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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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


Dervock's rating

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dervock (607) - Emu plains, - 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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TedE (494) - 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).

3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
weordie (326) - 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

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
R4N5H (291) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (2885) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heyden (108) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombutlin (86) - 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

3
   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

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ordybill (661) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2015
Poured from a 12.7 OZ bottle into a int glass. Aroma- Hops then some malt and a little floral presence. Appearance- Pours a murky amber color with a small off-white head. Taste- Has an OK hops and yeast flavor Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Has a buttery texture to it. Overall- An average beer, I probably won’t drink this again.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fcarva22 (2) - - APR 25, 2015 does not count
The combination of different malts and the fact that it's fermentation is finished in the bottle make this a distinctive english ale born in New Zealand..

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trith1 (53) - - MAR 18, 2015
Deep amber appearance; crisp aroma, yet reminiscent of a horse stable. The hop is clean and warming, which you expect of a winter ale. Palate is complex, perhaps a touch bitter on its own, next time I would couple it with a a richly spiced meal to cleanse and balance the truly earthy nature of the brew. Definitely would drink again, but needs a food pairing. Another feather in the MOA brewing hat. **please roll before opening.


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