Renaissance Paradox Blonde

Formerly brewed at Renaissance Brewing
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
As soon as you flip the top off the bottle you know you’re in for something special. While the bright golden hue hints at a great quaffing beer, the explosion of passion-fruit and citrus aromas - the signature of the Riwaka hop variety - leave no doubt you’re in for more than mere refreshment. On the palate the initial biscuity malt sweetness is soon joined by those zingy hop notes. This beer is flavour-packed, yet crisp and thirst-quenching - that’s the paradox! When your thirst is finally slaked, try another glass with the best seafood dish on the menu. Yum!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rosslew (320) - - APR 26, 2014
Got the wheaty, dry grass taste of the kind. Great head retention but not gassy. Got kiwifruit and grapefruit. Nice hoppy kick with tangy finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

skortila (5966) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2013
From notes 2011-2012. On tap @ Brühaus. Wellington. The aroma is bit grainy, light flowery. Clear, golden coloured, thin white head. The beer has a light malty body, clean flowery taste.

pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2012
I was really looking forward to this but again it was well over carbonated. This made it hard to enjoy.

ciaranc (1102) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 14, 2012
Tap @ Tap Haus, Wellington. Pours straw coloured with a quickly disappearing thin white head. Nice lemon/orange zest aromas. Really thin mouthfeel and very little going on flavour wise - no finish. Will try again from Bottle and re-rate.

Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 22, 2011
Pours a lustrous gold, but hazy with a fast dissipating white head. Smells spicy with tangerine peel, grapefruit, wild grassiness, lemongrass and chlorophyll. Good mouthfeel, cool and quenching. Lemon zest and mild bitterness. Cooling rather than satisfying. This beer is what a blonde ought to be, one with flavour, rather than a pale tasteless shabby bottle of low-carb nothingness.

maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours a cloudy straw colour with a nice, thick white head. Aroma is full of tropical fruits - the bulk being passionfruit. Much of the same in the taste with a hop kick to finish with. Enjoyed it quite a bit

davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 3, 2011
Tap. Nice beer, not spectacular. Aromas of citrus and pine. Taste has a sweet start, with bitterness taking over. Palate is oily, with high carbonation, and thin-to-medium body, Dark yellow, with a thin head.

Maris (1573) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JAN 22, 2011
From a 500ml bottle on 23/1/2011. Pours a slighly cloudy pale apricot/straw. The aroma light, fruity and a little floral. in the mouth, you get passionfruit and pineapple notes, with a slightly tart, and reasonably pronounced hop kick. A nice tasty, refreshing, well made blonde ale.

mkel07 (6250) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2011
500ml bottle. Smells like fruit salad in a bottle with tropical fruit aromas spewing out when opened, particularly passionfruit and some faint hints of pineapple. Quite hazy in the glass with an even layer of white foam. Sweet amlt flavour up front and then bang, you get a big hop burst. On the palate it is very zingy and lively with a full mouthfeel.

jimmy01 (40) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 30, 2010
Pale golden, good head formation and retention, Fruity aroma and flavour. A light rerfeshing beer,

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