OStreetBrewery (120) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 28, 2007
I have drunk this many times , every time different , every time enjoyable. Rating is for a bottle bought at Regional Wines in Feb 07. Pours a deep gold with a white head. Aroma has tropical fruit , pineapple and perhaps peach, also hops with a the slightest touch of cattyness, but not enougth to be unpleasent. On the palate there is a bold minerally note , fading to some very dry malt flavours without to much in the way of sweetness. Pineapple again makes an impression and perhaps coconut and then a satisfieing drying bitterness. This has been my beer for the summer, quencing, ballanced and yet still providing enougth interest to drink all session. Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 20, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2011 I wasn’t the only one to put my nose to this beer and be utterly surprised to smell blue cheese! For all intents and pruposes it looked like a beautiful deep apricot ESB, but the from the first taste to the last, it tasted of blue cheese.
Was this beer conditioned in an oak barrel that had been used one too many times? Or was it britanomyces yeast? Either way it was hard to get over the blue cheese taste. It was lucky I love blue cheese, but I couldn’t have drunk more than I did. (2.9 rating)
Rerating 12 May 2011:
I think the last time I had this was at a brew festival, this time it is from the bottle and is 7% rather than 7.1%. Pours the most glorous amber colour: like Kauri gum. And the scent. This isn’t smell, it is scents of apricot, poached peaches, a whiff of clover honey. God, I’m in love.
And to taste, it feels strong, but there’s an enormous flood of tangerine, rosewater and stewed apricots. A short acid tinge develops into a full on broadside of warmth, sweetness and finally astringent bitterness. There’s also cramels, nutty toastiness, vanilla and maybe a little bit of banana? This beer is gorgeous. A real pleasure to re-rate. davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Bottle 330ml. Another great pink elephant. Aromas of caramel, grass, and alcohol. Taste is sweet and spicy, with bitter notes, and a long-lasting finish. Palate is velvety, with a medium-to-full body. Amber with a frothy persistent head. dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 4, 2004
A really nice brew this one. So many hop flavours and aromas there to be enjoyed. Slightly puckering bitterness hinting at a harshness to come, that just mellows in the mouth to more hop taste. Great stuff. Sammy (12099) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2005
Most interesting. A creaminess that kept up through the finish. Very good and a citrus hoppiness unique to me. Some mettalic with a little bitterness, more fruitiness, all-in-all a palate cleaner and refreshing.Thanks DouglasD for bringing back from Kiwi land.
DonBirnam (108) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 22, 2009
On tap @ the Malthouse. Colour is a dark amber/orange. Sweet caramel on the nose with a slight honey aroma. Zesty hop up front followed by caramel and peach malt flavour and slight bitterness to finish. Very well balanced. I could drink a few of these, until the 7% catches up with me (it is almost completely undetectable). KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 10, 2010
330 ml bottle
Aroma: malt and some fruit I can’t put my finger on. Reminds of something I had for breakfast, might be a syrup of some kind. I am intrigued.
Appearance: clear yellowish brown with big off-white head that dissipates quickly to a very thin film with rocky lacing.
Taste: while there is bitterness, it is not predominant, there is a little sweetness and maybe a hint of sour.
Palate: medium body, light cream texture, a tad bit sticky. Good carbonation and a longish finish, very mellow.
Overall: That missing aroma is going to bug me till I figure it out. Complex, with nice highlights and finish. beer4eternity (226) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 15, 2011
330ml bottle. Soft opaque amber hue with a large frothy off white diminishing head and good lacing. Yummy mostly moderate to heavy malty and fruity aromas - caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, smokey, woody, honey/honey wax, grapefruit, dried fruit. Taste is instantly delicious - moderate to heavy sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, oily syrupy texture, light carbonation, bitter finish.
Reminiscent of a Galbraith’s ale. I thoroughly enjoyed this; apparently more than your average ratebeerian. Very nice high quality brew I reckon beer-yum (1656) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 11, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2013 Complex and balanced. Just what you’d be looking for if you wanted a change from the usual IPA. yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 18, 2005
Tasted 15/03/2005. 330ml bottle from The Malthouse.
Deep golden toffee colour with a thick white head and strong lacing. High gravity big malt mouthfeel. Sweet caramel malt and fruity winey flavours. Little bitterness. Some tropical fruit / winey aromas emerge further down the glass. Palate is suprisingly clean.