1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Moa 5 Hop Ale - Moa Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Moa 5 Hop AleMoa 5 Hop Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

53 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by teromous:
Photo of teromous
teromous

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

01-02-2012 22:09:51 | More by teromous
More User Reviews:
Photo of GilGarp
GilGarp

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

08-17-2010 17:18:59 | More by GilGarp
Photo of DrewShal9
DrewShal9

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +9%

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.

09-21-2011 07:10:59 | More by DrewShal9
Photo of Vanz
Vanz

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-27-2014 22:50:19 | More by Vanz
Photo of Beckieboo7
Beckieboo7

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

06-19-2014 05:44:00 | More by Beckieboo7
Photo of micko323
micko323

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-27-2013 19:48:35 | More by micko323
Photo of LJWalker
LJWalker

Alabama

4/5  rDev +9.6%

02-06-2012 17:43:07 | More by LJWalker
Photo of MichaelBurns
MichaelBurns

Indiana

5/5  rDev +37%

11-14-2011 15:06:36 | More by MichaelBurns
Photo of EgadBananas
EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

10-27-2010 00:26:43 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of campfirebrew
campfirebrew

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-18-2014 12:23:39 | More by campfirebrew
Photo of beerasaurusrex
beerasaurusrex

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

10-02-2013 22:15:35 | More by beerasaurusrex
Photo of spicelab
spicelab

Australia

3.05/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

03-23-2012 08:44:11 | More by spicelab
Photo of freduardo
freduardo

Alabama

4/5  rDev +9.6%

02-16-2012 03:37:33 | More by freduardo
Photo of KickbacksSteve
KickbacksSteve

Florida

2.9/5  rDev -20.5%

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.

04-09-2011 07:14:26 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of megahurts4
megahurts4

Louisiana

4.15/5  rDev +13.7%

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.

02-05-2011 04:43:29 | More by megahurts4
Photo of ygtbsm94
ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

05-07-2014 20:23:57 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of Mikeluzzjr
Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -11%

06-04-2014 03:02:22 | More by Mikeluzzjr
Photo of smcolw
smcolw

Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

01-12-2014 01:57:13 | More by smcolw
Photo of alkchrios
alkchrios

New Hampshire

3.15/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

12-16-2010 22:45:40 | More by alkchrios
Photo of DaveHack
DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.6%

03-05-2013 14:31:59 | More by DaveHack
Photo of NiceTaps
NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

01-14-2014 23:03:10 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of avalon07
avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

05-27-2011 13:19:47 | More by avalon07
Photo of magpieken
magpieken

Australia

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

04-23-2014 22:02:47 | More by magpieken
Photo of BEERchitect
BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.76/5  rDev +3%

With a pep of tangy citrus and a firm armature of biscuit malt, the hoppy taste that make British ale popular gets an indigenous face-lift from the award winning brewers from MOA.

Five Hop is a darker rusty-amber hue that segways seamlessly to its toasted sweetness and piney aroma. Its soft biscuit malt starchiness gives the initial taste a creamy dryness to elevate a citrusy grapefruit, lemon and orange tone.

Across the middle, the ale simply blooms as its confident carbonation gives life to its brilliant white grapefruit, juniper, orange, lemon and grape character from those distinctive New Zealand hops. As the malts recede into a dry and toasty palate, its steely caramel taste is effortless on the palate but keeps the hops firmly supported.

Toasty-dry in finish, the hops continue to pull forth with elements of grass, white wine, peppery oak and its own wood-derived caramel and faint vanillans. With a tea-like presence in aftertaste, the taste concludes with hints of verbena and grain tannin.

MOA's Five Hop ale is a welcome addition to the American dinner table as it perfectly complements an array of domestic dishes from pizzas to burgers and everywhere between. One thing's for sure, moa beer is better than less beer!

06-25-2014 17:22:16 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of schlimenhaumer
schlimenhaumer

New York

3.3/5  rDev -9.6%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip at low altitude.

A: Pours an opaque copper color with a thin off-white head that dissipates rather quickly but leaves some nice lacing. Oily consistency in the glass.

S: Fresh dark fruit notes, almost smells sour, with plenty of malt as well as a slight bit of booziness.

T: Extremely malty up front followed by a twinge of the dark fruit notes from the nose and a touch of bitterness on the finish. I was underwhelmed by the hop flavor on this one.

M: Plenty of carbonation and very dry. Not the most pleasant.

D: Smells delicious, but that doesn’t come through in the flavor. Perhaps my bottle was out of date, but especially considering how rare this beer is, I wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.

10-08-2011 17:03:55 | More by schlimenhaumer
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Moa 5 Hop Ale from Moa Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.