NorthlandBrewr (11) - - SEP 24, 2014 buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, - FEB 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Full, sweet and tangy, well rounded and rich in colour, frothy with head and thirst quenching. This is another superb bitter from Martin Townshend; he really does bring the best out of the style. Delicious.
While bitters are not my favorite style of beer, this is a nice one. Easy drinking but still substantial. Toast and light caramel with a subdued English hop profile and perhaps a touch of lemon. The subtle sugary rum flavor and aroma creeps in and out as you sip. Having just dumped an entire bottle of another (unnamed brand) bitter, I can honestly say this is a good one and the bottle will be finished :-)
Really like the creativity of this brewery, while still being modest in their approach. Cantabrian (1143) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 6, 2013
Very pleasant bitter, as sweet and mellow as a good ESB. Lots of caramel, biscuits, a touch of groseille and a few drops of some miracle tonic that must have been bought from a very convincing medice man in an old wagon. Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 29, 2012
It looks as if bitter ought to, amber with a fluffy white head that was persistent. Aromas are held back a little by the head, but I gleaned a bit of grassy hop, crystal malt and biscuits. Flavours were golden and bready. More mellow sweetness than challenging bitterness but a good sessionable pint. Tangelo sweetness on the finish, but lacking a little in body. TimE (5911) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 14, 2011
deep amber color. Caramel, earthy nose with just a hint of hops. Mouth is much more hoppy with notes of blackcurrant, earth and caramel. Very well balanced. Dry. Moderate bitter finish. Very very pleasant. Half way between a American and English pale ale. Loved it!