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Moa 5 Hop Ale - Moa Brewing Company

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83
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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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:
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(Beer added by: GilGarp on 08-17-2010)
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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

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3.05/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of spicelab
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Photo of alkchrios
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Brad007
3.25/5  rDev -11%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of PhantasIPA
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of twelvepack
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep hazy orange teetering on brown. Head about an inch thick that dissipates rather quickly. Minimal amount of lacing.
S-Sweet malt and floral notes from the hops followed by a slight maltiness.
T-Starts with a some sweet maltiness followed by bitter hops. Finish leaves dryness in the mouth.
M- Body is medium-light, light carbonation.
D- Overall not the best but not the worst. Not sure I would pick this one up again.

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3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of SmashPants
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Format: a very solid, dark green embossed bottle with a stylish, dark Moa label. A good package.

Appearance: poured into a tulip glass. A deep amber-copper colour with light carbonation. A good two-fingers of white head that slowly drops to a half-finger. Decent retention also.

Aroma: sweet bread malts with some fresh hop aromas. Smells decent.

Taste: some sweet malts up front with some hops also. A bit sweet. I thought this was supposed to be hop-forward?

Aftertaste: some bitterness from the hops here with those sweet malts also.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a moderate carbonation that brings the flavours well and makes the feel quite smooth. A lovely feel.

Overall: yet another 'not bad' beer from Moa for a truly outrageous price. I'm getting a bit sick of it to be honest. Not a bad IPA, but certainly not the best I have ever had by a large margin. A 12 pack of 375mL is AU$72, making an equivalent 24 x 330mL case around AU$125. Holy dooley! There are better IPAs for half that price. I've given Moa a few chances by now, but I think it's time to stop buying their very, very overpriced, slightly-better-than-average beers.

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3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Moa 5 Hop Ale from Moa Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.