lisagirl (262) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 30, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
was okay, very planty flavour with a bit of fruit floating around, but tasted a bit weird. hmm. bottle was awesome though.
omega (583) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 25, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2013 Harvest from flash new Reptile bottle: Big resiny nose on this bad boy. Pours quite dark. On the palate not the beer I was expecting. Lingering bitterness at the end but not much happening up front. Have to say a little disappointed.
DylansDad (290) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma = Awesome. Extremely fresh, brash, bold, vibrant, and above all GREEN. It smells of resin, it is pungent, it smells of citrus and most of all, passionfruit. When I first put my snozz to the glass, I caught a whiff of caramel. Taste is like aroma. Astringent green fruity resiny bitterness in a thin body. Such delicious hops. There is nothing restrained or elegant about this beer and it’s not particularly complex, it kicks arse, it bludgeons your tastebuds into submission, and is probably not for the faint-hearted. I love it, and I’m gonna buy another tomorrow, but it is probably better that it is a seasonal release.
alectron (30) - - APR 22, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Great nose after pour. Lots of fruit and grass-y/hemp-y. Palate is a bit watery, very planty (hemp water...), and turns quite bitter right away with not much else to balance it out. Not bad though and interesting in any case.
beer-yum (239) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2013 Simply superb if you like a fresh bitter beer. Lamentably seasonal (but a great reason to hang on for another year). Nicely balanced taste with a surprisingly sustained bitter finish.
Definite difference in this year’s release. The initial hop kick is no longer present - to the detriment of the overall balance. Disappointed - but happy to try it again next year (and will have a few more this year anyway)!
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy dark straw colour with fluffy white head.Big grassy nose. You can tell that it is green hopped, as big bitterness comes through. The bitterness remains on the tongue for ages.
ciaranc (586) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Pour clear golden with a dissapating white head. Piney, floral, resiny hops on the nose. Low carbonation with a robust mouthfeel. Fresh hops and grasses. Smooth
davidm (1868) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Cookie. Nice and hoppy. Aromas of grass and citrus, with hints of caramel. Taste is quite bitter, and long lasting. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Amber, with a frothy head.
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the FYO at Regional WInes & Spirits. Pours pale with a light fluffy head, Aroma full of grapefruit and grass. Quite subtle and light in the mouth, but the hops kick in quickly, leaving a refreshingly lemony lingering bitter aftertaste. My overall sensation of this ale is "fresh", it feels fresh and light in the mouth, bright and vibrant in the mouth. Nicely done.
Jimthechap (1326) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On the lighter golden side of amber with a thinnish white head. Light pale malt aromas in hand with tropical hoppiness, lemon and grapefruit. The hops are the lead flavour with spruce needles and gentle fruitiness. The spruce is persistent and pushes the bitterness aspect. This gives an enduring finish of lemon peel and herbal astringency. Lovely tasty pint that wasn’t helped by gasflow pourage and being served too cold. I’d love to see what this could do on handpull.