TedE (1386) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2016 ShaneJ (898) - - FEB 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Plonk. A really nice english bitter, classic ESB aromas and flavours. Loved it.
Taster at Belaire Tavern, Nelson. No obvious aroma. Light brown beer with small white head. Low carbonation. Malty, smoky, bitter. All very restrained. There’s a touch of pepper and sourness in the finish. waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 3, 2015
500ml bottle that I really enjoyed poured golden brown & lacy with a malty nutty aroma the taste is quite similar malt nut fruit & earthy flavours smooth quality blend went down well tombutlin (316) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 29, 2015
Dave tasted it before I did. "Smells like home brew" he said. Maybe that’s what the brewer wanted, but this takes me back to the 80s, and not in a good way, where life is full of opportunity, but when your flatmate brews his own and does an OK job of it DylansDad (651) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 11, 2015
Nutty aroma with a touch of yeast and astringency that is immediately noticed in the taste. Taste is close to porter, its pretty good, but unexceptional and a little over-dominated by a slightly metallic sourness. But, hey, maybe that’s the style. kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 17, 2013
The head is good, the body red-brown. It smells maltaromatic, sweet, malty. The taste is malty, sweet, grain, bit hoppy, In the aftertaste bit sour-sweet.
Cantabrian (1151) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 5, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2014 From the comments below, seems to me way different from the beer of 2-3 years ago. Very cloudy amber, chicken broth cloudy, really, with a beige head that hangs around, no matter what. Little to whiff, exempt for a faint aroma of pale lager. The referred sweetness is vague, mostly hidden under a rather strong grassy, citrus bitterness. This wouldn’t have been my first choice, as I’d have expected more of that paradoxical sweet, more mellow, malty, "bitter". Still, it’s not bad! craiggyNZ (9) - - JUN 28, 2013 does not count
Handpump at HZ. My definition of a session ale. My glass evaporated before me. Nothing hugely 'in your face' going on, but I could happily have another (and another..)
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UPDATED: SEP 18, 2015 A solid bitter beer. Nothing special - but enjoyable nonetheless. Would not skip a session fuelled by this. lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 29, 2013
i only had this recently, but oddly can’t remember much about it. all i remember was typical a middle-of-the-road session with pleasant fruit and bitterness. was nice anyway.