CacheManyHose (175) - HONG KONG - JUN 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From Craftissimo. Amber translucent pour with bubbly watery white head and long legs. Smells very malty and sweet with floral fruity hop in the background. Tastes malty though less sweet than in the aroma, spice/pepper, piney hop, quite bitter. Slick but dry body - together with the deeply bitter hop, characteristic of Tuatara. HKdIPA said this tasted like the Tuatara APA - I agree. It's a more complex, maltier version of it.
HKdIPA (227) - HONG KONG - JUN 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Craftissimo at home. Translucent amber pour with dissipating head. Aroma. Taste is maltier/sweeter than expected, tastes almost juicy. Hops are sharp, almost sour, and piney, deep bitterness. Very similar to the Tuatara APA in body, color, and maltiness, but different types of hoppiness, the Conehead tastes more complex - a lot going on for a 5.8% beer. Good!
Pdubyah (369) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 8, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not sure what’s ton on with this the 2014 batch of things. It’s aroma is intense, but the bitterness is lacking, and the dry finish is in the wrong place at the middle of the tongue and not the back. Very pine all around, and that’ about it, all around and no on point.
maso (1) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 3, 2014 does not count
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Good citrus tones, excellent viscuoscity. Nice bitter finish. A good, well rounded ale
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 (684) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2014 2014 Harvest - have to admit I am being slightly decadent here with two nice big glasses of Conehead - one from bottle, the other from keg so the score is going to be more of an aggregate! From the bottle the nose was a little more pungent and pronounced, while the keg was a little more muted. The keg version how shines a little brighter with more flavour and depth, though the bottle is slightly more carbonated and zingy. On the whole very similar (as you would hope) but am leaning towards draught. Big improvement on last year.
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. 8/3/5/3/11
DylansDad (300) - 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 (456) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2014 Simply superb if you’re after a fresh hopped beer. Lamentably seasonal (but a great reason to hang on for another year). Nicely balanced taste with a surprisingly sustained smooth bitter finish. Latest version (2014) is better than last year’s (to my taste at least).
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.