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Brewed by Monteiths Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Greymouth, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 2.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.62   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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A bold IPA, with a concentrated malt flavour and sweetness. The higher alcohol gives real warmth which is boosted by the crisp high bitterness. Dry hopped with Cascade hops to give a big floral aroma finish.


Jimthechap's rating

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jimthechap (1687) - Christchurch, - MAY 11, 2013
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.


2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Earplay (27) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 23, 2014
Aroma floral, plastic, maybe some alcohol and caramel malt. Taste is strong hop flavour competing with sweet raisiny malt. Bitter lingering aftertaste as expected. Not an overly well balanced IPA.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leonardus (41) - - AUG 28, 2014
Acidic and bitter with no complexity in taste. Pours flat. Not a good example of a double hopped IPA, please go back and alter the recipe guys. EPIC and Harringtons breweries examples of IPA’s leave this drop for dead. It is disappointing to not being able to find a fine tasting Monteiths brewed beer these days (true),because the name is so West Coast with such fond memories. Keep working on it, please.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gyllenbock (4864) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2014
Bottle at Shakespeare Tavern, Auckland, August 2014. A bit hazy amber with a medium white head. Not as hoppy as expected. Caramel, some grapefruit and light malt. Medium bitterness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkel07 (3557) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle from Stewarts Wine Co November 2013. One from the Brewers Series. Not bad, not great, certainly drinkable.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
varanid99 (532) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2014
Amber pour with a thin white head. Aroma is mostly malt, with a tiny bit of citrus. Taste is heavy on the malt, boozy, a little bitterness but not much hop character. Bit of a dud.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Viter (34) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 9, 2014
Averge to poor double IPA. Can't really smel or taste the cascade (though I had it from bottle!). Poor aroma and too much alcohol in taste. Colour was all right. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Vanz (189) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 3, 2014
Oh so average, the description is terrible. This beer may be double hopped, but not well. The hop flavour is definitely lacking, and this tastes more of an average standard english IPA, too much alcohol showing through.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiwianer (3340) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 1, 2014
The head is good, the body orange. It smells hopintensive, creamy, malty. The taste is fruity, hoparomatic, malty, bit creamy, flowery, fresh. I like it!

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Cantabrian (848) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 4, 2013
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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KyleCameron (21) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 30, 2013
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.


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