Sprig and Fern IPA
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Brewed by Sprig and Fern Brewery (Tasman Brewing)
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Richmond, Nelson, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Our India Pale Ale (I.P.A.) is a delicious take on an English classic. Brewed using an English hop variety called Fuggles, which produce a pleasant soft woody, earthy and floral aroma in the beer. The beer is balanced with a medium hop bitterness that compliments the medium depth of the malt base.

3fourths' rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8382) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2014
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbeatty (1104) - New York, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Draft in Franz Josef, 11/9/2014. Pours a copper color, cloudy, thin creamy head, nice lacing around the glass. Aroma is caramel, biscuit, round pear and melon, thin grassy finish. Taste is mild citrus and grassy hops, a touch spicy, lingering sweet straw finish, caramel pronounced. Thin body, drinkable and quite quaffable. Decent, grows on you.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sm89walt (1783) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 29, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kiwianer (3413) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 21, 2013
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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 17, 2013
Bronze colour with no head. Roasted hop aroma. Fruity hop flavour, mild residue mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ungstrup (29987) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2012
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
BeerGeekconz (22) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 27, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
petergaynor (136) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 30, 2012
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jimthechap (1885) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 3, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
skortila (4685) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 18, 2012
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.

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