KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 12, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2010 500 ml bottle
Aroma: Big heavy hops. Grapefruit? Maybe. Does not fade at all. Very aromatic, almost flowery. As it’s temperature rises it reveals a very mild apple aroma. This is a big feature.
Appearance: light yellowish brown body, clear, nice large off-white creamy to frothy head dissipating slowly to a thin film and leaving an excellent thick layered lacing.
Taste: Oh yea. Hops are big. Clean, bitter no trace of sweetness and maybe a trace of sourness. Finishes with a moderate bitterness. This is not as rounded as the Renaissance Marlborough Imperial IPA but it does go after the hop fanatic in a big way.
Palate: Medium to full bodied, a tad creamy, carbonation is lively but softens quickly. Slightly astringent finish with moderate alcohol.
Overall: The aroma got my attention. It does not fade. I love hoppy beer so this gets a gold star. Should have bought a case of it. planta (1) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 25, 2013 does not count
Best to be drunk from a Spiegelau 350ml beer glass(like a big wine tasting glass) to release it’s full potential, one of the worlds truly great APAs. We are so lucky to have such a great selection of robust, flavoursome, interesting boutique beer like this in New Zealand.
Not a beer for lionredcoronadbheinekenbecksgrolshspeightsmacs lovers - just too much flavour for those poor souls. reviled (13) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 1, 2009
I really like this beer! Pours a copper colour with an off white head which sticks to the glass like glue. Massive hop aroma which is dominated by Apricots with hints of passionfruit and other citrus and peppery notes. Nice hefty hoppy bitterness which is damn well balance, making this beer surprisingly easy to drink! The only gripe I have is that my Pint didnt last me very long :o( grantw (18) - , AUSTRALIA - FEB 10, 2010
Unit hop aroma, cut grass and underlying malt sweetness, satisfyingly bitter on he palate, continuing the citrus theme with a rind like bitterness overlaying a lovely malty sweetness, looks picture too. V nice. davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Bottle 500ml. Great beer. Aromas of grass, and caramel. Taste is bitter, and long lasting. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Amber, with a frothy white head.
Davros (3363) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 4, 2010
Pours orange/amber with a creamy lasting head leaving lots of lacing.
Nose shows lots of tropical fruit, grapefruit, orange blossom. I’m guessing there’s a fair bit of Nelson Sauvin in this from the passion-fruit as well. Malt is certainly not forgotten , lots of sweet clean crystal. Very nice!
The malt is stronger as a flavour with some toasty notes joining the sweet caramel. Similar hop character as in the aroma, but with more grapefruit and pine. Finishes quite sweet but with a matching bold bitterness.
Creamy carbonation, not too high, slick syrupy mouthfeel, awesome!