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Moa 5 Hop Ale - Moa Brewing Company

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
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:
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(Beer added by: GilGarp on 08-17-2010)
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

djrn2, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

BEERchitect, Jun 25, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

ygtbsm94, May 07, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Knapp85, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
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
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

afsdan, May 21, 2014
Photo of Brad007
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Brad007, Apr 18, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

atrocity, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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
Photo of EgadBananas
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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
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4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Rayek, Nov 06, 2010
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3.93/5  rDev +8%
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
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

campfirebrew, Jul 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

DaveHack, Mar 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

LJWalker, Feb 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

neckbracesub, Jun 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

jaymo18, Feb 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

dansmcd, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

freduardo, Feb 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

meatyard, May 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

kingmaker, Jul 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

cp45, Mar 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

dalepryor, May 07, 2013
Photo of Murrhey
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Murrhey, Sep 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

grumpygerman, Sep 14, 2012
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Moa 5 Hop Ale from Moa Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.