Brewed by Independent Breweries NZ (Boundary Road)
Style: American Pale Ale
Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 2.99/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
Flying Fortress Ale symbolises everything great about beer: a big taste, a graceful aroma and two massive engines on each wing. The malts are Pale Ale combined with chocolate and caramel variants while the hops are NZ Motueka and Pacific Jade. Ardmore Airport, just 5km from the brewery, was originally built for these beautiful behemoths. Adjust your helmet and strap yourself in.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beer4eternity (226) - Tauranga, - JAN 3, 2012
330ml bottle. Yummy cocoa powder aroma at first, some medicine/bandaid, damp rotting leaves, leather, caramel, slightly smokey, interesting in a good way. Wonderful deep rich copper hue with a large slowly diminishing light beige creamy frothy head and good lacing. Mild-medium caramel sweetness, moderate-heavy bitterness, mild sourness. Soft carbonation, light-medium body, long dry peppery very astringent finish. Different and enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
canadiankiwi (148) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 25, 2015
Tasty and quite drinkable. Bitter and strong with a chocolate malt finish. Refreshing. Not bad as a beer on a hot summers day but nothing outstanding

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
heyden (137) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 5, 2015
Im not sure about the inclusion of chocolate malt in a pale ale style. It could be an interesting premise but this isnt a very well made or balanced beer. Wouldnt try again

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
tombutlin (300) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 24, 2015
Weak aroma and surprisingly dark colour for a pale ale. Slight improvement when tasted, with rich malt, chocolate and caramel coming through, but a long and astringently bitter aftertaste restores the original verdict. Full marks for trying, but I wont buy this one again

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Nutty wheat nose, clear dark gold colour, sour and noticabely hoppy--but I would not have guesse is was a pale ale, think nose and thin lacing, light body. A session beer but it would be very welcome in China

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 8, 2015
clear golden brown with a malty aroma this is bitter & hoppy with light chocolate caramel flavours & a lingering smooth bitter sweet finish, tasty easy to drink ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dartaway (3) - - JAN 27, 2014 does not count
Light and refreshing, with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. Great beer for a sunny outdoor afternoon 28/01/14

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (9299) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle. A simple malt-driven pale ale with toasty, nutty bread crust malt and orange jam and pineapple rind hops. Sweet, moderately bitter, rough carbonation, goopy cara malt and orange gelatin candies in the finish. Chinook-like nuttiness and earthiness. Pretty basic stuff, no off flavors but nothing stands out.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DKL (46) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 8, 2013
330ml bottle. Deep orange colour with a head that lasted well. Has an earthy burnt caramel aroma. Some good bitterness to balance a bold caramel taste with hints of cocoa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (5681) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2013
330ml bottle from The Beer Cellar. All round decent beer from this kiwi brewery. Flavour and aroma are quite big and there is a long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 6, 2013
The head is ok, the body blond-golden. It smells sweet, hoppy, citrus, mild. The taste is hoppy, citrus, fruity, refreshing, malty. Ok, a good ""drinkbeer""" 12/11/11/10/-/11

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