3fourths (8030) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chestnut brown with a medium off white head. Your basic caramel and red apple American amber malt with a wood and nut Chinook hop character. Spice, pepper, earth notes. Highly sweet with medium bitterness, malt has some roughness and the carbonation is a little flat, altogether giving it some flabbiness and syrupiness. Under-fermented by design. No glaring faults but nothing inspiring or imaginative either. This was a Monday, our helicopter hike on Franz Josef Glacier was delayed for three hours due to weather (eventually cancelled), so I drank and rated some Sperm and Fig beer on the patio and watched the NFL playoffs taking place 20 hours before on Sunday back in the states. From draft.
sm89walt (1756) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Keg - Sprig & Fern, Wellington. A clear bronzed amber colour that poured with a fine yet lasting a uniformly lacing off-white head. Toasted malts, yeast, biscuit and yeast coupled with dry, citric, grassy hops. Medium body, soft carbonation and mouthfeel with a dry, lingering finish. An IPA less in the out and out ’hop bomb’ way but focused on balance and hop/malt interplay.
kiwianer (3339) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The head is ok, the body brown. It smells hoppy, bitter, flowery, bit fruity. the taste is hoppy, bitter , flowery, less fruity, hoppy bitter. Interesting dry bitter. 12/11/11/11/-/11
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 17, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bronze colour with no head. Roasted hop aroma. Fruity hop flavour, mild residue mouthfeel.
Ungstrup (29287) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. A hazy red beer with a tan head. The aroma has notes of hops, citrus fruits, and malt. The aroma has notes of malt, hops, and caramel, leading to a bitter finish. Boring.
BeerGeekconz (22) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 27, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Nice looking beer, nice lacing. Aroma is low malt and medium kiwi hops, maybe sticklebract, only a trace of the fuggles promised, could be NZ fuggles i suppose. Nice subtle crystal malt character in the flavour. Harsh bitterness, astringent finish. Not too bad but not what I was hoping for.
petergaynor (111) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
1.5l bottle. Pours hazelnut amber with a creamy off white head. Nose is nutty hops with some dough. Taste is grape, lemons, some stonefruit, decent IPA
Jimthechap (1651) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From rigger at Fresh Choice Takaka.
I’m amazed by the colour, just the most lustrous brassy orange with a creamy white head that endured. Aromas of crystal malt, oranges, apricots and some herbal hop. All were present in the flavour that was golden and gorgeous. Is this an IPA though? Seems a little out of style, but what a sweety. Even Mrs Jimthechap was reaching over for sips.
skortila (4505) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Sprig & Fern, Nelson. The aroma has aprokots, some bubblegum. Clear, golden-copper coloured beer with a thin, white head. The taste is slightly bitter, fruity, bit veggie. Could use more bitterness imo.