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


on tap

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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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.

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

jonnyguns' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonnyguns (878) - - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dervock (432) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle - pours hazy dark copper with a big off white head. Orange citrus, honey and some floral notes ( was a bit colder than should have been). Looks of citrus and bitterness with a lighter lingering finish. Mouthfeel was a bit thin on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocJitsu (826) - Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Pours a clear copper-amber with a nice, long lasting eggshell colored head. Mild malty nose with not much of a hop presence. Nice balance of far flavor with the malt backbone. Refreshing lightly oily mouthfeel with ample carbonation scrub.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
LesArgen (195) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2014
I’m not an ESB fan, so take that into account. The aroma is a pleasant mix of orange peel, caramel, bread, a little spice and plenty of hops too. The taste is hoppy and dry, but there’s an unpleasant metallic aftertaste and the length is quite short.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StevieT (525) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 24, 2014
From a 375ml bottle. Pours a cloudy orange caramel, tiny white head, fresh hop aroma with a hint of malt, mild bitter finish. Worth every cent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
magpieken (26) - - APR 28, 2014
Pours a light reddish brown with a nice head. Goes down nicely with a solid hit of hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crazymorton (19) - - APR 25, 2014
resin, caramel, leaves, cloudy, amber, frothy, light sweetness, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, bitter, slightly less fruity than i like. although a nice beer before dinner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ellery (25) - AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2014
Another great beer from the New Zealand boys, lovely reddish colour, big floral nose and beautiful big bold hop flavours with a lingering bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALLOVATE (2334) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 26, 2014
From the all-class, cork stoppered bottle, at just on cool and into a snifter. Hazy with a fiery sheen to its ruddy copper body. Head went up then went down to leave a mere frothy ring on the meniscus. Sticky, caramelised citrus nose with nuances of pine, stinging nettles, eucalypt, camphor, bready yeast and rose petals. Considering the sweetness of the aroma I expected this to be a sugary, estery bomb but it is relatively dry on the palate. Firm, chewy mouthfeel with moderate spritz. Weedy, bitter, hop flower finish with a hint of pinewood and camphor. Blood orange and lime peel mid-palate with a touch of lemon grass makes it quite tight and tangy. A little roasted peanut and hazelnut husks builds as it warms further. Solid, bready and toasted malt backbone levels it out well. This is an interesting beer. Not refined, it is quite rough, rugged and raw but it works. Well balanced, refreshing and full of character. Very nice stuff!! (37,5cL, BB 05/11/15, Dan Murphy’s Currambine)

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerdedDave (208) - - MAR 16, 2014
deep amber color; not much of an aroma; a well balanced beer; light caramel malt and bitter hops; slightly fruity

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maris (952) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2014
From a 375 ml bottle (with cork) or 9/3/2014. Pours a slightly murky golden orange with a big head. The aroma is light, fruity, spicy and yeasty. In the mouth, you encounter lots of sweet citrus fruit and a touch of honey which is more than matched by a very firm, long, spicy bitterness. Has a fullish body and medium carbonation. A quite pleasant drinking, which is probably most like an English pale ale in style.

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