Brewed by Independent Breweries NZ (Boundary Road)
Style: Specialty Grain
Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand
Serve in Shaker, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A smooth red ale infused with Nelson-grown hops and some good old fashioned rye, giving it nutty and spicy notes. Very popular Stateside, it’s right up there with baseball and Tom Selleck’s moustache.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerGeekconz (22) - Auckland, - JAN 8, 2013
Pours copper with a short lived head and some lacing. Aroma is malt, rye and a decent punch of citric hops. Flavour is mellow malt and rye grist wit some spice from the rye and a dry minerally character. Body is quite thin. Finish is dry and bittersweet. A nice beer for the price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bozoNZ (778) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 5, 2015
Amber rather than red. Good malt weight. Spicy rye notes develop late in the finish. The booze is hidden and overall pretty decent drinking

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (4829) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2014
330ml bottle consumed in Christchurch NZ. Pours an attractive red-amber color with a decent cone-colored head. Excellent clarity. Aroma: an enticing smell of sweet varamel malts and some medium roast grains. The hops, which come out clearly upon tasting, are largely hidden in the aroma. Flavor: A finely crafted mix of a sweet malty ale with a zesty touch of spicy rye and enough NZ hops to lend a mildly bitter herbal hop presence. O: complex and flavorful but easy drinking. Recommended. Goes well with spicy Thai food.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pictish (10) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 15, 2013
Reddy amber colour with a thin head. Aroma is fruity hop with bitter taste. Consistency is a bit thin but I do like to drink this ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (18936) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
Bottle at Endo’s house, 25/05/13, thanks to DW. Clear reddish amber with a thin off white head. Nose is caramel, sugars, light spice, rye. Taste comprises toasted malt, rye, biscuit, toffee, sugars. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, dry finish with a little bitterness. Ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DylansDad (635) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 11, 2013
Good hoppy bitterness, which returns as a grapefriut/marmalade finish. Maybe it’s the style, but I’d prefer a bit more fat around the middle of this one. Nice, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (36929) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2012
Bottled. A brown beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of caramel, bread, citrus fruits. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, bread, and citrusy hops, leading to a bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
brew_man (1) - - DEC 24, 2012 does not count
For the price ($14 a six pack) packs plenty of flavor , i like the amount of rye as not over powering. bitter is nice quite balanced overall if not a huge amount of aroma but it is there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 29, 2012
Abmbere red in colour with big white head. Fruity hop aroma. Grassy hop flavour with nutty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 4, 2012
This review may just be a touch biased as there’s a warm Westerly wafting through the window, I have a ham and three mustard sandwich with mayo and a glass of this beer. In terms of a time and place, lunchtime in this setting will take some beating. This beer is a gorgeous red amber with a skin of off-white head with a greenish tinge. Aromas of resinous hops, cracked amber malt, poached apricots and a dusting of nutmeg. Flavours of dehydrated papaya and apricot, grassy herbaceous malt and even a peppery note along with excellent puckering bitterness. A lengthy fruit finish that has really hit the spot. Pecans? Anyway, this is a winner in my book.

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