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Moa 5 Hop Ale - Moa Brewing Company

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Reviews: 27
Hads: 61
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 7.07%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: GilGarp on 08-17-2010

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Reviews: 27 | Hads: 61
Photo of SmashPants
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (1,146 characters)

Photo of coriswrasse
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Bottle shared into two snifters. HUGE head. no date.
Sweet hop smell, very English in nature.
Has a nice sweet mouth feel that then dries out leaving a resinous pine feel.
Very well balanced. Good sweetness with hop tones that grow on you and come out amazingly. Very nice and refreshing and each sip the flavor comes out more and more. Would buy again. Probably tomorrow when I drive to SC to my spot down there. (426 characters)

Photo of PolarBear3
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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! (1,243 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of EkimGram
4.64/5  rDev +26.1%
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! (744 characters)

Photo of danieelol
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (1,098 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of PhantasIPA
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (871 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of spicelab
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
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. (1,032 characters)

Photo of capeannbass36
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of teromous
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (1,105 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Burnt orange colour beneath a thin creamy eggshell coloured head and spots of lace.

S - A mix of sweet fruit and floral hops. Passionfruit and mango are prominent. A hint of marijuana also.

T - Fresh and fruity with passionfruit and orange flavours. Honey and burnt caramel balance with the hop profile.

M - Quite highly carbonated, medium bodied.

O - Another really solid IPA out of NZ. (395 characters)

Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (744 characters)

Photo of DrewShal9
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of twelvepack
3.35/5  rDev -9%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of megahurts4
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of codewarrior
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL Poured into a Chalice

Beer guy at Argonaut recommended this little guy, it did not disappoint.

L: A cloudy apricot/tangerine, with hazy effervescent 1-finger head. Bubbles are eager to jump from the beer. Looks thick.

S: Sweetness on-top of sweetness, cut and enhanced by a balanced hoppiness. Smells fresh and crisp.

T: Burnt caramel into a subtle hop profile which cuts the depth short. Finish fades into a balanced lingering freshness.

F: Just about right, thick for a light beer, but bubbly as hell.

D: Pretty damn good. (536 characters)

Photo of alkchrios
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
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. (648 characters)

Photo of Rayek
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Hazy deep amber with active carbonation. A Dense cream head slowly falls to an 1/8" pillow of foam that sticks the whole way down the glass. Leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Lots of hop aromas all around. Pine, black tea, cut grass and lemon are joined by a bit of leather and pepper.

T: This beer has lots of hop flavor without a crazy level of bitterness. Starts out with an almost leathery flavor. Bitterness comes on quick with a strong dose of black tea, earth, and lemon. A small amount of pine comes in late and rides through the long finish.

M: The medium body is slightly chewy and has just a bit too much fizz.

D: This is a nice English IPA from a brewery that's new to me. I'm very glad I picked it up. (745 characters)

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Moa 5 Hop Ale from Moa Brewing Company
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