Bule (2228) - California, USA - FEB 16, 2017 buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, - OCT 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Like the prior reviewer - and the brewer himself, based on what is on the label - this is a hard to pin down beer. Which is one way of saying it’s all over the place. Rich deep red, malty, sweet - almost sticky. But lots of bitter grassy hops and lingering aftertaste. But, I don’t know, it’s maybe trying a bit hard? It’s almost a great beer; almost *many* great beers, but it doesn’t quite meld, I think.
500ml bottle pours a copper color with a bit of head. Rich maltiness and nicely balance hop bitterness to go with it.
User369532 (907) - - DEC 22, 2016
Bottle. Chestnut color, clear liquid, white head. Aroma is heavy malty, mostly caramel, not balanced with bitterness nor sourness. Medium sweet. Not my cup of coffee. Hoponmate (309) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 6, 2016
Hoppy Amber perfection. Hoppy sweet candy notes. Great bitter tastes excite the palates. Would be way higher if I liked the aroma more. explosivedog (1421) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 6, 2016
On tap at Brewers Cooperative. Aroma is sweet, some candy and some biscuit. Flavour is sweet fruits, biscuits and a little bitterness. Skarecrow (831) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 26, 2016
500ml bottle at Prohibition in New Plymouth.
Hoppy aroma dominates.
Poured dark coppery amber with good head (so much the bottle foamed on opening).
Mild hoppy bitterness is followed by a lovely malt finish.
Nice one - more please.
mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2016
[8421-20160531] 500mL bottle. mild grainy leaf resin aroma. Slightly hazy, dark orange red body with a long-lasting creamy tan head and a fair layer of lacing. Bitter lightly fruity grains flavour. Medium body. Good. (6/4/7/4/14) 3.5
jercraigs (10651) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2016
(@ Brothers brewpub, Auckland, NZ)
2016-05-31. Dark red brown body, nice beige head and lace. 3+ Aroma of malt, touches of caramel may seem stronger due to the brew house being in operation here. Fruity muted melon and fruit. 6+ Flavour is malt forward, caramel touches, fruity hops follow. Green leafy hops, tropical fruit and melon. Average bodied palate, carbonation. Decent take on a hoppy red but is maltier than what I’m in the mood for. 7/3-4/7/3/14+ Bottle at Brothers, Auckland, NZ.
Gription79 (2891) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAY 29, 2016
Poured from a 500ml bottle, thanks Ryan. The aroma is tropical fruits, pine, light caramel malts. The flavor is caramel, bread crust, tropical fruits. mcberko (18434) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 15, 2016
500mL bottle, pours a dark orangey brown with a medium beige head. Aroma smells really yeasty and earthy, with earthy hops. Flavour is along the same lines, with a hugely earthy hop component and lots of dirty yeast. Doesn’t seem fully developed or maybe I’ve got an older bottle (no discernible bottling date). Not bad, but not as good as the ratings suggest. Hop_Hedonist (614) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 9, 2016
American strong ale isn’t my favourite style so a pleasant surprise to find this is more an IPA to my palate - no doubt about the quality from go to whoa - strong malt impact then super-hoppy thrust - herbal, piney at first then powerful apricot - lovely bitter finish - alcohol invisible - oh yeah, I like it.