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RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
One of New Zealandís first new generation pale ales and now something of a classic, Emersonís 1812 is all about balance. Pouring a bright amber hue beneath a deep cream coloured head, the aroma hints at caramel and dark toffee balanced with a light citrusy fruitiness. Medium bodied, the palate first offers a marmalade-like combination of ripe citrus and caramelised malts before resiny hops come to the fore and lead into a lingering dry finish.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HenWrist (4) - , NEW ZEALAND - MAY 1, 2009 does not count
What do I like about this beer? Everything. Poured from a 500ml bottle and was instantly hit with a wonderful hoppy aroma. Clarity was exceptional. Amazing balance between ílip smakingí bitterness and a sultry, sexual malt flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2009
Bottle at the Minibar, Queenstown. Pours dark golden with a small frothy head. Aroma of caramel, toffee and tropical fruit. The flavour is caramel, toffee and fruit. Good bitterness. Smooth finish. A really good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - APR 9, 2009
1.25L rigger from the brewery, thanks to sdriessen! Pours amber, with a very little head due to the almost nonexistent carbonation. The hops poke through bready malt on the nose, bit of caramel & citrus there too. In the mouth, there is medium bitterness as the resiny hops dominate the flavour and linger around for quite a while. Have this one warmed a little, as the malts will come through much stronger, adding some sweet caramel to balance the nice hops. A nice, but not outstanding IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
blackbock (132) - Shoalhaven NSW, AUSTRALIA - MAR 21, 2009
(bottle) Have been looking forward to this beer for a while. Pours a hazy orange colour, low carbonation. A head which doesnít lace my glass though... First impression is of orange marmalade, a decent bitterness coming through as well. Pre-tty much what I expected of a classic IPA style beer. Is there actually amber malt in this beer like the label suggests? The aftertaste is slightly minerally, with some fruity hop flavours. A nice beer to drink, wish it was on tap around here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 14, 2009
Purchased 01.07.09 at New World Frankton, NZ, 500ml bottle. Pours orange gold, white head. Aroma is malt, hops, alcohol. Flavor is malty, roasted, earthy, caramel, some hops bitterness. Definitely an English-style IPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 27, 2008
Amber brown, off white, fluffy head. Aroma of malt, hops and some berries. Flavour has a pleasant sourness of grapes. Reasonably malty. Other fruit flavours are present such as apple and apricot. A dry finish. Rather watery but still delicious.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Dbeers (26) - , NEW ZEALAND - DEC 13, 2008
copper colour white head which leaves quickly.some light lacing on the glass.maltly hop, slight citrus /mixed taste. slight metallic aftertaste overall a reasonable IPA not as great as some have suggested but a nice well rounded beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 3, 2008
Great head beautiful amber colour,good carbonation,top looking.Aroma like perfume,mild caramel note,maltiness,fruit,stonefruit,citrus.Flavour malt tops,hops of mixed tastes,,fruity,peach,pink grapefruit,has a tang on the taste buds,great tasting IPA.Pretty looking beer,finish all round malt and hop taste,tangy,so good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SorenE (168) - , NEW ZEALAND - NOV 1, 2008
Hazy deep amber. Nice hoppy aroma, citrusy, malty. Good malt backbone in the flavor with a good balance of flavor hops and bitterness. Probably the best commercially available IPA in NZ, but I would like to see it bigger, stronger and hoppier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyrrell (10) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 11, 2008
If I’m not drinking Old95 this is my choice from the Emersons range (um, unless the Imperial Pilsen is on tap) A superb example of an IPA. My preference would be for another notch in ABV, say 6.2ish. However the 1812 just lolls around in your mouth like a quality beer should. I love the authentic cloudyness (subtle). Lovely golden amber colour. I often get a lemon (or could be lime) twist in this, great malty flavour but still fresh and crisp on the palate. Arguably NZs best IPA.

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