3fourths (7876) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber with a fine white head. Cascade-like orange / pine resin in the nose mixed with more Kiwi-like pineapple rind and some plant matter / leafy notes. Faint yeast but itís mostly neutral for me. Medium body, high bitterness and relatively low sweetness cut even more by the acidic and prickly hop oils. Some Nelson Sauvin / white wine character develops as it opens, but the cara malt note begins to swell as well, the body is luscious enough to support the raw hop bitterness... and after about 15 minutes with the glass, the malt becomes the high-point of this beer for me - restrained warmth, baked bread with honey and toffee touches. I suspect English malt. Itís not the best presentation of New Zealand hops (Iím guessing Motueka, Nelson and NZ Cascade) but by the end of the glass I was warming to itís purpose. Itís a hoppy pale ale that seems closer in character to American IPA given the stark back palate bitterness. From draft at Bel-Aire Tavern in Nelson.
beer-yum (439) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2013 An enjoyable antipodean IPA with an impressive fruity taste and a less than dangerous alcohol level. Would be an excellent session beer.
Ungstrup (29134) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. A cloudy dark golden beer with a thin white head. The aroma has note of malt, hops, and lemons. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, lemons, and citrusy hops, leading to a dry finish. The body is light.
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy light amber. Thin head. Mandarin & mango aroma. Mild bitterness, 35 ibus, fruity, refreshing hops. Good balancing pale malt, but not as clean b/c of yeast as Iíd like.
lisagirl (262) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
tropical fruits with mild bitterness. slight stickiness. not the most exciting or interesting nz pale ale, but still delicious and perhaps most importantly for this sort of thing, very drinkable.
DylansDad (300) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice beer, the taste and aroma is light and airy, more peach than grapefruit. Very easy drinking. I wonder if they upped the ABV to 6% if this would turn into a truly spectacular beer?
Cantabrian (780) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 10, 2013
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have to give maximum points to appearance and aroma. Wow! Love the opacity and the bits in it. And the nose...such a fruit cocktail! Grapes, very sweet, and not ice wine sweet. Soapy, but not fresh coriander/crap soapy. Itís fruity, seductive soapy, full of lychees and and jambu (rose apples). The flavour is more straightforward, a hoppy, bitter, pale ale, as an India Pale Ale would be, but not oily or slick. This is just light bodied and brief. Clever bitter, not exaggerate. Still much more of an IPA than a bitter. Oh yes, and the finish is nicer, long, bringing back the fruity scents we had lost during the mouthful. Aotearoa is the name some of the Maori peoples used to call the North Island of New Zealand. It says little about the South Island (wow - political statement?). But this beer is broad in its reaches and it does say a lot about the quality of brewing in this country. Great job!
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle. I cloudy peach colour, thin oily head. The fruity peach flavour carries over to the nose; itís fruity, a bit tart, a bit fresh, but not hugely hoppy. Itís fairly light on the tongue, with a well rounded bitterness washing faintly sweet flavours down the throat. At first I was under whelmed, but as the beer warmed the flavours developed, and this is full of fruity, passionfruit / peach and grapefruit NZ hop flavours, and the lightly malted base carries them well, not overpowering anything. Iíll have another, I think...
Wombata (375) - Kobe, JAPAN - APR 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: A bit more restrained that the Tuatara. Earthy, hint of coffee and of tomato stem and pine. Day 2: Ripe orange and passion fruit, lightly roasted coffee, and pine
Palate: Balanced. Light-medium body.
Flavor: Lightly sweet, grainy malt followed by moderate earthiness and notes of tomato stem and then pine. Finishes dry. Day 2: Grainy orange malt, lightly roasted coffee, citrus and pine. Shows a distinct vegetal flavor (like tomato stem) from the mid-palate through the finish.
Comments: Balanced and less intense than the Tuatara. A bit more like a NZ craft lager/pilsner in that it finishes with a dry lingering bitterness. Day 2 it did not show so well--Pass. Less expensive than the Tuatara, but Iíd pay the extra for Tís APA.
Jimthechap (1563) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange-amber gold colour with a white head that sat fleetingly on the top of the beer. Carbonation rises in largish bubbles. The aroma is gorgeous. It really is good. Hops about in a colourful array of citrus: from tangerine to oranges with tangelo and nectarine (which I know isnít a citrus, but indulge me). Also contains scents of honeysuckle, spruce and sherbet. This is one of the most pleasant smelling beers I have had the pleasure of. But does the flavour live up to the promise of the scent?
Cool at first and then floods of hoppy bitterness. Not the most bitter beer I have had, but good and flavoursome. Those same aromas make themselves evident in the flavour. Thereís good body and a lengthy finish. A tasty hit in what is my favourite style.