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Brewed by Monteiths Brewing Co.
Style: Amber Ale
Greymouth, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 184   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.66   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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First Beer that Monteiths had produced.


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2003
Has a rich clear oaken varnish color to it. I must say that new zealand needs to up the alcohol in their beers. Has a stingy must basement smell with some malt in the background. Slightly bitter with a very full body, no water here, and that is impressive. Not too much funk to it, just a simple bitter ale with a solid amount of carbination in it. Just wish it could pull at least 5.5 percent.

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
farmboy (218) - Barwon Heads, AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2003
I had big expectations for this beer and it was with some glee that I opened the bottle and lifted it to my nose to smell what I had been told was a delightful little beer. I took a sip and was deeply disappointed. Not to be deterred, I tried again and was even more disappointed the second time around. by the time I had finished the bottle I was truly glad I had only bought one.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ungstrup (29989) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2003
The aroma is sweet with strong grassy and hoppy notes and underlying notes of yeast. The color is red-brown and is has a very small and fast disappearing head. The flavor is plain sweet with notes of grains, malt, caramel, and yeast. It finishes on a grassy hoppy note - without much bitterness. The body is thin - probably because of the 4% ABV. An easy drinkable beer - but nothing special - I think this would be a great beer to quench your thirst after hard physical labor - because it has much more taste than an international lager and is still extremely fresh.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jahills (151) - Cambridge (Hobart), AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2003
A little too much carbonation for an amber ale. Head doesnt last so hard to appreciate the finer qualities of the brew as ity is hidden from us. Nothing wrong with it but disapointing as it doesnt try to do anything individual. Fair but I dont love it.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bfgill (120) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2003
Malty english style ale, quite rich, but i do rather the lager and especially the black out of the monteith clan. cheers

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2003
A light doughy flavor, with almost no aroma. This has that generic ale flavor, and not a good one at that. Very light hops and a sweet palate, but not overbearing. A medium bodied amber colored brew with a head that dissapates after 30 seconds.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jazz88 (2577) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 7, 2003
Bottle. Deep amber color with a thin laced ivory head. A caramel and butterscotch aroma with a little too much of the musty basement smell. Smooth malty base, but this one leaves a lot on the table.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 20, 2003
Clear ruby amber under a small short lasting light tan head. Initial aroma is slightly metallic followed by medium to light fruity malts. Body is somewhat thin and unsatisfying. Woody hops and lighter sweet malts flavours. Short sweet finish and watery cola like aftertaste. I prefer ales with a bit more character and zest.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
brewboy (152) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 18, 2003
A dark golden ale with a whispy off white head. The hops come through sweet with a light bitter finish. I'd rather this had more kick, but a freshing brew all the same. The brewery was close to shutdown not long ago due to poor sales and an ignorant new owner. The locals got up in arms about the closure, an support for the brewery has been huge since. Had this on tap in NZ, but this sample came from the bottle.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SilkTork (5322) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2003
Bottle. Attractive copper colour. Good taste when cold and fresh - plenty of fruity malt. Apart from the constant buzz of the gas, and a rather limp body from the lager brewing method, this comes across as a very tasty brew. But when warmed up and the fizz dies down this betrays its quality. But I'd enjoy another.


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