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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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One of New Zealand’s first new generation pale ales and now something of a classic, Emerson’s 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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einzack (8) - waikouaiti, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 14, 2007 does not count
tap. totally unbeatable is this beer. best in the emersons range. fresh on tap it’s beautiful. doesn’t bottle quite so well. lucky for me i can drink it on tap!!!

4.5
MattKerr (25) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2007
WHo knew NZ could make beer??? Emerson proves they know there stuff, beer perfection!!!!

4.4
ozymanposs (18) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2005
When fresh as good as any IPA on the palnet. Temperature is critical!!. Lightly chilled but not below 5 degrees. Just so tasty and the taste remains even an hour later. Gotta get more and more and more

4.4
DuffMan (10602) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 23, 2005
Another signature beer from Emersons. If their stuff wasn’t $10 per bottle here in Perth, I would stock my fridge exclusively with it. As good an IPA as I’ve ever tasted (and there are some pretty piss ones in Canada). A little hazy on the pour, bright golden orange with a terrific lasting head. Lots of fruity hops on the nose, and a refreshing mouthful of flavour that finishes crisp and clean without erasing what you’ve just tasted. On a hot Aussie day, give me this or the Pilsner by Emersons and I’ll be in heaven.

4.4
Rangi (672) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 16, 2012
A nice golden amber poor with a slight red hue. Aroma of pure hops slightly bitter but as I progressed through the glass sweet caramel notes appeared. A well balanced beer with fragrant hops and caramel malts with a nice sharp bitterness. Great beer from Dunedin will be looking them up next trip home.

4.3
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 ’lip smaking’ bitterness and a sultry, sexual malt flavour.

4.3
ComradeK (1256) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 10, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber, with a medium off-white head, which lasts very well and leaves good lacing. The aroma is a magnificently complex mixture of resin and grapefruit hops with slightly charred bread and some dry spicy notes. Potent grapefruit and white pepper hops up front lead into a touch of lime. There is a savoury, toasty malt backbone, giving way to more lime, along with lemongrass and black pepper, in the finish, which leaves a nicely bitter aftertaste. This is a real top quality IPA, as well as being a beer I have wanted to try for some time. It’s certainly not a disappointment.

4.3
Skarecrow (869) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 22, 2016
500ml bottle BB 9/1/17 Fresh hoppy aroma. Light amber color with good head. Great bitterness is followed by a superb refreshing hoppy finish. What a great beer - my Emerson’s favorite.

4.2
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2006 reminded me a lot of the squire IPA - a spicy, nutty, prickly, relatively light-bodied IPA. Not hugely bitter or too sticky and crystal malty - very drinkable and balanced. Smells nicely of nutty munich malt and marshmallows (hows that for alliteration?). long tingly finish of toasted malt and spicy hops (fuggles?). very appropriate as i had just performed the choral version of tchaikovsky’s 1812 for 10,000 old ladies at the Superdome. rer8: fresher bottle from Dunedin was heaps hoppier (really peppery) and more bitter - it was like chewing hop cones.rer8+3years: very very good. bb end next year so must be fresh. lovely glowing amber. huge lumpy head that won’t quit - orvalesque. hops seem to have been americanised a bit - definitely some NZ cascade now, as well as fuggles etc. as with other emersons beers, underlying malt is cruskitty. overlaid with caramel and tremendously tasty fruity esters - again, almost belgian. tropical fruits. well balanced, fresh, leafy bitterness unrolls and gradually dries out your tongue. this is really hoppy but it’s not aggressive - dry and aromatic and resinous but not like stone beers or anything. i am very happy they got this down at dan murphys now and i don’t have to go to new zealand to get it.

4.2
ALLOVATE (3055) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2006
To get me all a flutter all a brewer has to do is get it right. This was an absolute gem. Aside from the few on the list, I don’t think the Emerson’s brewery could put a single foot wrong. This was balanced, well-crafted, tasty and yet subtle, and unbelievably refreshing. Poured a deep orange amber, quite bright, with small speckles of yeast sinking down whilst tiny, intermittent bubbles raised lazily towards a massive, well conditioned, rocky white crown that lasted to web thin rings down the glass. Quite subtle in aroma with some floral ’rose petal’ and perfumy hops, tangy citric fruits and a splash of toasted malt and sherry (?). Pine-nuts, sweet malt and grapefruit start it off as I took in its smooth, lightly carbonated and absorbingly pleasant mouthfeel. A few ever hastened sips later and I was worried it wouldn’t last as the fruity esters took hold giving it a quenching, yet well rounded presence, and a late bitterness that seemed lost long into the swallow with some more soft fruits just ended it with precision and absolute drinker satisfaction. A lovely IPA, obviously. Prost!!! (50cL, BBE Sep’ 2007)


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