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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (5438) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 31, 2011
lovely hoppy mouth, the manuka jumps up and hits the back of the throat, but never over powering. Not sweet. Well made. Lingering manuka finish with very low bitterness. Highly enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2011
Bottle at Brew on Quay. Clear orange-brown pour with a short, off-white head leaving moderate geographic lace. Initial nose is a bit like deodorant soap, but there is a notable spiciness with fruit and some medium-roast malt that is quite pleasant. Medium, silky body with fine carbonation that is almost nitrogen-like, a great swallow. Wood, nutmeg, cashews, weak pine hops and caramel. Finish is of medium length, fairly sweet and nutty. Lovely drop, one of the best ales Ive had in NZ!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 22, 2011
Rosewood to russet-copper in colour, but a head that all but disappears upon pouring. Nosing brings forth something very special. Roses, manuka, native timber on a bonfire, turkish delight, flowers, lime peel and caramel. This beer is an aromatic triumph. It doesnt stop at aroma though. All of those flavours appear in excelsis on the palate with full mouthfeel, but not sweet or cloying. This beer fills the mouth with soft, lingering bitterness. There is everything to like. I feel no bias toward a beer from the land of my nativity (Golden Bay) because it speaks for itself an it makes me proud.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vas (64) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 22, 2011
Bottle. Amber, clear, well carbonated with a messy head of huge and tiny bubbles. Manuka dominates the aroma giving a floral, honey and tree sap character - like a hot day in the bush around Nelson Lakes. Taste is sweet, honeyed, slightly sugary, with ice tea flavours, tanins, spicy, medicinal, then a long malty, bitter finish. Complex feels like an understatement. Love to try this with BBQ meats, roast pork or spicy sausage. Although the description above says 4% my bottle is a 5% and Im experiencing a more flavourful beer than some of the ratings here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fonefan (46673) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2010

Bottle 330ml.

Clear medium amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted - caramel, spicy. flowers - wood. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration, spicy. Body is medium, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is soft. [20100709]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
yespr (42165) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2010
33 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is ginger spiced and citrusy. Ginger and citrusy flavoured. Slight thin mouthfeel. Citrusy ginger finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pinball (11984) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2010
clear dark brown, small offwhite head spicy aroma. faint malts, faint bitter caramel flavor is VERY spicy, caramel and ends quite spicy. spices are sort of like strong oregano, faint thyme. weird.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11636) - Sborg, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2010
Bottled. Amber coloured. Unclear. Dense off white head. Aroma of spice. fruits, mint, herbs. Flavour of anise, herbs, fruits, spice. Medium bodied. Dry herby end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (35903) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2010
Bottled. An amber beer with a thin off-white head. The aroma has notes of honey, flowers, malt, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, honey, flowers, and caramel, leading to a dry spicy finish. The body is light.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2010
Clear red brown pour medium carbonation head the same aroma floral fruit nice perfume note flavour floral citrus mild bitter the floral is exceptional finish good fruit and floral aftertaste

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