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Moa 5 Hop Ale - Moa Brewing Company

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83
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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moa Brewing Company visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 08-17-2010)
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Reviews by PolarBear3:
Photo of PolarBear3
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A- Pours a coppery, amber colour with one finger frothy white head that retains fairly well

S- Slightly spicy, biscuit, some floral notes with a hint of lemon, grapefruit but rather metallic. Nothing pronounced and rather disappointing

T - Rather bready, biscuity, slight caramel malts with a bitter , spicy , tangy finish with some tangerine, grapefruit and bitter lemon.

M - Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation

O - Nothing fantastic but a fairly well balanced refreshing beer, a little too tangy and bitter at the finish for me but ok.

PolarBear3, Aug 02, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of GilGarp
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moa is new to Colorado and I was intrigued by the packaging, the origin, and the fact that it was brewed using 5 Nelson hops.

Moa comes in 12.7 oz. green glass bottles embossed with Moa Brewing Company Ltd. around the neck.

The bottle is stamped BB17412 so I take that to be best before April 17, 2012.

Served cool into a globe glass, 5 Hop Ale has a dark redish amber color with a definate hop haze. The head is tall and long-lasting. It leaves a nice sheet of lace as it settles.

Aroma is anything but what you'd expect given the name. It's sweet and tart, almost spicy, with very little of what I as an American associate with hops.

The same could be said for the flavor although here the bitterness comes through more strongly. It's initially sweet with what seems like a cherry influence. It then gets pretty bitter with grapefruit and citrus rind. There is also a decidedly funky aspect to this beer that almost makes me think it's more of a Belgian IPA.

Mouthfeel is soft, medium bodied, and well balanced. It starts sweet, becomes bitter towards the middle, and finishes crisp and dry.

Overall an interesting beer and one worth trying. At $4 I won't be getting it regularly but I may revisit.

GilGarp, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of DrewShal9
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark burnt orange-almost brown with a 2 finger white head
S: floral with a hint of sweet malt. Can't really grasp what else I'm smelling at the time being.
T: bready malt with a tinge of caramel and a spicy hop finish.
M: very light and drying with a lot of carbonation. Even after taking a sip, the bubbles still feel like they're ticking the tongue
O: not bad but not great. An interesting choice as I was intrigued first at the brew being from New Zealand and secondly from having 5 hops. Worth a shot.

DrewShal9, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of Vanz
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Vanz, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of ordybill
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%

ordybill, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Beckieboo7
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Beckieboo7, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of micko323
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

micko323, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of AFDerek
5/5  rDev +36.6%

AFDerek, Saturday at 01:10 AM
Photo of LJWalker
4/5  rDev +9.3%

LJWalker, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of MichaelBurns
5/5  rDev +36.6%

MichaelBurns, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, dark, hazy copper in color, with a little bit of yellow around the edges. Light, off-white head of close to two fingers. Laces nicely.

Smell is pleasant, with a slight spicy hop note, hints of bitterness and bready, sweet malts.

The taste is definitely a little zesty. Spicy hops start things off, moving slightly bitter/citrusy, but finishing with a tangy, buttery, bready malt character.

Feel is slick and smooth, medium bodied. Carbonation is good.

Pretty good, drinkable EIPA. Still warming up to the English IPA's, but this has helped.

EgadBananas, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of campfirebrew
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

campfirebrew, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of beerasaurusrex
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

beerasaurusrex, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of spicelab
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375mL corked and caged bottle from Warners@The Bay.

Fiery amber, moderately cloudy, with a cracking beige head that impresses, but drops quickly with minimal lacing to pretty well nought.

Decently hoppy, but with a strong soily, almost metallic twang to it. In combination with sweet and rich nutty malt character, it brings about aromas of orange marmalade, candied mandarin, earthy pine. Quite a floral, yeasty component to it as well that strikes me as Belgian. Odd.

Similar flavours, including the metallic, herbal bitterness which does what it promises in the nose. Nice baked toffee malts.

Not quite medium bodied, with a hint of carbonation buzz and a dry bitterness that persists with not much to do. Pretty good mouthfeel as far as it goes, but it gets little support from the one-dimensional flavour profile.

