Big Haz (2) - Wanaka, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 11, 2005 does not count
A really good beer with food. It will appeal to those who like strong hoppy flavours underlaid by a very rich malt. yalnikim (802) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 24, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2007 Tasted 23/01/2005. Rerated 09/03/2005. A "Pint" at the bar in the brewery.
Pours a red amber with an off-white almost creamy head. Temperature of beer at the brewery is too cold to release the full aroma, but the nose hints of berry fruit, wine and some floral notes. Flavour is caramel, aniseed and has a soft hoppy bitter bite. Palate is left very clean. A good kiwi red quaffer but another Wellington Brewery beer chilled well down below maximum enjoyment. Re-tasted 06/01/2007. New branding. Lovely drop. Hop sack indeed! Tropical fruit, a little strawberry and subdued earthiness on the nose. Then fresh grated chocolate and pale malts come through. Fairly highly attenuated for a "Best" but a nice caramel and toasty malt presence, plus lovely strawberry, papaya and lemon hop aromatics make it a winner. I’m almost digging Saaz B. Bottle beats tap, for me. Possibly the most balanced of all these new world ales coming through in this part of the world. I guess that’s why it’s winning best Amber Ale every year at BrewNZ. mkel07 (6363) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2010
330ml bottle. My low expectation was certainly well surpassed. Copper colour with red flecks when held to the light. Strong beige head caps off a good solid body. Strong caramel malt aroma bursts from the glass and nutty biscuit flavours blend well together to give a smooth feel on the palate. sunevdj (4126) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2007
Pours a clear red amber with a nice off-white, yellowis head. Slight sourness. Good full and fresh hops aromas. Nice dry finish. Nice bitter with a high hopsprophile... The name made me expect a fruit beer. madquacker (1166) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - SEP 23, 2007
Beautiful copper deep red and floral nose. Sweet but well balanced. Best example of style that I’ve had. Excellent.
Beermack (725) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2012
33cl bottle. Pours hazy copper with thin light tan head - decent amount of lacing. Aroma is of dark fruits, floral notes, sweet malt, slight nuttiness. Taste is fruity - dark fruits - floral notes, and a citric hop zing which gives a pleasant degree of bitterness. Plenty of rich malt action in the taste too - caramel especially - very well balanced. This is a very tasty and very sessionable beer, reminds me of some of the new twists on the traditional Irish Red Ale that a handful of Irish microbreweries are coming out with at the moment - lovely. pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2012
A really good, cheap and quaffable beer. Its not pretentious but easy drinking with a good balance. Don’t let the price mislead you into thinking this is a bad beer!