Brewed by Tuatara Brewing Company
Style: American Pale Ale
Paraparaumu, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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2013 version - Throwing hops straight from the vine into the brew, undisciplined by kiln drying or other modes of professional behaviour, is called green hopping. In Conehead’s case, that means massive amounts of Nelson Sauvin in the hopback and Citra and Amarillo in the boil. Voodoo like this may sound a little random, but judging by the heady aroma of lychees, gooseberry, passionfruit and citrus balances with an appropriate bitterness, it seems somebody’s been doing their homework. - 5.8%

2012 version - Brewed with new season Riwaka and Motueka cones hops and shed load of freshly picked whole Green Nelson Sauvin hops in the hopback. - 5.5%

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, - JUN 11, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CacheManyHose (309) - HONG KONG - JUN 28, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HKdIPA (363) - HONG KONG - JUN 28, 2014
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pdubyah (470) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 8, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
maso (1) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 3, 2014 does not count
Good citrus tones, excellent viscuoscity. Nice bitter finish. A good, well rounded ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 30, 2013
was okay, very planty flavour with a bit of fruit floating around, but tasted a bit weird. hmm. bottle was awesome though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omega (777) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 25, 2013
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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DylansDad (360) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 23, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
alectron (30) - - APR 22, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer-yum (707) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 21, 2012
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).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 29, 2012
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.

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