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


on tap

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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 2.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.65   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jimthechap (1879) - 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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tombutlin (36) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 18, 2015
Decent taste, a bit malty for my preference, but virtually no aroma. Lightly carbonated and good bitterness throughout the mouthful, but not too much lingering bitterness - nice. A bit one-dimensional and severely lacking in aroma for an IPA, let alone a double IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
SperkeleForce (676) - FINLAND - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle 33 CL at Viking line. Summery, flowery, malts, caramel. Like a summer stroll in march. Its decent.

- beerbasher

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
k0mpsa (1490) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle. Clear copper color, white head. Nice aroma is hops and malts. Sweet malty body, hint of alcohol, hoppy. Not good but not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dathzo (11) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2015
Poured from bottle in New Zealand. Basic IPA, short hops. Malty flavour and not long finish

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
waiake (299) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 1, 2014
Had this a month or so ago during a long fun night & found it delicious, now less so this sunday avo, pours orange gold with a fine frothy head, taste is malt hops citrus & alcohol with a real tangy aftertaste

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Earplay (35) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leonardus (46) - Rolleston, NEW ZEALAND - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gyllenbock (5270) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkel07 (3918) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle from Stewarts Wine Co November 2013. One from the Brewers Series. Not bad, not great, certainly drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
varanid99 (609) - 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.

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