kiwianer (2904) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The head is robust, the body gold-orange. It smells maltaromatic, hoppy, hoparomatic. The taste is maltaromatic, interesting, hoparomatic, bitter. aromatic, delicious!
Jimthechap (1321) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Unintentionally, this is the second Scottish beer that looks the colour of Seville orange marmalade on the trot (although this one is brewed in New Zealand and the former was actually brewed in Scotland). It has plenty of sparkle and a pillowy cream coloured head. While it claims on the label to be elegant and restrained like an old world IPA, the aroma promises anything but: it is vibrant, it is candied fruits, herbal hops and a little bit of dying vegetation. It smells distinctly new world to me as if it had a handful of Citra added to its boil behind Andy’s back. The flavour is a model of restraint (for Renaissance), but it doesn’t quite achieve the old world ideal of balance. It is hop driven with spruce bitterness and green grassiness. There are fruits there in the form of tangelos and mandarin, some greengage and grapefruit. With its bright, sassy hops, this is long finishing and a good example that a beer does not have to be over 5% abv in order to intrigue the palate.
Is this an example the well-known Deuchars sense of humour perhaps?