buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, - FEB 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I’ve had this on the hand pull, where it made a lovely smooth summer afternoon ale, now trying it with carbonation, from the 500ml bottle. Pours rich brown with a full head, from which the predominant aroma are the Riwaka hops. Full and bitter in the mouth, but with a lovely smoothness from a nicely balanced malt. The sprucey notes of the New Zealand hops is probably a bit too overpowering, especially on the after-taste. It’s a typically New Zealand IPA, which is fine, but not quite capturing the British heritage I think they may’ve been going for.
That aside, this is a lovely sprightly drop.
anders37 (21621) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy pale amber color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty citrus hoppy aroma with weak hints of caramel Fruity malty citrus hoppy earthy flavor. Has a fruity malty citrus hoppy weak caramel finish.
esox (1226) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Murky amber beer, frothy white head. Hoppy aromas of apricot jam, raspberry, mango, kiwi and a hint of tamarind sauce. Extremely fizzy carbonation makes it diffucult to taste. Dryish, slightly biscuity and caramelly malts, quite strong and sweetly fruity/slightly herbal hop flavor, mellow hop bite in the finish. Carbs erupt in your mouth forming a mouthfull of foam. Way over carbonated! Medium body. Aroma is wonderfull, but carbs knock out most ois the rest. And it is very good, nevertheless.
leaparsons (9491) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, The Offie, Leicester. Golden brown with a thin head. Toffee and hedgerow berries with mushroom funk. Citrus rind with nutty notes. Pithy, clean, bittersweet grapefruit with herbal aspects. Leafy, peppery pine with a malty, yet dry finish. A bit roasty and toasty. Decent.
jookos (4589) - FINLAND - NOV 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle@opuskm amber hazy. Green citrus, grapefruits, pine, doughy yeast on nose. Med bldied, good bitters, feels bit homebrewy messy tho. Soft, nice. Green citrus hoooy ioa.
mrjez (313) - Osaka, JAPAN - NOV 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From old notes. 500ml bottle from Costco.
Pours a bronze-amber with a tiny filmy head. Quite clear. Big malty aroma, caramel toffee, but mixed well with bright floral hops. The taste and feel is excellent, very solid malt base, a little sweetness, mild hop bitterness, a little fruity pith and lightly spiced. Ends quite bitter and dry. Really enjoyable.
mike_77 (4738) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden. Aroma has a lot of caramel malt. Flavour is full on and packed with malts and hops. Very well balanced.
RichTheVillan (5795) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at Craven Arms; hazy dark amber pour with a creamy beige head, aroma has sweet toffee and red fruits, taste has some spice along with caramel and red fruits.
undercurrent25 (1815) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
IMBC 2015 Pours a pale colour. Very hoppy with a dry finish. A good example of the style
MOFO (28) - Melbourne (Prev: Chch, NZ), AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2015
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Perhaps a bad bottle? Although not off in any way, just nothing great.. Poured a dirty copper colour like you get at the end of a keg sometimes but looked a bit dirt for my liking. Very short lived head of foam. Nothing wow on the nose. It drank like it looked - copper/metallic - but not off/tang - just, malt driven and not hop driven like I would expect of an IPA.
I havent had a Renaissance beer before - despite seeing them in AU/NZ quite a bit - the cost of them and the fact that they just look a little boring meant I hadnt tried one. This one was a gift, and I cant help but think my spidey-senses work pretty well after this one. I still have a Scotch version to get through to hopefully swing me to a more positive tune.
canadiankiwi (131) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 29, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very drinkable quite enjoyable. Poured from bottle copper colour. Malt and caramel taste. Sweet and very drinkable as an ipa