Brewed by The Mussel Inn
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Onekaka, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
A red brown beer flavoured with the freshly picked tips of the Manuka tree. A very distinctive beer with proven medicinal qualities. The only one out of 240 New Zealand beers to rate 10 out of 10 in Keith Stewarts book The complete guide to New Zealand Beer. Also featured in Best - a New Zealand compendium. Compiled by Ella Griffiths, published by Awa Press. Also available on tap at Hopgoods in Trafalgar St. Nelson, The Abbey at Appleby and Jester House in Tasman.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (23978) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Draft at Fork and Brewer. Clear deep amber color, off white head. Aroma of perfumy pine. Taste is herbal pine and creme brulee. Really interesting. And Im glad I wont get scurvy today.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rangi (672) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 27, 2013
Nice clear amber poor. Nice cabonation and head. Aroma is of Manuka with plenty coming through in the flavor. Great beer for showcasing that flavour of Manuka but not much else going on. Slighly lemonady I felt. Well done beverage that I enjoyed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DylansDad (635) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 3, 2013
Much sweeter in aroma and taste than I was expecting. Very rose like, then thick clouds of caramel roll in.The manuka is well done and balanced by the other components, it is most noticeable as an airy and resiny high-note in the after taste. My bottle may or may not have been a bit oxidised, but it felt a little empty in the middle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cantabrian (1109) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 23, 2013
Too pungent. The resinous f;avour is too strong. Perhaps I should not have taken it, but Ive had herbal/spice ales that I liked. Im sure its got great medicinal properties though. The old knowledge...life expectancy in the time of shamans must have been through the thatched roof.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (5272) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle@ The White House, Wellington
Herbal green tea and honey nose with smooth body, fairly thick mouth feel with oatcakes and honey. Mid brown with slight white head.An interesting beer that drinks well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pdubyah (708) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 18, 2012
There is something just a little odd about his, not unpleasing odd, but something that might make you frown. I thought about candy floss, or turkish delight or even rose water when I was drinking this, not in itself unpleasant. As to its proven medicinal attributes.... Look hey if you brought me a 6 pack over Id admire you and wed chew the fat, but there are thicker and longer beers than this, not that this is thin, its just not a stayer, and barely a starter. I think youd tire of the roses pretty smartish, Ive got the end of this and Im glad it was 330ml and not 500ml.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deusax (459) - Grenoble, FRANCE - MAY 3, 2012
Bottled from South City New World, Christchurch, NZ. Nice sweet aroma. Amber colour, with tiny head. Cannt put a word on the flavour, but its full, sweet, really enjoyable. Medium bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wombata (623) - Kobe, JAPAN - APR 13, 2012
Bottle. Aroma: Earthy, Manuka honey, pear, roasted grain, white flower blossoms. Subtle. Not explosively aromatic like the APAs etc. that feature NZ hops. Palate: Medium bodied. Flavor: Roasted malt, softened by Manuka honey-like flavor and Manuka tea. Orange, and a lingering dry Manuka on the finish. Comments: Smooth, medium-full mouth feel without being heavy. Well-made, though hop heads beware. This succeeds in featuring the Manuka aromas and flavors and any more hopping would over power this character. In this it successfully achieves its goal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ingevara (910) - SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2012
Dark red, average head. An alternative spicing with the bitter manuka leaves gives it a different, and refreshing, bitterness, very appealing after too many bland NZ lagers. Slightly sweet resin, a hint of green tea, red winde and caramel. I only had one bottle, but I could have used more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2732) - JAPAN - NOV 6, 2011
Excellent session beer, with a nice herbal sweetness giving it a distinct character. Almost a Eucalyptus and honey like quality to the tips here. Could get a bit cloying over a pint or two, but deserves it cult like status.

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