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Brewed by ParrotDog
Style: English Pale Ale
Wellington, New Zealand
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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A refreshing, fruity New Zealand-hopped aroma floats aloft a golden coloured English malt base and culminates in a smooth New Zealand-hopped bitterness. An easy drinking pale ale, showcasing both malt and hops in unbiased amounts.


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, - FEB 5, 2013
Mmmm, nice. Rich chestnut colour, frothy clean head. Nutty hops float into the noise, moist and grassy. Smooth, easy drinking, rich subtly sweet ale carrying a lot of rich flavoursome hops. This is a nice pale ale; not extravagant, not silly, just does what it says on the tin - hops, malt and smoothness. Nice indeed.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (2084) - Manama, BAHRAIN - JAN 16, 2015
While I would generally say this is a rather standard, non-description English pale ale I would also add that it is quite well done and would not let you down upon having a glass. Lightly malty with crisp hops. Pleasant.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pollololo (2) - - JAN 6, 2015 does not count
Why talk about beer with the usual ’the aroma is this, and it looks like this?. I trust you can view the beer for yourself and draw your own conclusions. I drink this beer every time I wait at Wellington airport, which is every few months or so. It is a very English beer, in that you can sip at it for an hour or more, as you wait out your airport time (or are at your local pub, presumably with bowl of pickled things at hand). It is not unpleasant warm: it has a complex clove-like taste. The hops are sharp yet understated, like herringbone.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Earplay (35) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 12, 2014
Aroma more fruity than citrus, some pine. Taste is grapefruit and sweet pale malt to balance. Bitterness moderate. Great full mouthfeel. Enjoyable pale ale.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mkel07 (3881) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2014
Bottle from Archive Beer Boutique July 2013. Golden amber colour with a soft white head. Malt driven but not overly flavoursome.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pictish (10) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 15, 2014
Looks Ok with little to no head. Moderate fruity aroma- There’s guavas in there! Superbly balanced in the mouth and all works well. A good ale.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
LesArgen (237) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2014
It has a really nice, dusty aroma of grapefruits, rockmelon, musk stick and a hint of dust. The hops are prominent but very smooth in the mouth. The main letdown is that it’s a little watery and a little short.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (13986) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2014
Bottle at Ibis Tokyo Shinjuku. Clear amber - white head. Lovely hoppy aroma, orange, sweetness, light berrie notes, knækbrød, light hashish, some bitterness, oatey notes, ok body, amber malts. light dusty. Ok.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Niksko (402) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 28, 2014
Dark golden orange with a white head. Nose is passion fruit and citrus. Flavor is orange marmalade, caramel, pineapple, with a bitter and slightly piney finish. Pretty good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths (8345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2014 Bottle. Lightly hazed orange amber with a short head. Has a strong orange marmalade Cascade hop aroma with softer touches of pine resin, spice mix, celery seed, leafy greens and grapefruit softened slightly by a faint yeast note. Medium body, semi-sweet with moderate bitterness. Creamy and fluffy carbonation delivers juicy hop oils across the tongue in a velvet soft washing. Exceptionally clean with salivating juiciness brought on by nectary hops and Maris Otter-like malt (a guess but it has that pastry and cherry and toast character that I love in that malt). Lovely stuff beginning to end. ParrotDog is proving themselves adept at making clean, soft, characterful beers.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KyleCameron (21) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 30, 2013
A body that wasn’t, even from a lighter ABV I expected a little more from this beer. The Hops are well expressed and a bit of an "Orangie" note is the prevailing aroma. The saving grace really, a session beer aimed at being a top end session beer. I think it falls short in a few ways.


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