Pdubyah (486) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
There is something just a little odd about his, not unpleasing odd, but something that might make you frown. I thought about candy floss, or turkish delight or even rose water when I was drinking this, not in itself unpleasant.
As to it’s proven medicinal attributes....
Look hey if you brought me a 6 pack over I’d admire you and we’d chew the fat, but there are thicker and longer beers than this, not that this is thin, it’s just not a stayer, and barely a starter. I think you’d tire of the roses pretty smartish, I’ve got the end of this and I’m glad it was 330ml and not 500ml.
deusax (456) - Grenoble, FRANCE - MAY 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled from South City New World, Christchurch, NZ. Nice sweet aroma. Amber colour, with tiny head. Cann’t put a word on the flavour, but it’s full, sweet, really enjoyable. Medium bitterness.
Wombata (472) - Kobe, JAPAN - APR 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Earthy, Manuka honey, pear, roasted grain, white flower blossoms. Subtle. Not explosively aromatic like the APAs etc. that feature NZ hops.
Palate: Medium bodied.
Flavor: Roasted malt, softened by Manuka honey-like flavor and Manuka tea. Orange, and a lingering dry Manuka on the finish.
Comments: Smooth, medium-full mouth feel without being heavy. Well-made, though hop heads beware. This succeeds in featuring the Manuka aromas and flavors and any more hopping would over power this character. In this it successfully achieves its goal.
Ingevara (832) - SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red, average head. An alternative spicing with the bitter manuka leaves gives it a different, and refreshing, bitterness, very appealing after too many bland NZ lagers. Slightly sweet resin, a hint of green tea, red winde and caramel. I only had one bottle, but I could have used more.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - NOV 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent session beer, with a nice herbal sweetness giving it a distinct character. Almost a Eucalyptus and honey like quality to the tips here. Could get a bit cloying over a pint or two, but deserves it cult like status.
TimE (3889) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
lovely hoppy mouth, the manuka jumps up and hits the back of the throat, but never over powering. Not sweet. Well made. Lingering manuka finish with very low bitterness. Highly enjoyable beer.
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Brew on Quay. Clear orange-brown pour with a short, off-white head leaving moderate geographic lace. Initial nose is a bit like deodorant soap, but there is a notable spiciness with fruit and some medium-roast malt that is quite pleasant. Medium, silky body with fine carbonation that is almost nitrogen-like, a great swallow. Wood, nutmeg, cashews, weak pine hops and caramel. Finish is of medium length, fairly sweet and nutty. Lovely drop, one of the best ales I’ve had in NZ!
Jimthechap (1941) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 22, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rosewood to russet-copper in colour, but a head that all but disappears upon pouring. Nosing brings forth something very special. Roses, manuka, native timber on a bonfire, turkish delight, flowers, lime peel and caramel. This beer is an aromatic triumph.
It doesn’t stop at aroma though. All of those flavours appear in excelsis on the palate with full mouthfeel, but not sweet or cloying. This beer fills the mouth with soft, lingering bitterness.
There is everything to like. I feel no bias toward a beer from the land of my nativity (Golden Bay) because it speaks for itself an it makes me proud.
Vas (64) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 22, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber, clear, well carbonated with a messy head of huge and tiny bubbles. Manuka dominates the aroma giving a floral, honey and tree sap character - like a hot day in the bush around Nelson Lakes. Taste is sweet, honeyed, slightly sugary, with ice tea flavours, tanins, spicy, medicinal, then a long malty, bitter finish. Complex feels like an understatement. Love to try this with BBQ meats, roast pork or spicy sausage. Although the description above says 4% my bottle is a 5% and I’m experiencing a more flavourful beer than some of the ratings here.
fonefan (37673) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear medium amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted - caramel, spicy. flowers - wood. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration, spicy. Body is medium, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is soft.