Brewed by Wigram Brewing Company
Style: Irish Ale
Christchurch, New Zealand
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.23/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
The Wigram Brewing Company wishes to advise that our Red Sparkling Ale Full Strength Beer has been crafted from Historical Hops which were discovered still growing on the banks of the Hokitika River. The original hops were grown by a pioneer Hokitika brewer, Mr William CJ Kortegast. His Crown Brewery was one of the very first West Coast Breweries. Remnants of these Kortegast hops have been incorporated into our Sparkling Red Ale, which is red in colour with low to medium bitterness and the aromatic flavour of the Hokitika hops on the finish. WJC Kortegast died in 1897 and the source of his hop supply was lost, although the memory of his famous brews lingered on. This Sparkling Ale is dedicated to WJC Kortegast and the pioneer brewers of Hokitika.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (9593) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 18, 2009
Bottle. I have a cold right now, so my palate may be a little off. This poured a clear reddish amber with a nice vanilla-tinted foamy head that left some early lace. Nice aroma of toffee and toast, but again, my sniffer isn’t 100% at the moment. Palate is chiefly toasty malt with a nice candied orange note, and a surprising amount of bitter hosp balances out the finish. Very nice, and one I would like to try again once I get rid of this cold!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 7, 2010
Big frothy head medium carb though red brown ale aroma caramel earthy fruit toffee flavour toffee caramel mild bitter citrus taste resinous slight a smooth ale with bright flavours of malt little earthy grit finish smooth malt bright tasting mild bitter palate pleaser

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 4, 2009
Tried on tap at Cookies. Tawny, clear body with short lasting head. Slight grapefruit in the taste with supporting malt - caramel, and a light body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 12, 2008
Bottle, one of the best looking beers that I have poured for a while. A brilliantly clear red amber with a large rocky off white head, and just a touch of that sparkling in the tall glass. A full malty aroma, slightly biscuity, plenty of caramal, but maybe a bit of cardboard. A touch of vegetable on the palate, low bitterness with an earthy malty flavour. Looks great, but didn’t quite live up the viewing. Though this is not a style I typically enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Bottle from Swords Vic Market. Nice and malty. Aromas of caramel, nuts, almonds, and leaves. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and average length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Amber, with a thin head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 18, 2011
Big frothy bubbles make this golden amber ale sparkle, but a red beer? Hmmm. The head then vanished quickly. The hop aromas are subtle and are probably a little herbal rather than grassy or citrus. Malt character is sweet and golden syrup biscuity. Overall there’s a brassy tangelo character, Loads of mouthfeel in the form of a full, creamy rush of bubbles and then prickly across the tongue, which endures for minutes after the first mouthful. Quite delightful. In terms of flavour it is mandarins and sour lollies. I like this beer a lot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2009
Draught. Pours amber with a lingering white head. Aroma of caramel malt, toast, fruit and earthy hops. The flavour is caramel, biscuit, fruit and hops. Great mouthfeel with a smooth and bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 5, 2009
Bright Orange in colour with big creamy white head. Big hop aroma. Pleasant hop flavour with crisp mouthfeel, Very smooth, leave nice caramel flavour on the tongue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2010
Bottle. Pours a bownish amber with a rocky tan head. Minimal lacing. Initial aromas were all about the hops with some resiny aromas and a little lemon. As the beer warmed the malt started to show through. Flavours were able about the malt with some caramel and sweet malt. A burnt nuttiness came through as the beer warmed. Slightly sickly finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omega (898) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 22, 2011
Darker and redder than I remember this beer to be, this I feel is one of the better beers in the range. Full bodied with soft bubbles this beer has good length in the flavours. As I said not as I remember this beer, so may have to conduct extensive tastings to confirm, which shouldn’t be an issue......

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