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Moa Pale Ale - Moa Brewing Company

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Moa Pale AleMoa Pale Ale

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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moa Brewing Company visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: timtim on 06-08-2011)
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Reviews by OtherShoe2:
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours medium amber with some chill haze and a nice full head. Some lace.

Pepe LePew was in the house. Big skunk, but you get the rest of the toasted malt and some hop notes. There is a mineral element here as well.

Nice brew. Toasted malt and full bitterness, with a touch of fruit. But this one leans more toward bread crust and husk bitterness than a fruity brew. Finish is bitter and mildly malty.

Medium body, good appropriate carbonation.

I liked this beer. Nice solid effort toward the style. Some flaws, and the big one is that you get skunk on every sip. Get rid of the goddamn green glass folks.

09-15-2013 04:53:34 | More by OtherShoe2
More User Reviews:
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North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%

5.7%ABV per bottle label.Poured into an imperial nonic a hazed orange infused lighter golden with a large blooming white head that lasted for a longtime.The fresh citric hops blast out at ya along with floral notes,I haven't had a pale ale with such a fresh bursting hop profile like this.Citric and grassy hops start out on the palate,and again quite fresh tasting,there is a mildly sweet biscuit malt base but it's very small compared to the big hops.This is a great pale ale,the hop profile is large and in charge but it's very very drinkable,kick ass.

12-24-2012 23:46:19 | More by oberon
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

08-11-2012 02:51:58 | More by ryancl
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4.8/5  rDev +26%

Poured to a large fine headwhich surprised me becasue of the limited pop when uncapping the bottle. Color is a pale gold and is cloudy as axpected from a bottle conditioned brew.

Nose had a large flowery note which is much more than expected from the style.

Full mouth with a sort of sparkley feel. Finish is quite hoppy for the style, more an IPA. The brew leaves a nice lingering finish and I would say this is a large brew which is a good thing.

07-18-2012 21:18:11 | More by DarrellK
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

02-28-2012 00:26:33 | More by Arherring
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Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%

750ml silver foiled, caged and corked bottle, 5.0% ABV, again with the seal, this time a gunmetal gray, proclaiming this to be 'Super Premium Pale Ale'. They forgot a 'duper' in there somewhere.

This beer pours a rather hazy medium golden amber hue, with a ton of frothy, foamy, and vessel over-flowing off-white head, which leaves some tacky snow rime lace around the glass as it glacially sinks away.

It smells of grapefruit, orange, tropical gooseberries and kiwi, gritty, grainy pale malt, a touch of caramel, some limestone flintiness, and more earthy, leafy, and somewhat skunky hops. The taste is more acrid orange, lime, and muddled tropical fruit, crackery pale malt, a rather faded caramel/toffee essence, more wet stone notes, and leafy, floral hops.

The carbonation, well, I must preface this by saying, that I have very, very, rarely been able to describe the bubbles in a beer as 'off-putting', but here we are - they provide an astringent, tight, palate-straining experience, like someone left the CO2 tank on for way too long on the soda fountain. That being so, the body is hard to pick out among the furor, but I do get that it's on the light side, and nowhere fucking near smooth. It finishes on the dry side, the fruit still there, but flat (ha - in this beer, right!), sugar not really a commodity here anymore.

Yeah, that's bottle conditioning for ya - one day its all sublime, rounded goodness (like with this brewery's German Pils), the next it's one big mess of stubborn cork popping misadventures, explosive pours, and finally gullet-stabbing consumption. A bit of a shame too, as there appears to be a nicely hopped pale ale under it all, representing Kiwi and Yankee styles alike.

11-09-2013 01:13:50 | More by biboergosum
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-27-2014 22:51:30 | More by Vanz
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4/5  rDev +5%

02-04-2012 15:26:06 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -47.5%

07-17-2014 14:53:58 | More by earlholman
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4.35/5  rDev +14.2%

Pours a pale orange, somewhat sunny, hazy, with a an off white head. Quite fluffy, great retention. Smells nicely of citrus, herbal hops, slight sweet pale malts and biscuit. Citrus taste, nice bitterness, spicy hops and a nice biscuit malt balance. Crisp, clean, refreshing, light to medium body.

This is a great pale ale. I'm impressed and will be getting more. At $3 a 350mL bottle, quite worth it.

12-16-2012 18:29:51 | More by EgadBananas
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4/5  rDev +5%

04-27-2014 02:32:59 | More by Hopmodium
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

12-15-2012 18:07:57 | More by enelson
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4.28/5  rDev +12.3%

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy, medium orange amber with a fine two finger white head that was constantly refreshed with carbonation. Looks nice. Very aromatic, with herbal and piney hops, fresh light fruit and a hint of cat. Flavor is more subdued, but still quite complex, with pine hops, grapefruit, some tropical fruit and sweet malt. Finishes somewhat dry with a long lasting piney citrus hop and grapefruit aftertaste. Light to medium body remarkably with a hint of creaminess for a 5.5 ABV ale. I'm seriously impressed. I'd like to see a higher ABV amber version of this.

05-30-2012 03:19:33 | More by LiquidAmber
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

06-03-2013 23:09:22 | More by awicker
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

07-31-2013 12:48:43 | More by rkcrozier
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4/5  rDev +5%

06-14-2013 02:51:36 | More by LHRodriguez
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

05-29-2013 05:36:25 | More by tzieser
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4/5  rDev +5%

11-02-2012 17:31:40 | More by Deivos
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

02-16-2012 03:37:58 | More by freduardo
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New York

4/5  rDev +5%

08-08-2014 22:55:08 | More by timmynyc
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

06-23-2013 08:10:25 | More by TommyLiam
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This beer pours out a hazy yellow-orange. Very bubbly. Superb head retention. The aroma is surprisingly toasty, with sharp hops making a fairly strong first impression. The taste is very unique, this is a beer with plenty of subtleties. First off, there's a ton of hop flavor here. Floral, citrus, and herbal notes are fairly abundant, with the herbal aspect being strongest on the finish. Grapefruit is also abundant. There's also some toasty malts in the background that give everything an interesting flair. With all that said, this really doesn't feel like an IPA. It's just a very bitter pale ale.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and fairly light, and the drinkability is very good. Overall, it's a very unique sort of pale ale. I'm glad I tried it, but the import prices are still kind of ridiculous (4.79 for a single at a very well-priced store). That said, Moa is doing interesting things over in New Zealand, and I'll keep picking up anything I haven't had from them.

03-29-2012 05:42:06 | More by shand
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

08-26-2013 10:42:42 | More by JohnnyRay
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-11-2014 00:19:40 | More by Syraquse
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

05-23-2014 15:17:54 | More by NJBeer265
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Moa Pale Ale from Moa Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.