Moa 5 Hop Ale - Moa Brewing Company

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Moa 5 Hop AleMoa 5 Hop Ale

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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

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(Beer added by: GilGarp on 08-17-2010)
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Photo of Murrhey
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of chickencoop
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of kingmaker
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of EkimGram
4.64/5  rDev +27.1%
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!

Photo of micko323
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of danieelol
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.

Photo of meatyard
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of dalepryor
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of DaveHack
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of djrn2
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 markgoodman10
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of grumpygerman
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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.

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 capeannbass36
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of LJWalker
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of teromous
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of dansmcd
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of MichaelBurns
5/5  rDev +37%

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 DrewShal9
3.98/5  rDev +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.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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