stevenellis (2) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 4, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Great to see this on beer engine. Aroma isnít strong, but the beer is great on hand pull
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 10, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2005 Tasted 10/01/2005. On tap at the Malthouse - 5%, I believe.
Golden amber in colour, spritzy nature. Thin white head that remains through this bright beer. Grassy hop aroma, a little malt. Light mouthfeel for an IPA. Bitterness is beautifully balanced with a citrusy sweetness. Juicy sweet grapefruits up front and grassy bitterness in the back dominate the flavours. Probably more along the lines of the new world pale ales than a traditional IPA, not quite gutsy enough. An extra couple of points aroma and flavour after tasting the hand pumped version at Bodega - tasted 05/05/2005.
Dudar (103) - Minsk, BELARUS - MAY 26, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity toffee butterscotch honey nose with some perfumy flowery hops, toasty biscuity sweet malt, medium body, grassy earthy spicy hop flavour, minerally bitterness. More of an ESB for my taste but very enjoyable.
Ernest (5869) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (BB Sep 2010).
Head is initially large, frothy, rocky, off-white, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy medium to dark amber, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot, flowers), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with light notes of mandarin orange, dried mango, cinnamon, black tea, cardboard.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation.
As with the Pilsner, another old sample...but once again, one that has not suffered as a result. Just a very small bit of cardboardy oxidation, the rest is beautiful. Gotta love bottle conditioning. Anyways, itís really tropical-fruity.and juicy. Great stuff that Iíd love to try fresh.
sunevdj (2916) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, must be the first NZ beer that Paps havenít rated... yet. On draft @ The Malthouse. Pours a mostly clear goldn with a white foamy head and lacings. Smells hoppy and slightly floral. Tastes fruity with a soft bitterness. Lots of hops with mellow grapfruit aromas alsp a hint of pine apple. VERY soft carbonation. Medium bodied. Very juicy. Must be my first IPA on draft... it was good.
mike69neilson (9) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 5, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cause I can ..................................................
mkel07 (2514) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Pours with a massively deep thick sand coloured head that takes a while to settle. Musty dusty amber colour with pleasant hop aromas that delight the nose. Wonderful flavours dance around the mouth and settle in the back of the throat. Best of the Tuatara range that I have sampled.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 27, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
With 50 IBUs, this beer claims to be one of the most bitter in NZ, which is probably true. Although it is bitter, it lacks in the hop flavour complexities.
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2007 Beer engine at the malthouse, Wellington. Poured a dark straw colour with large fluffy head, honeyed roasted ground almonds on the nose. A sweet manuka honey flavour with limited hop bitterness. I found this a little bit sickly and hard to finish....luckily my wife had an epic mayhem that i could sip on to get me through it!
Okay i think i was a bit harsh, just had it in the bottle and itís completely different! Excellent hop bitterness to this that balances out the butterscotch malt.
Jimthechap (1323) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aromas are of grassiness, orangeflower and fruitleather. My Aunty Kim makes a wonderful apple and blackboy peach fruitleather. It poured the colour of mandarin peel and a head that subsided with a sigh after a few minutes, leavingvery little lacing.
Upon tasting there is a twist of citrusy bitterness and a silky malt character that lingers underneath the initial hoppy shock. This beer is sweet, without being cloying, tart without being overpowering. This is balance and marks this beer as a good session bitter.
Not bad at all.