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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jade (433) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2012
Nice amber/brown colouring, thick creamy head. Strong hops aroma, gives the anticipation of a real bitter hit. Bitter, biting taste - quite nice though; great when the sun is shining.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skarecrow (226) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 16, 2016
500ml bottle. Sweet hoppy malty aroma. Hazy light brown color with sudsy head. Medium bitterness followed by a smooth caramel malt body and a lingering hoppy bitterness at the back. Not bad at all - an excellent session beer down the pub. Slainte !!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 24, 2008
Pours a clear deep red/oranage, white partly diminishing head. Chocolaty malt nose. Tastes quite chocolatey for a sparkling ale, sweet initially ending in a slight bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (9541) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2010
500ml bottle Aroma: Mildly malty with hints of carmel and grains. Simply using the nose alone does not bring this out as well as olfactory and gustatory together which is a shame. I had hoped the hops would be more obvious. Appearance: Hazy reddish brown with thick, off-white head and frothy, clumped lacing. Taste: Light to medium sweetness, with astringent undertones. There is a mild oatmeal taste as well, almost as if I had eaten a bowl of oatmeal with lemon and honey. Sort of complex actually. Palate: Medium body with slightly sticky texture, lively carbonation and a longish slightly sweet malty finish with hints of acidic sourness. Overall: I like complicated and tend to score higher for it. It did not meet expectations but still a nice drop. Maybe they could add more of these long lost hops so it would more distinctive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bozoNZ (758) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 20, 2009
500ml Clear amber bronze, good head. An aroma with some (surprising) alcohol warmth touched with pine/forest hop about it. Tastes darker than it looks - a touch chocolate, earthy malts with a raw lingering hop finish. Reminds me of when I used to drink my dads beer what it tasted like.

   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 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 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.

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