Brewed by Townshend Brewery
Style: American Pale Ale
Upper Moutere, Nelson, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Massively hoppy, quenchingly bitter.

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buzz_and_hum's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, - FEB 5, 2013
From bottle. I cloudy peach colour, thin oily head. The fruity peach flavour carries over to the nose; it’s fruity, a bit tart, a bit fresh, but not hugely hoppy. It’s fairly light on the tongue, with a well rounded bitterness washing faintly sweet flavours down the throat. At first I was under whelmed, but as the beer warmed the flavours developed, and this is full of fruity, passionfruit / peach and grapefruit NZ hop flavours, and the lightly malted base carries them well, not overpowering anything. I’ll have another, I think...

Keza61 (17) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 19, 2016
Nice hop profile combined with a malty pallet. the nose could be bigger, but all round very enjoyable

varanid99 (1399) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 2, 2016
Golden pour with a few floaters and a massive white head. As it settles, there’s biscuity, malty, stone fruit and orange aromas. Taste is malty, citrus, fairly dry at the end, not a lot of bitterness. Pretty damn drinkable.

canadiankiwi (149) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 7, 2016
A cider like IPa. Many fruity notes giving it a sweet crisp beginning and sour end. Very interesting. Poured from bottle. Golden colour with small head of

floydian1 (1519) - FNQ, Australia, - OCT 20, 2015
From a 500ml bottle. ABV is now 5% for this latest release. More like an English style IPA if you ask me with a biscuity malt profile and plenty of fresh floral and fruity hops (grapes, tangerines) on the nose and tongue. Palate is deliciously smooth and sessionable with a satisfying floral hop bitterness and a creamy light-medium bodied mouthfeel. Be sure to serve this beer at the right temperature if you want to awaken it’s true flavours. Appears hazy bright amber with a stable collar of white head and decent lace.

Davros (3338) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2015
Pours amber with a large head. Nose shows peach and apple along with some cider-like notes. Flavours include biscuity malt, pear and apple.

17Beer (451) - Connecticut, USA - APR 5, 2015
Distinctive hoppy tart aroma. Pours golden with a thin white head. Taste of sweet and sour. Nice medium length hop finish. Good pale ale.

beerladadrian (24) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 3, 2015
Tasted in 500ml bottle purchased from Fine Wine Delivery Company, in the beer chiller, Lunn Ave. On the nose, plenty of fresh, light herbacious notes. Grass, mint, fresh dew. The palate is clean but reserved. Has a refreshing quality but lacks in length.

waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 23, 2014
this 500ml bottle poured a fine hazy orange gold with a hoppy citrus fruit aroma & a long-lasting head taste is likewise very fruity hoppy bitter with quite a dry finish

ab29 (59) - - DEC 4, 2014
cloudy gold colour, creamy frothy foam, retains well. an almost herbaceous nose with summer fruitiness. bitter, flows over the tongue nicely fruity notes, including citrus. nice beer 500ml bottle

3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Hazy amber with a fine white head. Cascade-like orange / pine resin in the nose mixed with more Kiwi-like pineapple rind and some plant matter / leafy notes. Faint yeast but it’s mostly neutral for me. Medium body, high bitterness and relatively low sweetness cut even more by the acidic and prickly hop oils. Some Nelson Sauvin / white wine character develops as it opens, but the cara malt note begins to swell as well, the body is luscious enough to support the raw hop bitterness... and after about 15 minutes with the glass, the malt becomes the high-point of this beer for me - restrained warmth, baked bread with honey and toffee touches. I suspect English malt. It’s not the best presentation of New Zealand hops (I’m guessing Motueka, Nelson and NZ Cascade) but by the end of the glass I was warming to it’s purpose. It’s a hoppy pale ale that seems closer in character to American IPA given the stark back palate bitterness. From draft at Bel-Aire Tavern in Nelson.

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