tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2007
Cabbagey, metallic aroma is somewhat tart with some grainy notes. Brilliantly clear golden body is topped by a light white head that recedes to ring. Flavour is also grainy with underlying DMS offset by floral hops and light bitterness. Light, somewhat watery texture to the body with fair carbonation. Bottle (Gift, Jan-07) sampled with Oakes in June 2007. Thanks, E! johndoughty (5452) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2007
Difficult to undo the strange top which wasn’t a very good start. Slightly dry with a clean taste but not a lot of distinctive flavour. For some reason I had expected a more complex and interesting beer rather than the average one that I got. madquacker (1143) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2007
A dull boring brew with no readily apparent redeeming features. Poured a flat head and then a soft drink maltiness. Maybe needs greater alcohol content. Disappointing.
RogerRabbit (26) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 18, 2007
This beer seems to be held up as an icon in NZ, but why? Sure it has a somewhat romantic brewery story behind it (although it is now owned by Lion breweries, who in turn are majority owned by Kirin), but the beer doesn’t measure up. It looks okay, but the flavour has (as another rater called it) a hint of sour citric. Something just doesn’t taste right. I think it is a poor "craft" beer. faroeviking (10913) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUN 15, 2007
Bottle. Pours a pale golden colour with a medium rather short white head. Aroma of malt and some hops with a little sweetness. The flavour has a pleasant maltiness, bit sweet and hoppy. The finish is dry with a mild bitterness. Nothing great but not bad at all.
Oakes (17685) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2008 Second rating: Straw colour. Fresh grassy nose with breezy malt notes and a hint of mint. Fresh, light malt character, very slight hop character. Quick and vaguely refreshing.
bozoNZ (778) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 27, 2007
Original rating: Clear golden with a light sparkle. Quite metallic in the nose with some bread notes. On the palate it’s got hints of bread and a light mushroomy character. Actually decent as macrobrews go. Ar 5 Ap 2 F 4 P 2 O 9 = 2.2
Pint - Dull yellow, probably chill haze given the teeth chattering temperature it was served at. Minimal nose of nothing noteworthy. Clean but only really developed any flavor towards the finish (when it had warmed). Prefer this by choice when only alternative is Kiwi Brown’s but on it’s own there’s nothing too enlightening. Tranquillity (2336) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2007
Bottle. Blah. Nasty stuff. Aroma of Nordic pee-lages and perhaps some grass. Pale golden, medium white head. Feels oily, broken bubbles. Taste bitter, dirty with almost no finish. highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2007
Another forgettable beer from a brewer that has all the right credentials - independent, avoids additives, uses fresh local ingredients - and yet produces stultifyingly dull beers. I always approach their stuff with optimism and end up disappointed. This one was translucent pale gold with a fat shaving foam head. The doughy aroma had metallic overtones but was otherwise remarkable for how little there was to remark upon. Light, sourish citric flavours gave way to a chalky finish with some light herbal astringency. Minimal bitterness. There is an unusual flavour, presumably from the local Motueka hops, but it doesn’t add up to very much. (330ml bottle from Vintage Cellars, Clovelly. BB 27/10/07) Dredd (940) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - MAR 7, 2007
Sweet aroma with a slight honey to it. Sweet upfront malts with a slight corniness to it. There is reasonable bitterness and finish to this to balance it out. Not a bad quaffer, but that is about it.