Brewed by Lion Breweries - NZ (Lion Co.)
Style: English Pale Ale
Auckland, New Zealand
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 2.17/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
It’s interesting because it’s a new, smoother take on pale ale and it’s pale because we brewed it in a secret cave.

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Jimthechap's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, - NOV 15, 2012
Always the cynic, I muttered a string of mild oaths at the twee marketing-speak on the reverse of the label, however, I was confident of a positive result because of the goodish showing of the Wheat Ale. In the end I was a little nonplussed. It looked clear and golden with plenty of head. Aromas at first were a little funky, but that subsided into some good citrussy hop - bitter orange and lemon juice with a nod toward herbal grassiness. Not an enormous noseful, but good enough to make me think that at last, a mainstream brewer using hops in recognisable quantities. It was a little thin in body with plenty of gassy carbonation (which didn’t sit well in the stomach). Useful citrus hoppy flavours with a tangy finish which didn’t endure terribly well. The verdict was that this beer was alright, but no more. It lost points for the marketing wank and gained them as being a good hot weather ale that you shouldn’t expect too much from. ’Pale because we brewed it in a secret cave’ indeed. Wankers.

beer-yum (1890) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 19, 2016
Grassy aroma in a golden amber pour. Hop forward to start with an ’almost there’ body but a hint of cardboard in the finish.

User369532 (909) - - DEC 29, 2015
On tap. Lower carbonation, golden color, no head. Bland, semi lager taste. Not good.

waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 12, 2015
Not as bad as the crafty beggar lager but this is still pretty sweet sugar pop

tombutlin (369) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 7, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2015 I drank this in a bar with a limited range and was sucked in the use of the word "crafty". It is tasteless junk. I gave this 4 stars for Appearance, because it looked exactly like beer, with a golden colour, carbonation and head. So congratulations, you nailed it for the least important factor. Otherwise this is a dire beer. Avoid.

belgis (521) - - DEC 11, 2014
Simple, lagery, refreshing taste but not more and not less. Not very interesting beer.

TuiSamesi (16) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 15, 2014
I wouldn’t let another one pass my lips unless I was in an absolute desert. Its utter rubbish masquerading as a craft beer. Avoid - if not you will suffer the dire consequences of being sucked in by slick advertising junk.

foris (1) - - AUG 28, 2014 does not count
shit beer, disapointing false advertising, especially when there are so many good pale ales out there.

joe19612 (3074) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2014
Tap at Harry’s Place, pours a gold colour with a thin white head, weak fruit aroma, taste is light and fruity with a dry finish.

mkel07 (6405) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 18, 2014
330ml bottle from The Beer Cellar 150513. Clear orange colour with some floral hop aromas and an even head. Smooth clean taste but not really that interesting.

danimonio (1) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 14, 2014 does not count
I made a mistake choosing this beer to drink on a Friday night.... I am having a hard time chasing the taste... it is like drinking a bottle of water with a hint of beer. The aroma very faint which truly represent the taste of the beer itself. This beer seems to be too pale and not interesting!!!!

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