Sunshine Brewery Reviews




Samtzu
4.1
Sunshine Sunrise Project Czar Bomb Russian Imperial Stout
500ml Bottle. Pours a deep black with small amounts of brown head. A roast malt nose with subtle chocolate notes. Medium body which has a light sour note with fruit flavours and a lingering chocolate finish.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Pdubyah
3.9
Sunshine Sunrise Project Pipeline Pilsner
That has a lot of hop action about it, and it certainly is a bigger pilsner beer than youíd expect and this has a lot to enjoy about it.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Cantabrian
3.4
Sunshine Brewery Sunrise Project Robust Porter
Lovely opaque black with a creamy head, aroma of roasted malts and some chocolate. Flavour is the same, quite one-dimensional, roasted malts and some chocolate, not a sign of fruits. Full bodied.
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Skarecrow
1.4
Sunshine Sunrise Project Czar Bomb Russian Imperial Stout
500ml bottle BB 13/10/16 Poured oily black with slight tan head and some minor particulates at the bottom of the glass. Not much of an aroma other than a roasted character. Iím not sure if this is supposed to be as sour as I found it - all sharp oaky astringency which swamped anything else that might have been present. I could not finish it and tipped half of it down the drain. Perhaps the BB gives an indication that something might not be right with this particular bottle. Will resample.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

UjoKlobasa
3
Sunshine Double Happy
Bottle. Chestnut color, hazy to cloudy liquid, white head. Aroma is heavy malty, caramel. Full body, but not well balanced, I have found this beer not easily drinkable.
Thursday, December 22, 2016

beer-yum
3.6
Sunshine Tom Thumb Session IPA
Tropical aroma in a golden pour. Nice hop forward balance with fruity body and crisp clean finish. Way bigger than its strength would indicate - all the better to enjoy another.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

beer-yum
3.4
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Pale Face Ale
Restrained aroma in an amber pour. Laid back hop forward balance with a bready body and sustained finish. A nice beer - but not as good as some of their (Sunshine) other brews.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

beer-yum
3.6
Sunshine Sunrise Project Tom Thumb Session IPA
Tropical aroma in a golden pour. Nice hop forward balance with fruity body and crisp clean finish. Way bigger than its strength would indicate - all the better to enjoy another.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Skarecrow
3.8
Sunshine Sunrise Project Electron IPA
500ml bottle. Light amber color with good head. Aroma is strong pine resin. Medium bitterness with malty middle and pine resin finish. Good IPA.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Skarecrow
3.4
Sunshine Sunrise Project Pipeline Pilsner
500ml bottle Sparkling gold color with good head. Grassy aroma. Medium bitterness, slight malt note and crisp finish. Good Pilsner.
Monday, December 19, 2016

Skarecrow
4.2
Sunshine Sunrise Project Waikanae APA
500ml bottle Amber color with great head. Aroma is grapefruit and pine resin. Medium bitterness, juicy grapefruit note with malty cushion. Good APA.
Sunday, December 18, 2016

Skarecrow
3.4
Sunshine Gisborne Black Magic
500ml bottle. Black color with tan head. Roasted malt aroma. Medium bitterness with roasted malt palate and finish. Fine.
Thursday, November 3, 2016

Skarecrow
3.8
Sunshine Double Happy
500ml bottle BB 4/5/17 Amber color with generous head. Citrus hop aroma with plenty of grapefruit. Hop character upfront with subtle malt body, and lingering bitterness at the back with an alcoholic kick in the tail. Pretty good.
Monday, October 24, 2016

Skarecrow
3.2
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Off Shore India Pale Lager
500ml bottle BB 4/5/17 Golden amber with good head. Malty aroma with hop note. Upfront bitterness with malty body and a slight lingering buttery character (but not diacetyl) - maybe itís the 10% wheat ? OK.
Friday, October 21, 2016

Skarecrow
4.3
Sunshine Brewery Sunrise Project Robust Porter
500ml bottle BB 4/5/2017 Sweet malt aroma. Black color with tan head and great lacing. Roasted malt with medium bitterness and smooth malty cushion in the finish. Splendid !!
Friday, October 14, 2016

Skarecrow
3.4
Sunshine Sunrise Project Tom Thumb Session IPA
330ml bottle. Hoppy aroma with malty note. Light amber color with slight haze and good head. Medium bitterness with malty body, hop notes and smooth finish. Good one.
Friday, October 7, 2016

Skarecrow
4
Sunshine Sunrise Project Vienna Traditional Amber Lager
330ml bottle BB 14/4/17 Sweet malty aroma with a grainy note. Gorgeous amber color with OK head. Great bitterness with a strong malty backbone and a smooth finish. One of my go-to beers from this brewery.
Friday, September 30, 2016

Skarecrow
3.6
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Pale Face Ale
330ml bottle BB 17/2/17 Strong hoppy aroma with pine/citrus notes. Light amber color with ample ice cream head. Great bitterness upfront with strong hop taste, subdued creamy malt palate and lingering bitter finish. Nice one.
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Skarecrow
3.4
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Power Cut American Mild Ale
330ml bottle BB 21/6/17 Hoppy pine resin aroma with a touch of sulfur. Amber color with good head - high carbonation caused bottle to overflow on opening. Medium bitterness with hoppy malt palate. Perhaps a wee bit thin at the back (due to ABV) but a great session beer and a good example of a locally brewed Mild Ale.
Friday, September 23, 2016

