waiake (286) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2 bottles poured slightly hazy yellow gold with a frothy head that lasted all the way through fruity malty grass aroma taste is crisp fruity sweet caramel flavours with a fruity bitter aftetaste a fine beer for my 250th
Earplay (35) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 26, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of crystal malt, honey, subdued fruity hop. Taste is malt and fruity hop, bitterness reasonably aggressive. Possibly the hops are getting a bit tired on this one (7 months). Be interesting to try fresh.
beer-yum (690) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A deliciously different brew that is much stronger than it initially seems. Light and balanced with a nice bitter after-taste.
Jimthechap (1853) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
As bold as a warrior Queen? We’ll see about that.
Pale gold colour, white head and evident carbonation. The aroma is remarkably perfume for a California common. You expect fruitiness from the yeast and its higher temperature fermentation, but not the flowers, and it is wonderfully floral. The taste is mainly malt driven with understated bitterness but didn’t impress me as much as the aroma. I got Bakewell Tart, sweet pastry and stewed apricots. Seasonable stuff.
kiwianer (3413) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The head is ok, the body orange-brown. It smells flowery-fruity, hoppy, yeasty. The taste is herb, bitter, flowery, bit malty, yeasty. Interesting and easy drinkable.
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
#2 hoptoberfest at the volstead - moderate hops and solid body, nice stock pale ale.
Cantabrian (903) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster, at Hoptoberfest, Volstead. I quite enjoyed it. Grassy and fruity aroma and flavours, with a honey/biscuit base. This one feeling much more like a hybrid than others. Full of NZ character.
Travlr (14195) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Beervana. Clear golden color, scant white head. Aroma of dusty straw and white pepper. Taste is bitter grass and hay. Not bad.