User369532 (907) - - JAN 19, 2017 xpandnz (12) - - MAY 18, 2012
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Seriously? This is why big brewers need to be careful about how they promote their products to the uneducated beer drinkers of NZ. This is not an IPA. This is bitter, has no good aroma or hop flavour. This beer will probably put some people off from drinking good IPA’s or DIPA.
Aroma: Hardly any, and if there is one, its not a good one. Where are the hops? Was this dry hopped?
Appearance: Pours thinly and amber into the glass. Very clear and filtered. Heavy carbonation.
Taste: More like a Pilsner made with Amber malt. Again, a sharp bitter taste that would be good with a Pilsner but no flavour or aroma like I would expect from a decent IPA.
Palate: A little bit metallic, a reasonable amount of bittering at the beginning but a quick and flavourless finish. Nothing lingers here except the sharp Pilsner style bittering.
Overall: Look, I drink a lot of IPA and DIPA. I love the complexity and balance of good APA’s too. But this beer is the same ABV as their Bouncing Czech (5.2%) and it tastes almost the same. This is not an IPA in todays standards and pretty much why I tell people that Tui is not a real IPA. But this is the problem now. If a big brewer can sell this 6 pack for $12 and some one who has never had an IPA buys it and hates it then they might not by other IPA’s and surely won’t spend $10+ on one bottle of an actual decent IPA like Epic’s Armageddon IPA or something from the states. I hope they can adjust this recipe and make it worth while but from me, its the lowest score so far. Just flat our disappointing.
Bottle. Old school IPA, much resembling Stone IPA. Fair hopped, medium bitter with only 5% ABV. Very good. Jaapie (1) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 27, 2016 does not count
Disregarding price, this is rather disappointing when one looks for a decent IPA. The bitterness is more of an alkali taste than a hops taste. First bottle out of a 6 pack. Could it be a runt? Probably not, judging by the other reviews... Leonardus (59) - Rolleston, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 13, 2015
I drink this drop as a session-able beer. Why? Because it sure beats drinking the horrid mainstream lagers etc out there. Ok, it’s a very basic IPA but it has a bitterness I quite enjoy, and I’ll keep buying it at $12 a six pack. tombutlin (313) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 28, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2017 Strange lingering bitterness, but not in a good way. Aroma fairly bland, but taste initially OK, but just as I think this, the bitter aftertaste kicks in. Not balanced. This is a disservice to craft beer (not that it is one), because the average punter might try this and think the whole craft thing is overrated waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 11, 2014
3x330ml bottles poured deep golden the aroma light floral malty the taste citrus dry with a real bitter dry finish this is like other Boundary Rd brews a decent local beer for a good price
chinchill (4994) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2014
330 ml bottle with a BB date of 26 March 2014.
Pours deep amber with very good calrity and a decent head.
The aroma and flavor both have a substantial sweet malt component that nearly balances the stronger smell and taste of floral/herbal New Zealand hops. The aftertaste has very good duration and is only moderately bitter.
O: a nice IPA featuring NZ hops. Recommended. mkel07 (5963) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2013
330ml bottle from The Beer Cellar. Pours a solid amber almost copper colour. Quite clear with good sized head. Floral and pine needle aromas fill the nose. Nice clean flavour with floral hops dominating. Long resinous finish. Joe_F (9) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 14, 2013 does not count
Poorly rated, but not really unjustified.
Lots of bitterness, but doesn’t showcase any type of hops well.
Like one or two people said before though, as a gateway to bigger IPAs this is a good choice. It is very cheap in comparison to many craft beers on the market, and for $12-$15NZD for a six pack it beats drinking cheap lagers, or European branded beers that are brewed in Auckland.
Simply put :
Value for money is up there on this one, a seasoned craft beer drinker might not appreciate, but if you want to introduce a cheap beer drinker to a new world, this could be a good beer to use, Likewise sometimes a nice Sunday night on the couch with a six pack of these, for the price of a single 500ml of some beers, is a good buy.
BarossaLuke (552) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2013
This is not a bad IPA, but nothing too special either. Very clean beer with some good fresh hop aroma of tropical fruits and moderate bitterness. DylansDad (642) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 26, 2013
The bitterness is very similar (in my memory) to their Flying Fortress Pale Ale, but of course this has none of the malty goodness that made that beer fairly good. It is drinkable and I think the carbonation adds a bit to the otherwise bland mouthfeel. A bit better than normal macro slosh