Skarecrow
2.5
Sunshine Gisborne Pilsner
330ml bottle BB 21/6/2017 Malty aroma with grainy and citrus notes. Gold color with ample head/lacing. Medium bitterness. Not much in the way of hop action going on however - contrary to the labels promise of a "big hop hit". Lacking in a Pilsner punch.
Friday, September 23, 2016

Skarecrow
2.8
Sunshine Gisborne Gold
330ml bottle BB 3/5/2017 Fruity aroma with a touch of malt. Pale gold color with OK head. Medium bitterness with a understated malt finish. OK for this style but nothing special.
Friday, September 23, 2016

Skarecrow
3.8
Sunshine Gisborne Red Ale
1.25L flagon from the brewery. Lovely copper red color with good head. Subdued malty aroma. Mild bitterness with smooth malt finish and a smokey note at the back. Nice one.
Friday, September 23, 2016

Samtzu
3.8
Sunshine Double Happy
Beervana 2016. Pours a gold/red colour with strong off white head. Full body with a lot of malt complexion which is then overwritten by a bitterness and alcohol taste. Starts off well but doesnít round out.
Sunday, August 14, 2016

canadiankiwi
3.3
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Off Shore India Pale Lager
Poured from bottle. Strange aroma, but of malt but really canít place it exactly. A bit of vanilla. A bitter finish and a slightly sweet first taste but, as previous have said, seems confused. Enjoyable still.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

canadiankiwi
3.4
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Pale Face Ale
Quite and enjoyable beer. Poured from bottle with an amber colour. Medium frothy head. Has a strong sugary aroma like something youíd put on top your ice cream. Hops hit nicely at first sip and you immediately feel pepper hit the palate however the flavour doesnít last as long as I hoped it to. Quite good but lacks a little something in the finish.
Saturday, February 6, 2016

waiake
3.6
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Off Shore India Pale Lager
went down a treat nothing outstanding but a very enjoyable ipa fine blend of hops & citrus fruity flavours recommended
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

DylansDad
3.2
Sunshine Gisborne Pale Ale
Wood, sawdust, caramel malt and burnt toast.. Taste is same with hint of spice. Simple, wet and quenching, just a little too much burnt and caramel to give a higher rating, but, as it is, itís pretty good and I wouldnít say no to another.
Friday, January 8, 2016

waiake
3.7
Sunshine Double Happy
500ml bottle poured golden brown with a lasting frothy head the aroma is mostly citrus malt the taste seems quite strong at first but agree quickly becomes less obvious this is a find bitter blend of malt & hops with the alcohol lying in the background
Saturday, January 2, 2016

DylansDad
3.2
Sunshine Tom Thumb Session IPA
Pours a lovely reddish amber with one finger creamy white head. Aroma is English malt, herb, slight fruit bread. Taste adds a touch of pine, citrus pith, maybe some licorice and a good smooth bitterness. Light body, good quencher.
Monday, December 28, 2015

DylansDad
3.4
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Off Shore India Pale Lager
As the previous reviewers noted, this is a bit confused, but then, isnít "confused" the definition of an IPL? I found this to be very easy drinking, floral was dominant, then grapefruit a close second and an underlying English-ness to the malt base. This beer ainít a Spanky Spangler show pony, itís more of a plumber with a new shirt and nice shoes. Pretty good.
Saturday, December 12, 2015

DylansDad
3.6
Sunshine Double Happy
Pours clear, reddish copper, 1 and a half finger head which settles to a skim. Nose is definitely grapefruit and English malt. Taste: brassy malt, herbs and sweetened mint, grapefruit, slight lemon and metallic at the edge. Very spicy and a bit boozy at first but this soon mellows and turns into a fairly easy drinking DIPA. Good.
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Pdubyah
2.9
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Off Shore India Pale Lager
A lot more caramel imalt in this more like a vienna lager perhaps, taste is a confusion of that malt and an uncomfortable bitterness. Not the best take on an IPL Iíve had.
Thursday, September 24, 2015

omega
2.4
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Off Shore India Pale Lager
Described as an India Pale Lager on the label - also only 6.4%. Nose is quite floral with a bit of malt underneath. On the palate I find it to like most other IPLís - confused. A bit of sour grapefruit comes through which for me is a bit of a turnoff.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

omega
2.5
Sunshine Gisborne Gold
For a lager this one is not that back - more sweet malts than expected give this a bit of flavour to at least make it interesting.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

waiake
3.4
Sunshine Gisborne Red Ale
bottle poured a fine mahogany & frothy with an appley malty aroma the taste is smooth creamy fruit malt hops nice subtle flavours enjoyed
Saturday, August 8, 2015

waiake
3
Sunshine Gisborne Black Magic
500ml bottle that poured black as with a tan head & an aroma of coffee malt & chocolate the taste is more coffee than anything else finishing bitter dry & a tad rough
Saturday, August 1, 2015

