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Virtual Happy Hour (Brew Pics and Reviews)

Zardnaar

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Gorkovskaya Brewer
IPA 5.9% 440ml Bottle

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Around a year ago this was one of my favorite beers. Fits perfectly in my Grolsch glass.

IPAs are very big in NZ. The problem is they just add more and more hops.

This one's more subtle still has that nice hop flavour one expects from an IPA but it's not so in your face. Better balanced and smoother than most NZ IPAs.

It's also a lot cheaper $3.50 NZD vs around $6 for something similar.

I quite like this one. And their APAs also pretty damned good.

Going to be generous here 8.5/10.
 

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Schneider Weisse Original German Hefe-Weizen Ale. Brewery founded 1872, 5.4% ABV. 89 Very Good, 4/5 on Beer Advocate. Didn't get any of the stereotypical Hefe banana. Might have caught a hint of what some places describe as the bubble-gum flavor in the background but wasn't sure. In any case, it was certainly at least very good (8/10).
 

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Zardnaar

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Emerson's Orange Roughy.

Named after a fish the barmaid said it's a tropical pale ale.

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Turns out it looks like a hazy IPA. The hop taste wasn't as strong which I like as NZ tends to overdo the hops in IPAs.

Closest thing I can think of is a hazy APA. It's just a very nice almost orange/fruit juice coloured beer.

Double thumbs up currently enjoying it. 9/10 gonna get some at the supermarket.

Also a local beer brewed in a new facility (brewed locally since 1992). Early start on craft beers.
 


Zardnaar

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Emerson's 1812 Pale Ale.


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5% 83 on beer advocate.

Emerson's is a local company that has been doing craft type beers since 1992. Bought out by one of the big boys they haven't changed afaik.

Just a nice slightly hoppy pale ale. Bought a 6 pack of various beers from Emerson's and this is the first one. Beer advocate us a fair score ar 83 IMHO.

I like the canon on the label.
 
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Zardnaar

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Emerson's Big Rig 5.2%

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Fairly typical APA slightly bitter. Probably prefer one less bitter but still tasty. Still had better APAs no regrets.

Not that different to the previous one.

8/10.
 

Cadence

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Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier Hell. 90/100 Outstanding, 4.02/5 on Beer Advocate. 5.3% ABV. Apparently (according to the internet) in addition to banana or bubblegum, a Hefe could also have a taste of wheat bread or cloves. This one might be more of the bread side than some? It was certainly drinkable, but it wouldn't be one I'd go out of the way to get. 7 out of 10 on the Z scale.
 

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Zardnaar

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Public holiday tomorrow. Happy afternoon vs hour.

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Gorkovskaya Brewery APA, 5.5%.

Similar price to Emerson's last night. Stronger though and not as bitter so goes down easier. This and their IPA probably on my shortlist of favorite beers.

8.5.

And some Aussie candy water. Grape flavoured.

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Emerson's London Porter 5%

The Russian beer hit me hard. This one weaker but tastes pretty damn good.

Normally I don't drink a lot of porters but developing a taste for dark beer. 8/10 not to bad.
 

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Emerson's IPA Bird Dog 7%

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One of the better NZ IPAs I have had. Slightly bitter but not overwhelmingnhops flavour. Nice cloudy color.

On beer advocate but not enough reviews.



8/10 for me it's hard for Emerson's to balls up a beer. Probably prefer the Gorkovskaya Brewery IPA as it not as bitter. Need to try side by side.

Pretty damn good though.
 

Cadence

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Public holiday tomorrow. Happy afternoon vs hour.



Gorkovskaya Brewery APA, 5.5%.

Similar price to Emerson's last night. Stronger though and not as bitter so goes down easier. This and their IPA probably on my shortlist of favorite beers.

8.5.

And some Aussie candy water. Grape flavoured.

Enjoy the Holiday! As for the bottle label, we just had our first hummingbird of the spring outside the window by the computer early this morning.
 


Zardnaar

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Emerson's Pilsner 5%
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Clean crisp lager with slight hoppy taste. Pilsners were an old favorite of mine and this is one of the better ones IMHO. 8.5/10.
 

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Emerson's Bookbinder session ale 3.7%.

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A low alcohol malted ale. Not bitter and very easy to drink on a hot autumn day.

No idea what a session ale is but it tastes good. A nice alevtyats not hoppy like every other pale variety here.

8/10 prefer a stronger drink but I liked the taste and not feeling like a stronger taste anyway. 82 on beeradvocate but lack of reviews.


Last one for Emerson's 6 pack variety. Mixing them last night a bit of a mistake.

Bloody good beer overall thanks Emerson's. I knew they would be good in advance but haven't had for a while.
 

Cadence

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Bell's Expedition Imperial Stout, 35th Anniversary. 11.5% ABV. The usual one is only around 10.5% ABV, and gets 4.29/5 and 95 World Class on Beer Advocate. Very thick. Coffee taste, some bitterness, and you can tell the alcohol is there. If you like those three things this should be great. I only like 0.5 out of 3 of them and it was still ok. 6 out of 10 on the Z scale for me, likely much higher for others.
 

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Zardnaar

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Coffee flavour beer not a fan.

Series of ads for my local beer from 1990's/early 2000's.

It's crap beer but the ad campaign was successful.
 
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