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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: 123   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


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3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pdubyah (278) - 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!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ellery (22) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALLOVATE (2281) - 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)

3.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerdedDave (126) - - MAR 16, 2014
deep amber color; not much of an aroma; a well balanced beer; light caramel malt and bitter hops; slightly fruity

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maris (916) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skortila (4349) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 2, 2014
On tap @ Moa, Blenheim. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. The aroma has citric fruitiness, flowers, hints of bread. Clear, copper-amber coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is light citric, light bitter, has some malty sweetness, hints of honey. Quite subtle.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DKL (46) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 2, 2014
Golden brown with a respectable white head and good lacing. Lovely toasty citrus aroma, good fruity flavour with a good dry finish. A solid effort from a reliable brewer

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (999) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
Bottle shared by czar, thanks a lot man! Pours a dark golden with a medium white head that offers really good lacing. Nose is fruity and fresh, lightly floral. Taste is hoppy, fruity with a good malt base that doesn’t feel sweet ever. Body is medium, carbonation medium-high. Really nice! Must be really awesome when fresh?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (3807) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
pours hazy golden orange with a shy off-white head showing some retention and leaving some lacing. toasted fruity malts - mostly oranges and apricots, touch of tart fruits - or is it carbonic acid?, some green tea, citrus, leafy green notes, pinch of dirt. lively to average carbonation - slightly disturbing, light body, dry and bittering grassy-herbal-fruity-spicy finish. not your classic esb/bitter. interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
high_on_hops (552) - Burlingame, California, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Pours a medium gold with a thick off-white head and some lacing. The aroma is slightly spicy and earthy hops with a malt background. The flavor is malty with a hoppy background and sweet finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
nimbleprop (4201) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2014
375ml bottle pours a murky, burnt orange with some fizzy, white head, Nose has some bread crust, some dried malt, some lemon and orange peel, but a lot of that uber pithiness that comes with too much early hopping. Flavor is pretty much the same, bread crust, turbinado sugar, some cracker, then loads of citrus pith. Over carbonation doesn’t help the pithiness or the mouthfeel. Not really good.


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