Sunshine Brewery Reviews




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

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

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 Sunrise Project: Double Happy Imperial IPA
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 doesn’t 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 can’t 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 you’d put on top your ice cream. Hops hit nicely at first sip and you immediately feel pepper hit the palate however the flavour doesn’t 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, it’s pretty good and I wouldn’t say no to another.
Friday, January 8, 2016

waiake
3.7
Sunshine Sunrise Project: Double Happy Imperial IPA
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 Sunrise Project: 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, isn’t "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 ain’t a Spanky Spangler show pony, it’s more of a plumber with a new shirt and nice shoes. Pretty good.
Saturday, December 12, 2015