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Moa 5 Hop Ale - Moa Brewing Company

Moa 5 Hop AleMoa 5 Hop Ale

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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.62%


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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Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 23 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by danieelol:
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danieelol

Australia

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not 100% sure what to review under as this beer has duplicates. Decided for a change-up.

This is the corked and caged bottle with the black label, I'm hoping that's the most recent release.

Pours a dark copper, almost bronze with good head and lacing.

Smell first off makes me think of skunk. Others have assumed it is light-struck, I simply think it's a metallic quality in the beer's aroma (despite the label's claims it seems to have more a POR-dominated nose than a Nelson-dominated nose). Some fruity and slightly even fusel-y grains behind this, but at least they add some character. Twang-y lemon hops.

As mentioned on the label, the English ale yeast does leave some sugar to battle alongside the clearly present bittering hops. Actually this is fairly well bittered and hoppy, alongside a sweet caramel cake character. Also those lemon-y hops persist.

Mouthfeel is sweet, thick caramel. Pretty nice thick and slick mouthfeel actually. Moderate sweetness is very manageable and interesting in a single bottle, but may inhibit sessioning if one is so inclined.

Enjoyable beer actually.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 11:01:57 | More by danieelol
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cp45

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-20-2014 22:02:14 | More by cp45
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jaymo18

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

02-25-2014 03:07:53 | More by jaymo18
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Vanz

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

01-27-2014 22:50:19 | More by Vanz
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 23:03:10 | More by NiceTaps
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 01:57:13 | More by smcolw
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beerasaurusrex

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

10-02-2013 22:15:35 | More by beerasaurusrex
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Agentveba

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.1%

09-12-2013 02:13:12 | More by Agentveba
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Murrhey

Montana

3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12.7oz cork and cage bottle into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Finger and a half offwhite head with large bubbles. Boils down to a thin white head atop a hazy orange-red body with nice carbonation. Can't complain about how this looks.

S- Nelson hops? Floral yet earthy. Slightly funky hops and medium malts. Curious they would call this a winter ale.

T- Spicy hops and earthy yeasts. Tingles the tongue with spiciness. Finishes earthy and bitter.

M- Lighter, slightly creamy and clean finish. Nice feel.

O- Nice beer. I hope I can have more New Zealand beers in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 05:21:21 | More by Murrhey
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chickencoop

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

08-19-2013 15:56:37 | More by chickencoop
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kingmaker

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

07-23-2013 17:55:24 | More by kingmaker
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EkimGram

New York

4.64/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From my beer journal dated 4/17/12

Appearance: 12.7oz heavy green glass bottle poured into a standard pint. Colour is a hazy brown with a lightly caramel-tinged head that is enormous. The pillowy head fades slowly leaving a bubbly rim.

Smell: Clean, clear, and crisp malts with some bitter, citrus hops. Very nicely balanced.

Taste: Sweet, bready malts at first followed by a nice bitter bite of citric hops. Finishes with a touch of a roasted malt character.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy - which is both surprising and quite enjoyable - and mildly carbonated.

Overall: Amazingly balanced, great flavours, and great aromas. I love the creamy mouthfeel, it is certainly a unique twist to this style and it's fantastic. A world-class beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 19:39:29 | More by EkimGram
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micko323

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

06-27-2013 19:48:35 | More by micko323
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

05-25-2013 15:31:20 | More by meatyard
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dalepryor

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

05-07-2013 20:26:26 | More by dalepryor
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%

03-05-2013 14:31:59 | More by DaveHack
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a clear looking copper color with a nice white head on top. The retention and lacing were decent. The smell of the beer is malty with some very earthy hop aromas on the nose, it's almost spicy in a sense. The taste of the beer is earthy, plenty of malt with a subtle bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is clean and drinkable, it has a good amount of carbonation and body to it. Overall this beer wasn't bad, wasn't anything too special either.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 04:06:28 | More by Knapp85
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

03-04-2013 01:16:27 | More by djrn2
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PhantasIPA

Delaware

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a cloudy, dark amber color. It pours with a very heavy head, 2 inches, and has below average lacing on the glass.

The smell is dominated by the malts, which are very sweet. They have the scent of brown sugar and caramel and overpower the very weak hops.

The taste is sweet and a little spicy, but the hops just are not there. Their is a bitterness that begins after the initial sweetness and lingers heavily after each drink. The bitterness is a boring bitterness that has a very generic, grass-like taste.

The mouthfeel is smooth because of the heavy malts and then dry because of the bitterness that follows. It is has above average carbonation.

Overall this beer has a unique character but it is not that great of a character...I have never tasted a beer quite like this but this beer lacks balance and has a combination of flavors that seem to clash.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 17:29:44 | More by PhantasIPA
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markgoodman10

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

10-02-2012 04:39:47 | More by markgoodman10
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grumpygerman

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

09-14-2012 02:36:30 | More by grumpygerman
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Brad007

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light, cloudy amber with a thick head into my glass. Very nice presentation thus far.

It's light-struck, which is unfortunate. Very grainy. Not much of the hops. Reminiscent of a straight bitter.

More malt than hops. Buttery malt too. Hops don't really matter as they don't leave much to the imagination in this state. Very grassy with some citrus.

Lingering bitterness and buttery malt make up the mouthfeel here.

Meh. Again, bottle choice should be obvious. When you have 5 different hops in a bottle, go with brown.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 04:29:27 | More by Brad007
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spicelab

Australia

3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 08:44:11 | More by spicelab
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capeannbass36

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Undated, attractive, exceptionally heavy green glass bottle. Surprisingly no skunky smell upon opening(sorry, but I am programmed to assume green bottle=skunky beer). Poured a cloudy dark amber, topped with an off white creamy looking head. Light to no lacing. Aroma is slightly hoppy. Touch of malt and caramel near the end. Taste more or less follows the nose. Feels medium heavy regarding carbonation and mouthfeel. Feels heavier than it looks. Overall, pleasantly surprised. Will try again.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 23:36:41 | More by capeannbass36
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freduardo

Alabama

4/5  rDev +8.1%

02-16-2012 03:37:33 | More by freduardo
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Moa 5 Hop Ale from Moa Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.