No Score 

more ratings

Formerly brewed at Island Bay Brewing Company
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Island Bay, Wellington, New Zealand


on tap


Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 2.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.6/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
This is a spiced beer with a refreshing flavour; light on the palette this golden ale has a noticeable ginger bouquet, pours with a soft head and has a balanced clean finish. The hop flavour of this beer has not been lost or hidden by the use in the brew of the natural spices, coriander, and vanilla as well as the infusion of elder flowers. Truly refreshing the whole four seasons of the year.

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Most RecentTicked By

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 3, 2012
Trawling through an old set of tasting notes I found a few details on this beer. Dominant ginger nose with other perfumy spice. Flavours of the same, clean and quenching. Intriguing, but aroma definitely the best part.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUN 19, 2010
330 ml bottle Aroma: Ginger, definitely, Appearance: slightly hazy, light golden brown, good head and spotty lacing; Taste: slightly sweet, a vaguely sour background taste and a hint of hops; Palate: mild carbonation but noticeable, medium bodied, a hint of slick texture and a slightly astringent finish; Overall: Cute beer. Nothing to write home about, probably go nice with a mild curry or Japanese sashimi and noddles. The notes here indicate it does not travel well or there may be quality control issues.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2008
(Bottle 33 cl) Clear, pale golden with a tiny, white head. Distinct aroma of ginger. Medium body, lightly sweet notes of orange and again a distinct touch of ginger. Somewhat chemical. Absolutely no bitterness. I have a strong feeling that this could be identical to Harringtons Summer Ale. 050208

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Plimmer (252) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2008
Light golden and slightly hazy body with small head. Fruit and ginger in the nose. Taste and aftertaste dominated by ginger.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
bozoNZ (778) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 10, 2007
Copper golden with generous head. Spicy almost nutmeg aroma. Strong ginger palate, a touch of sweet citrus but with an overly dominant malt sweetness. Something different - like a Xmas mince pie in a glass.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
BeerPharoah (6) - Leichhardt, AUSTRALIA - NOV 27, 2006 does not count
For a country that produces such strapping brews, this specimen is New Zealandís brewing equivalent of the underarm bowl. Save some money by squirting some Glen 20 down your throat.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
omhper (24783) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 9, 2006
Bottled. Deep golden, no head. Aroma of lime and cinnamon. Sweet and medium bodied with bold and somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Lemonade and spices dominate completely. Not nice in any way.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 1, 2006
Tasted 01/01/2005. 330ml bottle from Paramount Theatre, Wellington. Gold. Bright. Off-white head, disappears quickly. Aroma is musty, not very fresh. Ginger dominates with brown sugar and a touch of pepper. There is another sweetness on the nose that I canít place, more fruity than honey. Dry flavour, again musty, with some sugary sweetness and spice in the middle. Very short. Lightweight and spirtzy. Interesting beer but slightly missed the mark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 26, 2004
Two spicey beers in two days!!! Ginger aroma with big strong ginger tatse, but became quite confuse, many different flavours came through, honey, corriander, weird. Was amber in colour with small white head. Would be one of very few spice beers in New Zealand

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5