Nicest part of this is the malt profile. Not particularly impressed by the choice and expression in the hops. The earthy character is a bit too domineering, but strangely satisfying and grew on me by the end.

spicelab, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev +9.3%

freduardo, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of KickbacksSteve
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12.7 ounce bottle into an efes chalice. Short, off-white head, oily clear lacing. Body is dark golden and murky. Aroma seems to be dominated by sweet malt and minimal hops, surprising. Maybe the smell I'm getting is the aroma of faded hops, possibly the bottle is old (no date) but my friend just picked it up in Louisiana somewhere. Bunch of sediment also lends to this theory. Taste is mildly bitter but I feel like I'm drinking a slightly sweeter version of a Grolsch.

KickbacksSteve, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of megahurts4
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

MOA 5 Hop Ale

Appearance: dark amber, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: floral hops, dark fruits, and spices.

Taste: hops, slight dark fruit, and spices.

Mouthfeel: medium.

Overall:
This has some very nice flavors. I can't identify this one darker spice. I like this one. It's well balanced.

megahurts4, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

ygtbsm94, May 07, 2014
Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Mikeluzzjr, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Impressive foamy head...takes up about half of the 24 ounce glass--only a third of the bottle used on the initial pour. Settles in a lumpy fashion, leaving some chunky lace. The color is deep amber with a bit of haze.

Fresh floral hop smell. There's a good, mildly sweet crystal malt aroma as well. Very pleasant and well-balanced.

The flavor is less impressive than the look and smell. There's a strong yeast bite on the initial taste. This dominates the rather dry malt flavors. The hop bitterness is raw and uncomplicated. The body is as one would expect.

smcolw, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of alkchrios
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a chilled bottle into a pint glass.

The brew poured a dark amber color with about an inch and a half of an off white creamy head that held itself together for quite a while. Almost no lacing. This beer smelled very earthy, almost a peaty, mossy aroma. The first sip was rather spicy with hints of grapefruit and all those hops really came out which was nice. It finishes almost like a Belgian..very crisp, very clean. All in all, a well crafted beer which really surprised me because every other beer out of NZ I have found to be mediocre at absolute best. This is a very good winter session beer and I would definitely get this again.

alkchrios, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of DaveHack
4/5  rDev +9.3%

DaveHack, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of NiceTaps
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12.7 oz bottle in a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Copper-orange color, 2f off-white head. Sudsy and lasting head leaves nice lacing down the glass. Hazy appearance with active small-bubble carbonation.

S- Dry bread , mild EIPA hops, caramel malts.

T- Bready malts, fruity hops. Has the flavor of the style but carries a slight mineral/metallic flavor.

M- Smooth, tangy. Dry lingering malt finish. I'm looking for slightly more hop kick.

O- Nice malt profile drives the brew, the hops may be a bit too subtle. The bottle was well within its freshness date, maybe the green bottle color had an effect. Quite good, still.

NiceTaps, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of teromous
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opening the bottle was enough to start it foaming over the neck, so be careful when opening!

A: Well there is more than enough carbonation. The beer is a darker shade of amber and hazy. A thin but good head will remain on the beer after it largely subsides. There is good lacing.

S: There is a wealth of scent in this beer. I pick up earthy resinous, dull pine-like hop character. There is a bold malty smell to this. I get hints of caramel, and some Belgian flavors (odd but..it's there).

T: This has an interesting flavor. At first, I get more of a roasted flavor, with it finishing on light hop bitterness. I get a very light grapefruit taste. Burping sets off a lot of good hop characters. Overall flavor trends more to the malt than the hops.

M: The moutfeel is pretty good. It is fairly smooth and sits on a solid medium body. There is light bitterness with nothing unpleasant.

O: Overall it's a pretty good beer. If I'm ever in New Zealand or Australia, I'll have to look for it. As for an import, it held up very nicely and was packaged in light-proof containers. It is a nice all-around IPA.

teromous, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Solid lacing.

S: Smelled of sweet malt and some mild hops.

T: Tasted pretty much like it smelled: Some sweet malt up front, with hops and a bit of caramel in the finish. A pretty good, though not totally dynamic flavor. Still worthwhile, though.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solidly made, generally well-crafted and drinkable version of an English IPA.

avalon07, May 27, 2011
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Moa 5 Hop Ale from Moa Brewing Company
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