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Brewed by Moa Brewing Company
Style: American Pale Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Moa Pale Ale is a New Zealand take on a popular North American beer style. Using famous Cascade and Nelson Sauvin hops, the dominant features in this beer are unique to New Zealand and the Moa bottle conditioned brewing method. Its hoppy strength displays powerful floral, citrus and tropical notes, and like its northern cousins is a beer best enjoyed just below room temperature.

Tasting Notes
While the intensity of the typical Nelson hop bitterness is well presented in Moa Pale Ale, there are also luscious sweet malts and bright passion fruit flavours. Offering a heightened complexity, this exceptional beer displays flinty and mineralistic characters. Moa Pale Ale is best served at approximately 6˚C in a tulip glass.

Awards
2 x Golds - Asia Beer Awards
Bronze – Australian Intl. Beer Awards


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Salmoniform (536) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Golden hue with thick creamy white head that lingered. Aroma is pine, grapefruit, orange, rosemary, grassy. Mouthfeel is nice with a medium body and crisp carbonation. Taste is dry sweetness initially with nice bitter following and clean finish. Overall this is a decent brew.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (3937) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2014
Bottle. Massive head that took a long time to dissipate.Yellow and slightly cloudy. Hoppy at first then a bitter finish creeps in. That head which had to be ploughed through spoilt this one. Apart from that it was fairly average.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
exeter (283) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 19, 2014
Pours a cloudy amber with a head that took some time to get under control. Left some lacing but not much. This beer is a citrus bomb, almost like citrus skins. There is some biscuitiness hidden in there. If you like citrus then this will be for you, but if you like a pale ale with a hop balance then maybe not.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dervock (452) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle - pours hazy golden orange with a frothy white head. Lot of fruit on the aroma, caramel malt and hop resin. Some fruit on the taste, even bitterness, taste doesn’t fulfil the promise of the aroma.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Hazy golden honey pour with a small eggshell crown. This one is all about thick, sweet, earthy, and tropical fruit. A bit cloying compared to the style. Meh.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
spacecube (801) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2014
330ml bottle, a gusher, loads of foam and ended up with less than half a pint. Head is foamy, body is hazy golden brown. Aroma has caramel malts with grassy and piney hop, with hints of the Nelson passion fruit flavours. Not overly hoppy. Finish is very bitter but pleasant. Carbonation soft. Decent enough, but would have to try again a different bottle

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4895) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2014 Sampled on draft at the Gordon Ramsay Pub in Las Vegas this beer poured a dark amber color with a small foamy off white head that faded quickly and left good lacing. The aroma was dry, spritzy citrus and perfume. The flavor was dry and bitter - noticeably lacing in malt and had perfumey hops and a bit of Windex. Medium length dry and bitter perfume finish. Medium body. Meh.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
R4N5H (41) - SINGAPORE - JUN 6, 2014
Golden colour, but a little cloudy. Small to medium head. Medium malt alternate. Excellent all round pale ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagerboy (1209) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 21, 2014
750 ml corked and caged bottle, big champagne pop, wee gusher. Starts unclear orange copper, ends murky due to all the sediment, huge airy off-white foam eventually settles and lasts. Aroma is yeasty and floral, fruity citrus hop, some c-malt. Taste is spicy yeast, citrus grapefruit and pale c-malt, juicy tropical fruitiness increases as it warms. Lively carbonation, light-medium bodied, well hopped. Really enjoyable. LBW (Lagerboys Be Wary)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pdubyah (363) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 2, 2014
This is a great beer to start an evening with, I had the 750ml bottle which is a performance with foil cork and cage. The Hoppiness is nice and is well balanced, and the whole thing is rather subdued and muted, but not to the lack of enjoyment. Full carbonation too. It’s ok.


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