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


on tap

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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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.

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

Pdubyah's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pdubyah (541) - Auckland, - MAR 1, 2013
Lacking in Aroma this has the look and the taste of a pretty good beer. I was dubious that this was a "throw the left-overs together and call it a special beer" but it isn’t. After a couple of sweeter Belgium beers this is a welcome and pleasing change of pace, Very nice cage and cork delivery, very nice in the glass, get in!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EXE (2) - Nelson, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 22, 2015 does not count
Lingering head. Beautiful clear amber, typical of an ESB. A bit too hoppy for this style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
digopossobon (354) - MACAE, BRAZIL - AUG 19, 2015
A: floral, A: golden, white foam, T: medium bitterness, citrus, good spiceness P: medium body, long finish, bitter, O: Very balanced beer. The spice is the best thing about it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Carlowxxx (123) - Carlow, IRELAND - AUG 8, 2015
bottle 500ml, good reddish thick appearance, nice level of fizz , taste is little bit lacking but it is well balanced , kind of like a full bodied ale with hint of citrus notes , finish is quite clean but with a little bit of roasty notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TedE (598) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 26, 2015
375ml bottle into tulip glass. Subdued sweet malt nose, pepper and hops in the background. Caramel sauce appearance with thin film of suds. Effervescent in the mouth, immediate hop hit. Finish is dry citric acid intensity and long. Really good beer but too bitter for a bitter (if you know what I mean).

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
weordie (419) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2015
Pours a murky reddy orange with a large off white head. Aroma of bread and rubbing alcohol. Nice texture to the beer, malt flavour with not a lot else before a minimal bitter finish. It’s ok but I’m not writing home about it. Edit: As the bottle progressed it got better and the malty taste got better. Taste rating upped from 5 to 7 and overall upped from 10 to 12

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
R4N5H (386) - SINGAPORE - JUL 5, 2015
Beerfest Asia, Singapore on 25/06/15. 50cl corked bottle, shared. Hazy amber colour with a small white head which quickly dissipates. Sweet aroma of malt,, wheat and banana. Lightly hopped, flavour of malt, fruit. Slightly bittersweet aftertaste, with wine notes, a tad ordinary. Not really an English IPA in my book.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (3042) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUN 30, 2015
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Cloudy dark amber color, beige head cover, curtain of lace. Aroma of malt. Taste is edgy malt that adds clear, but hardly overpowering, hops on the swallow, both malt and hops gently moving to a medium finish. Not strong at all, but balanced, interesting, and enjoyable. Recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heyden (114) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 22, 2015
Had this one on tap a while ago: loved it. Trying in bottle now and I feel it hasn’t reached the same heights. Spicy fruity nose with some malt backing. Deep orange hazy body, good lacing and head retention. Taste is malty, a little bit metallic and with a good hint of bitterness. Definitely truer to an english ale style than an APA or IPA; but with the uniqueness of NZ hops. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Medium length bitter aftertaste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombutlin (115) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 17, 2015
Quite nice, but I won’t buy it again. Good hoppy aroma, but it sometimes seemed to hide behind the malt. Given the hop pedigree, I expected more, but I guess as this is an English Ale, not an IPA, I shouldn’t expect this. Worth experimenting with, but I much preferred the Moa White IPA and Moa South Pacific Pale Ale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
gusdayrell (5) - - MAY 10, 2015 does not count
Good strong taste bitter level at good level. Good smell. Good with fried food. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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