Skarecrow (941) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 28, 2017
Amber pour with no head.
Malt aroma with slight hop note.
Initial mild bitterness with not much else in between except maybe a vague malt character then a strange unpleasant residual astringent bitterness at the back end.
Nothing great. User369532 (909) - - JAN 19, 2017
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... AcctError169081 (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 (369) - 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 (5318) - 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 (6397) - 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 (10) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 14, 2013
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.