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RATINGS: 1475   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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This ale marks our journey to the only place on the planet where fresh hops are harvested in our spring, the Southern Hemisphere. Our task was daunting-we needed to get the hops picked, dried, flown halfway across the world and into our brew kettle in a little over a week’s time. The result is a North-by-South fusion of fresh New Zealand hops blended with the finest North American malts. Its robust hop character presents an intriguing floral-citrus aroma leading to layers of fresh-hop spiciness. Enjoy!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GoufCustom (845) - HONG KONG - AUG 30, 2014


710 ml (1 pint 8 oz) bottle bought at CitySuper in Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Looks: Translucent amber honey with no yeast sediments; One-quater finger head and off-white foam which fades in 20 seconds; Very good sticky lacing with near zero carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant and sweet Ale malt, with floral, honey, marmalade, light fresh pineapple, assorted tropical fruits, light pine, molasses, and grass.

Taste: Medium sweet Ale malt, with solid lemon zest, strong molasses, strong sharp pine, light earth, spices, light yeast, biscuits, lemon, strong lime, strong bitter hops and sharp grass.

Body: Medium body, slick palate.

Mouth Feel: Nicely bodied, quite rich Ale malt with slightly roasty undertone. Sweetness is full-on molasses, nicely balanced by fresh hoppy taste include smart lemon zest, sharp pine, earthy spice and lime. Strong but mellow, never bombastic like most hopped-up IPAs. Very nice!

Hoppiness: Nice neat marmalade and light fresh-cut pineapple, honey, floral and light pine in nose. Zesty citrus, sharp pine and earthy spice in taste; Bitterness from Southern Cross deserves special mention for being strong AND dynamic - mellowing texture in the tongue without being overwhelming like most IPAs or German Pils - for a long lasting, strong astringent malty finish. What a beauty!

After Taste: Fairly dry, very hoppy and refreshing to mouth.

Comments: You know with SN, a craft brand being so innovative with the hops, whatever beers you see at first sight you have to grab them, and this is one of those: nice colour, good malt base, and the use of NZ hops like Pacifica and Motueka are almost magic - strong yet mellow, light touch but dynamic leaving a lasting impression to the senses - in this topsy-turvy world of strong IPAs, this is a breath of fresh air to someone like me who is lukewarm to the style. Strongly recommended!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiammanghilla (627) - Genova, ITALY - AUG 30, 2014
Bottiglia 71cl, ordinata su birraland e bevuta a casa. Ambrata con splendida schiuma avorio. Corpo importante, amara, luppolatura resinosa, finale eterno amaro. Una Birra

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosslew (221) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2014
Enjoy the resin and pine from the first smell. Fruit comes through on taste with sweet orange. Smooth mouthfeel. Bit of bitter on finish. Sweet IPA with great NZ hops. 710ml. 6.7%. 3.6 std drinks. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rayaron (218) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - AUG 24, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer & Beyond, Tel Aviv. Clear golden-orange with low beige head. Hoppy aroma, notes of onion, light malty sweetness, notes of toffee. Flavor is very greenish, hoppy, heavy bitterness, herbs, grassy. Dry, light carbonation. Medium body. Excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2700) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 23, 2014
Appearance: Ruby red, thick white head. Aroma: Copper, hoppy, vanilla, leafy, a little perfume. Flavour: Resin, tangy pine sap, caramel, pine cones, long bitter finish. Hops are a little flat; however I think the bottle is a couple of months old. Still, it’s very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmzl (89) - SLOVENIA - AUG 22, 2014

Look: Pours with large, sticky, off-white head (brownish hue). Has a slow, sticky retention, leaves lots of random sticky lacing and yes, a sticky layer stays on top for the whole ride. Fair amount of carbonation, clear, amber (rich, a bit darker) colour.

Smell: Has a strong, good malt backbone, lots of caramel, biscuit medium sweetness. Hops are more nobelish, some hay, straw, earthy and floral. Also a mineral character. Smell is quite subtle, but suiting.

Taste: Strong floral start with hints of citrus. The floral party really kicks in here, very interesting. Combined with malts adds this floral honey effect + some caramel and biscuit. The middle malt backbone is still strong and had a good presence, medium sweetness. Ends with smooth medium bitterness, here the pine and resin character of the hops steps out. Pine and hay with nice lingering floral sweetness stay for a while in after taste. They are a bit sharper here.

Mouthfeel: Fresh, lively carbonation, medium body. Suiting.

Overall: Smell starts a bit weak, but everything is in line and nothing off. The taste is where things get more interesting, strong floral start with pine finish and strong malt backbone to connect them. Another solid crafted beer from SN.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (4174) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Some citrus hops and a light tinge of rust. Pours amber with good head and lacing. Finishes light bitter and sour. Some mash malt. Talk at Churchkey.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ohwee (1) - - AUG 19, 2014 does not count
Fresh is an understatement. Very refreshing change from the more brutal ipas I’ve been drinking. Seems to have just the right amounts of hoppiness, floral and citrus flavours and a good length of bitterness. Cant emphasise the FRESH in these hops enough!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HippieFee (63) - - AUG 16, 2014
Draft - Amber color. Dry hop flavor, slight alcohol aftertaste. Not a typical IPA with the New Zealand hops so that is why I am surprised with the alcohol taste to it. I was expecting more of a bit from the hops.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BenOver (98) - SLOVENIA - AUG 15, 2014
Pours dark golden with moderate head. Smell is gentle, resembles citrus. Taste is extremely well balanced, with a gentle hoppy aftertaste that slowly evolves. Excellent beer!


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