Ungstrup (27760) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. An amber beer with a thin off-white head. The aroma has notes of honey, flowers, malt, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, honey, flowers, and caramel, leading to a dry spicy finish. The body is light.
gam (2915) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear red brown pour medium carbonation head the same aroma floral fruit nice perfume note flavour floral citrus mild bitter the floral is exceptional finish good fruit and floral aftertaste
KapitiCritique (324) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - JUN 5, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle
Aroma: Intriguing. It is manuka. There is a rich candy almost candy smell;
Appearance: reddish brown, thin head, minimal lacing;
Taste: semi sweet, a tiny bit bitter.
Palate: light to medium body, short finish, soft carbonation.
Overall: The aroma is much bigger than the taste and the palate. It promises more than it delivers. Seems to be a consistent quality of low alcohol beers.
grapengrain (125) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has a slight green, musty, woodsy leafy note from the manuka leaf complemented by nice rich but crisp malt.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1.25L Rigger. Pours slightly hazy dark amber with almost no head, just some patchy white surface cover. Spicy nose that has notes of honey, ginger, caramel, grapefruit, tea leaves and cinnamon. Flavour is similar but weaker and with more noticeable malt and hops. Mouthfeel is light, with a bit of a spicy tingle and with a fairly long, mildly bitter and spicy, finish. This is a pretty wild beer that, to my surprise, works really well. Hopefully we’ll be seeing more of the Mussel Inn beers over here soon.
Davros (1725) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 4, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear coppery amber pour with a small quickly fading head.
Crazy aroma of ginger, sarsaparilla, tea, cinnamon and sweet malt. Very interesting. Further woody and medicinal hints. Ginger is over the top.
More ginger upon tasting, as well as that tea and medicinal taste. Some sweet clean malt and mild bitterness.
Too much carbonation!
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1.25L rigger. Pours reddish brown with a creamy white head. Distinct aroma of the manuka, spice, rosemary, tea, perfume. The flavour is very tea-like as others have noted but the manuka is used very well. The bitterness settles the beer out nicely and adds that depth needed for balance. The finish is mild bitterness and a fruitiness that lingers on the palate. A unique beer that works beautifully. Another big cheers to the MI!
DuffMan (5812) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 17, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery. Very fragrant fruity perfume aroma, not at all like tea-tree oil as I would have expected (manuka is New Zealand tea tree). Equally generous portions of sweet malt and uniquely appealing floral and fruity perfume. Extremely tasty, full flavoured, and perfectly balanced. Unique and fantastic, worth seeking out. Compellingly drinkable!
snuffla (156) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 16, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber brown coloured, like a standard NZ draught in the glass but on the nose hints of ginger and manuka (which was to be expected i suppose). Had this beer a few times before, but this batch not so sure about maybe the manuka wasn’t up to its usual exotic tricks.
Mouthfeel is a bit weird, metallic maybe and not as smooth as it has been. Will need to re-rate this one i think
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 28, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Eureka in Dunedin.
Dark amber/brown with a head that disappears though leaves a nice dotted lacing.
Smoky, woody malt nose, but also quite fruity - strawberries, boysenberries, cooked tomato.
Mild hops show through in the aroma.
Smoky malts mingle with zesty hops. Earthy, dried fruit tones with a hint of vanilla.
Refreshing, despite being relatively complex and kind of heavy.