bozoNZ (781) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 8, 2007
500ml bottle ex BrewNZ Awards. Pours a glorious apricot/brown with a touch of haze. Thick lingering full head that you really have to drink through. Nice mature aromas - smells well conditioned with hints of plums and othe stonefruit. Nice rounded malt flavours, full and complex. Nice hops finishing flavour rather than bitterness, soft with a gentle clinging finish. Scored a gold medal & I can see why. Would be nice to see this added to the range full time. BigPumpkin (20) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 22, 2008
It pours a glorious orange/brown, with a thick lingering head. The aroma of fresh hops is laced with stonefruits and plums. The hops and malt combine on the palate for a smooth tasting pale ale, with a well rounded finish.
A grand beer DuffMan (10667) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 19, 2009
Bottle, purchased at the Invercargill Brewery bottle shop. Also sampled on tap at the brewery in Nelson when I was there a little over a month ago. Clear sienna amber with a big sudsy tan had that retains beautifully and leaves lacy trailings. Aroma of spicy floral hops and toffee malt. Sweet butter toffee malt with fruity hop character (peach, citrus peel) and an interesting spiciness (mace). This is a malt-forward, sweeter pale ale, but I really liked the hops it is married to. I’ve said before that I like a strong malt presence in my IPAs, and in this case I can say the same for this APA. I really liked this beer. yalnikim (802) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 9, 2008
Tasted 09/01/2008. 500ml bottle from Regional Wines and Spirits. Brilliant rose-gold with a diminishing lacy light-tan head. Caramel malt, ice cream, fruity nettle-like hops and a mild spice on the nose. Good malty presence in the mouth, with medium carbonation. Caramel malt lends a nice balance to the firm herbal - almost medicinal - hop character. Clean finish, a little short of short. Lingering fruity hop flavour and bitterness. Very nice - just a shade too much nettley hop flavour. Reminds me, a bit, of what Hopsmacker used to be. sunevdj (4128) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2008
On tap at brewery. Pours a clear dark amber with an off-white head and some lacings. Smells of hops and alcohol. Quite bitter with a heavy maltbase. Also strong hops aromas. But a bit too unbalanced towards the malts and caramel. Heavy bodied. Medium to low carbonation. Long and very bitter finish with citric and grape hops aromas. Very robus beer.
HugoPotomus (8) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 26, 2008 does not count
500ml from La Vino, Ponsnoby. Bronze/amber with thick head and persistant lace. Clean citris and herbs, very fresh and clean aroma. Bright hops followed by earthy warm malts, great ballance. APA on the hops, EPA malt characters. Lets call it New Zealand Pale Ale. TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 25, 2007
Bottle, poured a slightly effervescent reddish-copper with a foamy yellowish head. A good juicy malt aroma with spicy hops of orange and cinnemon. A moderate bitterness on the palate, fruity flavours at first, then getting more dry and tangy in a long finish. A well brewed Pale Ale. donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 8, 2009
Pours deep orange brown, tan head. Aromas of passionfruit dominate. A sweet candy malt also permeates. Taste is quite bitter, full of the passionfruit from the aroma. A caramel like malt lies beneath it all. Some peppery hops come through in the finish, which is long and sweet. nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2009
Draught at Founders Brewery, Nelson. Pours copper with a medium white head. Aroma of caramel, grapefruit, kiwifruit, lychee and pine. Similar flavour with a smooth mouthfeel and lingering bitterness in the finish. A standout beer from these guys.