grapengrain (125) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lovely traditionally styled IPA - wonderful ballance between a rish full but still crisp malt and fragrant hops.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml Bottle 6.4%. Clear coppery orange with a short beige head that lasts a while. Resiny hoppy aroma has notes of passionfruit, toffee, lemon, honey and pine. Flavour mirrors the aroma. Thick, creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a long bitter finish. Very nice IPA, a little on the sweet side but balanced with plenty of bitterness.
beerledgend (1145) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 9, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml Bottle 6.4abv. Dark amber in colour with huge creamy white head. Toasted mild flavours with big grass hop bitterness. Very smooth, short palate but very refreshing.
KapitiCritique (324) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - MAY 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle 6.4% ABV by the way
Aroma: Hops and a hint of watermelon. As it warms up, there is a hint of grapefruit.
Appearance: Clear golden brown with a thick, rocky, toffee coloured head and good lacing.
Taste: A little sweet, predominant mix of sour and bitter
Palate: Medium body, slightly sticky and a tad creamy--the head is quite dense--with good carbonation and a bitter and slightly astringent finish with nice aftertaste leaning toward melons.
Overall: Not an IPA fanatics first choice but this is a somewhat complicated addition to the growing list of well crafted NZ beers and I canít see real IPA drinkers pushing this away.
Ungstrup (26193) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. A hazy dark amber beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of citrus and grassy hops as well as caramel. The flavor is sweet iwth notes of malt, grass, and citrus, leading to a dry and very bitter finish.
davidm (1772) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Delicious. Aromas of grass, pine, and biscuit. Taste is bitter, and long lasting. Palate is velvety, with a medium body. Amber, with a head that doesnít last.
DonBirnam (108) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful Pale copper colour. Pleasantl hop aroma, with solid malty undertone. Flavour is finely balanced combination of hop and Englishy malt. Nicely bitter finish. Authentically British IPA.
mickmac (481) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. An average white head over a dark honey-amber body. Aroma of marmalade, citrus and resin notes. Taste of citrus pith and a moderate-growing bitterness. A full smooth oily mouthfeel.
phaleslu (4427) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Part of the tasting rack at the brewpub. Pours a clear gold color with a medium white head. Has a nice hoppy aroma, with grapefruit citrus and pine. Hops, citrus, and pine are also throughout the flavor, which includes some spice and sweetness before a dry hoppy finish. Very well-balanced and an excellent IPA overall.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 8, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Handpull at the brewpub, í09 brew. Pours hazy amber, smooth off white head.
A big, fresh hop aroma, grapefruit & pepper with a bit of pineneedles.
Piny hop flavour, resiny, turning a bit peppery as it accumulates.
The resiny bitterness fills your mouth, then a long hoppy dry finish.
A beautiful hoppy, tasty IPA. Tastes kind of like an American IPA.