DuffMan (6858) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 21, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, purchased on my last visit to the Invercargill Brewery bottle shop before leaving for Canada. This, along with Emerson’s limited release weizenbock, was to be my last kiwi brew before returning home. It pours a bright orange-gold with a lively foamy head. Very fragrant perfumey citrus and resin hoppy aroma. The palate is extremely thin and is dominated by citrus and resin hop character, which unfortunately cannot hide the lack of malt balance. Still, this is by far the most flavourful and enjoyable of any of the gluten-free beers I’ve had, simply because of the generous hop flavours.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 20, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a clear and bright gold with no head but plenty of visible carbonation. A sweet honeyish citrus nose. The palate certainly as a bitter bite to it, but it is very much that of raw grain. There is that honey again in the flavour, but overall lacks body and substance and is a bit soapy. But, for the Celiacs, it sure beats Bud Light.