sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 3, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yeasty, metallic aroma - This bottle might be a bit old?
The flavours are a bit metallic as well, but making their way through are flavours of fruity hops on a sweet toffeeish malt base, with some alcohol that adds warmth.
I think this might be a bit better fresh - hasn’t done so well in the bottle I have. But still lovely :)
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 9, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright gold in colour with thin white head, big hop come through and long on palate. "BIG GRASS HOP"
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - APR 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tried it fresh and it was... okay. I just tried it a couple of months after release and the hops have somehow woken up! A beer that punches above its weight with pungent hop aroma and full body with a crisp hoppy finish. Kinda blew my mind with how much it changed!
jonno (2489) - JAPAN - FEB 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
i think this Riwaka is my sort of hop. Nose is all kinds of funky grpefruit and pine. In the mouth it feels bigger than 5% with a good bitter bite sitting on the back of the tongue. Great session beer for those who love their hops upside the head. Nate2g with the assist on this one. Cheers.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - FEB 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Appears dark amber with a creamy beige head that lasted nicely. Nose is dominant of citrus, mint, apricot marmalade and woody/pine notes. Very unique flavour from the Riwaka with some grassy character showing up as well. Like its ’B’ brethren the drinkability is off the chain. A refreshingly dry and hoppy finish. Choice stuff. Bottle courtesy of SorenE - cheers!