joe19612 (3074) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2017 3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Diacetyl to go with your caramel and apple malt and grapefruit and pine hops. Oily butter, solvent, some sweat / iso acid noticed. Medium body, sweet, medium bitterness, crunchy and brash malt texture with rough carbonation. The brewer knew that this batch had diacetyl and mentioned recipe changes and an increased boil temperature which he hopes will clean up the next release.
From draft at the brewery in Riwaka.
Bottle. Pours a dark gold colour with a fluffy white head, light hop aroma, the taste is medium bitterness and with a dry bitter finish. TedE (1481) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2017
Pint on tap at The Catfish, Fitzroy. Golden beer with thin white head. Minimal carbonation. Nose is earthy hops. Crisp, clean taste with dry herbal finish. A little malt present. Very easy drinking, a bit dialled back for an APA. jmgreenuk (10006) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JUN 3, 2017
Tap at the Catfish, Melbourne. Poured a crystal clear straw colour with a thin white head. The aroma is malt, light grassy hop. The flavour is moderate bitter with a crisp grainy skunky malt, woody hop light floral palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Cantabrian (1161) - Christchurch NZ, now Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2016
Lovely beer, I’d think that this would come across more as and English Pale Ale or just an IPA. If the hop varieties are local, what makes it an APA? Not as grassy, but fruity and super agreeable. Not too excited about the pale yellow colour, but it is pleasant on the nose with all those tropical fruits (like an ideal, "adult" yellow Jell-O), and nice and easy to drink. Actually, even better than an EPA, this should really be a session IPA. mabel (9787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2016
[8359-20160524] Bottle. Biscuit grainy aroma. Slightly hazy, orange body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Quite bold biscuit malt in the flavour with a bit of citrus. Medium body. Good. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
jercraigs (10886) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2016
2016-05-24. Lightly hazy amber body with a nice beige head. 3+ Aroma is pleasantly fruity, light melon and green hops. Flavour is lightly bitter, pleasant hoppy character, light melon. Average bodied palate, moderate carbonation. 3+ Enjoyable. 7/3-4/7/3/14-15 Rigger/growler from Hop Federation, Riwaka, NZ. mkel07 (6406) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2016
150616. An aroma of freshly dropped pine needles wafts out of the bottle when you open it, strong and alluring. It doesn’t look like the greatest beer when it is sitting in the glass, with its thin looking dishwater foam swirl and hazy orange colour.
In the mouth the beer is lively and almost spritzy with strong hop flavours and a musty earthy aftertaste, that is both pleasant and unpleasant at the same time. While it looks thin the beer actually has some substance to it when it hits your mouth and the finish leaves your mouth filled with hop flavours.
All in all this is not the worst pale ale to ever come out of New Zealand. omega (899) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 16, 2016
Find this a bit too malty for the APA classification. Good length on the palate. waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 10, 2015
Yellow gold with basically no head subtle aroma of hops & fruit tastes crisp citrus hoppy & lightly bitter & dry, enjoyed this beer-yum (1890) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 21, 2014
A solid example of the breed but nothing that stands out from the competition. Their Red IPA is a better bet.