omega (584) - - AUG 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pleasantly hopped beer with tropical sweetness. Not a complex beer but I can this will be well received by the masses.
Travlr (9942) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Hazy amber color, small white head. Aroma of tropical fruit and light citrus. Taste is fruity and balanced.
pmuzz (378) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was really nice. Lovely stewed fruit flavours that finish with a real grapefruit like tartness/bitterness. A really nice and different beer.
beer-yum (252) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2013 A very good IPA with an antipodean slant. Well balanced for the style. Would be at the top of the list if it wasn’t for the excellent local competition.
lisagirl (262) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
from memory, had 14/02/2013. most distinctive feature is the lovely, perhaps slightly sticky tropical fruits. nz hops well balanced. very, very drinkable.
floydian1 (800) - FNQ, Australia, - MAR 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand pulled draught @ Fork & Tap in Arrowtown (recommended). Hazy copper-brown pour with decent white head that retains. Lots of fruity NZ hops on the nose on top of caramel malts. Smooth sessionable palate with nicely balanced flavours and a decent hop bitterness. This reminds me of an English style Extra Strong Bitter. A cracking beer to stumble across on our travels in NZ.
DylansDad (290) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 15, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
My first beer from Twisted Hop. This is absolutely awesome. If there is any factor that should raise New Zealand’s "liveability" standing in those bullshit OECD polls they publish, NZ beers like this is one of them. The other one, of course, is the fishing grounds in the Hauraki Gulf. Just sayin’.
chefinvt (17) - Blenheim, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hand pulled cask conditioned. Pours a cloudy copper, tight head and lingering soft lace. Aroma is huge green NZ hops, I want to pick out Nelson Sauvin, but I believe there is another gem hidden in there too. On the palate smooth and drinkable with a ESB like bitterness, but is warm and lovely. By far the best tasting beer from Twisted Hop ever. We kicked the keg. This beer is the beer you try, and stick with until you have to go home. I can even taste the new Gladfield crystal malt in it, it rounds it out perfectly.
Jimthechap (1330) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I cracked the lid on the rigger, punched a couple of holes in it, put it back on and after inverting it over my glass, I squeezed the shit out of it. This is a bit of a landmark as it is the first new release from a re-born Twisted Hop and its sudden release was a very pleasant surprise.
So how does it stack up?
There’s a little bit of haze in a stewed-apricot coloured beer with a good finger of persistent white head. Aromas are hop-led as you’d expect with a good pinch of resinous spruce and herbal grassiness. There’s lemon curd, gooseberry and lime leaf abounding. (That bounding/hop pun was a freebie, you’ll have to pay for the next one).
Carbonation is subtle but it’s the lovely sweet velvety body that carries a fruity, lightly bitter flavour that’s the show-stopper. This is dangerously quaffable you think, and then there’s a reminder that this thing has a generous bitter finish that deserves to be savoured rather than drowned in a fresh mouthful.
I reckon the boys buying the hopback was a bloody good idea and I look forward to seeing what they come up with next. Big like.