Sunshine Brewery Reviews




explosivedog
3.7
Sunshine Brewery #nofilter IPA
On tap at Vultures Lane. Pours cloudy yellow. Juicy, orange, mandarin, syrupy. Big full body. Very nice.
Friday, December 1, 2017

Skarecrow
3.9
Sunshine Brewery #nofilter IPA
On tap at The Beer Spot. Hazy yellow pour with good head. Aroma of sweaty sulfur and grapefruit. Medium bitterness. Chewy sulfur hop taste/palate. Good.
Saturday, November 25, 2017

Samtzu
3.7
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Electron IPA
Tap pour. Pours a mild gold with white head. Light hoppy nose with hints of pine. Medium body with a velvety texture and fruity hops. Somewhat strong bitterness which fades into Malty sweetness.
Friday, November 3, 2017

Samtzu
4.1
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Tom Thumb Session IPA
Tap pour. Pours a mild gold with slight white head. Large hoppy nose with hints of malt. Medium body with a delicious hoppy flavour. Slight bitterness at the end but well rounded. Likely the best intentional session beer I have tried.
Friday, November 3, 2017

Samtzu
2.9
Sunshine Gisborne Pilsner
Tap pour. Pours a light gold with slight white head. Very light nose, but it doesn't have the clear lager smell that the gisbourne hold has which is a bonus. A more robust flavour profile which has apparent hop notes and only a slight lingering lager flavour. More enjoyable than it's counterpart.
Friday, November 3, 2017

Samtzu
2.5
Sunshine Gisborne Gold
Tap pour. Pours a light gold with slight white head. Strong lager nose. Medium body with the clear lager front flavours and a hidden sweetness at the end. Would take a 12 pack of this over any mainstream lager.
Friday, November 3, 2017

Samtzu
3.9
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Waikanae APA
Tap pour. Pours a crisp gold with white head. Light fruity hop nose. Medium body with a strong malt forward and lingering hoppy bitterness.
Friday, November 3, 2017

Skarecrow
3.2
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Young Nick's Pale Ale
500ml bottle Sparkling gold pour with huge head. Aroma of biscuit malt, grain dust and light citrus hop. Mild bitterness. Light citrus hop taste with more biscuit malt. Alright session beer.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Skarecrow
3.5
Sunshine Sunrise Project The Cut 2.4% Pilsner
1.25L rigger Golden pour with decent white head. Aroma of lime marmalade, lemongrass, lemon, burnt rubber and then malt underneath. Crisp bitterness, thin body and grassy tang. Good session beer.
Sunday, October 22, 2017

Skarecrow
4
Sunshine Brewery Mightly Cannon Triple IPA
On tap at brewery. Golden pour with good head. Citrus hop/pine resin aroma with slight biscuit malt note underneath. Medium bitterness. Full on pine resin taste/palate with apparent ABV. Very good.
Friday, October 20, 2017

Skarecrow
3.5
Sunshine Brewery Low Down Brown
Growler from brewery. Dark brown pour with OK head. Very malty aroma. Mild bitterness with full on malt body/palate. OK.
Friday, October 20, 2017

Skarecrow
4
Sunshine Brewery Big River Red IPA
On tap at the brewery. Red-brown pour with decent head. Biscuit malt/caramel aroma. Medium bitterness. Malty with orange and grapefruit hop notes. Not bad.
Friday, October 20, 2017

tombutlin
3.7
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Young Nick's Pale Ale
Right on the money for a session APA. Crisp, fresh tropical aroma that lasted well, and a drinkable and very balanced body.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

explosivedog
2.3
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Young Nick's Pale Ale
On tap at 16 Tun. Pours orange brown. Chalk, peach, minerals, sweat. Really not my cup of tea.
Monday, August 21, 2017

Samtzu
3.5
Sunshine Pre(H)emptive Strike Pale Ale
Tap pour. An interesting mouth sensation which I am assuming is from the hemp oil. A strong bitterness which accompanied a different flavour which was unique.
Sunday, July 23, 2017

mabznz
3.4
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Te Mex Mexican Lager
A tasty yeasty lager which is always a shock for us use to bland mass produced lager. Did not poor well with a flat head but was not overly gassy. A pleasant mild citrus taste that was not overpowering made this a great lager that would thoroughly recommend,
Friday, July 21, 2017

mabznz
2
Sunshine Gisborne Black Magic
Very disappointing. Expected a rich, velvety complex stout. Got a dark beer that reminded me of Tooheys Old but 4 times the price.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Harlsdolly

explosivedog
3.1
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Pipeline Pilsner
On tap. Pours gold with a decent head. Lemon, tangelo, little bread, touch of honey, very floral. Not particularly crisp, but lots more going on than your average pilsner.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

beer-yum
3.6
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Czar Bomb Russian Imperial Stout
Alluring aroma in a jet black pour. Similarly alluring taste profile has cocoa, coffee, vanilla, licorice, and preserved fruit in a nicely balanced brew. My favorite Sunshine brew - only wish it was not so strong (so I could enjoy another).
Monday, June 26, 2017

