beer4eternity (199) - Tauranga, - SEP 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. Aroma: embarrassed to say that very first impression is that it smells like Steinlager (but costs four times as much), after tasting there is more to enjoy about it - malt syrup I had as a child, toffee, band aid (I cant explain why that is a pleasant aroma to me, it just is), dough yeast, dry grass, delicate almost mouldy tangerine, pine. Appearance: nice clear warm amber hue with large off-white fluffy sea-foam diminishing head and foamy lacing. Taste: mild sweetness which is quickly overtaken by moderate bitterness with a long duration, a touch of sourness. Palate: light medium body, smooth lightly creamy texture, tingly carbonation, long dry slightly astringent finish. Overall: nice enough, the "generous addition of hops" as described on the label must have been left out of batch 1243 :). Different to most IPAís I have had.
kiwianer (3306) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The head is good, the body orange-brown. It smells hoparomtic, bit bitter, malty, creamy. The taste is hop-aromatic, fruity, bit fowery, maltaroamtic, intensive. Good
skortila (4312) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. The aroma has citrus mainly. Clear, copper coloured with an off-white head. The taste is bitter, has citrus, some veggie tones, some strawberry, light resiny. Very dry finish.
Rulymel (87) - SPAIN - OCT 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Classic amber colour with a good head of thin bubbles.
Fresh fruity aroma with lots of hops.
Fruity taste plenty of hops very good balanced in. Nice body a long tasteful finish.
I liked it!
Brodies_Best (223) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours orange golden with off white head. Nutty and slight hoppy floral aroma. Medium bodied sweet malt with extreme bitter base. Nutty aftertaste
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Pomís in CHCH. Crystal clear amber color, white head, solid lacing. Aroma of pine, light sice. Taste is bitter, peppery toasted caramel. Mellow.
beer-yum (330) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A borderline session IPA - which is pretty unusual. Taste is different too - neither better or worse - just different. Iíd have another - no question.
DylansDad (295) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 24, 2013
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is pretty much all malt for me. Just the slightest, and I mean VERY slight, hint of grass where the malt curls up at the edges, but thatís it. Taste: If this was billed as a lager, Iíd be rating it highly, it has a nice sweet but not sticky malt and an unobtrusive bitterness with just a touch of citrus and a wee drop of sourness on a thin watery and refreshing body. Nice lager. And, as they say in the Parrot Sketch, "Beautiful plumage! (Nice lacing)"
lisagirl (262) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
rather sweet ipa, flavour of almost caramelised sugar there. also the typical light citrus, mild hop bitterness...well balanced and well rounded overall. easy drinking stuff.
Cantabrian (744) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From mediocre to excellent, this is the trajectory of my impression: As soon as the crown pops up, we get this aroma of lager, which is a bit of a disappointment. Soon it turns into floral hops, not too strong, kind of masked by malts, but interesting. Only later I get the pleasant suggestion of ice wine (please donít tell me to point the type of hops), but not enough to get me all over the place. Great appearance, with an interesting generous head. Amber colour, clear, but not too bright, for a subtle grayish tone hides behind the exhuberance. Iíd like to see a cloudier IPA. But the flavour...that is just PERFECTLY balanced. Not too sweet, a touch of hoppy bitterness, and the hops do come up with the finish. English IPAs would be great if they were all like this, Unfortunately this excellent beer will often be judged in comparrison with West-Coast IPAs, which are to a certain extend, an aberration on the style. I like this beer and it does what other beers from Three Boys do: it delivers what it promises to do.
omega (637) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 1, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Drier and bitter than I remember. Nice golden colour and has good length of flavours. Just not the beer I remembered.