DylansDad
3
Sunshine Gisborne Pilsner
Grass, sweet malt, lime, and grated carrot are the order of the day for the aroma. The label mentions something about satisfying my hop cravings. Not a chance. But still, I quite enjoyed my pint of this; there is enough hopiness and carbonation and general tastiness to elevate this quite a way above your average mainstream macro urine.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

DylansDad
2.8
Sunshine Gisborne Gold
Light malt and hops. A little grass, a touch of honey, a bit of metal and a bit of plastic. Good carbonation pushes the decent level of bitterness (decent for this kind of beer) forward a tad and tingles the tongue. Better than green-bottle macro slosh.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

GlassBrass440
2.9
Sunshine Gisborne Gold
Pale gold color with an everlasting bright white head. Pale malt flavor and aroma. Not much else. Light body.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

GlassBrass440
2.5
Sunshine Gisborne Red Ale
Pours ruby red with small off white head. Aromas of salted caramels and apples. Flavor is caramel. But with some bandaid phenols which is unfortunate. Good beer otherwise.
Monday, February 9, 2015

GlassBrass440
2.8
Sunshine Gisborne Pale Ale
Nearing itís expiration date. Pours deep copper with a white head. The light aroma is of spicy hops and slightly woody. Taste is again light and decidedly malty: caramel and toast. High carbonation, light body and a short clean finish. If youíre looking for a big, hop forward pale ale, this isnít it. But if you want an easy drinker this wonít steer you wrong.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015

GlassBrass440
3
Sunshine Gisborne Pilsner
Pours crystal clear gold with a hint of red. Short lasting white head but it leaves some amount of lace to the glass. Aroma is fruity and grainy with some diacetyl. Flavor is of sweet grains (Iíd say corn, but I think this is an all barley malt beer). Sharp bitterness charicteristic of Pilsner. Of dry finish and aggressive carbonation.
Monday, February 2, 2015

omega
2.5
Sunshine Gisborne Pilsner
Everyday drinking pilsner. Not overly hoppy or sweat tropical notes. The craft beer drinker will get bored of this very quickly - two sips and I am already thinking about my next beer...
Friday, November 21, 2014

waiake
3.2
Sunshine Gisborne Gold
500ml bottle pours pale & frothy, light malt grassy aroma with a bitter mildly hoppy taste that finishes quite dry, very refreshing
Friday, September 19, 2014

Jimthechap
2.7
Sunshine Gisborne Red Ale
Reddish amber with a dirty white head. Aromas of rustic autumnal NZ hops - orchard fruit, Coxís apples and ripe citrus. Flavours mild and fruity with a tinge of bittering hops/ Nothing wrong with it, but not utterly memorable.
Sunday, July 13, 2014

Jimthechap
3.6
Sunshine Gisborne Pale Ale
It does exactly what it says on the label, so a full review would be almost entirely redundant. This makes writing this a lot easier and I might add that finally, someone with the power to write copious amounts of brand-wank has actually written something useful on the beer label instead. Well done.
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Jimthechap
3.2
Sunshine Gisborne Pilsner
Clear golden yellow with a persistent sparkle and a white head that left good lace down the side of the glass. Aromas of grape and lime peel, good Sauvin-type aromas going on. Good piquant zingy citrus bitterness makes for a lingering finish that offers plenty to like.
Monday, April 7, 2014

Jimthechap
2.5
Sunshine Gisborne Gold
Itís probably about time I reviewed this beer given its long standing, but you just donít get it in the South Island of New Zealand. It is as it says on the label, a golden lager that also has a white head and large bubbly carbonation. It looks like a classic lager in the glass and has a very light malt aroma and subtle metallic hopping. It isnít the most complex beer - mild maltiness and little else to commend it to beer snobs. It tasted to me like Mackís Gold used to taste prior to Lionís takeover. An aperitif beer? I bet it has never been described as that before, but thatís how and why I had it and it fit its purpose well.
Monday, January 13, 2014

Travlr
2.9
Sunshine Gisborne Gold
Draft at Beervana. Crystal clear pale yellow color, fluffy white head. Aroma of whitenpepper and hay. Taste is peppery straw. Light body.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Cantabrian
3.5
Sunshine Gisborne Black Magic
(Re-rated Dec 2016): A new presentation with a voodoo/tiki type of mask, brought the beer to my attention, and a reminder that I should re-rate it. This was a much better experience, like another beer, with no sign of Cointreau on the flavour. Strong aroma of chocolate and berries, just a touch of vanilla, and taste of bitter chocolate, cranberry juice and roasted malts. (Rated June 2013): Perhaps I should declare that the bottle was 2 months past expiry and it may not be a fair rating. It did have a great black look, with a nice creamy, firm head. Nice aroma of plumish stout, but the taste ruined it. Too much of a sour, bitter orange flavour. I wouldnít be surprised if anyone tol me the beer had been tainted with orange cordial and cointreau. That was it for me. If I ever have another chance, I will give it a second go.
Thursday, June 13, 2013