Jimthechap (1323) - Christchurch, - MAY 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reddish amber colour with a good collar of cream coloured head that is sinking slowly into the body of the beer, leaving good lace. The aroma seems to be like chipped red conifer bark, amber malt and a little funk. Whatever hopping went on, it wasn’t the extraordinary blast of typical imperial IPAs. There might be a bit of floral character, but it seems to be like sniffing a rhododendron that has been newly manured. There seems to be some sort of poohy smell going on. In the mouth there is a good mouthfeel of fine bubbles along with amber dessert tart like flavours and a twinge of bitterness that becomes more pronounced as it goes on. There is the richness of body and warmth that the increase alcohol level as afforded but my feeling is that the hopping in this beer is a little too tentative for what the label is trying to achieve. I quote: "BIG intense hop flavours and aromas." Well, it seems a bit shy compared with others of this style. It’s like trying to wheedle a shy animal out of its cage: come on brewer, just put in a bit more hopping, there’s the boy, come on, coooome on, there’s a good boy.
A step in the right direction but not overt enough. I refer to a better example as Middlemiss Hodgson IIPA or even Boundary Road’s Home Run.
Cantabrian (672) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 4, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2013 I had this one thanks to the great Jimthechap. Perhaps because I quite liked the fruitiness of their regular IPA on this fancy, high priced series, this comes as a bit of a turn off. Dark rummish appearance, with little head to brag about. Taste is nice and mellow, not much of bitterness or the expected fruitiness, maybe just some orange marmelade and rind. More of a Barley Wine type of feel. Although every individual feature seems to be acceptable, the end result is below average.
KyleCameron (8) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 30, 2013 does not count
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A little over fined maybe? As the palate of this beer has little depth of character. The hops are showcased but again, for a "double-hopped" I thought they were not very apparent. A solid beer even if it made to a price. Cheaper than most bigger IPA’s as well. Which is ideal for the student.
Brodies_Best (199) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 20, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle pours copper brown with slight head. Moderate carbonation. Aroma is of caramel and alcohol. Pucker caramel bitter. Bitter dry aftertaste.
ShaneJ (307) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Plonk. Darkish amber, quickly fading white head, quite sweet malt character, not much hops happening, some piney/resiney bitterness, slick mouthfeel, disappointing, but still an ok drinkable beer. Certainly better than anything from the Aussie macro-brewers.
Khaggerty118 (63) - Olney, Maryland, USA - SEP 13, 2013
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
I will say that I tasted this a few days ago in my campervan so my memory may be cloudy. With that said, this was very disappointing. Ive been on a campervan holiday here for two weeks and being a big craft beer fan from the US I am very much into over-the-top-hopped IPAs. This was not that, and a bad attempt at a beer in general. It smelled kind of like hops, but just had no balance or direction. It was very one dimensional and tasted like the head brewer through in two doses of hopes instead of one for his pale ale and called it a day. The whole brewery is pretty disappointing IMO.
maneliquor (2224) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 9, 2013
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Not sure what the go is with this. Not much hop presence and barely a hint of bitterness. It’s either very old or I’m used to high quality double IPA’s from NZ guys like 8 Wired and Epic. Either way not very good
beer-yum (238) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 24, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Suprisingly good for a regular (non-craft) brewery. While it doesn’t compare to a real craft brew it is a definite improvement on their usual fare and that can only be a good thing.
pmuzz (378) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2013
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
This is just terrible, it barely touches the flavour profile of an IPA. It is well under hopped and boring.
Joe_F (9) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 18, 2013 does not count
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Some liquorice on the nose, roasty dark malts, alcohol, not much hop, if any ?
Taste similar to nose, no real,exciting hops, lots of alcohol coming through.
This brewers series is as bland as the normal range.
Considering its a 7.5% ABV, I’ve had far better flavours in beers 4-5.4%
Why not put the extra tax money into more hops and less alcohol.
DylansDad (290) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 6, 2013
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Initial burst of aroma was very thick and sweet biscuit malt, no hop aroma. Sniff, sniff, still no hops. Malt aroma quickly loses power, but still none of the promised floral aroma. Taste is OK, better than slosh, but nothing to write home about. There is bitterness, but it doesn’t have the grapefruit flavours of Cascade hops. This recipe was signed off by an accountant.
So, in short, a drinkable beer for a reasonable price.