Brewed by Mike's Brewery
Style: Imperial IPA
Taranaki, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Inspired by the hoppy English pale ales but leaning toward the highly hopped American variety. Pours rich golden amber with a faint haze and a creamy white head settling to a fine veil. The aroma is complex with tropical fruit including passion fruit, pineapple and melons all vying for attention.

The flavour is something to behold, with the sweet tropical fruits now balanced out by the strong biscuity malt flavour and absolutely intense hop bitterness. The very full mouth feel and glowing warm aftertaste serve to further keep the hop bitterness in check.

This is an extremely hoppy beer, if the drinker is not partial to hops, they might struggle with this drop. For the true hop heads, this is nectar to be savoured.

Serve chilled in small stemmed goblets, to be sipped on cool Autumn evenings. This beer needs to be treated with respect, weighing in at 9.0% ABV, it’s no lightweight and should be shared with good company

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cgarvieuk (26768) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 30, 2011
bottle in field at cropredy day 3 ... deep hazy orange brown ... bubbly off white head ... big passion fruit ... light soapy hop nose .. very sweet front ... lots of passion fruit ... that soft malt im not fond of.

Davros (3364) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2011
Pours murky dark amber with a large, fading head. Nose shows lots of sweet fruit, confectionary (mmm, jelly snakes), resinous hops and trucksloads of sweet caramel and sugary malt. Flavours are similarly malty, with resinous pine being the main hop character. Some fruit transfers through but nothing like in the aroma. There’s a bold bitterness in the finish but really, the sweet caramel malt tramples all over it. Some hot alcohol shows. Could use more carbonation, very syrupy body. Quite the malt bomb...

Miksu (5052) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - AUG 16, 2011
0.75 l bottle from GBBF2011. Slightly hazy amber color. The aromas of nutty and caramelly malt, herbal orange, lemon, raisins and soap. Bittersweet and nutty flavor with lemon and flavor with orange marmelade. Strong somewhat rough and soapy bitterness.

Fin (11259) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2011
Bottle at Cropredy Festival, Cropredy, nr Banbury, Oxon very kindly shared by Craig. 13.08.11 Pours hazy amber with a white head. This is initially really quite sweet in the mouth, but there is a dominating big hop presence that starts to burst through and pushes back that sweetness. Soft in the mouth, the alcohol is noticeable. Good beer that get’s better as you get down the glass. A7 A4 T7 P4 Ov14 3.6

maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2011
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours a lovely golden yellow with a small white head. Loads of overripe fruits on the nose - citrus, apricot, mango. Fantastic. All the same in the taste. Slight dried apricot, mango and citrus hops. Very nice

yespr (49519) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2011
22 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is dense grapefruity and slight yeasty. Bitter, fruity and slight citrusy. Bitter, yeasty and mild fruity. Light pinewood and dense fruity. Grapefruity and light citric into a bitter and fruity finish.

joergen (29994) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2011
Bottle at GBBF 2011. Hazy amber coloured with a small off-white head. Fruity aroma of caramel, hops and pine needles with notes of grass. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, hops and pine needles. Dry hoppy finish.

Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - JUL 12, 2011
750 ml bottle. A hazy/cloudy medium amber beer, with an averagesized, frothy, mostly lasting white head. The aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookies, caramel), moderately to heavily hoppy (grapefruit, resin), with notes of exotic fruits juice and melon and a hint of butter. The flavour is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, very long finish, with moderate to heavy bitterness, moderately alcoholic. Apart some buttery notes in the aroma, this is a very nice beer, with a decent balance for the style and only lightly syrupy. Very drinkable too, inspite of some alcohol in the aftertaste. And it’s really good looking.

mkel07 (6603) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 1, 2011
Bottle - shared by Jason at Lord Nelosm - thanks. Big chewy caraml maly flavours with aromas bursting straight out of the glass. Hangs around in the mouth and the taste stays with you for a long time. A great beer to come out of NZ.

gam (4193) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 25, 2011
Neat frothy head orange glow pour medium strength carbonation aromas of pine citrus floral perfume note flavours ibu strength above medium smooth of citrus peel taste grapefruit piney hops apricot pineapple peach hop goodness a caramel sweetness alcohol unnoticeable finish very good hop tasting ipa sweetness is even piney citrus stonefruit lasting bitter sweet caramel top ipa

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