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Townshend Blitzgreig Brewer’s Reserve

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Brewed by Townshend Brewery
Style: Amber Ale
Upper Moutere, Nelson, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
This limited edition Brewer’s Reserve has been inspired by either a significant occasion or someone we admire. It is an opportunity to celebrate and show our appreciation. Assertive, brash and loud. A US of A amber coloured ale using American hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ComradeK (1107) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 23, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours a murky chestnut, with lots of floating sediment and a large off-white head, which lasts reasonably and leaves a little lacing. Leafy, resin and tropical hops dominate the aroma, with a touch of caramel malt in there. Strong kiwifruit and tropical hops up front give way to caramel malt in the mid-palate, with resin and tropical hops in the finish. A decent amber ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cantabrian (990) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 14, 2014
Old tasting - no notes. However, I remember puzzled by the description, plus the sweet, resinous beer, which was quite pleasant overall. Shameless tick. I think I have one more bottle to check it again and do a better rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonnyguns (1105) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle from mane liquor. Pours a deep amber with off white head. Nose shows typical US style ipa notes. Juicy hops, orange, tangerine, tropical fruit and some slight honey. Taste follows the same course. Orange, peach, citrus and a nice lingering bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
beer-yum (1334) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 27, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2015 Prefer their cellar-temp, hand-pulled english ale/ESB offerrings but this was an enjoyable brew nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 4, 2012
Lush amber colour with a bit of hazy and a fulsome white head. Strangely, the first aroma I got was of a rich Speyside whisky. Sure not? Apricot, leather, honey, cereal and ryegrass. It is an aroma that suggests sweet, juiciness along with honey and a twinge of fruity acids. Whatever my nose is picking up, it is a lovely smell and not at all what I was expecting (a full-on blast of spruce, resin and yeeha!). There’s a good attack of carbonation and then soft, ripe fruit, sweet peaches, apricots and nectarines along with tangelos and zest. There’s a good measure of hoppy bitterness that is measured, balanced and subtle. I’m afraid the label is a little wide of the mark, but what a gorgeous beer. A second moment of nasal query elicits peanut brittle of all things, pecans and rye. Wow. A remarkable ale.

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