sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The 500mL bottle explodes with sweet, hoppy aroma as soon as the cap pops off. Pours a golden yellow with a thin white head and playful carbonation.
Initial aromas of Hops, grapefruit, peach and apricot with herbs and floral notes. Some straw-like malt.
The flavours begin with grassy hops, while citrus fruits and coriander dance in the background. The finishing taste sneaks up and bites you with a bitter zest with straw malt.
Very crisp on the palate. Great!
Dbeers (26) - , NEW ZEALAND - DEC 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2008 Pours copper colour very stong thick white head good lacing on the glass. nice fruity hoppy aroma.
citrus passionfruit taste very refreshing crisp good true to style beer. good not great but still a beer worth having in the fridge at all times.
Alasdair (76) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 18, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Passionfruit, pine and citurs aroma. Big fluffy white head. Intial malt sweetness with big lemon and grapefruit flavours, then a firm bitterness and lingering lemon and pine resin taste. Lots of hops, but I’d prefer more malt to balance them, and the finish is a little harsh.
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured golden yellow with a loosely packed white collar of foam. Aromas are more in the floral spectrum with some citrus coming into play. Palate is more of the same, not quite as much tropical fruit as i’d expected. Caramel malt and dry hop presence give a feint resiny bitterness, while palate is relatively light. Pleasant, but not overly impressed.
KiwiJonno (76) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2008 500mL Bottle. Strong and very pleasant passionfruit aroma. Pours a amber beer thats slighty cloudy - Small white head. Tastes of passionfruit and slight citrus dominate this beer also with caramel malt notes. Ends with quite a bitter finish on the roof of your mouth. I have to agree with others that its a little thin mid swallow. Flavours are very seperated from each other unlike something like Epic Pale Ale - perhaps something is missing for this to be a GREAT beer.
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 This is my second attempt at this one, the first time i tried this it promised much but delivered little....this time it kicks ass! i think this is going to become a favourite of mine! great nose, it’s all passionfruit and pine resin, looks good in the glass and tastes great, more of that pine resin passionfruit flavour. It’s like a dialled down version of ’monks habit’ and ’mayhem’ almost a session version. My only critisism is that it’s a bit light on the palate for me but hey it’s still going to be a must have in the fridge.
sunevdj (2916) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an ever-so-slightly hazy dark yellow. Small white diminishing head. Light sweetness moderate bitterness. Malty aromas of grain and caramel. Quite hoppy with aromas of citrus and a hint of resin. Medium bodied. medium carbonation. Long bitter ffinish.
FindingQuality (1) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 3, 2008 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
floral, citrus, cereal, banana, ginger,
nice warm gold with rich white head. chill haze thicker than most but certainly not murky.
An immediate blast of fruity esthers and floral notes from Cascade hops, followed quickly by hop bitterness. finish is dry and refreshing, slightly sweet and wheaty -- reminiscent of German Weiss.
piquant carbonation makes for a fluffy sensation on the tongue, finishes crisp and refreshing but a little hollow mid-swallow.
Cconners (11) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 29, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Last one from my 4 pack,but not my last one from this brewery. This bottle poured an attractive amber colour with slighly more carbonation than the other in the range, an off white head . The beer smells of citrus and grapefruit which I am told is a characteristic of the american hop that was used. The taste is well balanced and interesting more delicate than the others, very drinkable. The finish is very resiny and lingering with a citrus taste which is slightly bitter and refreshing. A great beer for a hot day.
Papsoe (25113) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle 50 cl) Pours a hazy golden with a dense, off-white head. Vague aroma of citrus and peach. Medium body with light caramel notes and a peachy touch from the aroma hops that also leave a solid bitterness. The brewery’s "Perfection English Pale Ale" tastes almost more American than this one. 050208