Jimthechap (1421) - Christchurch, - JUN 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It is a great pleasure to add this beer and to see another contract brewery getting on the shelves in New Zealand.
This beer was coppery amber in colour with a thick collar of white head that sank, but didn’t entirely dissipate into the glass. The aromas were of coppery autumnal orchard fruit with hint of resinous spruce courtesy of a dash of NZ Cascade I’m reliably informed. As an IPA it isn’t a massive ’rip your head off’ aroma, being restrained and probably designed with session more in mind. This is reflected in the flavour: not enormously bitter but enough to interest the taste buds and foment desire for another glass. Those same autumnal fruits (Cox’s apples, some brassy apricot and peach) come through with prickly mouthfeel. The finish isn’t hugely enduring but doesn’t exactly fade away in a hurry either.
A good first effort and probably a good introductory IPA to drinkers who aren’t used to hoppy beers. This one ought to tweak the nipples of first timers and charm those with a bit more experience.
Best of luck Two Thumb.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Rogue & Vagabond in Wellington. Hazy variegated golden brown color, off white head. Nice aroma of brass and scallions. Taste is lemongrass and straw, not overly bitter.
Cantabrian (739) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2013 Very enjoyable beer. I like the very fruity aroma of apple and paw paw, which unfortunately is not translated into the flavour. But having said that, the taste is still tremendously pleasant, with a great balance of hoppy bitterness - grapefruit mainly - against the sweeter body. Nice feel after finish, begging for more. Somehow I don’t find it carries much of a New Zealand flavour, perhaps for the lack of that chardonnay/dessert wine item missing, but still this good beer seems to be more of a damn good version of an Aperican Pale Ale.