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Tasted Monday March 24, 2009. 330ml bottle, 5.4%Alc/Vol.

New Zealand.

Epic - Pale Ale - 500mlMany reviews of this beer suggest huge hops and huge malt character. My palate must be a little immune to these traits or my expectations out-weighed the reality as I experienced it. In saying all of this Epic Pale Ale is a mighty fine beer and not short on hops or malt flavour, but it is a very well balanced beer.

Glistening copper red in the glass. Big, floral hop aromatics with earthy, biscuit maltiness. Rich and full on the palate that tend towards dryer malt character than caramel sweetness. Some toffee notes with ANZAC biscuit, rich and dark fruitiness, superb piney hoppiness driving full throttle through the middle palate with persistence of flavour to the bitter end.

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Tasted Tuesday March 24. 330ml bottle, 5.0% Alc/Vol.

New Zealand.

Epic - Lager - 500mlI wish more lagers could be like this. Soft yet crisp, light yet malty. Floral, citrus  flavours, good carbonation, rounded, malty body with a sharp crisp hoppy finish.

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New Zealand.

Notes submitted by Paul MacDonald.

Classy Red – American Pale Ale

Tasted Monday 23 March 2009. 330ml bottle, 5.2% Alc/Vol

Red amber colour, savoury, earthy nose with aromatic piney hops. Full flavoured sweetish malt with good hoppy finish.

Rogue Hop

Tasted Monday 23 March 2009. 330ml bottle, 5.2% Alc/Vol

Very hoppy with citrus notes. Malty and full but with a metallic aftertaste. A bit over carbonated too.

Razor Back Bitter

Tasted Monday 23 March 2009. 330ml bottle, 5.0% Alc/Vol

Dark amber colour. Quite full, malty and rich with a molasses character. Lingering aftertaste and hop bitterness.

Weiss Bier

Tasted Monday 23 March 2009. 330ml bottle, 5.0% Alc/Vol

Cloudy and pale in appearance with bananas on the nose. Light bodied, refreshing but again over carbonated.

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Tasted Wednesday 25 March 2009. 330ml bottle, 11.0% Alc/Vol.

New Zealand.

WOW!……….Think of the biggest, baddest red wine you have ever had….and you might get the idea about this stout.

First of all this beer needs some years in the cellar, or drink it with some strong cheese or game meats. It is powerful and incredibly rich and you wouldn’t even notice the alcohol. The colour is impenetrably black with a dark brown espresso coloured head which dissipates fairly quickly.

Big, thick, rich and charry  in the mouth with a grainy texture. Sweet dark roasted malts, dehydrated prune, bitter dark chocolate, liquorice, burnt nuts and a dry, long finish. Outstanding stuff.

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Tasted Friday 27 March 2009. 500ml bottle, 5.0% Alc/Vol.

New Zealand.

A very likable English-style Pale Ale. Aromas are fruity and hoppy with a full palate. Flavours of vanilla biscuit, toffee, rich maltiness and a nice resinous hoppy thread through the middle. The finish was reasonable but I thought was a touch thin. A well made, clean tasting Pale Ale. The 500ml bottle was just the ticket.

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Tasted Friday 27 March 2009. 500ml bottle, 4.0% Alc/Vol.

New Zealand.

Brilliantly clear golden yellow, like  summer in a glass. Flowery, fruity aromas with fresh hops; followed by a light, soft (fluffy) citrus palate with good hop bitterness and crisp finish. Quite straight forward and terribly drinkable but I cannot help feeling that the hops are holding this beer together.

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Tasted Sunday 29 March 2009. 500ml bottle, 5.5% Alc/Vol

New Zealand.

Very Germanic in style with a New Zealand twist. It reminded me a little of the Weihenstephan Pilsner. Grassy saaz hops and rich malty character produces  a full soft mouth feel and good bitterness. Not as refreshing as one might expect with it’s full flavour, but yumm nontheless.

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