buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From tap at The Taphaus, Wellington. Nice lemony hop on the nose, round, rich and bitter in the mouth. Lingeringly lovely aftertaste. A really well balanced IPA, no one element driving out the other, and delivers the hops without killing the tastebuds. Great for a warm sunny afternoon.
andyfla99 (12) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 28, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Strong floral flavour and also vegetive rhubarb-like character, a little spice - black pepper or cinnamon. Overwhelmingly floral. Malt flavour is difficult to find, so the beer is a bit unbalanced for me. Quite dry. Would prefer more sweetness from a bigger malt character, and Iíd like to know what hop profile is involved as Iím struggling to recognise the hop aroma and no sign of dry hopping so I suspect (as the name suggests) the majority of hops are towards the start of the boil. On the hop aroma thing Iím really wondering whatís involved because itís very different to your regular hoppy ale, again very floral.
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Galbraithís (09/11). Clear, light amber pour with a short white soapy head leaving sparse lace. Pleasing pine and fruity hop nose. Medium body and carbonation. Resin, pineapple, toast and tea. Medium grapefruit finish. Great balance for an APA.
TimE (3183) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
amber brown color. Big fresh hoppy nose. Small dollop of butterscotch in the mouth with apricots, citrus and apples. Moderate bitter finish. Well balanced. More of an extra pale ale, than an ipa. Very enjoyable.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster at Beervana NZ. "Bitter" - thatís an understatement. Hop head heaven.
HopObessaison (21) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap from Beervana - lovely aroma, awesome level of bitterness and a solid flavour.
maneliquor (3104) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2012 On tap at Beer Quartet. Pours opaque copper with a small beige head. Nice nose of balanced caramel malts and citrus hops. The malts back this one very well. Caramel/toffee malts which succumb to a lingering citrus and hop bitterness with great length. Fantastic beer for their first one. They won the Beer of Choice at Beervana 3 out of the 4 sessions and I think they thoroughly deserved that accolade