anstei (2467) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 6, 2015
500ml bottle at Fox & Ferret Riccarton, Christchurch. Pours cloudy amber. Hoppy nose. Well balanced taste, but a beet more sweetness wouldn’t hurt; I find it a bit pale for an IPA. skortila (5967) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
On tap @ Emerson’s. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. The aroma has citric hops, some malts. Clear, copper coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is light bitter, has some toasty cookie malts amd citric hops. Easy going pale. neverleaveopen (254) - GERMANY - JAN 25, 2014
hazy copper with a fine head. nice aroma of citrius, caramel and grass. well-balanced taste, nice bitterness. quite expensive. k0mpsa (3028) - Tuusula, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2014
Bottle at casino, christchurch. Nice amber color, white head. Light malty aroma, little fruity. Malty body, fresh hops, fruits, dry. 3fourths (9351) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2014
What starts out as your basic caramel / toffee American malt opens up into more of a dry pet food mix and potato starch and husky over-kilned grain character. To balance this you’re provided abundant orange jam (jelly) and pine resin hops, delivered through a medium bodied, coarsely-carbonated semi-sweet malt body. Pretty ho-hum. From draft.
KyleCameron (33) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 30, 2013
Light caramel nose with mild hop and turkish delight aromas. A re-affirmation of the caramel for half an instant on the palate then a big resinous piney hop coating of the whole palate. A lingering bitterness that lasts till the next day. A beer that is definitely a brewers beer, I suspect a large percentage of caramalt and bittering hops for this beer. Well made even if the palate a little light to match the hops. Lucky I like the hops! duncanneilson (7) - - OCT 27, 2013 does not count
Not as hoppy since Emmersons was sold to Lion Breweries, more bitter and caramel notes, but miss the hop flavour
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 3, 2013
The head is good, the body gold. It smells sweet hoppy, aromatic, bit malty, fruity. The taste is fruity, citrus, orange, bit malty, balanced, bit mild. CH-303 (2291) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUL 8, 2013
Appearance: Medium brown, clear. Some off-white head.
Aroma: Hops, mostly. Malt hidden.
Taste: Lots of hops, some malt and fruit.
Info: 425ml draft, 31/5-2013, 234/500 beer-yum (1836) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 26, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2015 An original benchmark Kiwi craft beer. Still holds it’s own against other pale ales but probably lacking the hop forward taste expected of an IPA today. For that, try their new "Bird Dog" brew - looks to be a classic for the modern era.