Brewed by Black Dog Brewing Company
Style: American Pale Ale
Wellington, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
As the name suggests, we let the brewers loose, they indulged themselves with a heap of Kiwi hops and created this hoppy but balanced beast. Created to replace the original Unleashed which was for the Malthouse West Coast Challenge, this beer uses a brewing technique called "hop busting" which adds a ton of hop flavour and aroma without excessive bitterness.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, - APR 9, 2013
I was pleasantly surprised to find this tap in a bar full of macrobrews and a solitary tap of Garage Project. But as I have found out, the bar scene in Wellington is refreshingly craft friendly and this beer definitely smells crafty. Golden amber pint with a vestige of white head (poured too cold off gas-flow, when will New Zealand learn to accept just under room temperature beer). There was good spritzy citrus hopping and nods of spruce to the aroma. It was medium bodied with a prickly mouthfeel but with that resinous spruce there was enough to prolong the finish. Where is this beer currently sitting alongside other New Zealand produced APAs? I would suggest that the market is dominated by heavy hitters who brew with a heavier hand on the hops and a bit more body. In saying that I am not disappointed with this beer and it was excellent in its time and place. I am also looking forward to tasting my way through the range from this brewer. Love the logo. It seems vaguely similar to some of Reg Mombasa’s work.

Skarecrow (873) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 5, 2017
On tap at Latitude 37 Mt Maunganui (a DB affiliated establishment). Amber color with good head. Light biscuit malt with orange and grapefruit notes Medium bitterness with more biscuit malt in palate and light hop finish. Also touch buttery but not unpleasant. Nice. .

User369532 (907) - - JAN 19, 2017
Bottle. Very hoppy, I would consider this to be more IPA then APA. Fruity, with floral smell. Heavy bitter. Good.

AleDoctor13 (1) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 13, 2016 does not count
frothy, hazy, amber, medium bitterness, medium bitterness, soft carbonation, medium body, creamy, medium body, bitter, long finish,

mabel (9245) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2016
[8367-20160528] Tap. Fruity light citrus aroma. Slightly hazy, orange body with a medium-lasting foamy white head. Grainy citrus flavour. Medium body. Good. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
(@ The Green Man, Wellington, NZ)

jercraigs (10731) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2016
2016-05-28. Hazy amber Nice off white head and lace. 3+ Fruity green hop aroma, notes of tropics fruit and melon. 7+ flavour is mildly bitter throughout similar green hops and fruit character. Average bodied palate, good carb. Okay, relatively mild. 7/3/7/3/14+ On tap at The Green Man, Wellington, NZ.

GoufCustom (2129) - HONG KONG - MAY 6, 2016

500 ml bottle bought at YATA in MOKO, Mong Kok.

Looks: Clear amber honey colour; Three-quarter finger head with soapy off-white foam which lasts for 90 seconds; Very good sticky lacing with fizzy carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant Ale malt, with strong pineapples, strong jackfruits, passion fruits, strong honey, strong floral nectar, pine, resins, biscuits, light lemon and light grass.

Taste: Medium sweet Ale malt, with grapefruits, grains, caramel, floral, strong molasses, strong pine, resins, spices, light biscuits, strong lemon, strong bitter hops and glass.

Body: Medium body. Oozy and slick palate.

Mouth Feel: Fairly good Ale maltyness in a fairly oily background. Very grainy with some stale feeling. Hops abundant but quite gloomy. Strong molasses sweetness well countered by pine and very oozy resins. Spicy lemon to round. Pretty good but...

Hoppiness: Strong pineapples, strong jackfruits, passion fruits, strong floral nectar, pine, resins, and light lemon in nose. Grapefruits, floral, strong pine, resins, spices, strong lemon and glass in taste. Bitterness is strong for a lasting, high astringent sweet-bitter finish.

After Taste: Quite dry. Sweet, oozy and strong bitter to mouth.

Comments: I really dig this one’s strong sweet tropical fruity aroma, but the taste is, like previous rater have said, has a old and stale feel to it, unlike most APAs which is hoppy bitter quite shiny and positive. Good nose but offset by somewhat gloomy taste. Oh well.

adasko (2233) - Poznan, POLAND - MAR 23, 2016
Super fruity and hoppy aroma. Smells almost like an ipa. In taste it’s a bit worse. Taste a bit old. Has this honey, malty sweet notes, typical to older apas and ipas. Except that it’s quite hoppy, with not very pleasant, maybe even artificial bitterness. Not a bad one, but little disappointing.

canadiankiwi (149) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 8, 2016
Poured from bottle. Copper orange in colour. Malty and sweet taste with a very dry finish.

k0mpsa (3042) - Tuusula, FINLAND - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle from local market lake tekapo, new zealand. Hazy orange color, white head. Aroma is malty, hoppy, honey. Hoppy taste, sweet malty notes. Good brew.

miquelcrush (2053) - Granollers, SPAIN - JAN 30, 2015
Cervesa amb molt bon aroma i gust, destaquen sabors a fruites tropicals i té un punt amarg molt equilibrat. Cerveza con muy buen aroma y sabor, destacan sabores a frutas tropicales y tiene un punto amargo muy equilibrado.

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