ComradeK (1230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 23, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours a murky chestnut, with lots of floating sediment and a large off-white head, which lasts reasonably and leaves a little lacing. Leafy, resin and tropical hops dominate the aroma, with a touch of caramel malt in there. Strong kiwifruit and tropical hops up front give way to caramel malt in the mid-palate, with resin and tropical hops in the finish. A decent amber ale. Cantabrian (1114) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 14, 2014
Old tasting - no notes. However, I remember puzzled by the description, plus the sweet, resinous beer, which was quite pleasant overall. Shameless tick. I think I have one more bottle to check it again and do a better rating. jonnyguns (1105) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle from mane liquor. Pours a deep amber with off white head. Nose shows typical US style ipa notes. Juicy hops, orange, tangerine, tropical fruit and some slight honey. Taste follows the same course. Orange, peach, citrus and a nice lingering bitterness.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone beer-yum (1655) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 27, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2017 Fruity aroma in a golden pour. A good beer made great on hand pull. Lovely hop malt balance with a tasty fruit body and finish. Confirms Townshend’s reputation as the best of the local (NZ) real ale brewers. Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 4, 2012
Lush amber colour with a bit of hazy and a fulsome white head. Strangely, the first aroma I got was of a rich Speyside whisky. Sure not? Apricot, leather, honey, cereal and ryegrass. It is an aroma that suggests sweet, juiciness along with honey and a twinge of fruity acids. Whatever my nose is picking up, it is a lovely smell and not at all what I was expecting (a full-on blast of spruce, resin and yeeha!). There’s a good attack of carbonation and then soft, ripe fruit, sweet peaches, apricots and nectarines along with tangelos and zest. There’s a good measure of hoppy bitterness that is measured, balanced and subtle. I’m afraid the label is a little wide of the mark, but what a gorgeous beer. A second moment of nasal query elicits peanut brittle of all things, pecans and rye. Wow. A remarkable ale.