tombutlin (198) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 18, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Quite a singular taste, and that taste is hard to define. Resin dominates, but it would benefit from a few other notes. A touch sweet and malty for my tastes
canadiankiwi (139) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Orange malty looking hear. Colour of that. Sweet hop taste. Quite enjoyable. Caramel hints.
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Solid beer but just lacking that something extra. Flavours start out there but dissipate too quickly, leaving a watery aftertaste.
3fourths (9015) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Draft at Fork and Brewer in Wellington. Bronze body with small white head. Woody, nutty, "green" tasting (granny smith apples, cut grass, candy / jujube / gelatin notes). Syrupy texture, medium body, medium to heavy bitterness with crusty and toasty malt. Lemon scented laundry detergent off-notes and wet wood / moss grow as it opens. Low but creamy carbonation, malt has some coarseness. Not as rich in the aroma as their Mistress Pilsner, and sadly not as soft in the mouth either. I’m not a fan of Chinook so there’s little appeal for me, but it’s still a decent beer, well-made but not as pleasant as the Pils.
Pdubyah (604) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nothing scary here move along. Nothing outstanding here either, move along. Except that for 7.3% ABV you’d never guess it because that’s well hidden. Nice pine, lots of mouth flavour and residual taste, nothing overwhelming. More towards grass then pine. Decent enough to share with a group, or sit for a bit with.
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle@Home. Earth and onions aroma. Amber, beige head, good lace. Sweetish, malty, hint of toffee, herbal, earthy, hint of onions. Medium body. Well done with the hops. Gotta love Chinook.
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
You didn’t choose an easy category did you? So many raters whose impression of IPA is Pacific NW and dominated by hops that begin with the letter C. My initial impression is that that this hasn’t been done badly though with a strong scent of amber resin, herbal grassiness and spruce cones. It seems a check in all the major boxes so far then. With regard to appearance it is reddish orange in colour with a suggestion that some head was once there. It is generously flavoured in the mouth with those aromas to the fore along with plentiful tangy malts, apricot and peaches in syrup and a nice pinch of bitterness. It isn’t over-the-top US-IPA, but I would stand in a queue for another... something I wouldn’t do voluntarily for other beers, believe me.
Yes, this beer is well liked by me. Well liked indeed.
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The head is ok, the body golden-brown. It smells sweet, hoppy, aromatic, bit bitter, flowery. The taste is bitter, flowery, hoparomatic, bitter-flowry. Ok! 12/11/12/11/-/11
Travlr (20269) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Brew Craft. Hazy amber color, medium off white head. Aroma of Christmas tree. Taste is bittersweet pine resin. Decent.
DylansDad (569) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smooth, soft and easy to drink 7.3% beer. Sometimes perfect balance is perfect, but this beer is too well balanced, it needs a bit of mongrel. As it is, it is a very nice, polite beer.