joe19612 (3064) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark orange colour with a thin white head, light fruity aroma, dry bitter taste with a long dry finish. Ungstrup (38381) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2012
Bottled. A golden beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of caramel and malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel and citrusy hops, leading to a bitter finish. Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 3, 2012
Mainstream attempts craft in this beer that is designed to reverse the trend of the decline of the mainstream beer category in New Zealand. I say good on Lion for giving it a go, but will the beer live up to the blurb on the back of the bottle or will it be a gross misrepresentation?
It appears clear, gold and sparkling with virtually no head in the glass. The aroma was solely of golden malt. I know hops when I smell them and there was nothing discernible here at all. Did it smell zesty? Only a little.
Did it taste zesty and of caramelised barley? There was plenty of initial carbonation and then a tangy twang of bitterness that suggested that the hop money had been spent on bitterness rather than aroma. A fairly short finish with the emphasis on orange sherbet. I would suggest the blurb was written by someone in an office rather than as an accurate description. A good lawnmower beer but good for little else.