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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bird Dog uses only one hop variety, NZ Cascade, from the boil right through to its massive dry hopping. Single hopped beers really give an appreciation for the characters of that particular hop and The Brew Crew here at Emersonís reckon Bird Dog showcases NZ Cascade beautifully. A copper coloured pale ale with huge amounts of NZ Cascade that has created a floral, spicy aromatic pale ale that smells as delicious as it tastes. The hop flavour is high with a firm bitterness that leaves a crisp finish. If you arenít a ĎHopheadí already this is the Emerson beer that might convert you!

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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
explosivedog (562) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 30, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2017 330ml bottle. Grapefruit, pine, apricot. Nice malt background but the hop profile comes over a little messy. Not my favourite.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Skarecrow (439) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 13, 2016
500ml bottle Amber color with OK head. Aroma is a wonderful mix of pine, grass and grapefruit notes. Taste is pretty much the same - the bitterness is understated - this beer has a real zest about it and easily one I could sit on all night. Nice one R.E.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (4365) - Sofia, BULGARIA - SEP 22, 2016
500ml bottle, BB 29 Mar 2017. Dude at the beer shop told me it was a magical beer. Wouldnít go that far, but itís good. Clear copper color with a lacy white head. The aroma is nicely earthy, leafy, and spicy. Some tea notes. The flavor has caramel malts, toffee, herbal tea, balanced bitterness and spice. Medium bodied, lively on the feel. Really nice for an English IPA overall.

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
canadiankiwi (148) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 27, 2016
Quite enjoyable. Beautiful nose, the malt and hops aroma is amazing. Let down a bit in taste. Subtle for The abv. Light hop taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leonardus (58) - Rolleston, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 4, 2016
Yeah wow, this is an awesome tasting beer with great aroma. Cleverly brewed with a real honest hoppy, spicy taste. Not overly bitter and well balanced on palate. Nice. Footnote: Goes extra well with Bluff oysters. Yum!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2016
[8336-20160521] Bottle. Grainy orange citrus peel and light evergreen aroma. Clear, bright orange red body with a huge foamy off-white head and some lacing. Bitter evergreen and rough malty orange flavour. Medium body. Average. (6/4/7/3/14) 3.4
(@ The Villas, Christchurch, NZ)
Overheard: "Are you a soup or a stew?"

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (10060) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2016
2016-05-21. Crisp orange body with a large foamy beige head. Aroma has a very lightly musty overtone, moderate fruity hops, lightly biscuity malt character. Flavour is pleasantly fruity, muted citrus, good amount of tropical fruit and melon throughout, moderate bitterness. Very light caramel and biscuity hop notes. Average bodied palate, moderate carbonation. Just a touch too malty, and bit of green hops in the finish distract but the fruity hop core is very nice. 7/4/7/3/14-15 Bottle at The Villas, Christchurch, NZ.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (1759) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2016
Orange pour, small white head. Mild aroma, flavor of orange and caramel. Full bodied. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2616) - JAPAN - DEC 6, 2015
Wouldnít have known this was a single hop beer until I read the deScription. Piney,floral with some citrus decking. Low to mid full body with a hint of toffee biscuit. Well balanced though verging on hop bomb territory. Fantastically put together.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Manslow (1274) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 12, 2015
Butelka. Pijąc piwo typu IPA na NZ polubiłem ten styl i to w wydaniu nowozelandzkim jak i amerykańskim. Polskie IPA jest za mocno chmielone(może dla zabicia błędůw). Piwo z Nowej Zelandii urzekło mnie swoim smakiem, bardzo dobre piwo.Wyważone cytrusy i goryczka.


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