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 Hopgood’s in Trafalgar St. Nelson, The Abbey at Appleby and Jester House in Tasman.

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KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUN 5, 2010
330 ml bottle Aroma: Intriguing. It is manuka. There is a rich candy almost candy smell; Appearance: reddish brown, thin head, minimal lacing; Taste: semi sweet, a tiny bit bitter. Palate: light to medium body, short finish, soft carbonation. Overall: The aroma is much bigger than the taste and the palate. It promises more than it delivers. Seems to be a consistent quality of low alcohol beers.

grapengrain (124) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 17, 2010
Has a slight green, musty, woodsy leafy note from the manuka leaf complemented by nice rich but crisp malt.

BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 28, 2009
1.25L Rigger. Pours slightly hazy dark amber with almost no head, just some patchy white surface cover. Spicy nose that has notes of honey, ginger, caramel, grapefruit, tea leaves and cinnamon. Flavour is similar but weaker and with more noticeable malt and hops. Mouthfeel is light, with a bit of a spicy tingle and with a fairly long, mildly bitter and spicy, finish. This is a pretty wild beer that, to my surprise, works really well. Hopefully we’ll be seeing more of the Mussel Inn beers over here soon.

Davros (3187) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 4, 2009
Clear coppery amber pour with a small quickly fading head. Crazy aroma of ginger, sarsaparilla, tea, cinnamon and sweet malt. Very interesting. Further woody and medicinal hints. Ginger is over the top. More ginger upon tasting, as well as that tea and medicinal taste. Some sweet clean malt and mild bitterness. Too much carbonation!

nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2009
1.25L rigger. Pours reddish brown with a creamy white head. Distinct aroma of the manuka, spice, rosemary, tea, perfume. The flavour is very tea-like as others have noted but the manuka is used very well. The bitterness settles the beer out nicely and adds that depth needed for balance. The finish is mild bitterness and a fruitiness that lingers on the palate. A unique beer that works beautifully. Another big cheers to the MI!

DuffMan (10435) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 17, 2009
On tap at the brewery. Very fragrant fruity perfume aroma, not at all like tea-tree oil as I would have expected (manuka is New Zealand tea tree). Equally generous portions of sweet malt and uniquely appealing floral and fruity perfume. Extremely tasty, full flavoured, and perfectly balanced. Unique and fantastic, worth seeking out. Compellingly drinkable!

snuffla (176) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 16, 2009
Amber brown coloured, like a standard NZ draught in the glass but on the nose hints of ginger and manuka (which was to be expected i suppose). Had this beer a few times before, but this batch not so sure about maybe the manuka wasn’t up to its usual exotic tricks. Mouthfeel is a bit weird, metallic maybe and not as smooth as it has been. Will need to re-rate this one i think

sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 28, 2009
On tap at Eureka in Dunedin. Dark amber/brown with a head that disappears though leaves a nice dotted lacing. Smoky, woody malt nose, but also quite fruity - strawberries, boysenberries, cooked tomato. Mild hops show through in the aroma. Smoky malts mingle with zesty hops. Earthy, dried fruit tones with a hint of vanilla. Refreshing, despite being relatively complex and kind of heavy.

SorenE (168) - , NEW ZEALAND - NOV 1, 2008
on tap at the mussel in. dark red colour. Aroma and flavour of ginger, honey and citrus fruits. light to medium body. Interesting beer, I like it.

donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 15, 2008
Pours clear orange, diminishing white head. Sweet corriander, citrus, spice on the nose. Flavours of the same, quite bitter, slight hop, can taste the manuka slightly through the other flavours.

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