Skarecrow
3.7
Sunshine Pre(H)emptive Strike Pale Ale
On tap at The Beer Spot Amber color with OK head. Grassy aroma. Mild bitterness. Slight buttery character with green vegetable and grassy notes. Interesting.
Saturday, June 17, 2017

explosivedog
3.5
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Chilli Te Mex
On tap at the Beer Spot. Pours gold. Big black pepper, smoke, chipotle, hot. Deep chilli character. Really quite nice.
Sunday, June 11, 2017

beer-yum
3.4
Sunshine Grande Cru Flanders Red Ale
Lovely tart aroma in a brown black pour. Tart taste is nicely balanced and both complex and subtle. An excellent local (NZ) example of the style.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

beer-yum
3.3
Sunshine Funked up Feijoa Fruit Lambic
Restrained tart aroma in a yellow pour. Lovely tart taste to match - but not getting too much of the headline feijoada to be honest. Refreshingly different.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

beer-yum
3.5
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Double Happy Imperial IPA
Citrus aroma in an amber pour. Laid back hop forward balance with a big fruity body and sustained bitter finish. Maybe a little on the malty side of the spectrum - but dangerously delicious nonetheless.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

beer-yum
3.5
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Waikanae APA
Citrus aroma in a golden pour. Laid back hop forward balance with a fruity body and sustained finish. A pleasant example of the style.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

beer-yum
3.5
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Electron IPA
Citrus aroma in a golden pour. Laid back hop forward balance with a fruity body and sustained finish.
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Bule
3.2
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Double Happy Imperial IPA
500ml bottle pours a pale brown color with a bit of head. Yeastiness doesn't balance so well with the hop profile.
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Bule
3.5
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Electron IPA
On tap at Rose & Shamrock. Pours a yellow amber color with a bit of head. Mild hop bitterness. Piney.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Skarecrow
3.3
Sunshine Grande Cru Flanders Red Ale
500ml bottle from cellar door. Ruby red color with sudsy tan head. Aroma is winery cellar floor - slightly sour with yeasty note. Slight tartness with grape palate and sour-ish finish. Not bad.
Friday, February 17, 2017

Skarecrow
2.3
Sunshine Funked up Feijoa Fruit Lambic
500ml bottle from cellar door. Very light straw color with great head - almost cider looking. Aroma is yeasty, some fruit and a sweaty concrete cellar floor smell. A sour/tart taste with thin finish. Meh.
Monday, February 13, 2017

Skarecrow
3.1
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Pumpkin Ale (Barrel Aged)
500ml bottle from the cellar door. Dark amber brown with one finger of cream head. Aroma is woody wine barrel. Initial taste is tart then a sweet wine barrel body and finish. I also got a touch of pumpkin but not as apparent as I was hoping for. OK.
Saturday, February 11, 2017

DylansDad
3.4
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Electron IPA
English malt dominates the aroma backed by earthy pine, herbs and citrus. Taste is pine, English malt, grapefruit, orange and marmalade.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

DylansDad
3.7
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Waikanae APA
Grapefruit and resin dominate with notes of orange juice sneaking in here and there. Nice more-ish bitterness and a tangy bite at the back. Aroma was good but didn’t last.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Skarecrow
3.8
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Russian Imperial Stout (Wood Aged)
330ml bottle Poured oily black with thin tan head. Aroma is roasted chocolate malt with coffee note. Due to the wood aging, the first thing you get is a sourness but it’s not unpleasant. Smooth alcoholic finish. Nice.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Skarecrow
3.9
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Te Mex Mexican Lager
500ml bottle Pale gold with OK head. Subtle fruity nose. Mild bitterness with a slight grainy/corn background but this character is not unpleasant the way it is in other some other lagers. Refreshing crisp finish. Pretty damn good - kicks Corona & Pacifico sorry butts.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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 you’d expect and this has a lot to enjoy about it.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Cantabrian
3.4
Sunshine 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
3
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Czar Bomb Russian Imperial Stout
1.25L Growler from the brewery Poured oily black with slight tan head. Roasted coffee aroma. Medium bitterness with roasted/scorched character and smooth finish. OK.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

User369532
3
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Double Happy Imperial IPA
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
3.4
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 Sunrise Project: Double Happy Imperial IPA
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 it’s the 10% wheat ? OK.
Friday, October 21, 2016

Skarecrow
4.3
Sunshine 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