2014
Cork and caged .375 litre bottle: cheers Mat for bringing this to the Oct 14 Shrewsbury bottle swap. Misty pour to the amber/orange body, the topping a beige affair that tried to hang around. Mixed bag of aromas and tastes, a kind of sweet and sour blend with grapefruit and malty molasses coming to the fore. I liked it, different and interesting.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MOFO (27) - Melbourne (Prev: Chch, NZ), AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2014
From bottle. Dan Murphys. I must say, the biggest impact that this beer has had on me is making me review my life and really decide what is important to me after a near death experience. I took this from the fridge, let it sit to get to around 14 degrees, and then twisted the metal cap to anticipate wedging the cork out - instead, after 2 twists to just free it up it blew - knocking a hole in the kitchen ceiling and just missing my head on the way up... The next minute I remember a ringing in my eardrums and my chest feeling the shockwave working out if perhaps I had left the gas on, I realised it was just the beer. Anyway, the 3/5 of the bottle that was left after it had unleashed its contents like Mt Etna, I actually did try to enjoy. Beer review: Large carbonation (goes without saying) - forming large bubbles which do hold up but with brown colouring in the head - weird. The carbonation creates a metallic taste. The smell is very caramel and vanilla. Overall - the result is not unlike my first attempts at more complex homebrew - it has a funk to it that I couldnt quite get past. I am writing this one off as a bad bottle, and probably not enough in it to make me rush out to find another one (or risk my life).

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Choos (644) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2014
Aroma: malt, spicy hop App: amber with a hint of tea brown and a bit hazy Flavour: light sweet malt and strong hop character Palate: finishes long and hoppy bitter ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJestersBeer (2138) - SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2014
375ml bottle. Clear, medium amber, white head. Oaky, spicy aroma, caramel, wood, vanilla, yeast, dried fruit. Off-dry, medium body and bitterness, balanced CO2. Oaky, spicy taste, vanilla, apricot, caramel, refreshingly sour. OK, but slightly thin. (2014-09-24)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fitwitchik (367) - USA - OCT 3, 2014
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass amber orange with a huge beige head. Aroma is citrus & crackers. Flavor is all over here with hops, funk, bread. And all these flavors actually work & balance well. Very complex & very enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shark_Pants (264) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2014
Cloudy burnt orange colour with small persistent off-white head. Reasonably subdued aroma but hints of grapefruit are present. The taste is multigrain bread at first until some funk from the yeast and a light honey sweetness kick in. Finishes dry and bitter. Peppery on the tongue but smooth down the hatch. Not too bad at all.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VT (1666) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
375 ml bottle shared with the Quebec City crew. Pours a very cloudy orange with a creamy, resilient white head. Aroma is yeast, herbal hops, fruity, grapefruits. Flavor is yeasty, bread, herbal, fruity. Finish is citrus, grass, some mineral and...skunk! Lingering tartness. Medium body, average to strong carbonation.


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