ab29 (8) - - DEC 4, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice fruity hops on the nose, can smell from a short distance away. slightly bread.
looks a dark amber colour, with the head retaining well.
Easy and light, with some strong fruity hoppy undertones, leaving a long taste.
3fourths (8238) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hand pump (keg) at the Hop Garden in Wellington. Hazed dull brown body with a film of large bubbles on top. Caramel malt, candied orange, herb / grass / spice, bread crust, toast and nut aroma and flavor. Medium-low sweetness, similarly matched bitterness with a lingering EKG-like herbal lemon oil / spice flavor late. Carbonation is low, yeah it’s "cask" so it should be low but this is basically flat rather than naturally carbonated.
kiwianer (3390) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The head is ok, the body brown-red. It smells hoparomatic, bit malty, bit dry. The taste is hoparomatic, bitter, bit malty, bit fruity.
beer-yum (602) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2014 An enjoyable English ale that makes a good addition to Townshend’s range of sessionable brews. Definitely one for the handpull...
Cantabrian (883) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2013 Strangely, this English Pale Ale, named after rich archaeological site in Suffolk, considered the first proven hothouse for the incubation of the Insular Style, is described on the label as an American Amber Ale (?!?). I popped the crown open and saw this brown, milky, sticky liquid at the lip. That per se would not bother me, but the colour that this beer pours is the only low point. It puts me really off, and I see nothing of Anglo Saxon, but more of Aztec – as what you get with Montezuma’s Revenge. Right, but now to the good features: Very sweet Grapes on the nose. I love those fruity aromas, with a touch of passion fruit. Such a New Zealand touch for the Pale Ale. Flavour is sweet, with biscuit, malts, grapefruits, lots of grapefruits, and a touch of Grand Marnier. Medium bodied, with a stingy, dry, bitter finish that expands like needles in the palate before quickly vanishing. Amber ale, really? I think the label description is an allegory to represent the confusion over the true style of Sutton Hoo, believed for many years to have been viking.
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
smells like an ESB to me, and tastes a bit like one too. lovely punchbowl of fruits on the nose, perhaps led by peaches. smells better than it tastes but still good, with a bit of yeastiness creeping in. only managed to get a taster of this as i ran out of money :( but hopefully it’s still there when i go back.
omega (724) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice dark amber and has a nice soft creamy head. Bit of hops on the nose but a little thin on the palate.
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was really nice. Bought two bottles and they did not last long. Thoroughly enjoyed Townshend’s take on an EPA.
Brodies_Best (260) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap, pours amber brown with white head that settles to ring. Aroma of peppermint, thyme, pine and sweet spices. Hoppy floral bitterness is faint. Flavour of spices/ flowers comes through. Light bodied. Easy drinking.
scrowlerAA (6) - - FEB 10, 2012 does not count
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good session beer. Aroma gave me spaghetti bolognese, which I like... Head was small but long retention, subtle complex fruits on the palate, good amount of hops. Body is a bit watery for me, but easy to drink a few of. Finish is pleasant, nice sweetness and more subtle hops, nothing unpleasant. Served on hand pump at Cassels Brewery Christchurch.