Formerly brewed at Emerson's Brewing Company (Lion Breweries - NZ)
Style: American Pale Ale
Dunedin, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Brewed and matured with generous quantities of distinctive Amercian hop varieties.

The return of an old favourite! First brewed as a festive brew for BrewNZ 2004 where it won two trophies; Festive Brew and the People’s Choice award. Now returning as a limited release. Sweet, biscuity, toasty malt flavours support the stonefruit, pine and citrus U.S. hop notes.

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jonas (8281) - Garching close to the monks, GERMANY - SEP 10, 2005
Dark amber, tanned fluffy head. Spectacular perfumed hop aroma (flowers,pine). Good full body, mellow mouthfeel. Fruity (tropical) body complemented with a ample dose of aromatic hops. Fruity aftertaste.

DanielBrown (4567) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2005
Bottle from Olbuttiken, Copenhagen. Smells superb - sweet hops, full. Rudy gold, with a biggish head. Beginning tastes a little shredded wheat malty, with furry hops. This becomes a bigger hop flavour, quite dry, with orange fruit through the finish. Crunchy in the mouth. Good hops. Very tasty APA indeed, from this highly promising brewer.

duff (5486) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2005
UPDATED: APR 18, 2006 Bottle. Nice, hoppy and citric as it should be. Lychee, pine, grapefuit, really well balanced APA and a another gem from Emersons.

mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2005 I was pretty excited to find this at the rapidly-improving Cloudwine in Sth Melbourne. It’s probably worth mentioning the label, which is a slight departure on their standard with some starts & stripes action and a bald eagle. It was actually a bit shocking to see imagery like that on a beer bottle but now I think it’s not a bad label. Anyway... It’s a clear copper, with a nice thin head, but it appears to be filtered! Candyish malt aroma, wholemeal bread, with spicy, grass, woody, perfumey, Nivea hand cream hops. It doesn’t seem dry-hopped, and the hops are quite a bit more restrained than I was expecting. Big English malt flavour is very good with a slight milkiness but it stars to become a bit much after a while. Very thick, solid body - much more than usual for the style - and low carbonation. Hop flavour develops quite late and is pretty herbal (thyme?) It has a smell and taste that I can only describe as "purple" - not very useful I know, perhaps something to do with lavender or purple donut filling? Bitterness is good, but not huge, and is slightly rusty, though not in an isohop way. Some alcohol apparent. If anything it’s a bit too thick/sweet/malty and not hoppy enough. The hop character certainly isn’t as fresh as what you get in LC, Speculator etc. Makes me think it’s pasteurised and filtered for export to Denmark...? Mildly disappointing, though it’s all relative with a brewer like Emerson’s...
RR: I thought that drinking a bottle fairly cold might bring out the hops but it didn’t. Tasted decidedly cooked. I’m tempted to knock a few points off but I’ll save it for another time.
RR: Yep I’m taking off a few points now. The more I think about it, the less I like it. I think I got caught up in the excitement of finally getting my hands on this stuff. It’s just too thick and sweet and not fresh, hoppy and light as I prefer in an APA. In a lot of ways it’s the antithesis of LC, which if not the best example of the style, certainly is the standard-bearer for me. APAs should be more drinkable than this. The lack of bottle-conditioning really bugs me too.

voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2005
Cloudy copper in appearance, with a strong but smooth citrussy aroma. first sip was dominated by strong hoppy bitterness, before a soft and delightful palate of moslty cara-malt was revealed. Nice dry finish with some lingering and slightly harsh bitterness. Delicious

Stew41 (2118) - Phuket, THAILAND - AUG 29, 2005
Quite dark and cloudy for the style. Expressive nose, candy (?) like sweetness and floral hop rise. Quite big in the mouth, broad yet quite hoppy (if that makes sense) but not really sharp and aggressive like some highly hopped US APAs. Shows elegance. Needs a slight chill to show its best. Good beer.

JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - AUG 25, 2005
(on ottle) I liked this beer very much, but I .would have called it IPA, if Ive had on a blindtest. Very heftig hop and pine aroma, very. Beautifull dark orange colour and a fab, big white head. The taste has a slight roast, just enogh to balance the hopping. In the finish some vanilla and grape sets in, in all the grassy and pineapple flavours. What a drink here, emerson would be my first bue as brewery-mongul

omhper (25963) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2005
Bottled at RBESG. Pale amber. Rich grapefruity hop aroma. Light bodied with soft rounded mouthfeel. Dominated by fresh lychee-like hops, very bitter finish. An excellently drinkable summer beer that beats most American made APA’s with it’s excellent malt character. Emerson’s rocks!

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2005
(500ml bottle) Crystal clear amber body with a white head. Aroma is medium sweet, pinem grapefruit. Taste is medium sweet, pine, some caramel. Soft medium body. Nice take on the style.

rickgordon (3878) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2005
Bottled. RBESG -05. Amber colour. Classic American APA/IPA with loads of flowery, citric (low alpha)hops in both aroma and flavour. Not all too bitter which is fine with me. Wonderful flavour, very dry.

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