k0mpsa (3060) - Tuusula, FINLAND - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle from liqour king, christchurch. Hazy amber color, tanned head. Aroma is fruits, hops, lemon, orange. Nice malty body, fresh crispy hops, lemon notes. Very good low alcohol ipa. Cantabrian (1161) - Christchurch NZ, now Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2013
I’ve never tried the "original" Deuchars IPA, but I’d be surprised if it is as hoppy as this one. The fruity aroma is a killer, strong on the canned lychees, deserving a 10. Lovely dark copper colour (yes, Jimthechap - you got it perfectly, it does have the colour of the original marmelade), with some haziness and plenty of bubbles cascading up in the centre. Nice and hoppy on the flavour, with the bitterness of grapefruits balancing well with the fruitiness of lychees and sweet ice wine grapes and biscuits. Nice medium-bodied, I felt like/had the impression that the alcohol content would have been higher. But to my greatest (nice) surprise, it is a well-thought 4.8. Brodies_Best (324) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 13, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2013 500 ml bottle pours orange amber with light brown head. Heaps of carbonation. Aroma is massive floral hops with clean cereal and slight citrus and pinenut. Taste is amazing. Complex biscuit, side splashings of berries. Aftertaste is bitter, licorice and then repeated echoes of toffeee (with the bitterness almost gives the impression of coffee). Great work kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 11, 2013
The head is robust, the body gold-orange. It smells maltaromatic, hoppy, hoparomatic. The taste is maltaromatic, interesting, hoparomatic, bitter. aromatic, delicious! Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 8, 2013
Unintentionally, this is the second Scottish beer that looks the colour of Seville orange marmalade on the trot (although this one is brewed in New Zealand and the former was actually brewed in Scotland). It has plenty of sparkle and a pillowy cream coloured head. While it claims on the label to be elegant and restrained like an old world IPA, the aroma promises anything but: it is vibrant, it is candied fruits, herbal hops and a little bit of dying vegetation. It smells distinctly new world to me as if it had a handful of Citra added to its boil behind Andy’s back. The flavour is a model of restraint (for Renaissance), but it doesn’t quite achieve the old world ideal of balance. It is hop driven with spruce bitterness and green grassiness. There are fruits there in the form of tangelos and mandarin, some greengage and grapefruit. With its bright, sassy hops, this is long finishing and a good example that a beer does not have to be over 5% abv in order to intrigue the palate.
Is this an example the well-known Deuchars sense of humour perhaps?