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Brewed by Wigram Brewing Company
Style: Irish Ale
Christchurch, New Zealand
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.23/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The Wigram Brewing Company wishes to advise that our Red Sparkling Ale Full Strength Beer has been crafted from Historical Hops which were discovered still growing on the banks of the Hokitika River. The original hops were grown by a pioneer Hokitika brewer, Mr William CJ Kortegast. His Crown Brewery was one of the very first West Coast Breweries. Remnants of these Kortegast hops have been incorporated into our Sparkling Red Ale, which is red in colour with low to medium bitterness and the aromatic flavour of the Hokitika hops on the finish. WJC Kortegast died in 1897 and the source of his hop supply was lost, although the memory of his famous brews lingered on. This Sparkling Ale is dedicated to WJC Kortegast and the pioneer brewers of Hokitika.

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3.7
Skarecrow (928) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 16, 2016
500ml bottle. Sweet hoppy malty aroma. Hazy light brown color with sudsy head. Medium bitterness followed by a smooth caramel malt body and a lingering hoppy bitterness at the back. Not bad at all - an excellent session beer down the pub. Slainte !!!

2.7
DylansDad (659) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 5, 2013
Aroma upon opening was rotting vegetation which thankfully quickly subsided and left a hop-free malt and cardboard aroma. The actual taste and mouthfeel were pretty good, but the whole experience was marred by the aromas.

2.7
Pdubyah (789) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 5, 2013
I enjoyed this a lot the first time I drank it, May 2012, but seems that time and many beers may have either changed my palate, or that this batch wasn’t a patch on that iteration. Different beers different days. I thought that this was heavy in the mouthfeel, and all the fun was up front, with little length, the bitterness was a sideshow,. Difficult to get enthusiastic about, but I would be up for a best 2 from 3 test a few month time, at which point I might again think that this was ok. Today though, this bottle, not so much. I wouldn’t not choose this in a pub, but I would take a good look at what else there was first.

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davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Bottle from Swords Vic Market. Nice and malty. Aromas of caramel, nuts, almonds, and leaves. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and average length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Amber, with a thin head.

3.7
Jade (435) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 14, 2012
Nice amber/brown colouring, thick creamy head. Strong hops aroma, gives the anticipation of a real bitter hit. Bitter, biting taste - quite nice though; great when the sun is shining.


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