chinchill (1954) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap in the beer garden at the brewpub. 4% ABV
Deep golden with excellent clarity and a decent head.
Feel: Crisp, with medium+ carbonation and a dry finish.
Quite aromatic and fruity for style, and with high quality at that. The flavor is more average but certainly satisfying. Lasting, mildly bitter, hoppy aftertaste.
O: Recommended, although not the most interesting beer from Mussel Inn.
3fourths (8100) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
New World Kiwi hops give it a citrus character that’s reminiscent of Cascade and Hallertau (orange gelatin candy, apricot nectar, lemon balm, pepper / spice, a little bit of cheese rind mustiness) while a quieter intrusion of Nelson / Motueka give it that burnt pineapple / papaya and green onion character. Malt sits in the background with a soft honey succulence. Body is savory and rich but malt texture is brash, which the rough carbonation amplifies. Medium+ bitterness, medium sweetness, prickly acids which combined with the harsh texture make a half-glass about all I can stand. Flavor and aroma-wise this might be a high 3 if the body were smoothed out. From draft.
kiwianer (3340) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The head is ok, body blond. It smells malty, sweet. The taste is malty, sweet, spicy. Sweet, less sour. Ok…
Rangi (594) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 15, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Appears to be a well made lager. Clear yellow poor with slight white head that disappears quickly. Slightly sweet. Refreshing.
Jimthechap (1685) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 30, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours golden and clear, thin dissipating head. Aromas of gooseberry, grass, tangelo and meringue. Initially full with loads of carbonation. Light, soft and slow to develop flavour. A tinge of bitterness and dries on the palate. Tails off herbally (roemary and chives) with freshly buttered toast. Not a full on flavour attack but pleasant.
"An easy drinking lawnmower beer" quoth the brewer. Bang on.
OJB (39) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The colour was golden amber with a moderate head. There was a crisp green hoppy aroma. The flavour had smooth ginger and biscuity malt, and medium bitter hops and dry yeasty finish. This beer had nicely balanced flavours with a crisp light bitter finish. A very pleasant beer without being outstanding.
mkel07 (3547) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 13, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle. Doesn’t look too bad compared to most pale lagers. Thick merengue of white foam that leaves a good bead of lacing on the glass. Deep golden amber colour with a citrus hop aroma. A bit dry in the finish with some mild bitterness in the flavour. Overall this is pretty good for a pale lager.
KapitiCritique (345) - 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: Hoppy, floral;
Appearance: golden brown with large head dissipating quickly leaving minimal lacing;
Taste: surprisingly mild yeast with very little bitterness;
Palate; medium to light body, trace of astringency, finishes quickly to a yeasty aftertaste;
Overall: Not all the remarkable but a nice drop.
gam (3279) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Misty gold pour good frothy head carbonation aroma fruity lemon mainly hop mix flavour spicy fruity citric a mourishing yeast taste bitter smooth malt sweetness equal finish bright beer spicy note fruity hop taste good bitter
Davros (1991) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very transparent amber with a small head.
Nose shows peachy and spicy hops with a fair bit of sweet malt (slightly grainy) and honey.
Flavours are very similar, but with more grainy malt and a slightly herbal flavour that I also remember from their Captain Cooker beer (that at the time I thought was the manuka). Very light bitterness.
Light body with carbonation that really could be higher.