The Mussel Inn
Brewed at Invercargill Brewery

Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Onekaka, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
A red brown beer flavoured with the freshly picked tips of the Manuka tree. A very distinctive beer with proven medicinal qualities. The only one out of 240 New Zealand beers to rate 10 out of 10 in Keith Stewarts book ’The complete guide to New Zealand Beer’. Also featured in ’Best - a New Zealand compendium’. Compiled by Ella Griffiths, published by Awa Press. Also available on tap at Hopgood’s in Trafalgar St. Nelson, The Abbey at Appleby and Jester House in Tasman.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 17, 2009
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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
snuffla (156) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 16, 2009
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 28, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SorenE (168) - , NEW ZEALAND - NOV 1, 2008
on tap at the mussel in. dark red colour. Aroma and flavour of ginger, honey and citrus fruits. light to medium body. Interesting beer, I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 15, 2008
Pours clear orange, diminishing white head. Sweet corriander, citrus, spice on the nose. Flavours of the same, quite bitter, slight hop, can taste the manuka slightly through the other flavours.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
xbrewer (1) - , NEW ZEALAND - SEP 11, 2008 does not count
beautiful, well balanced flavoursome Beer!!nose like three boy’s wheat but as good a session ale as you would find pushed out by the likes of Harvey’s of Lewes or Fullers in the old country. This is without a doubt the best beer find I have made in 2008 and I may have to move to golden bay just so It would be my local, fantastic work guys!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 10, 2008
dark red in colour with thin white head. Manuka and spruce aroma. Big woody spicey flours. I have waited lomg time for this, thanks to the guys at beerstore.co.nz for getting this great beer in.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 20, 2008
Draught at Galbraiths (Auckland), a cloudy light brown with a creamy off-white head. Strong ginger aroma, with some honey and lemon. Strong ginger flavours again, on a smooth palate with a gentle floral hop kick in the finish. A sap presence, and a little grainy as well. A little bit of a let down after the long wait.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 2, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Te-tasted 05/06/2008 at The Malthouse and dropped a flavour point and a couple of overall points. The hop flavour is a little too dominant for me, just taking away from the finer points of the beer (which could be really fine if they were allowed to shine through). Tasted 30/05/2008. From tap for afternoon tea at The Malthouse. Pours a pinkish-hued reddish amber, somewhere between murky and bright. I’m genuinely surprised at the sweet tropical NZ hops on the nose. There’s a big caramel base to this beer, which will please the average kiwi drinker but is a big overwhelming for me - it removes a little bit of the sessionability from the beer (though I may change my mind if I actually had a session on it!). The mild-medium bittereness and the slight tannin-like astringency are a good combination. Very pleasant lingering sprucey/piney/woody note from the manuka - assertively mild (it’s still there 10 minutes after the fact). Mildly carbonated. I tried this a few years ago at BrewNZ (under a diferent name, I think: "Swinelager"?) and thought it to be the best "Festive Brew" that year. I still feel the same, it is an excellent beer that just needs the slightest toning down in the caramel department. Definitely worth a retaste, or three, to confirm that theory before The Malthouse runs out. Full of flavour, and not a lot of alcohol.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2008 4%!!! ok I didn’t know this when I was drinking it but that changes my mind about it....Interesting beer with loads going on, I was initially disappointed with the body but can understand it now that I know the abv. Flavour’s dominated by notes of liquorice and allspice/cinnamon, slightly medicinal with a hint of rosemary. Caramel sweetness to start but then finishes with a nice bitter dryness that balances it out nicely.

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