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 (2080) - 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 (3181) - 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! floydian1 (1464) - FNQ, Australia, - MAR 27, 2013
Bottle (500ml) with expiry of 14/11/13. Appears copper-amber with a fluffy cream-white head that shows good retention and lacing. Strong fruity aromas of pineapple, apricot, orange, cherry plus hints of vanilla. Substantially fruity palate with a big resinous dry hop finish that lingers. Lots going on here but still very smooth and drinkable. A lovely APA well worth seeking out. csscarroll (1) - - JUN 24, 2013 does not count
Has a nice aroma, citrusy. Appearance was amber, not the best head, fairly frothy, but not bad. Very tasty brew, bitter and hoppy, quite a sharp taste, very full taste. Not too fizzy, about right, with a bitter but full bodied finish. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, was very nice. greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 17, 2007
This is my standard session beer when I can get it. It’s the closest thing to the "perfect pint" that I can get on a regular basis. It’s not quite as good as it was initially when introduced at BrewNZ, it’s dropped in alocohol, and has less of a hop resin character, but it’s still the same excellent beer, just turned down a notch. The aroma is my favourite part - I’ve been known to just sit with my nose in my pint glass, drawing odd looks. The flavour backs it up with big citrus and grassy hops, underpinned by a beautiful caramel maltiness. Get some now. snuffla (176) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 13, 2009
Gorgeous hoppy nose, passionfruit in abundance. Lovely presentation in the glass, orangey brown body that says ’drink me’, bitterness in abundance but clears to a cleansing malt richness. Superb beer and all the better for Valentines day after my gf brought back a rigger for me from Wlg. Excellent drink