High_in_NM (25) - Los Alamos NM, New Mexico, USA - JUN 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from local Smithís served at room temperature. Copper pour with giant off-white head but only moderate carbonation. Hop aroma was not nearly as strong as I was expecting. Taste is standard middle of the road IPA body and bitterness - nothing special. Not bad, but I expected much more from this one.
UXO (920) - CANADA - JUN 6, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear pale amber with three fingers of pillowy off-white head, excellent retention and lacing. (5/5) Nose is citrus, pine, floral, caramel malt. (7/10) Taste is mild to moderate sweet, moderate bitter, mild peppery spice. (8/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry lingering bitter and slightly spicy finish. (4/5)
Now that is a heckuva sessionable IPA - a decently dry finish and a well-integrated moderately strong ABV make this a beer you can quite enjoy having a couple of, while the flavours are sufficiently bright and complex to keep you interested. Both the body and the sweetness are perfectly suited to support the hop-forward character without detracting from it, making the beer a decent showcase for NZ hops. (I keep wanting to think thereís a little vinous character in there, but I canít really pin it down. Something a little more adventurous would have been nice.) Recommended. (16/20)
joejames (376) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bottle to shaker glass, pours hazy amber orange, two plus finger frothy off white head. Moderate lacing but awesome to the bottom of the glass retention. Aroma is floral with lemon zest and pine. Taste is moderately bitter with a touch of malt sweetness that balanced nicely. Medium body, lively carbonation, creamy mouth feel. Finishes moderately bitter. Tasting notes of wild flowers, spruce, lemon zest, plum, caramel and herbs. This IPA is complex and well done, I love it!
andrewje41 (1600) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Itís refreshing to see a fresh hop this time of year, especially when I forget that New Zealand is in their prime hop season. Iíve loved this series for a long time, and Iím really suprised I never rated this one. Bright orange copper draft pint pour at the hop and hound. Big sticky fi head and lace. Wonderful fresh hops aroma. Flavor is mildly sweet, with a bready side, and very nice hop character. Really is an awesome IPA here. Love it.
bnoel09 (493) - Elk Grove, California, USA - MAY 25, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2015 bottle poured into a shaker glass. Dark amber with a light tan head. Aroma is biscuity malt with some fresh floral and citrusy hop aroma. Flavor starts with some nice, thick, bready malt notes followed by some peppery hop flavor and some nice citrus flavors as well. Medium bodied with mild astringency. Overall a milder IPA but very nicely balanced.
Koskela (409) - Marysville, California, USA - MAY 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice floral hop aroma with slight malt and sweetness comes from this clear deep copper brew. It's medium to full body sweet and hippyish. The aftertaste is bitterish. Well rounded brew. Not a bad brew.
madchemist83 (190) - USA - MAY 16, 2015
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Slight malt and spicy hop aroma. Dark copper pour with thick off white head. Mostly resin, grassiness in the taste. Itís a shame that there are so many wonderful hop varietals down under and they used the most noble and subtle. With proper hops could have been a gem. Unfortunately poor choices lead to mediocre beer.
fiulijn (16659) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Stateside Craft, Vancouver; 6.9% ABV
Hazy amber color with creamy head, nice lace. The malt profile is not bad, rather simple though; but it fails mainly on the hop side; it has some hop resins and very limited hop fruitiness, but itís also dusty, not at all what is expected (tasted in January).
vanvenlo (1514) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAR 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Vintage Cellars bottle(29-Mar-2015)Sweet fruit malt spice aroma.Cloudy dark amber,low head&suds lace.Broad pine spice malt flavour.Bitter pine spice finish&malt spice aftertaste.
Lunkie (1620) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAR 29, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Soapy hop malt aroma. Murky Amber colour poor head and lacing. Netball spicy hop malt flavour. Smooth lingering palate.