beer-yum (330) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2013 Prefer their cellar-temp, hand-pulled english ale/ESB offerrings but this was an enjoyable brew nonetheless.
Jimthechap (1420) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.