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Brewed by Moa Brewing Company
Style: Imperial IPA
Marlborough, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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Originally a special brew for the West Coast IPA challenge (which it won in 2011 under the name ‘Moa McMoa’). Unique dry hopping occurs in the fermenter/conditioning tank as opposed to the kettle. A variety of hops are added throughout; at the beginning of the boil for bittering and late for dryness. This technique produces a well-balanced Double IPA.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reimer96 (1491) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 1, 2015
Pours a hazy dark orangish amber with a frothy white head. Aroma of sweet pale malts, caramel, pine, spruce, light herbal aromas and some tropical fruits. Taste is caramel, pine, citrus, grapefruit, light booze herbal notes and some tropical fruits. Well balanced with a nice hop bitterness and some alcohol heat but not offensive.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Capa (2265) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Ruby orange in color. Full of fruity hops, caramel malts, and spicy yeast notes. Stays quite bold from start to lasting finish. One of the better Belgian inspired DIPAs I’ve had.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (16395) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
Corked bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver
Cloudy amber color with medium sized head. Nice aroma, oranges, citrusy hops, and a mild spicy note. The mouthfeel is a bit harsh; caramel flavor, a bit dusty; moderately sweet; it has a strange spicy character that doesn’t marry very well with the hops, and the final has a hint of chicory too.
Good but rough.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ShaneJ (710) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle from Dan Murphy’s (November 2014). Clear copper colour, fine tan head, bubblegum, toffee, grapefruit/pine hops, preserved oranges, subtle banana, slick, syrupy texture, resinous bitter finish. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
varanid99 (664) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 19, 2014
Orange pour with very little head, very little carbonation. Fruity, banana, tropical fruits, piney aromas. A little sweet, grapefruit, pine and toffee - tastes great. Fairly bitter, dry finish..pretty good

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fletchfighters (1235) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 8, 2014
500 ML bottle Orange amber color, half finger off white head. Pretty thick head and good retention. Some spotty and strips of lacing. Nose is bubblegum, candied citrus, and candied pine. Not an overwhelming nose but pretty well balanced nose that is a tad more Belgian as the yeast does stand out more. Taste is very Belgian. Candied orange, candied tropical fruits, and I want to say candied caramel. Medium bodied, slick and oily in the front, dried candied orange and tropical fruits in the back. Some candied orange peel bitterness to mix into this as well. Does get more bitter as this gets more rolling. Solid, solid DIPA and a solid Belgian style DIPA. First Moa I like.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagerboy (1537) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 23, 2014
Corked and caged 750 ml bottle, wee gusher. Opaque brownish orange, smaller chunks, lasting big tan foam eventually settles. Surprisingly muted mellow malty, fruity hop aroma. Bitter herbal yeasty taste quickly softens, fruity citrus hop, sweet caramel malts, slightly floral, evergreen, some heat, dry. Good balance. Well carbonated, medium-full bodied, more aggressively hopped. DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (4256) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 10, 2014
Bottle from BWS Milton 101014. Certainly looks the goods with a vibrant amber colour, looks well carbonated. Good mix of hops, malt and fruitiness in the aroma. Finish is bitter and resinous. Not a beer to be rushed.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shark_Pants (427) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2014
Nice dark amber colour, almost red, with small head. Aromas of banana and spices from the belgian yeast, pine, paw paw/papaya, some caramel. Taste is toffee sweetness, grapefruit, grassy, multigrain toast, maybe some mango. Medium bodied and hides the 9.1% ABV very well. Really good beer, with nice balance between sweetness, bitterness and dryness.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niksko (454) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 24, 2014
Pours dark amber with a fine white head. Nose is grapefruit, bread dough, clove, hint of banana, bit of pineapple. Wow. Pretty impressed by this. The belgian clove and esters are impeccably well balanced with the hop flavors. The clove and banana are there from the belgian yeast, but so are the grapefruit, slightly winey vinous not and a hint of tropical fruit. But they’re so perfectly melded in the mid and late palate that it isn’t the usual "here’s the IPA" and then "here’s the belgian influence" type flavor profile that you usually get with combination styles like this. None of Moa’s other beers have really impressed me, and I was on the verge of giving up on them. But this has really impressed me. A little caramel sweetness in there, and the 9.1% is hidden incredibly well. Exceptional.


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