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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 139   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dervock (501) - 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.


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 (615) - 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 (2112) - 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 (349) - 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 (202) - 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 (1413) - 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.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Niksko (351) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2014
Pours a darkish orange with a large bubbled off white head. Pretty aromatically challenged. Apparently there is nelson in here, but you could have fooled me. Smells like wet cardboard, a vague citric/metallic tang. Flavor is some citrus, a little more cardboard, prickly carbonation, herbal bitter finish. I hope this is just a bad bottle. It was from Dan Murphy’s after all, but this is disappointing.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joe19612 (1861) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2014
Tap. Pours a mid brown colour with a thick white head, aroma is all malt and hops, taste is light and bitter with a dry bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
heyheyguesswho (18) - - JUL 27, 2014
Beautifully balanced beer. Slightly dark, heavy and hoppy. Very heady, slightly misty and excellent aroma.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh (7011) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 12, 2014
375 ml bottle. O'Hara's, Tampere, Finland. Clear amber golden colour with a tiny off-white head. Fruity hops, lots of fruity sweetness and mild bitterness in the aroma. The flavour is resiny and fruity hops, a plethora of sweetness and mild bitterness. Drinkable but a bit too sweet for me. Blah... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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