Another nice beer from my New Zealand trek was this 5 Hop English Ale by MOA. It was a slice of home. It had a sweet start to it with a bitter finish. Like the name suggets, it uses 5 different hops – Cascade, Pacifica, Motueka, Hallertau and Sauvin. The flavours would be floral, malty and earthy notes but in a good balance with one not outshining the other. There is also a minor spice to it which keeps it interesting. This beer has a nice warm body to it which gives it a presence and not a wet fish of a drink.
The carbonation is normal which should appeal to a larger crowd. When poured it has a nice golden colour and a floral smell to it. This is a hoppy beer but easy to drink with a nice manly feast of carbs and meat!
If you are in the Marlborough region and fancy something other than a Sauvignon Blanc, visit these guys at 258 Jacksons Road, Blenheim.
Be sure to get there between 11am – 5pm for a tasting or stock up.