tombutlin (313) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 20, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2016 A nice beer, but I expected a bit more, given the amazing reputation of the brewery. Citrus aroma, but nothing too complex. Great balance of bitterness and malt - not too sweet. Would be a good session beer and I’ll try it on tap one day.
Update on tap - even more underwhelming waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 31, 2015
couple of 330ml bottles at home really like this beer looks good orange gold & frothy with a hoppy aroma the taste is definitely floral & zesty citrus full of hops with malty tangy tones delicious Bule (2164) - California, USA - FEB 21, 2015
12o bottle pours a yellow amber color without much head. Mild hops and some good maltiness. Hop bitterness is a little harsh.
Leonardus (59) - Rolleston, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 23, 2014
Smokey. I can’t go the nose of this beer because of the fact I am a reformed smoker. However the mouthfeel is smooth and there is a splendid hoppiness about hte initial tasting that is quite refreshing on the palate. Some initial bitterness but a pleasant sweetness lingers. Quite nice, KeefOz (1838) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2014
Tasted 8/2/2014. Draught at "Bette’s Bar & Eatery", Devonport, NZ. Poured a clear golden amber with a one- to two-finger white foamy head that retained OK and laced quite well. Aroma of nice flavoured bitterness - not over-powering. Taste of semi-sweet malt quickly followed by a nice smooth hops bitterness - the hops are bitter and dominate, but nicely. Light body. Long moderately strong bitter and dry finish. Quite good.
3fourths (9345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Less a pale ale and more of a clunky crystal malt and garlic hop amber ale. Gum, garlic, shallots, tropical gum aroma... the hops have some resemblance to Simcoe and Citra, though no strong resin or Christmas tree or pet urine character, it’s still far outside of what I go for. Medium body, medium to heavy sweetness, medium bitterness with prickly hop acids, it’s not overly bitter but is strongly hoppy, and though it seems it’s hop-driven, it’s the malt that dominates: toasty, over-kilned and even smokey at times, a little bit like used cigarette filters. At first I thought this smoked malt character was in my head but I came back to the glass again and again and it’s definitely in the glass, so something went awry in the boil kettle. Finish is sweet and syrupy with a resemblance to Zebra Stripe gum with milder touches of gasoline (minus the alcohol association). Fits in nicely with the Session Pale Ale/IPA group though the hop bitterness seems lost in the sugar, and the hop aroma and flavor I don’t find appealing. From draft at Andrew Andrew in Auckland. joe19612 (2929) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2013
Bottle. Pours a gold colour, plenty of hops in the aroma, taste is very bitter with a dry bitter finish. DylansDad (642) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 4, 2013
Doesn’t live up to the marketing hype on the label. The flavours are there, all right, and they are nice, but overall the beer feels thin and undercarbonated. I’ll try it again once summer comes around. Travlr (24759) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Draft at the source. Clear light amber color, white head. Aroma of fresh hay, caramel, summer fruit. Taste is fruity and malty. Nice. beer-yum (1710) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 13, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2013 A surprisingly zesty (as advertised) pale ale. Definitely worth including in a tasting session if available (but nothing to go searching far and wide for if not).