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Wigram Tornado Strong Ale

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Brewed by Wigram Brewing Company
Style: English Strong Ale
Christchurch, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
A big strong full-bodied Pale Ale with a ’twist in the tale’. With generous addition of a combination of classic English and New Zealand hop cultivars and five Canterbury malts, this brew is guaranteed to pick you up and drop you off in a much better spot.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
canadiankiwi (146) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 25, 2016
Quite enjoyable. Sweet malt flavours . Poured from tap with a rather large frothy head. Hop filled finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (7674) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAY 19, 2015
Draft at Taps Beer Bar, Kuala Lumpur. Poured a clear dark amber with a frothy white head and plenty of lace. The aroma is sweet fruity malt, light hop. The flavour is moderate bitter sweet with a soft refreshing sweet malt, red berry fruit, light yeast, light alcohol palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beer-yum (1334) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 28, 2014
An enjoyable brew that offers a different take on the usual for this style (English hops). The subdued hoppiness is nicely complemented by the darker maltiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DKL (46) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 30, 2014
Dark brass colour, almost clear. Aroma is sweet, peaches and bruised apples with some pleasant yeastiness. Taste is quite rich, but finally ends with a dry finish. I was surprised at the clear alcohol flavour coming through. This is a strong beer, but at 6.6 the alcohol is more noticeable than some local DIPAs. Not bad, but the the hops come in too late and do not balance the richness of this been enough for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 6, 2013
i found it to taste significantly darker than it looks. nothing particularly memorable but a nice pint. from about a week ago, trying to remember specifics. :/

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 14, 2013
Coppery amber in colour with a good covering of cream coloured head and a generous sparkle in the body. The aroma is of good English hops, giving earthy, woody aromas and some lime leaf and citrus notes from the New Zealand contribution. This zesty contribution is the first thing that leaps to the fore upon tasting. This is a assisted by a lightly prickly mouthfeel and plentiful hoppy bitterness. What intrigues and delights me is that the higher alcohol content is disguised - this is a beer of balance. The body is mellow and brings nectarine, apricot and peach to proceedings and the finish dwells on the harmony of fruits and lemongrass. This could be quite a dangerous ale to drink because another pint would be extremely tempting.

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