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


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RATINGS: 52   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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explosivedog (1684) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 25, 2017
On tap. Pours orange brown. Peach, honey, sage, little synthetic grape, lemon. Decent body. Good stuff.

Skarecrow (979) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 11, 2016
On tap at Brew Craft Beer Pub Tauranga.
Slight hop aroma with pine and sulfur notes.
Dark amber brown with OK head which dissipates quickly.
Mild bitterness with smooth malt body and lingering hop bitterness.
Also a slight astringency perhaps from the Manuka.
Not bad by any stretch.

nickd717 (4901) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 26, 2016
Draft at Hashigo Zake in Wellington. Clear reddish amber color with a small head. Aroma is very herbal, wood, berries. Flavor is medium sweet, herbal slight bitterness, stone fruits. Medium bodied, well carbonated. Interesting.

mabel (9874) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2016
[8223-20160510] Tap. Floral taffy and herbal wildflower cleaner and nail polish remover aroma. Clear, dark amber body with a quick foamy white head and some light lacy lacing. Bitter floral evergreen taffy flavour has a floral sweet cleaner-like finish. Medium body. Interesting but strange as a beer. (7/3/6/3-/11) 3.0

(@ Brew, Rotorua, NZ)

jercraigs (10921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2016
2016-05-10. Crisp dark amber body, modest off white head. Aroma has an interesting almost spicy green herbaceous vegetation character that reminds me a bit of Anchor OSA. Flavour is interesting, green herbaceous character, moderate bitterness throughout. Average bodied palate, good carbonation. Tasty, fairly different. 7/3/6-7/3/15-16 On tap at Brew, Rotorua, NZ.

User369532 (909) - - DEC 31, 2015
On tap. Artificial drug store shampoo aroma with a bit of roasted caramel. This is just an experiment which went wrong.

ALLOVATE (3074) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2014
Pours a deep mahogany, not quite bright, with sparse, fine carbonation. Head settles to a thin pad of tight beige bubbles and manages a thin lace weave. Strange aniseedy, herbal, almost medicinal nose that also shows hints of spruce, stewed rhubarb and mushrooms, Benadryl cough medicine and paperbark. Similar on the palate; medicinal and woody with a complex herbal flavour not dissimilar to Unterberg aperitif. Dowdy, astringent berry finish with licks of aniseed, paperbark and rhubarb. Fades off quickly. Body is medium light with soft carbonation and an oily finish. Not altogether tasty or appetising. Would love to try a fresh sample; this one seems a little beyond its used by. One for a re-rate! (33cL, no date stamp, Cellarbrations Carlisle)

Pyobon (1513) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2014
(On tap) Clear copper with slight white head. Nice floral aroma - rather reminiscent of rose petals.Light body and medium carbonation. Taste is light, refreshing and elegant. Slightly honey sweet, floral with a hint of stone fruit and negligible bitterness. Nice easy drinking beer.

chinchill (5342) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2014
On tap in the beer garden at the brewpub. 4% ABV

Deep amber with excellent clarity and a decent head.
Feel: Somewhat crisp, with medium carbonation and a dry finish. A tad thin.
Aroma: the manuka shows in the very floral aroma that also has a hint of pine. Spicy hops and manuka dominate the finish and lasting, very tasty, and mildly bitter aftertaste.
O: Distinct but not challenging. Recommended.

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