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Brewed by ParrotDog
Style: Amber Ale
Wellington, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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A citrusy NZ hopped aroma featuring a hint of roasted malt is supported by full-bodied, red coloured malt base and a pleasant NZ hopped bitterness to round off. A big, malty red ale uplifted with a generous amount of hops.


Jimthechap's rating

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jimthechap (1650) - Christchurch, - OCT 21, 2012
Slightly hazy rich amber colour with a persistent white collar of head. Poured way too cold off gas-flow (when will people disregard traditional public ideals for serving temperature?). From what I was able to garner about the aroma there was orange blossom, caramel and golden syrup. In fact the aromas tend along two directions: floral and malty. This isnít bad, in fact it is quite charming. The flavour is fresh, keen and of tart juicy fruits and flowers. A real summery ale to taste with a concomitant light body. There is a good twinge of astringent bitterness which seems to carry to a puckering finish.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
waiake (69) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 11, 2014
deep murky golden brown with an enduring head, the aroma is malty roasted spicey citrus, similar flavours combine really well, finishing with an ideal tasty bitter hoppyness

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bootlegger007 (44) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 11, 2014
Aroma of roasted malts, copper-red creamy large head which settled and lasted, hoppy and malty flavous of caramel and grass with a mild bitter aftertaste, medium body smooth easy drinking ale, very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muggus69 (1198) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - SEP 8, 2014
330mL bottle BB 16/02/14 Reddish amber body, slight haze, big off-white foam. Good nose to it; biscuity, toffee, nutty malts with unripe tropical fruits, melons, resiny leaves and pepper hop character. Full body, moderate carbonation, slightly oily texture. Delivers a solid dose of nutty, biscuity malt paired well with plenty of spicy, leafy green fruit hops. Firm bitterness on dry finish. Nice NZ style Amber

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
donniemillan (37) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2014
It really tastes more like an IPA to me, maybe let it warm in your hand for a while to let the malt flavours come through.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niksko (336) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2014
Pours dark red with some beige, fine head. Nose is grapefruit peel, pineapple, grass, slight toffee. Flavor is quite hop forward. Lots of grapefruit peel, pine resin, bit of passionfruit, toffee, bread. Finish is lots of bitter grapefruit, slight sweetness. Carbonation is a touch on the low side, but I think it works well with the medium to heavy body. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RafeAU (113) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2014
A nice amber ale. Strong hop flavours getting into IPA territory. Tasting at Plonk.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mattress63 (62) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2014
Bottle from Zesty Edibles. Poured a nice creamy head and a deep red almost dark amber colour. Quite malty but not overwhelming with tastes of roast coffee and a nice bitter finish on the palate. Sadly I didnít find this overly hoppy, but still nice all the same. Enjoyed. Good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vinhol (272) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 7, 2014
330 mil bottle from Low buy Lilydale caramel aroma deep red on colour with ran head taste is malty caramel with some hop flavour but as the bb date is 16/2/14 the good may be muted

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
confrontation (2) - - FEB 5, 2014 does not count
Very nice beer , would have like more of a caramel note like most other red ales on the market, still a very good ale

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8023) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2014
The aroma starts out with a rather basic caramel and red apple maltiness before developing light touches of fennel and black pepper, and itís not long before the simple cara malt character blossoms into something more like seed bread toasted baguette... luscious carbonation and soft malt texture again are the highlight, something that ParrotDog seems to do well even in beers with unappealing flavor profiles. Semi-sweet, toasty, bready, strongly bitter with medium acidity, good malt attenuation, just enough sugar left over to provide some heft to the body without being overly sweet and chewy... carbonation and sweetness and acid all well matched, and itís quite aromatic as well. On first pass itís a basic amber ale but with time it comes together well. Talented brewing taking place in Wellington.


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